Driving tests brought closer to home with partnership deal

Driving tests could soon be available from branches of Halfords under plans announced 10 July 2012 by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning.

By Acclaim Team News on 11th July 2012 in News

As well as using traditional driving test centres, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is looking at working with public and private sector partners to provide driving test premises in selected areas that don’t already have a local test centre.

New Approach to Driving Test delivery

The DSA has selected Halfords plc as a preferred partner, and is also exploring partnerships with the Fire and Rescue Service and several Universities.


The scheme focuses on 21 locations, centred around 5 different areas across the country:

  • Glasgow
  • Kettering
  • Manchester
  • Watford
  • Worcestershire

Starting From The Autumn

Driver Testing from the partner premises in these locations is expected to start from this autumn.

These arrangements apply to Practical Car Driving Tests. Other types of practical tests and theory test centres will not be affected or included in these trials..

The Partners will allow the use of their premises at no cost to the DSA. Driving Tests will still be conducted by DSA examiners.

‘Best possible service’

Road Safety Minister, Mike Penning, said:

“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.

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


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