To ease the pressure on the waiting list for tests DVSA have changed the way Qualified, Licenced Instructors are assessed. This means instructors will now only send candidates to test when they are very sure they are ready. Do not book a driving test without the agreement of your Instructor Trainer. If you do you may well be asked to cancel it in future. DVSA suggest that to reach a good test ready standard of safe driving takes on average 30 to 50 hours guided training and at least 20 to 30 hours private practise.
Provisional Licence Delays: There are hold ups at the DVLA. Some licences are taking 3 months to be issued after the initial application is sent.
Knaresborough or Northallerton Test area? Neither one is an easy option. The pass rates are about the same for both. The standards of assessment are the same at both areas. There is a belief among local school students Northallerton is an easy option where it is easier to pass your test. I can confirm this is not true and the Examiners at Northallerton reject strongly that their standards are less than their Knaresborough colleagues.