Approximately 1.6 million tests are carried out each year in the UK. That’s a lot of tests!
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is the government agency responsible for all driving tests within the UK. Pearson VUE manages all theory tests on behalf of the DSA.
New LGV entrants will, most likely, need the initial Driver CPC qualification and will have to get through 5 tests, 3 theory and 2 practical.
You will find all LGV training companies listed on this website will manage the whole licence acquisition process for you. This includes booking all your tests. Your practical driving test will be scheduled to be taken on completion of your driving course.
When it comes to practical driver training most, but not all LGV training companies will deliver a 5 day course, starting on a Monday with the test on Friday.
As a result the demand for Friday tests is greater than any other time of the week.
Although the DSA do their best, it can be difficult sometimes to meet the demand. LGV training companies use the TBF (Trainer Booking Facility) to request and purchase tests from the DSA. This is currently done over the phone, however the DSA hope to introduce an online facility in 2012 which should simplify the whole process.
It is also possible to request tests by fax or post before the allotted day and time. Using form DLV26 TRAINA Fax number 0300 200 1155, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current TBF system means tests are made available 10 weeks in advance. Training companies are given one allotted day a week to call the DSA and purchase advanced tests. Tests are bought on a first come first serve basis and the phone lines open at 8 am.
Training companies have to be quick off the mark and nimble fingered as calling just a few minutes after 8 am can result in disappointment. And as the current TBF system works, tests that are no longer wanted can be cancelled and refunded up to 3 working days before the test is scheduled to be taken. It can be difficult sometimes to predict what test time or even day you will be given.
The DSA have set up a working group to discuss how the current system can be improved and progress is being made. Reducing the 10 week window and decreasing the number of days required to change a test are just a few of the ideas being discussed.
If you have input on how the current system can be improved or want to know more about the working group email
Anthony.Pringle@dsa.gsi.gov.uk or complete our survey.
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