The new Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has been hit by a shortage of driving examiners with waiting periods for new drivers increasing to eight weeks at points during 2014.
There are more details in a news report from the Independent:
“The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) was formed by a hasty merger of the Vehicle and Operator Standards Agency and the Driving Standards Agency in April. Ever since, it has missed its target of providing aspiring drivers with a test within six weeks of applying.
The new body was suffering from a shortfall of 60 examiners when it started. It is also suffering morale problems, according to a staff survey published this month.
Transport minister Stephen Hammond said at the DVSA's launch that the merger "offers the opportunity to increase efficiency", while its first business plan stated "annual average waiting time will be no longer than six weeks for car practical tests".
Since then, the average wait for a test has been no less than 6.2 weeks, peaking at nearly eight weeks in August. The latest available figure, for October, showed that the wait for a test was almost seven weeks.”
Part of the problem seems to stem from the increased demand as there are more new drivers on the UK’s roads than usual.