EXTREME Fast Track Driving Test Booking

Not for the faint-hearted!

The student and the Instructor select what is called a "trigger date". This is communicated to the client manager at BDS London.

The "trigger date" is the date at which stage the student will be ready, sufficiently prepared, and able to do a driving test at extremely short notice.

Normally, these types of driving tests are booked 2 to 3 working days before their occurrence. In extreme circumstances, they may be available on the following day. Therefore, the student and participating driving instructor will ensure that the student is ready and available to take the test on the "trigger date".

The reason that we are making this process available is because often the DVSA get extremely short notice cancellations and test availability and unless the student has been prepared to take a standby test these tests cannot be utilised.

As is our usual practice when a standby test becomes available we will offer it to the student and/or instructor with the caveat that it can be rejected if it is unsuitable. It is also important to note that if a standby test has been offered and there is no express and clear acceptance within the very limited time period (12 to 13 minutes) the standby test will not be booked as it cannot be cancelled once it has been booked.

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Where do Standby Tests Originate?

Learner drivers sometimes cancel tests due to unforeseen circumstances.
When this is done on extremely short notice these tests become available and are offered by the DVSA, on the condition that when they are booked they cannot be cancelled or moved.

These short-notice tests are normally 3 working days or less away.  In cases such as these BDS London classifies them as Standby Tests.

BDS often arranges with the students and instructors to book a Standby Test for the learner driver. The instructor gets the student ready on the premise that when a standby test pops up on the DVSA system it can be booked.

Most importantly, these types of tests cannot be changed or cancelled. Therefore once the booking commitment has been finalised, with the student or instructor, there is no test fee refund.

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How the Standby Test Works

The Client and the Instructor involved deciding whether they will be or are ready to do a test on a specific date (the "trigger date").

The lead for the Standby test confirmation may be the student or the instructor. Meaning that the lead is responsible for checking that the other party in the test booking is agreeable to the acceptance of the Standby Test offered. The student and instructor must set the "trigger date".

The lead (instructor or student) will inform us when they will be ready ("trigger date") for BDS London to make the Standby Test booking.

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Procedure of the Standby Test Booking Service

Please ensure you fully understand the implications of how this procedure works.

Make a deposit payment of £228 (£200 + VAT) for this extremely Fast Track Booking service.

Set the date ("trigger date") at which you will be ready for the Standby Test Booking. This is normally 2 to 3 days before the date on which you want the test to take place.
If the student does not have an instructor for the test we can normally arrange a short notice instructor who is aware of our standby test procedures, but this isn’t always possible.

When one of the BDS London client managers finds your Standby Test the client is offered the test. It is the client's prerogative to confirm that they accept or reject the test.

There is normally no more than 13 mins for the client to make the decision as to whether they accept or reject the Standby Test offered. If no confirmation is forthcoming from the client within the time then the BDS London Client manager will release the test back onto the DVSA system. (The test cannot be booked without acceptance/confirmation)

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Step by Step How To

Step 1. Fill in our quick and easy form below


Step 2. Make a deposit payment of £200.00 for this extremely Fast Track Booking service. Once you have submitted your form it will redirect you to the payment page


Step 3. Keep your Mobile with you at all times as one of our client managers can contact you at anytime to inform you of the fast track test that is available


Step 4. Now that you have your test booked, go and PASS your test, we know you can do it!

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Standby Test Terms and Conditions 

The fee for the Standby Test is £228 (£200 + VAT), which is a guaranteed service, subject to the terms as laid out here.  This is based on the booking for a normal weekday practical test, currently charged at £62 by the DVLA. (Standby Tests are not applicable to Extended or Special Requirements tests due to the additional DVLA requirements)

Should the client be offered and accept a weekend, after hours or bank holiday test, a top-up fee would be required to reflect the DVLA’s charge for the said test. Currently, the DVLA charges £75 for an after-hours, weekend or bank holiday test.  The additional £13 is payable by the client before the standby test day.

When subscribing for a Standby Test, the client warrants that

  • They do not have a test already booked on their name
  • That the Standby test window period does not overlap with  the 10 clear working day period since the client had undertaken another test or booked a test and not attended the test
  • That their theory certificate would be valid during the Standby Test window
  • They have not had their licence revoked, points on their licence, blacklisted by the DVLA or any other reason why a test cannot be booked online for them

On subscribing for the Standby Test Service by the client, BDSL will book a tester test to ensure that everything is in order for booking the client a test.  If one of the above-listed issues prevents BDSL from booking the client a test, the client will be charged a  £10 administration, and the balance of the deposit will be refunded to the client.

These DVSA cancellation Standby Tests can only be booked if the client has agreed to the test offered by one of BDS London's client managers or test bookers and a £228 (£200 + VAT) deposit for that test booking has already been received by BDS London.

If no Standby Test is offered in the window set by the client, then the £228 (£200 + VAT) is fully refundable.

If one test was offered to, but not accepted by, the client and no further suitable tests were found, then 60% of the fee "including the DVSA  booking fee" is refundable. (ie: {(£200 - 62) * 60/100 = Cost})
If two tests were offered to, but not accepted by, the client and no further suitable tests were found, then 30% of the fee "including the DVSA  booking fee" is refundable. (ie: {(£200 - 62) * 30/100 = Cost})

If three tests were offered to, but not accepted by, the client, only the DVSA test cost is refundable.

A Standby Test can only be booked after receipt of the deposit of £200 by BDSL from the client. 

If a top-up fee of £13 (or the current DVSA rate difference between a normal and after-hours/ weekend or bank holiday test) is payable by the client to BDSL, the client will only secure the said test once the full DVLA test fee has been received by BDSL  from the client. Should the client not pay the £13 (or current DVSA test price discrepancy between a weekday and weekend, after-hours or bank holiday test) in the designated period before the test day, the client will forfeit the  £228 (£200 + VAT) deposit.

If a driving instructor has been arranged by BDSL to complete lessons with the client and or take him or her to the test for a Standby Test accepted by the client. The client will be liable for the hours allocated for use of the instructor’s car for the test day, whether or not the client does the test so booked.

Once a  Short Notice Test, accepted by the client, is booked by BDSL, the £228 (£200 + VAT) deposit (including the DVLA top-up fee for a weekend, bank holiday or after-hours test) has been used.  Should the DVLA move the Short Notice Test, BDSL would be able to move the test to a suitable Short Notice date if the client so requests.  Under these circumstances the rebooked Short Notice test fee will be at a discounted rate of £69, excluding the DVLA test fee.  Should the client cancel the Short Notice Test rescheduled by the DVLA, BDSL will refund the client the test fee if the test fee had been refunded to BDSL by the DVLA. Had the said test been cancelled by the client, on short notice, no DVLA test fee will be refunded.

Best Driving School’s full Standard terms and conditions will apply to Standby Tests.  Where a discrepancy exists between the Standard Terms and Conditions and The Standby Test Terms and Conditions, the Standby Test’s Terms and Conditions will take precedence.

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