Facecoverings, failed tests & examiner qualifications

Knowsley News made this Freedom of Information request to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

Waiting for an internal review by Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of their handling of this request.

Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

This is the fifth attempt to get a response or answer from The Dept of Transport or DVLA.

How many people have failed their driving test for being exempt of wearing a face covering?

How many tests have been cancelled, due to examiners not wanting to sit with exempt drivers?

The Government refused to extend the theory test, despite most of the year being unavailable to book or take driving tests, why?

Will people have the cost reumbursed? If not, why not?

The online booking system fails to share mask exemptions, why is this?

In a mailshot, dated 17 July 2021, you stated:
"You must have told us if you have a good reason not to wear a face covering when you booked your test. If you did not tell us when you booked your test, you should go to... ".
Medical data is sensitive personal data, why "must" people tell you this information? It looks to be a discriminatory question, which could likely breach both GDPR & The Equality Act 2010.

In the same email you state:
"Your test will be cancelled if you come without a face covering and you did not say that you could not wear one in advance. "
Why has this bullying comment been added and how many tests have been cancelled as a result of this edict?

Have Impact Assessment's (AI's) been done, if so please provide a copy, if not, please explain why not?

Are there incidences where examiners have refused to sit with exempt drivers and/or is there a 'shortage' of examiners willing to sit with exempt drivers, meaning their tests have effectively been cancelled ad infinitum?

What qualifies a driving examiner?

Yours faithfully,

Tatt J
Knowsley News

FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Hello

Your request has been forwarded to the Drivers and Vehicle Standard Agency which have advised me that they are dealing with your request.

Regards

Freedom Of Information
Strategy, Policy & Communications Directorate | C2W | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk

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FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Hello

Thank you for your email unfortunately this is not for the DVLA to answer, I have forwarded your request to the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency who will respond to your request directly.

Regards

Freedom Of Information
Strategy, Policy & Communications Directorate | C2W | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk

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Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request the email address or confirmation that the DVSA will respond to this FOI here. If this has to be escalated as an internal review of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Facecoverings, failed tests & examiner qualifications', then this will at least garner some information.

The Government's FOI request system is appalling, no acknowledgement once a submission has been made thereby ignoring requests and now being informed it's the DVSA.

As an additional question has the DVSA been outsourced, if so who to?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Yours faithfully,
J Tatt
Knowsley News