L of Time for Leaners

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), March 26, 2004 | Go to article overview

L of Time for Leaners


Byline: By Steve Hughes

Pressure is mounting on the Driving Standards Agency to get its act together as queues for Driving Tests grow in the wake of industrial action by examiners.

Two of the country's foremost driver training organisations have hit out at the Agency's performance and one claims it is quicker to get a pilot's licence than a full driving licence in some parts of Britain.

Hundreds of learner drivers have had their driving test appointments cancelled as a result of the recent examiners' strike and work-to-rule and have been forced to re-join the back of lengthy queues.

And it's led driver training experts, BSM, to launch a nationwide campaign highlighting the current excessive waiting times for driving tests.

The company is demanding urgent action to slash waiting times which it says could be as high as three or four months.

Meanwhile, the Driving Instructors Association, DIA, which represents independent driving instructors throughout the UK, says that the dispute could force up the price of learning to drive. …

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