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Driving lessons in Edinburgh ‘most expensive’ in UK as learners shell out more

Research has found that Edinburgh is the most expensive city in the whole of the UK to learn to drive.

The study, which was carried out by Veygo, an insurance company for learner drivers, looked at how difficult learning to drive is currently in some of the country’s largest cities due to waiting times and high costs.

The current average cost of a one hour lesson in Edinburgh was found to be £40, which is a staggering total of £1,760 on average.

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This far exceeds the UK-wide average of £31 for a lesson and £1,364 in total, almost £400 less.

The capital also proved to be at the top of the list in terms of wait times, with courses sold out until at least the end of the year for all instructors surveyed.

Lessons at some driving schools are not available until March 2022.

This follows news that there is a large backlog of learner drivers looking to take their tests after Covid-19.

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According to Veygo, the average wait time for a test before the pandemic was two weeks

Even though it has been five months since classes resumed, there are still not enough examiners and slots to meet demand.

In response to plans to increase the number of driving tests they proctor in a single day, examiners across the country voted to strike in protest at their workload.

David Roberts, Senior Product Manager at Veygo, said: “More than five months after testing and lessons resumed, learner drivers across the country are still facing frustratingly long waits for driving lessons, with some schools having no availability for the rest of this year.

“Availability varied from school to school, but 64% of schools are full for at least six weeks.

“With such long waits to book lessons, it could take a lot longer for learner drivers to pass their test. On top of that, many learners will be on the lookout for driving test cancellations to speed up the date of their test, so they have less control over the date they receive.

He continued: “Many driving schools already have long waiting lists, so it will likely take months to clear the backlog after so many lessons and tests were canceled last year during the pandemic.

“Learners who want to practice more behind the wheel while waiting for a lesson to become available could consider taking out learner driver insurance and practicing with friends or family.

“If approached correctly, practicing with a friend or family member is a surefire way to gain valuable road experience and could give learners the experience and confidence they need to get through the first times.”