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Driving Tests

Volume 961: debated on Monday 22 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving tests have been cancelled due to bad weather conditions since December 1978; and if he will publish a table in the Official Report to show how the test cancellations are distributed on a regional basis.

The numbers of L tests so cancelled during the first two weeks in January were as follows:

Traffic Area
Northern2,659
Yorkshire3,495
North-Western4,974
West Midland3,375
East Midland3,444
Eastern1,906
South Wales810
Western1,884
South-Eastern2,332
Metropolitan7,852
Scottish3,254
Total35,985

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the actual cost of holding a driving test falls on public funds and if he will publish details of the financial costs involved.

The full cost of L driving tests is recovered through fees for appointments. The financial costs related to these tests in the year ended 30 September 1978 were:—

£
'000
Salaries national insurance, super-annuation, accommodation, stationery and printing related to examiners8,958
Overtime of examiners39
Travelling and subsistence495
Telephones and Telex148
Booking of tests and other administrative costs970
Miscellaneous348
£10,958

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what effect the number of cancellations of driving tests due to adverse weather conditions since December 1978 has had upon the length of time waited by driving test applicants before receiving their test: and if he will make a statement.

The unavoidable loss of tests due to adverse weather conditions during the first two weeks of January has had the effect of adding just over a week to the national average waiting time. Appointments for candidates whose tests had to be postponed are being arranged as soon as possible.