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September 2020 News Roundup

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Welcome to the September issue of our news roundup! In a month that’s seen yet more COVID uncertainty, we’re focusing on the big stories in the world of driving. We can’t promise that the C-word won’t make a swift appearance—indeed, our first story is the drop in driving tests since the start of lockdown. After that, we’ll move on to the proposal to introduce ‘T-plates’ for young drivers, before shedding light on a new driving licence scam. Finally, we’ll take...

Taking the Theory Test in Lockdown

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Since its introduction back in 1996, the theory test has been through plenty of changes. This year, meanwhile, saw the coronavirus pandemic bring about some fairly seismic shifts to pretty much all aspects of daily life. So, how much did it affect the theory test? Fortunately, having taken a theory test both before and after the pandemic, I’m able to shed some light on this with first-hand info. I’ll detail my experience taking the theory test under the current rules,...

August 2020 News Roundup

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Hello there readers! We hope you’ve been holding up well out there. After all, though certain things are (just) starting to get back to normal, life is still feeling pretty weird at the moment. To reassure you that what you’ve been experiencing recently is definitely real life and not just a fever dream, we’ve got a roundup of all of August’s top driving-related news stories. There’s no way for us to avoid the most pressing story for learner drivers this...

Chaos at the DVSA: Test Booking System Queues Leave Learners Furious

When the DVSA announced the reopening of the driving test booking service late last week, learners around the UK rejoiced. Finally, this was their chance to get on the road after many long months in lockdown. As is so often the case, however, the expectation fell far short of the reality, leaving learners incensed. With two botched attempts at reopening the system now behind us, we take a look at what went wrong for the DVSA in the last week....

July 2020 News Roundup

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Here at the PassMeFast Blog, we’ve endeavoured to keep you up to date with all the latest developments throughout these turbulent times. That’s why, in recent months, we’ve put our monthly updates on hold, focusing instead on posting breaking news as it happens. With the world starting to reopen, however, we’re happy to say that our news roundup is back! This July, the biggest story (at least for us driving schools!) was the resumption of driving tests for the first...

Meet a Booking Agent: Elliot

We’ve reached one of our favourite points of the month! Yes, it’s time for us to take a trip to the PassMeFast office to get to know another team member! So, who’s up in this month’s edition of our Meet a Booking Agent series? As it so happens, it’s Elliot! Since joining PassMeFast in early 2020, he’s been helping students through their journey to passing. We asked him a few questions about himself and his role at PassMeFast—let’s find out what he...

DVSA Answers Instructors’ Questions on Return to Testing

Driving lessons are now going ahead across England, and the resumption of practical testing is in sight. With this in mind, many of us have questions about how driving tuition will operate in the coming months. Who better to ask, then, than the body that oversees all lessons and tests: the DVSA? A recent Q&A session arranged by NASP, an association representing three-quarters of Britain’s driving instructors, saw many of the most burning questions put to senior members of the...