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    DVSA to Scrap Assessments and Cut License Waiting Times

    DVSA to Scrap Assessments and Cut License Waiting Times

    DVSA to Scrap Assessments and Cut License Waiting Times

    From 31st December 2016 the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will cease to provide local council taxi driving assessments.

    Around 200 council areas around the UK require drivers to first take a DVSA before becoming qualified drivers. The DVSA says that the move to scrap the taxi assessments is a response to concerns about waiting times for learner drivers. In recent years the many learner drivers have been hit with increasingly lengthy waiting times, with some waiting up to four months to take a test.

    As DVSA taxi examinations are not required by law, the authority says ending them should streamline the process for prospective drivers, reduce red tape, and cut the waiting time for drivers to become

    However, it will still be the decision of local councils should they wish to replace the DVSA assessment with one provided by an independent authority, with the DVSA providing guidance to councils on how to do this. 

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