The Ministry of Public Works and Transit (MOPT) has already booked up all the available driving tests for this year. Unless someone cancels, there are 41,000 people who will stay on the waiting list until 2024. These people have already paid the fee, ¢5,000, which is good for 18 months.
There are 13 places in the country to take the test, however, in total, there are only 33 evaluators. There were 39, which still wasn’t enough, but some retired and their places cannot be filled because of the country’s fiscal situation.
There’s no budget for overtime or extraordinary days. An extraordinary budget for August, September, and October is being requested but it will be up to the Ministry of Finance and the Legislative Assembly to approve it.
We’ve seen an increase in how many people want to take the practical test. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic limited the service because of sanitary restrictions.
This year 1,000 more spots were opened than were last year. In total, 163,800 tests can be given in 2023. 50,000 have already been done in the first two and a half months of the year. Still, the Comptroller General of the Republic noted that not even 50% of the places required to meet demand are offered.
20% of those who schedule the tests don’t show up. It is requested that if you can’t make it you cancel on the website so that someone else can take the space.