A new Driving Standards Agency (DSA) initiative to make driving test centres more accessible has been announced by road safety minister Stephen Hammond.
From February onwards, learner drivers will be able to take their driving tests at branches of car parts and accessories store Halfords.
Halfords' superstore in Wellingborough will be the first to roll out the new tests, which will continue to be conducted by DSA examiners, Mr Hammond said.
Each participating store will set aside a special area to meet with test candidates, and the firm hopes to conduct around 1,500 tests a year at the Wellingborough centre.
"We are very pleased to be working with Halfords to provide a more local service for driving test candidates," Stephen Hammond MP said.
"This is a great example of working with private sector partners to provide an important local service that is convenient as well as being cost effective."
Leaner drivers should also consider taking the additional Pass Plus training course once they pass their test, which can help to drastically bring down their car insurance premiums.
Halfords commercial director, Paul McClenaghan, said: "We look forward to welcoming many learner drivers to our stores where we hope that they will enjoy a successful start to their motoring journey," he added.
Copyright Press Association 2013