35,000 learner drivers face 'unfair' £23 charge thanks to Covid-19

Thousands of learner drivers are being treated unfairly over admin issues relating to covid-19, according to the AA Driving School, as driving tests re-start after lockdown.

Whilst deadlines for MOTs were extended and photo licences due for new photo renewal automatically given a 7-month exemption, learner drivers whose theory test expired during lockdown will be expected to pay to take the test again.

Data shows more than 35,000 people looking to pass in a car have now lost their certificates because test centres and driving lessons were suspended during lockdown.

Sarah Rees, managing director of the AA Driving School, said: “Whilst it is great that tests are re-starting, thousands of learner drivers have been unfairly penalised because theory test certificates have not been extended.

“Many learners will already have faced economic hardship during lockdown and to now have to pay £23 to re-take a test they have already passed is just rubbing salt into the wound.

“We have seen a huge increase in demand for lessons since lockdown, partly because of pent-up demand, but also because people are being encourage away from public transport.

“If MOTs and photo card renewals can be extended, then so should theory tests.”

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