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Learner Drivers To Pay Less For Theory Tests

The cost of the driving theory test will be cut by 25 per cent, saving learner drivers in excess of £100m over the next 9 years, Transport Minister Stephen Hammond announced today.

The fee for a car driving theory test will fall by £6 in October this year, taking the cost of a test from £31 to £25, with a further drop of £2 in October 2015. Theory test fees for motorcycles and other categories of vehicle will also be reduced. The changes have been confirmed following a public consultation.

Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond, said:

“We want to keep costs down for all motorists – that’s why we have frozen fuel duty – and by reducing the cost of the theory test we will save aspiring motorists around £9 million annually.

“This has been achieved without compromising on the vital role the theory test plays in making sure that new drivers know the Highway Code and the rules of the road. I am delighted that theory tests will now offer better value for money while continuing to meet these rigorous standards.”

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, said:

“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. 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.”

Candidates can also save money by ensuring they use the official theory test booking service on GOV.UK. Other websites may charge an additional administration fee, but by using the official booking service on GOV.UK candidates will only pay for the cost of the test itself.

The full response to consultation is available at GOV.UK