An extra driver tester is on deck at Dubbo to deal with a backlog of learners looking to progress to the next stage in the wake of three months of coronavirus disruption.
L-platers have rushed the chance to sit for their provisional licences as driver testing resumes.
The Dubbo Service Centre has conducted 95 driving tests since July 1, compared with 69 driving tests during the same period in 2019, Service NSW data provided to the Daily Liberal on Monday reveals.
The data also shows current driver testing wait time in Dubbo is six days.
Service NSW told of expecting high demand when it was announced last month driver testing would resume after a three-month break, and that it had recruited an additional 50 driver testers across the state to increase the number of tests available to customers.
There was an estimated 4800 driver tests performed each week, and planning was under way to increase capacity to about 6500 tests per week to address the backlog arising from the period of COVID-19 restrictions, it said in June.
This week the agency provided an update on resourcing to Dubbo, and advice to the community.
"Service NSW has assigned Dubbo Service Centre an additional driver tester to assist with COVID-19 recovery," a Service NSW spokesperson said.
"Driving tests can be booked online, over the phone or in a service centre."
Last month Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said appropriate safeguards would remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, such as disposable seat covers, hand sanitiser and gloves.
"Customers will also need to sign a statutory declaration confirming they are well enough to take the test," Mr Dominello said.