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Large Goods Vehicles: Driving Tests

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 7768, tabled on 26 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the size of the backlog of HGV driving tests.

Answered on

8 June 2021

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has put in place a number of measures to increase driving tests. These include offering overtime and annual leave buy back to examiners, asking all those qualified to conduct tests, but who do not do so as part of their current day job, to return to conducting tests, and conducting out of hours testing (such as on public holidays). The DVSA has also started a recruitment campaign to increase the number of examiners. The aim is to increase testing capacity and reduce the backlog as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining a COVID-secure service for customers and examiners.