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Research is showing an increasing shortage of driving instructors due to a number of factors including the current Pandemic, a baby boom in 2003/04 and a reducing number of registered teachers.
It is predicted that a shortage of instructors will become evident in the last months of 2020. It is believed the number will then continue to fall.
Over 400,000 tests had to be cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic.The demand for driving tests has to an increased waiting time, creating more delay for those keen to get on the road.
All tests taking place at the moment are ones rescheduled from cancelled bookings. Compounding the problem is a reducing number of instructors over the last few years. The number of registered instructors has fallen by 12% in the last seven years. If the current trend continues, there could be fewer than 35,000 instructors by 2025, compared with the 44,569 country wide in 2013.
Not helping the situation is a falling number of driving instructors over the last several years. According to DVSA data, the number of registered driving instructors has fallen by 12% over the last seven years: in 2013 there were 44,569 across the country, compared to 39,521 at the beginning of 2020. If the current trend continues, there will be fewer than 35,000 instructors on the road by 2025.