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Driving Tests

Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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81.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport, in the light of the fact that a constituent of the hon. Member for Epping Forest living in Chigwell, Essex, having applied for an appointment for a driving test in September 1978, must wait until June 1979 to take the test; what is the average time between applications for and the holding of driving tests.

The waiting times at the centres in the vicinity of Chigwell are:

  • Loughton—21 weeks
  • Chingford—22 weeks
  • Wanstead—29 weeks
The average waiting time in the Metropolitan traffic area is 26 weeks. If the hon. Member will let me have particulars of his constituent's case, I will look into it.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving tests were conducted in each of the past 12 months.

The information is as follows:

1977L tests conducted
November 155,372
December118,778
1978
January137,958
February125,812
March131,208
April140,891
May141,849
June144,263
July136,654
August133,464
September140,053
October155,057
Total 1,661,359