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#1 24-07-15 21:23:16

martin Williams
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Long waiting list

The earliest available test in my local Rhyl test centre is 11th November...

Just hope its not cancelled due to bad winter weather  sad

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24-07-15 21:23:16

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#2 25-07-15 05:57:52

Triplea35
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Re: Long waiting list

That does seem a ridiculously long wait Martin.

Keep hearing these reports of long waiting lists, Cambridgeshire, London etc. It certainly appears to be a Regional thing with some areas far better organised than others.

At mine, in the North East, it is at the longest it has been for a long while - 8 weeks- mid September. We have plenty of examiners willing to work Saturdays and we always have a couple working away around different parts of the country on expenses!

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#3 25-07-15 07:55:04

Joe24
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Re: Long waiting list

16 weeks when I first started in 2002  yikes

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#4 25-07-15 09:32:51

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Re: Long waiting list

Hi
Back in the days when provisionals only lasted 6mths test waiting lists were regularly 8 to 9 months.

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#5 25-07-15 10:27:06

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Re: Long waiting list

We are looking at mid October in Shrewsbury .

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#6 26-07-15 06:38:49

Triplea35
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Re: Long waiting list

In fairness to the DVSA, just been using the booking service and had a quick look at Rhyl.

There are now 8 short notice tests available next week 28/29th July and a lot of choice from the 28th Sept.

Clearly found another examiner in the cupboard and making attempts to rectify the situation!

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#7 28-07-15 08:18:45

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Re: Long waiting list

In Leicester we're looking at 16 weeks waiting
Last month it went up to 18 weeks


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#8 30-07-15 20:58:48

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Re: Long waiting list

I remember a time when it was nearly 52 weeks long waiting list in my area, and I am sure there are a few other instructors on here that can also remember it.


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#9 31-07-15 07:04:56

Triplea35
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Re: Long waiting list

sipin wrote:

I remember a time when it was nearly 52 weeks long waiting list in my area, and I am sure there are a few other instructors on here that can also remember it.

The 'good old days' weren't always quite so good then! big_smile

My average pupil with 1.5hr lessons is 5 months from start to test, current  test candidates started Feb/March.

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#10 31-07-15 07:57:11

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Re: Long waiting list

Been doing this job for 25 years but can't ever remember a near 52 week waiting list, not in my area anyway.

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#11 01-08-15 16:17:03

sipin
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I've been teaching for 33 years so it might have been before your time, I wouldn't have said it was that long ago, but time does seem to be passing quicker now ! I'm sure that some of the others on here can remember it as it wasn't only in my area.

In those days as soon as someone started lessons we had to get them to apply for their test straight away, in all fairness the Department Of Transport (as it was then) did not let it last long.


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#12 12-08-15 14:45:21

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Re: Long waiting list

14 weeks in Yeovil right now.

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#13 18-12-15 13:24:16

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Re: Long waiting list

Dvsa are losing the plot. 17 week wait at my local TC's which breaks all previous records for the last 10-15 years.

What do we let it get up to before we start kicking off? If they can't provide a half decent service what's the point?

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#14 18-12-15 19:42:16

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Re: Long waiting list

It is not a National problem.
Just less than 8 weeks at ours but that is a lot in comparison as in previous years it has been down to around 3 weeks at this time of year.
I just checked Yeovil that Galifrey quoted 14 weeks in his post in August above and there are slots available less than 2 weeks now!
I think the way forward is to manage your bookings using the DVSA Instructor Service. Had two tests cancelled due to strike action recently and given  new dates mid February but with a little checking found them new dates within a fortnight of cancelled tests.

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#15 18-12-15 20:37:11

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Re: Long waiting list

Now up to 12 weeks at Chippenham

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#16 24-01-16 18:23:38

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Re: Long waiting list

We are now at 1week in Shrewsbury

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#17 31-01-16 15:21:21

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Re: Long waiting list

My TC is up to 18th April now, never known it this long at this time of year, so scary thought what it might be like by summer. Both neighbouring TC's which are now under the same management have  almost identical waiting times.

However at a rural TC to the South, 25 miles away, you can get a test a week tomorrow, a few other spaces later in the week and plenty of choice from 18th Feb!! Pass rate is about 10% higher than ours too!

Ex pupil needs a retest, assessed him Friday, booked yesterday, and 'off to the country' 8th Feb!

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#18 08-02-16 16:04:45

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Re: Long waiting list

No better here in Liverpool yet, getting a backlog of pupils, 10 weeks before we can get a pupil out in some areas due to good pupils having to wait for their test!

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