The senior national politicians are personally contacting the RSA seeking to have their constituents bumped up the waiting list for driving tests as other motorists are forced to wait months. Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal how an email from a senior politician to the RSA on behalf of a constituent can knock weeks, if not months, off waiting times. In most instances, the RSA responds to the politician with a test date within a couple of weeks of the request at a driving test centre where other motorists could be waiting for as long as seven months. More than 83,000 people are currently waiting for a driving test. The RSA said drivers who contact the authority directly seeking a short notice test or cancellation appointment are “not treated any less favourably” than those who do so through a politician. The agency’s website warns the “current high demand” for driving tests mean “it may not always be possible to accommodate applicants who have requested the short notice option”. Internal RSA correspondence shows almost every politician who contacted the agency in the past six months secured a fast-tracked test date for their constituents or was told the individual… Read full this story
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