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The world of motoring is constantly changing. In recent years, we’ve seen major changes to the driving test, new rules and regulations surrounding car insurance, and the announcement of a future ban on petrol and diesel cars. Add that together with new models and emerging technologies, and there’s a lot to keep up with. That’s why we’ve created a dedicated news section to help you stay in the loop with all things driving. You’ll find all the latest news from car manufacturers, government bodies and other companies in the motoring industry, as well as useful breakdowns to show what it all means for you.

DVSA Driving Test Examiner Strike: Everything You Need To Know

LATEST UPDATE (12:10 18/10/2021) The DVSA test examiner strike originally scheduled for 11th–12th October was pushed back to 18th–19th October. Now the DVSA has announced the strikes are suspended indefinitely as discussions continue. Here’s the latest official statement from the DVSA: The Public and Commercial Service (PCS) has agreed to suspend industrial action while talks continue. This means there will be no industrial action on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 October 2021 and action short of strike (work to rule)...

How To Make Sure You Don’t Miss Any PassMeFast Emails

Spam folders — we all love the way they shelter our inboxes from scams, bots and strange propositions. But sometimes an email spam filter can be a tad too keen and send important “non-spam” emails into the wrong folder, leaving you wondering: “Why aren’t I receiving any emails from PassMeFast?!” When this happens, you can miss some really important info; like an update on your driving course, test date or instructor’s details. To stop any spam spanners from being thrown...

First Pass Rates of 2021 Revealed — How Lockdown Impacted Learners

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The last year has been a bit rubbish (okay, a lot rubbish) for learner drivers. Lockdown prevented lessons and tests for months and when test centres finally reopened, the demand has been so high that many people still haven’t got their licence. But, it’s not all doom, gloom and misery — there’s a faint light at the end of this tunnel. The DVSA has released the first test stats of 2021 (Q4 of the financial year 2020–21), so let’s see what...

Driving Abroad: GB Stickers Make Their Exit

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Euro road trip planned for later this year? The latest target for Brexit law changes is the GB sticker. Remember, failure to display the correct stickers and carry the correct equipment can land you with a fine — not the best way to spend your holiday Euros! Here’s everything you need to know: GB Sticker Exiting on 28 September 2021 After 111 years, the GB sticker that Eurotripping drivers have been donning on their bumpers are being scrapped. In its...

How the Theory Test Will Change in 2021 — Everything You Need to Know

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With a pass rate hovering below 50% the theory test is a sticking point in many learner driver’s journeys, but 2020 introduced a new theory test shaped pothole. Once you’ve passed the theory, you have 2 years to sit the practical test before the certificate expires. If it expires before you pass the practical, you must retake the theory. The DVSA says this is because the theory test questions and format changes over time, so they refuse to extend any...

April 2021 News Roundup

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Howdy there, readers! We’ve reached the end of another month, and have already seen one third of 2021 fly by. Where does the time go?! In the world of motoring, this has been a particularly exciting month. With lockdown coming to an end, we can finally look forward to getting on the road and travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain again. A summer of road trips? Count us in! Of course, as well as looking forward to what’s...

10 Most Common Reasons for Failing a Driving Test (and How You Can Avoid Them)

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The stats don’t lie: more practical tests result in a fail than a pass. So, how can you avoid the most common mistakes that learners make and pass your test with no sweat? Well, luckily for the UK’s learner drivers, the DVSA has revealed the top 10 reasons that people failed their driving tests in 2019/20. In this guide we take an in-depth look at each mistake and how you can avoid them. Let’s get to it! Table of contents:...

Driving Tests Restart Today

The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. Today, practical tests restart across England and Wales! This means that PassMeFast can start helping students to get their licence once more. With the COVID-19 pandemic still with us, driving tests will still be slightly different. In this guide, we’ll walk through everything you need to know about practical tests restarting, including the safety measures you need to take. Driving tests restart: Your questions answered Where have practical tests restarted? Today’s...

Driving Lessons Are Back: Here’s What You Need to Know

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As the UK continues returning to normality, we’ve just hit a major milestone on the roadmap out of lockdown. For many people across the country, 12th April meant a return to the gym, the pub or the hairdressers. At PassMeFast, though, the excitement was due to the return of driving lessons across England and Wales. Though learners across the country are now free to get back behind the wheel, there are still some important rules to follow. Join us as we...

March 2021 News Roundup

Another big hello to all of our readers! We’re already a quarter of the way through 2021. Though it might not have been a dream start to the year, there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful. Chief among them (for us, anyway) is that lessons and tests are set to restart very soon! If you’re out of the loop, though, don’t worry. We’re here to help fill you in on all things motoring! This month, we look at the...