Daily Mail

Learner driver web­site crashes

- Driving

THE web­site for learn­ers to book a driv­ing test was taken off­line six hours after re­open­ing yes­ter­day.

Thou­sands of can­di­dates were un­able to se­cure a slot be­fore it was sus­pended at 2pm. One tweeted: ‘Waited in a queue for six hours and had only just passed half way be­fore you closed the sys­tem.’

More than 200,000 tests were can­celled and tens of thou­sands more de­layed be­cause of the pan­demic, lead­ing to huge pent-up de­mand.

The web­site had been off­line since Au­gust 2 and the Driver and Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Agency had warned learn­ers there would be ‘very high de­mand’ when it re­opened. It said a lim­ited num­ber of tests will be avail­able on Septem­ber 7, with nearly 400,000 added to the sys­tem on Septem­ber 14.

Sarah Rees, of the AA Driv­ing School, said the last few weeks had been a ‘merry-go-round of failed at­tempts to book a test’. A DVSA spokesman said the site was sus­pended be­cause all slots were taken.

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