Summer chaos ahead for driving tests?
The National Confederation of Driving Schools has warned of summer chaos due to lack of funding and a deficit in examiners.
They say there is currently a one month delay waiting for tests and also a succession of last-minute changes and cancellations.
They warn that unless something is done, the whole system is under threat which could lead to the collapse of the road training system in Spain with the closure of businesses and the dismissal of thousands of workers.
The Confederation says the driving licence system is experiencing delays that block activity because the current DGT examiner’s staff has been frozen for at least the last five years.
“The situation is particularly serious in twelve Provincial Traffic Offices, which account for 48 per cent of the permits issued in Spain (Alicante, Baleares, Barcelona, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Girona, La Rioja, Lleida, Madrid, Navarre, Tarragona and Valencia,” says the CNAE.
The Confederation says the bank of driving teachers in Spain constitutes nearly 18,000 people and the situation is putting their jobs at risk.
They want an increase in the number of test inspectors to 943 from the current 756 and new courses set up to train new recruits.
The Confederation warns that demand for tests always increases in the summer and this is going to lead to pressure which cannot be coped with.
The General Directorate of Traffic says it will be looking at the situation.