Calls to back driving test scheme

Calls to back driving test scheme

British businesses are being called on to support an initiative designed to allow more learner drivers access to practical tests.

The Government scheme is currently backed by Halfords and numerous other organisations, but leading ministers believe it needs more partners to widen its reach across the country.

As part of the initiative practical driving tests are being offered in 21 areas in the UK that do not have a local test centre, but the Government said it would like this figure to increase. It is inviting proposals from potential partners who are willing to provide venues for driving tests without charging the Driving Standards Association (DSA) a fee.

"It is vital that public services are as open and accessible as possible. This initiative is a great example of how working with partners in the public and private sectors can help to ensure that we offer people the best possible service wherever they live," said Mike Penning, road safety minister.

"Our aim is to provide all driving test candidates with a local service that is convenient as well as being cost effective."

Copyright Press Association 2012