ENGLISH learner drivers who are fed-up with waiting months to take their tests, are flocking to Wales to take advantage of our shorter waiting lists.
The average waiting time in London is between 17 and 20 weeks, while learners in Cardiff can take their exams in half the time.
One learner who is desperate to shed her 'L' plates is 28-year-old Londoner Lucy Carter.
She tried to book a driving test near her home last week, but was told the next date available was in October.
But the waiting list in Cardiff was three months less than in London.
A recent survey by driving school BSM found many other learner drivers are travelling to Cardiff and Bridgend from the English capital, because of a shortage of examiners.
"I have been taking lessons recently and had to wait ages to get a driving test in London in June," said Lucy. "I didn't pass, so I thought I'd book myself a driving test straight away so I didn't forget anything, but the first date available was October 16!
"I tried all the test centres around London but it was the same. So my boyfriend Rhodri, who is from Cardiff, suggested I do it in Wales.
"I looked into it, and the centre in Barry had a time free in early July. Now I have six hours of lessons with an instructor in Dinas Powys booked for weekends before the test."
The Driving Standards Agency, who are in charge of test centres, are trying to tackle the problem.
Brian Gilhooley, DSA Operations Director said: "Waiting times are slowly being reduced."