Labour Ridicules 'Brass Neck' Rishi Sunak Over 24-Week Wait for Learner Driving Tests
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Labour Ridicules 'Brass Neck' Rishi Sunak Over 24-Week Wait for Learner Driving Tests

7 August 2023
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Labour Ridicules 'Brass Neck' Rishi Sunak Over 24-Week Wait for Learner Driving Tests

Driving Dreams on Hold

Learner drivers are currently experiencing significant delays of up to six months in taking their driving tests, despite Rishi Sunak's assertion of supporting motorists. The Labour party has highlighted these delays, emphasizing that the backlog from the pandemic has not been adequately addressed, leaving aspiring drivers in a frustrating position.

Delayed Testing Process

Amid COVID-19, driving test backlogs caused delays for learners aiming for licenses. A year later, 38% of centers still face 24-week waits, with an average delay of 16 weeks revealed by labor analysis and freedom of information data.

Persistent Backlog

The backlog of individuals awaiting driving tests, as of June, remains alarmingly high, exceeding half a million. Surprisingly, this backlog has remained unchanged since July 2021, as stated by the Labour party. These revelations directly challenge the credibility of Rishi Sunak's claims to be a supporter of drivers, casting doubt on the effectiveness of the government's response to this issue.

Disputed Claims

In light of the substantial wait times and unaddressed backlog, Shadow Transport Secretary Louise Haigh has sharply criticized Rishi Sunak's declarations of support for motorists.

Haigh notes that under Sunak's governance, motorists have experienced escalating costs, and prospective drivers continue to endure lengthy delays of up to six months. Haigh questions Sunak's sincerity in advocating for drivers, suggesting that his claims do not align with the reality faced by learners attempting to secure their licenses.

Government Response

Despite the criticism, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Chief Executive Loveday Ryder has highlighted the agency's efforts to mitigate driving test waiting times. Ryder points to the recruitment of nearly 500 new driving examiners and the creation of over one million new tests since 2021.

However, Ryder also emphasizes the importance of learners booking their tests only when they are fully prepared to pass, suggesting that readiness plays a role in reducing delays.

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