Learner drivers who fail their driving test may have to wait 28 days to rebook a test to make them ‘think twice’ before attempting it unprepared, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has said.
The agency said extending the 10-day period could help reduce the three-and-a-half-month waiting list.
The DVSA hopes the plans will also reduce the failure rate – 53% over the past five years – and free up testing slots for drivers who are better prepared to take the exam.
The measure is part of a battery of proposals put forward for a consultation launched this week.
The DVSA is also proposing to extend the notice period, during which a canceled test will result in a loss of fees, from three to 10 days.
He hopes the move will encourage learners to give more notice when canceling and thus give better-prepared learners a better chance of taking advantage of short-notice testing appointments.
The DVSA is also considering allowing the eyesight control section of the test to be carried out at different lighting levels or while reading from a tablet so that more exams can take place during the winter months. dark and help a majority of new drivers who are not confident. drive in the dark.
Mark Winn, Chief Driving Examiner for DVSA, said: “With nearly half of all learners still failing their first car driving test, it’s clear we need to do more to ensure that learners drivers only take their exam when they are fully prepared.
“These measures will help ensure that learners who are ready for the test can find appointments and will give those who fail more time to get additional practice. Changing the sight test will help to perform more tests during darker winter days.
“I encourage everyone to respond to our consultation and thank everyone for taking the time to provide us with their feedback.”
The DVSA is also proposing a new requirement for driving instructors to display their registration certificate at every test to improve its ability to identify instructors who need support and guidance through standards checks.
New drivers could also receive a digital certificate of achievement as part of plans to modernize the testing process.
The consultation, accessible on the Government website, will close on March 8, 2022.
The new proposals follow efforts by the DVSA to deal with backlogs following a drop in the number of tests carried out during the lockdown and which has been a source of frustration for those learning to drive.
Measures included offering overtime and annual leave buyouts to driving examiners, asking retired examiners to carry out tests, recruiting 300 additional examiners and carrying out tests at weekends and holidays.