Pandemic forced the cancellation of hundreds of driving tests in Bridlington

Hundreds of driving tests were cancelled in Bridlington last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, figures reveal.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:00 pm

The AA said the disruption may have impacted learner drivers’ confidence and compounded a difficult time for many young people.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) show 439 driving tests were cancelled at Bridlington Test Centre because of the pandemic between March and December.

A further five tests were cancelled for other reasons – including one for a medical absence and one because the examiner took annual or special leave.

Acts of nature – adverse weather conditions and bad light – also forced the cancellation of three tests.

Robert Cowell, interim managing director of AA Driving School, said: “Many pupils will have either had a big break in lessons, which may impact their confidence, or have had to postpone driving lessons for many, many months.

“For young people, who have already suffered disruption to their education, not being able to learn to drive will compound an already stilted start to adult life.”

Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC Foundation, said: “Learner drivers will breathe a sigh of relief that driving lessons and tests are restarting, however the backlog for those waiting for both practical and theory tests is likely to be huge.”

A DVSA spokesman added: “Ensuring new drivers have current, relevant knowledge and skills to identify developing hazards is a vital part of the training for young and new drivers, who are disproportionality represented in casualty statistics.”

While hundreds of tests were cancelled in Bridlington, 422 did take place between April and the end of December. Of these, 240 were successful, giving drivers at Bridlington Test Centre a pass rate of 57% – above the average across Britain of 50%.