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PROVINCE TO REDUCE WAIT TIMES FOR DRIVER’S TESTS

To reduce the long wait times for driver’s tests, the province is adding more examiners and making the testing system more efficient. Public Works has hired five new driver examiners to work at Access Nova Scotia centres and is partnering with Safety Services Nova Scotia to hire and train 10 more. With these 15 new driver examiners, up to 900 tests per week will be added to the system, according to the province.

 

The goal of the initiative is to reduce wait times for a driver’s test to about three weeks. The current wait time in Nova Scotia is about six weeks and was as high as 22 weeks last August. Before the pandemic, the average wait time was 10 to 13 weeks.

 

The new examiners are being hired on one-year terms and are expected to be hired and trained by summer.

 

Tests are also being added by extending hours and making appointments available on weekends.According to the province, about 10 per cent of appointments are currently missed or not completed; this rate will be improved through reduced paperwork, more reminders and improved translated materials.

 

The cost of this initiative is expected to be about $2.3 million.

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