26 September 2023

Driving tests speed up for Christmas rush

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The Department of Transport has announced that an additional 1,300 practical driving tests assessments are to be made available in December and January to cater for the high demand over summer.

It said the additional Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) bookings will be released weekly, and be available on weekends at the Joondalup, Midland, Kelmscott and Rockingham Driver and Vehicle Services Centres until 29 January 2023.

Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti said there was always a high demand for practical driving assessments over the December and January period and releasing the additional weekend bookings provided flexibility for PDA candidates.

“Having access to a driver’s licence opens the door to more work and training opportunities, so we want to be looking at ways we can cater for this busy period as more people look to undertake their PDAs,” Ms Saffioti said.

“I encourage all candidates to make the most of these weekend PDA bookings and visit the Department of Transport website for tips and advice to pass the practical driving assessment,” she said.

The Department said candidates can book a PDA between 7.55am and 3.40pm on Saturdays and Sundays at Joondalup, Midland and Rockingham and between 8am and 2.45pm at Kelmscott.

PDAs can be booked or cancelled online 24/7 using the Department’s website at this PS News link.

The minister said the PDAs would not be available on the Christmas (24 and 25 December) and New Year (31 December and 1 January 2023) weekends.

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