Learner motorists could face longer waiting times than ever to take their driving test, instructors have warned.
Trade bodies that represent more than 20,000 driving instructors in the UK have sounded the alarm ahead of proposed changes to the test, which would come into effect from next year.
Their message is directed at Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, and advises that the changes are postponed until the waiting times have come down from as high as 18 to 20 weeks in some parts of the country.
The instructors fear that many people will rush to take their test before the new rules are implemented, causing a ‘nightmare scenario’.
Therefore they are asking for the changes to be delayed until waiting times for car practical tests fall below 7.4 weeks.
Lynne Barrie, chair of the Approved Driving Instructors National Joint Council, said: “We fear a huge surge in people wanting to take the old test and this would send waiting times sky high.
“It seems to us we are doing this the wrong way round and it would be better to get waiting times down before the changes take place.
“It is no use improving the test if candidates have to wait 17 weeks to take it.”
In response, Transport Minister Andrew Jones commented: “Any plans for changes to the driving test will take account of the impact they are likely to have on waiting times.”
The proposed changes to the test include new manoeuvres and following directions from a satnav.
A safety question will also be asked while the candidate is driving.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.