UK adults with full driving licenses are encouraged to train as licensed driving instructors to help clear a huge backlog of driving exams linked to the pandemic.
The industry is currently suffering from a backlog of 420,000 driving test bookings – a number that is increasing as more young adults reach the age of 17.
The number of people who took their driving test in the past year has fallen by nearly 73%, mainly due to canceled tests caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many remain eager to hit the road, along with thousands more who are looking to get down to driving and avoid public transport.
Despite this, the number of officially qualified Certified Driving Instructors (ADIs) in the UK is actually declining from over 39,000 in March 2020 to just over 38,000 in March 2021.
Bill Plant Driving School, which leads the call for adults to train as driving instructors, says the overall ratio of drivers to instructors “has changed dramatically.” This imbalance is expected to extend until 2022.
“After the last 18 months that the driving school industry has been facing, we are indeed going to be catching up for a long time,” said Peter Brabin, training manager at Bill Plant.
“We are calling on adults across the UK who may be out of work or considering a career change to seriously consider becoming a driving instructor. “
An increase in the pass rate for driving theory exams is further evidence of the demand for practical driving exams, Mr Brabin added.
The success rate increased 8.6% in one year, the highest since March 2014.
As for those lucky enough to get a spot on a practical driving test, records show that 51% of learners passed the first time around, meaning the overall pass rate is the highest since starting grades. files in 2008.
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