As the UK enters another week of snow and ice, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has warned that the bad weather may affect practical driving tests.
For reasons of safety, the DSA will not run tests during dangerous driving conditions and candidates may be subject to cancellations and alterations at short notice.
If you’ve got a PCV, HGV or initial Driver CPC module 4 practical driving test booked this week, HGV/LGV Training has put together some advice on what to do if your practical driving test is cancelled, along with tips on how to prepare for a possible cancellation:
If there’s snow or ice on the day of your test, it’s recommended that you phone your test centre at least two hours before the start of your practical test in order to check what the situation is. Contact details can be found on your booking instructions.
If, for whatever reason, there is no answer from the test centre – keep persevering! It doesn’t necessarily mean that the test centre is closed as instructors may be out checking roads or taking tests.
We would also advise that you check the internet for any government or weather updates. Try the following sites:
- DSA official website
- Met Office official website
- Winter Highways on Facebook – Information and advice on road closures and conditions
- My Driving Test on Facebook – Government organisation providing hints and advice on practical driving tests and bad weather conditions
If you discover your practical LGV or PCV driving test has been cancelled, the DSA will automatically book another test for you. There will be no further cost to you and you should expect to receive a new test date within 3 working days. However, be prepared to wait up to a week for notification if the bad weather is prolonged.
The DSA will have a large back-log of bookings to deal with and this may also mean a longer waiting time for a test than usual.
Unlike cancellations due to strike action, out of pocket expenses cannot be claimed if your test is cancelled due to snow and ice, so make sure you try and find out what’s happening ahead of the test.
Most theory tests will run during bad weather but if the DSA do cancel a theory test, they will re-schedule for you as above.
In the unlikely event that your practical test goes ahead but is then stopped midway due to adverse weather conditions, the DSA will again re-book for you at no extra cost.
If your test is going ahead this week, make sure you give yourself plenty of extra time. Your training company will ensure your training vehicle is fully prepared for the practical test and will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you have.