Cutting costs, not corners: Theory test price slash for young motorists on the horizon

Young Manchester motorists may be set to save themselves money as the cost of driving theory tests could be cut by 25%, after the government revved up proposed changes.

The government launched the proposal last week, asking the public for their views.

The price of a theory test could be cut by a quarter and reduced by £6, falling from £31 to £25.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) estimate that this cut could save learner drivers in excess of £100 million pounds over the next nine years.

DVSA Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, believes it is important to keep costs down for new motorists.

“By agreeing new contract arrangements for the delivery of theory tests we have secured significant cost savings, and it is right that we pass these savings on to our customers,” he said.

“We want to make sure that we continue to keep pace with customers’ needs and deliver services in a way which is both convenient and cost effective.”

The review into driving test fees is part of the government’s wider initiative aimed at reducing overall costs for motorists.

Launching the consultation Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond, thinks lowering the cost of taking the test is vital.

“We are determined to keep motoring costs down, so we want to make sure theory tests offer the best value for money while continuing to meet rigorous standards,” he said.

“The theory test plays a vital role in making sure that new drivers know the Highway Code and the rules of the road.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to providing value for money services that help to keep our roads among the safest in the world.”

The online consultation can be found via the DVLA website at

The consultation will run until May 15.

Image courtesy Dafydd Vaughan, via Flickr, with thanks

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