Backlog of learner drivers sees test prices skyrocket across the UK

Backlog of learner drivers sees test prices skyrocket across the UK
Driving tests in the UK are being sold for an incredible £200, as the backlog of hopefuls is increasing across the country.

Learner drivers are now having to pay more than double the standard cost of a driving test in order to jump up the priority list – with online operators capitalising on the build-up of prospective drivers by driving up the price.

This has led to young drivers across the UK shopping around to find an operator who can offer than a test before the end of the year.

This is due to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) announcing last month that any youngsters looking to book a test could be waiting until 2023 to get their wish.

The DVSA blamed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the stalling of tests this year.

The delay has also meant that many aspiring drivers’ theory tests have now expired – as they have already been waiting for more than 18 months for their practical exam.

Although the Agency vowed to do ‘all we can’ to tackle the issue – people who are learning to drive are now starting to look elsewhere.

However, the DVSA has urged all learner drivers to only book tests on its official websites. Their prices range from £62 to £75 for a test – depending on the day and time a test is taken.

Be wary of online operators

In their desperation to get a test booked in as soon as possible, many learners are looking at unofficial operators, social media and resellers looking to take advantage of the situation.

Although you might be annoyed at the backlog and delays in getting a driving test, many of these options are scams and will just lead to further disappointment – and a loss of £200 or more in some cases.

If you are hoping to pass your driving test, then these 15 tips will help you pass first time.

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You can learn to drive with our RAC Learner Driver Insurance. Our learner driver insurance is always fully comprehensive. And for even more peace of mind, there’s no impact on the main driver’s no claims discount if you need to make a claim while driving their car.

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