10. Cancelled or stopped tests and bad weather

Sometimes the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has to cancel or stop driving tests because of bad weather, vehicle problems or other reasons.

DVSA will email you if your driving test is cancelled.

Your test will usually be automatically rebooked for you at no further cost if it’s cancelled by DVSA.

Bad weather

Practical riding tests aren’t held in dangerous weather conditions, for example when the roads are icy or if there is flooding, high winds or thick fog.

Call your test centre if there is snow or ice in your local area on the day of your test.

When to phone your test centre

You should call the test centre:

  • as soon as you can on the day of your test if it’s booked for early in the morning
  • later in the morning if your test is in the afternoon

No answer from the test centre

If nobody answers the phone, and the conditions in your area aren’t looking too bad, it’s likely that the driving examiners are:

  • checking the local roads to see if driving tests can go ahead
  • taking driving tests because the conditions are suitable

However, this isn’t a guarantee that your test will go ahead.

Call the test centre again or go there in time for your test.

If your test can’t go ahead

A new appointment date will usually be sent to you within 3 working days. This could take up to 7 days when the bad weather goes on for longer.

You won’t be able to claim for any out-of-pocket expenses.

Waiting times for a practical driving test

As well as causing cancellations, bad weather can sometimes lead to longer waiting times for practical test appointments.

Tests cancelled by DVSA for other reasons

You might be able to apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses if DVSA cancels your test at short notice.

Problems with you or your vehicle

You’ll have to take another test at your own cost if your test can’t be completed because of a problem with:

  • you - for example, if you feel unwell while taking your test
  • your vehicle - for example, if it breaks down during the test or is not suitable for the test

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