Learner drivers will have to wait almost a month to rebook their test as part of the government’s attempt to clear a backlog in the test booking system.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have unveiled plans to extend the period that learners who fail their test have to wait before booking another – from 10 to 28 days.
It comes following a consultation to reduce the backlog in the test booking system brought about by the pandemic.
The DVSA said it is altering the system to make sure learner drivers only take their test when they are fully prepared.
It comes after data revealed that since February 2023, around 53% of tests have failed, and examiners are having to physically intervene in more than 12% of tests for safety reasons.
The proposed changes will apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
Loveday Ryder, chief executive of the DVSA, told ITV News: “With more than half of people failing their driving test, it is clear more needs to be done to make sure learner drivers only take their test when they are fully prepared.
“These new measures will help make sure test-ready learners find appointments and give those who fail more time for more practice. I also urge learners to check out our Ready to Pass? website to make sure they’re ready – and delay their test if they’re not.
“This will help make more tests available and prevent them having to pay to retest.”