DVLA admits 168,000 drivers with health conditions waiting for licences
Almost 170,000 motorists with health conditions are waiting for driving licences to be issued as civil servants struggle to clear a backlog of nearly 50,000 applications that built up during the pandemic.
DVLAs chief executive, Julie Lennard, confirmed in evidence to MPs on Thursday that 168,000 medical driving licence applications, including new licences and renewals, were pending as of 23 November.
The agencys aim is to reduce the number of applications in the live queue to its normal level of 120,000 by January at the latest, meaning that it now has about 48,000 extra forms to process. It had previously hoped to clear the backlog by September this year. Of those, about half cannot be completed until the DVLA receives further information, such as doctors reports, it said.
The backlog has reduced since February, when the live queue peaked at 333,000, with Lennard saying the department has made really good progress.
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