Test centre times shake-up planned

The British body charged with setting driving standards and supervising instructors is planning a series of changes to the way it offers out-of-hours driving tests.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) said test centres will be able to offer appointments at weekends and during early mornings and evenings in summer if they often experience high levels of demand for practical tests, but those with less demand will cease to offer irregular appointments from May 17.

The DSA believes that the changes will offer a better service for learner drivers by allowing examiners to focus their attentions where it is most needed.

DSA chief executive Rosemary Thew said: "These changes will ensure that our examiners' time is focused on where it is needed most and that we make the best use of our resources.

"We will keep the situation under constant review and offer testing outside normal hours to provide extra capacity where it is needed."

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