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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.

New Pass Rate Data Out! Q3 2020/21 Stats Revealed

As of late, we’ve not had much news in the way of driving tests. That’s because the most recent national lockdown has put a stop to almost all testing across the country. However, the DVSA have just dropped some new statistics, giving us a glimpse of the most recent data available. We’re going to break down the figures and show you all the latest info! Oct–Dec 2020: Just under a quarter of a million practical tests The stats are out,...

Highways England Wants to Hear from YOU: How Can The Highway Code Be Improved?

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As a nation, the people of the UK are quite an opinionated bunch. Lord knows we have plenty to say about how other people act on the road, anyway! The DVSA and Highways England have launched a consultation for members of the public, which presents an opportunity for you to put your griping to good use. So, whether it’s cyclists, pedestrians, or drivers whose behaviour often gets your goat, you now have a chance to get your voice heard—and maybe...

February 2021 News Roundup

Hello again readers! We’ve reached the end of another month, and that means it’s time for a news roundup! As we look back on February, we’ll focus on the new roadmap out of lockdown before moving onto the investigation into smart motorways. We’ll then round things off by looking into the Coventry mobility credits trial and the news that speeding is less acceptable than five years ago. What does the ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ mean for drivers? For almost a...

Roadmap Out of Lockdown: Can You Start Driving Lessons?

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The announcement of a roadmap out of lockdown brought much-needed hope to many of us. However, while the headlines revolved around schools, pubs and holidays, we wanted to know the impact on learner drivers. So, when will lessons and tests restart after lockdown? We’ve taken a closer look at the Government’s plans to bring you the latest info. Read on to see when you’ll be able to get back on the road… Steps out of lockdown The Government’s plans to...

Is There a Way to Get an Extension on Your Theory Test Pass Certificate?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on learner drivers across the UK. Very few people have managed to enjoy a normal, smooth-running journey to earning a licence in the 2020-21 period. Testing conditions have changed; the number of tests that can be carried out a day has been reduced; examiners and instructors are forced to quarantine at short notice; and tests and lessons have been suspended altogether for significant periods of time. The resulting delays present a particular...

January 2021 News Roundup

Hey there readers! We hope you’re holding up well in these strange and difficult times. There’s certainly been plenty going on in the world of motoring—so, as always, we’re back with another monthly news roundup. So, what’s in store for January? First up, we finally have the full theory test centre pass rate data for 2019/20—in the first month of 2021. After that, we’ll be taking a look at the return of emergency testing for certain key workers, before moving on...

Emergency Testing Returns — Are You Eligible?

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In the first lockdown, the only people able to pass their test were key workers. That’s because the DVSA made a limited number of emergency driving tests and theory tests available, with NHS and social care staff at the top of the list. This system ended when practical testing resumed for the general public in August. Since then, however, we’ve had two more lockdowns. Both of these have seen driving tests suspended nationwide—and yet, on neither occasion did the DVSA restart emergency...

Our Pass Photo of the Week—Sinead from Nottingham!

Howdy! We hope everyone’s hanging on in there. Lockdown is certainly no fun and we’re really missing seeing our learners hit the roads for driving lessons and tests. It’s OK though because we’re all in this together and we will get through it! As we explained last week, thanks to everything being shut down, we don’t have any hot-off-the-press pass photos. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’re all out of new pass pics to show you. Oh no! In fact,...

What Does the January 2021 Lockdown Mean for Driving Courses?

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The news we all dreaded has finally come to pass. Following announcements by Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson on January 4th, all UK nations are now under lockdown once more. With restrictions on all areas of daily life, what will the impact be on driving courses? Here’s a close look at the status of driving lessons, theory tests and practical tests under the new lockdown. Driving lessons Under official guidance from GOV.UK, driving lessons may not go ahead in England. This...

PassMeFast: 2020 Year in Review

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2020 is a year that many of us may be pleased to see the back of, with unprecedented disruption to everyday life now the norm. Nonetheless, we here at PassMeFast are taking a moment to look back on some of the positives of the year with our annual review. Join us as we show that not everything in 2020 was doom and gloom (really!)....