Driving test location is hot stuff

Driving test location is hot stuff

Fire stations are used to having firefighters put to the test. Now wannabe motorists will be too - with the introduction of a trial scheme to host driving tests at a Greater Manchester station.

Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond approved Salford fire station as the pilot venue for the project, which starts on April 16.

It will now be able to provide driving test slots every Tuesday and Thursday. More stations around the Manchester area could follow.

This is the third non-traditional test venue that aspiring motorists will be able to set theirjourney planners to.

It comes after the introduction of driving test slots at selected branches of Halfords as well as at Nottingham Trent University.

All three schemes will see tests conducted by Driving Standards Agency (DSA) examiners.

Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond, said the new fire station test centre will ensure that people taking their driving test have access to a more convenient option.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, described the partnership with the DSA as "really exciting".

Copyright Press Association 2013