New theory test deal saves £100m

New theory test deal saves £100m

Driving theory tests will cost the Government £100 million less over the next nine years following the agreement of a new contract.

The theory exam, which includes questions on what drivers should do in the event of abreakdown , will be operated on behalf of theDriving Standards Agency by learndirect from September 2016.

The firm will take over from current providers Pearson Driving Assessments.

The computer-based tests will be made available in more locations across the UK as part of the deal.

A written statement to MPs from Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said: "The result of these contract arrangements has been to secure a very good, value for money deal.

"The reduction in net cost per test, allied to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's forecast of increased test volumes as a result of the economic recovery, means that more than £100 million will be saved over the next nine years."

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