A FITNESS learner had her driving test canceled 11 TIMES in 18 months, despite feeling ready to pass it.
Poppy Evans, 19, is keen to rip up her study records but she’s stuck in the bureaucracy of test cancellations because testers get Covid.
She was 17 and ready to pass when her nightmare began.
Poppy has suffered 11 rejections because examiners have fallen ill, and has had to reapply each time, often waiting weeks before securing another spot – only to watch that one vanish too.
Tired of not taking a test at any of the centers near her home near Watlington, Oxfordshire, she made a 120-mile round trip to Winchester.
But that test was canceled minutes after she pulled into the parking lot.
Poppy, who drives a blue VW Golf, said so Henley standard that she blames the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency and their “incompetence”.
She said: “It all started as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and everyone was in the same situation so I couldn’t really complain.
“There was a huge backlog of tests due to the lockdowns and people just couldn’t book one.
“I was initially fine with the cancellations but I keep having this bad luck and now I’m really frustrated.
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“I had to cancel one of the tests myself because I had Covid then I was supposed to have one in February but Storm Eunice happened so that was canceled too.”
She started booking tests in Reading, Oxford or Newbury in 2020 but as dates came and went she decided to go further afield in hopes of better luck.
Poppy added: “Having been unable to get a test at the locations near me I booked one in Winchester.
“It took us two hours to get all the way there so we left around 5:30am to make sure we were there by 8am.
“As we were parking an instructor came out of the building and said they were sorry but had to cancel due to illness.
“I didn’t even get a text message to say it wasn’t going ahead.
“I asked the guy if I would now go back in line for a test and he said ‘no no no’ but as I was driving home I got a text saying my next Test weeks later would take place in June.”
She passed her theory test in September 2020 and has to repeat it if she does not pass the practical test after the two-year period has expired.
Poppy felt she should come first, adding: “I think the DVSA should look at my past and see all my test cancellations, but I keep getting put at the end of the queue.
“I feel like I should come first.
“I know a lot of people have had issues with the DVSA regarding cancellations, but nobody seems to have had it as badly as I have.
“I had to wait months and months to take a test and every time I couldn’t take a test I had to wait longer – it’s just so unfair.”
The teenager said not being able to take her test is holding her back – as she can’t find a job far away because she can’t drive there herself.
She lives in a rural area and had to pay cabs to and from college for a year.
Poppy added: “Once I pass my test I want to get another job. I just want to get out there instead of having to rely on friends or taxis.”
Although she is still waiting for her driver’s license, Poppy has had a tractor license since she was 16.
She added: “I’ve been driving the tractor on the road and I’m well aware. Tractors are quite big but you still have to do the right things like being proactive and aware.”
Loveday Ryder, chief executive of the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency, said: “The pandemic has resulted in a high demand for driving tests and we are doing everything we can to offer more tests so that we can get our services back to normal as soon as possible.
“Candidates whose tests have unfortunately been canceled will be offered the first available test in their area.
“We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the current high demand for testing.”
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