Learner motorists can now book practical driving tests but availability is limited.
The DVSA reopened its driving test booking service at 8am on Monday September 7, for tests to be taken in the next six weeks.
From September 14, learners will be able to book tests within the next 18 weeks.
Previously, only those whose tests were postponed due to Covid-19 could book a practical exam but now all learners who have passed their theory test can attempt to secure one.
Availability across the North East is limited, but there were appointments open across the region,
At the moment, Blyth, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and South Shields have the most appointments available, as of 10am on Monday September 7. There are none to be had in Hexham.
The DVSA is warning motorists to only book a test if they are ready for one, as the pass rate is lower than 50%, which could lead to long waiting times for a re-test.
There is no ‘waiting list’ or ‘cancellation list’, the DVSA says the only available appointments are the ones which learners can view online.
Tests were postponed earlier this year as the UK went into lockdown.
Those taking tests in the near future will be asked to wear face coverings unless they have a good reason not to.
Where you can book a car driving test in the North East and near the North East – and where you can’t
(Availability as of 10am on Monday September 7)
Alnwick: No availability
Berwick-On-Tweed: No availability
Blyth: Very limited availability
Carlisle: Appointments available
Darlington: No availability
Durham: Very limited availability
Elswick (Newcastle): Very limited availability
Gateshead: Limited availability
Gosforth (Newcastle): Limited availability
Hartlepool: Very limited availablity
Hexham: No availability
Middlesbrough: Limited availability
South Shields: Appointments available
Sunderland: Appointments available
For the latest information on driving test availability head here.
To book a driving test head to the DVSA website here.
When will more driving tests become available?
More practical driving tests will be available to book from Monday September 14. Slots will be open for tests to be taken within 18 weeks of that date.