Learner drivers face price increase for lessons as almost half of instructors raise cost

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A new survey suggests that almost half of driving instructors have upped the price of lessons due to the pandemic. As the backlog of learners increases and pressures on the industry builds, instructors have been left with no choice but to up the cost of lessons.

It is estimated that around 40 percent of instructors have increased the price of lessons since the start of 2020.

Around 30 percent have reduced the frequency of lessons a learner can book, favouring learners with more experience.

The data, from Marmalade Insurance, also found that an average lesson costs around £31.15. 

This is a nine percent increase from the previous year, which was priced on average at £28.47.

More than one fifth of instructors revealed that they were charging more than the 2021 average.

Many of these lessons now fall between the price range of between £35 and £40.

Compared to 2020, this is a 15 percent increase, when only six percent of instructors charged that much.

Since 2020, instructors have seen a 227 percent increase in enquiries, with an average of 8.24 extra enquiries per week.

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Crispin Moger, CEO of Marmalade, commented on the disruptions that learners have had to endure.

“Learner drivers are still feeling the impact of the past 18 months with the aftershock of the pandemic disrupting the industry at every level.

“We have reported extensively on the instructor shortages in the UK and that ongoing issue doesn’t seem to be improving which is having a knock-on effect for learner drivers in that they have no accessibility to professional tuition.

“Driving instructors have told us they are plagued by third-party apps which buy up all of the test slots meaning they have no way of their pupils booking a test and leaving their capacity tight.

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