Of this total, the majority (12,881) are driving tests and 2,333 are theory tests. According to statistics on the IMT website, there are those who have been waiting months or even years: 4,723 have been waiting for more than three months, and 105 for more than four years.
But what has caused this situation? According to JN, this is down to a "brutal lack" of examiners and instructors, explain the Automóvel Clube de Portugal (ACP) and the Portuguese Association of Driving Schools (APEC).
To JN, the IMT confirmed the delays in the theory and practical exams, both in its centers and in the private ones, which result, in part, from the measures applied during the pandemic. In municipalities where the supply of centers is reduced or exclusive to the IMT, "there is an additional constraint on the supply capacity", states the institute. To try to rectify this problem, the IMT has reinforced local teams with the relocation of examiners from other districts and new professionals are being trained.
Because SEF has not processed my documents to renew my residential visa, this office refuses to except my documents to offer exchange of my license for the license I have that is active in my home country. So I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place in a very dystopian unreal situation not being able to get my drivers license because another branch of the government cannot give me my updated visa. Either parTi wants to be reasonable or offer anything and it’s impossible to get through. This is truly an unreal nightmare, and many other aspects are also affected, including getting a parking permit for the neighborhood I live in. I’m not asking for a road test or a to pass an exam and simply asking for a clerk to except my paperwork process it and offer me a license as per the law of the country. I don’t want to drive illegally because I cannot get my license due to the limitations of the government.
By Patrick Oh! from Lisbon on 31 Oct 2022, 12:33