The last lockdown put them out a few days again, with a wait of about three weeks to a month.Glenn Bubb
The wait for licence tests in the south-west has eased, according to a Warrnambool driving instructor.
In May last year All for Learners Driving School owner Glenn Bubb said he was concerned some of his students had no option but to travel to Werribee to obtain their licence.
The number of tests being done reduced during the coronavirus pandemic and students who wanted a manual licence had to go elsewhere for a period of time.
Mr Bubb said VicRoads had done a good job addressing the backlog, offering licence tests on five days instead of four and increasing the number of appointments from five to seven a day.
"They've increased the amount of tests to address the backlog," he said.
"The last lockdown put them out a few days again, with a wait of about three weeks to a month."
He said he had a few students who were disappointed they had to wait and wouldn't have their licence in time to start university.
Mr Bubb said testing was also available in Hamilton two days a week rather than only one.
But a three-week wait is similar to what people have experienced in past years.
There was an existing backlog prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, with motorists holding an international licence required to obtain a Victorian licence.
Mr Bubb said this had resulted in a three-month backlog but VicRoads had given people with an overseas permit extra time to get a Victorian licence due to the pandemic.
He said he was pleased overseas licence holders would need to learn the state's road rules before driving in the south-west.
Testing was put on hold in March last year during the first COVID-19 lockdown.
During that period no new bookings were taken.
Testing resumed in June but there was a substantial backlog of people whose tests had been postponed. The state government said at the time 200 additional staff across the state would help work through the backlog.
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