Last reviewed 24 August 2021

A campaign to recruit additional vocational driving examiners in England and Wales has been launched by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to help reduce the current lorry driver shortage.

In total, 40 new vocational examiners will be recruited, made up of existing DVSA employees and external candidates.

DVSA has said that it continues to develop measures to maximise testing capacity, including consulting on plans to streamline the process for drivers to gain their heavy goods vehicle (HGV) licence.

The additional examiners will enable the Agency to offer more lorry driving test appointments. It has already increased the number of vocational driving tests from 2000 a week pre-pandemic to 3000 by using overtime and allocating additional employees into testing.

DVSA Chief Executive Loveday Ryder said: “We recognise the haulage industry keeps the wheels of our economy turning and have listened to its concerns about the current lorry driver shortage. We have responded by doing all we can to support the industry in tackling this issue through increasing lorry driver testing.”

Details of the examiner vacancies, and how to apply, can be found — here.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said that she would encourage anyone with the right experience to apply for a role to help keep the country moving.