This is why learner drivers are receiving “No Dates Found” when trying to book a driving test (2021)

This is why learner drivers are receiving “No Dates Found” when trying to book a driving test (2021)

This blog will reveal why learners are struggling to book their driving test. We’ve spoken to several learners who’ve been asking us about this issue with booking their test.

High Demand 

With the UK coming in and out of lockdown throughout the last year this has made both learning to drive and passing your driving test difficult. Since significantly fewer lessons have taken place there is now a backlog of learners (almost a year’s worth) who should’ve passed their test. Furthermore, the necessity for people to have a car has now increased as fewer people were willing to use public transport during a pandemic. 

There is currently a backlog of around 800,000 – 1 million tests. The average waiting time for instructors is generally between 3-6 months.

Test Centres at a fraction of capacity 

When lockdown restrictions were eased, there were issues with the test centres. In order to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus, the capacity of the test centres was massively reduced. In certain test centres they were only operating at ¼ of their normal amount. This has created even more of a backlog as people still struggled for tests when restrictions were eased. 

Driving Tests Resume 22nd April

With driving tests set to resume on 22nd April many people have been left wondering that this will mean for the future of driving tests and lessons. We’ve spoken to both instructors and examiners and the general feel across the industry is that, for the moment, the delays for booking a driving test are here to stay. Hopefully the DVSA will put provisions in to deal with the increased demand and perhaps open more test centres. 

What Passmate Recommend’s to Help Book Your Driving Test:

We understand how much you need your driving license at the moment! If you’re still struggling to book a test, here’s a few things that you can do. Websites such as driving test cancellations can help find you driving tests that have been cancelled at a price of £18.

ook a bit further out than your local test centres. It may mean you have to take your test in a city that you’ve never driven before. However, if your instructor has taught you how to drive then this shouldn’t be a problem as you’ll be more than equipped to deal with any test route. 

Ready to go? 

If you’re trying to book you driving test we’d first recommend trying the .GOV website. If you have any questions or need any help with booking your test then please get in contact at hello@passmate.co.uk . If you’re looking for more information on when driving lessons can start then check out our blog.

How to keep practising while waiting for your test

If you’d like to keep on top of your driving while waiting for the test but don’t want to end up spending hundreds of pounds on additional lessons, it’s a good idea to practice in your own car with someone you know. You can do that with an experienced driver over the age of 25, just keep in mind that you need to get insurance for that. We’ve developed the Otimo mobile app to help you track your progress during and outside lessons – you can use the app to get more learning opportunities and visual feedback.

otimo mobile app

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