New proposals to improve the driving test, including incentives to be better prepared, form part of a consultation launched by government today.
• biggest shake up of the driving test in a generation
• proposals for a ‘cashback’ incentive for the driving test, introducing in a deposit which is returned to the driver if they pass, encouraging learner drivers to take their test when they are ready
• government wants to hear your views on how to improve the service offered by DVSA and DVLA
Only 21% of driving tests result in a first time pass. The majority of tests are repeat examinations.
Reduced driving test fee
Under the new proposals the driving test fee would be reduced by requiring learner drivers to pay a deposit when they take their test, which they get back if they pass.
This will help make sure learner drivers are:
• better prepared for taking their test and driving independently
• less likely to have an accident in the months following the test
• taking their test when they are ready and confident of passing
An incentive to be prepared
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
We want to make learning to drive safer and more affordable. This change will give those who pass first time some money back and provide an incentive for learners to be more prepared before they take their test. These common sense proposals mean that all learner drivers can feel the benefit.
This consultation is a really important step and we want to hear all views.
Steve Gooding director of the RAC Foundation said:
We support measures that will encourage learner drivers to get the experience they need to pass their test first time with flying colours, rather than barely scraping through or failing and having to repeat the process a few months down the road at yet more expense.
Improving road safety and increasing efficiency
The consultation also sets out proposals to:
• introduce more driving test appointment times, including weekends and evenings
• offer tests from a range of venues
• review fees for all services provided by motoring agencies
• change providers for some services
• combine services at motoring agencies
The consultation is part of the government’s ongoing work to streamline public services and save the taxpayer money.