HGV driving candidates face new red-tape delay
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• An HGV training school boss has asked the Government to allow trainee drivers to sit their tests without having to wait for a provisional licence to be issued by the DVLC.
Brian Miles of MIS (Training Services), has been warned that would-he HGV drivers will have to wait up to 25 working days for their provisional licences once the DVLC takes over the system after 1 April.
He has also been told that he cannot avoid the delay by applying to the DVLC before the changeover.
It currently takes three to four working days for MIS to receive the licences from the Western Area Office, says Miles. The delay could mean that he will not be able to operate his business during April because potential customers will not have received their ,Eovisional licences.
LI The DTp hopes to despatch 80% of licences within five working days.