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Driving check: More young drivers set to hit the roads as DVSA pass rates flourish

Driving classes in England resumed on April 12 final year, after lockdowns compelled closures, creating backlogs for each exams and classes. The newest set of DVSA knowledge discovered that prior to the pandemic, the pass rate was 46.4 p.c, whereas now 51.9 p.c of drivers taking their check pass.

Seb Goldin, CEO of RED Driving School, stated it wasn’t stunning {that a} “marked increase” in pass rates was “apparent” for principle and sensible exams.

Speaking solely to Express.co.uk, he stated: “The pandemic has created an environment which is encouraging success, with quieter roads and more determination and urgency to pass, following the severe backlogs. 

“Additionally, the statistics show that there has been a considerable boost in theory test pass rates. In the five years prior to the pandemic, the average theory pass rate was 49 percent, whereas the DVSA have now reported an average of 55.9 percent. 

“The pass rate can possibly be explained by a variety of factors including driver preparation, higher determination held by learners after considerable backlog, as well as quieter roads.

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This has been compared by some to the DVLA backlog of paper driving licence applications, which the Government agency has been trying to deal with since the pandemic began.

In January, the RAC estimated that learner drivers would face a 10-month wait before they can take their test.

Despite this, some industry experts have predicted that the driving test backlog could last more than 12 months, with some even predicting it could last until 2024.

Mr Goldin also commented on the backlog of driving tests, saying young drivers will be more confident given the extra time they have had.

He added: “The DVSA has been working hard to encourage driving instructors throughout the UK not to waste valuable test slots by taking unprepared students to test.

“There are no signs of this changing, meaning that the backlog shouldn’t have an impacting effect on this rate.

“Here at RED, we have a strict policy on only allowing students to take their test when we are confident that they are fully prepared to pass.

“The DVSA is also discussing the possibility of publishing pass rates for each instructor meaning that learners would be privy to information such as the previous success rates of potential instructors. 

“It is hopeful that the commitment shown by the DVSA will mean we will continue to see pass rates of over 50 percent in the future,” he instructed Express.co.uk.

Previously, the DVSA had been attempting to recruit 300 examiners to ease the backlog, as properly as calling on just lately retired examiners to return to the career.

They are additionally providing learners the likelihood to take their exams on the weekends and on financial institution holidays.

Some driving instructors have stated that is the worst disaster they’ve seen all through their careers, as a results of the pandemic.

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