Trial in new driving test locations

A national trial is due to be conducted across Britain to try out the feasibility of venues such as local authority buildings, leisure centres or hotels to deliver practical driving tests, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) said.

According to road safety minister Mike Penning, the trials will be carried out in a bid to make test locations more convenient and flexible to the learner drivers who aim to get a full driving licence.

Seven locations that have been listed for the trial, including Ashford in Kent, Cumnock in Ayrshire and the Trowbridge area of Wiltshire, currently do not have a local testing centre but have a significant demand for driving tests.

Based on the success of these trials, the DSA will decide whether to carry out trials in other locations where there are no test centres.

Only practical car test will be conducted in such locations. Candidates will have to take the other part of the licence test in theory test centres.

Mr Penning said: "I want us to be more flexible and innovative in delivering driving tests to make sure that we are offering people the best service possible wherever they live."

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