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New rules announced to tackle driving test backlog

There are new plans to help tackle the big driving test backlogs.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says it will change its rules to stop drivers from booking tests before they are ready.

Those who fail will have to wait 28 days, instead of 10, before booking another one. Around 53% of exams are failed, according to AA data from February 2023, with the average waiting time in November 2022 peaking at 24 weeks.
Before 2020, that average wait time was six weeks, from booking online to taking the test.