Driving test fee to rise in March

The cost of driving tests will increase on March 30 2009, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has confirmed.

Under the proposals a practical test for car drivers will increase by £7 from £56.50 to £63.50 for tests booked on or after March 30 2009.

The DSA also intends to increase the price of the written theory part of the test from £30 to £31.

DSA chief executive Rosemary Thew said: "We have to cover our costs in providing driving and riding tests to learners throughout the country.

"We are already planning to make efficiency savings of £6 million this year and plan further savings in 2009/10. But to make sure we continue to offer an excellent service the fees we charge must recover our operational costs."

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