Press release

Driving tests set to return to the Trowbridge area

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Driving tests in Wiltshire are being evaluated as part of a national trial to provide a more local service for driving test candidates.

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Driving test candidates in Wiltshire could benefit from a more local service as the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) carries out a trial exploring a new approach to test delivery.

This is one of 7 trials to provide practical car tests in selected areas that do not currently have a local test centre but still have a significant demand for tests.

One of DSA’s test centres in Wiltshire, at Trowbridge, closed in 2008, with tests moving to the neighbouring centre in Chippenham. However, the trial will explore whether tests can now be provided more locally, including in the Trowbridge area, and possibly using alternative venues such as local authority buildings, hotels or leisure centres.

Road Safety Minister Mike 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.

Our aim is to provide a more local service that is both convenient for candidates and cost effective.

DSA is working to identify suitable test routes in the area and find a venue that offers the right level of service for candidates.

There are plans for trials across England, Scotland and Wales. Each trial will be closely monitored to assess any impact on levels of customer service and the cost of delivery, and to make sure the integrity of the test is maintained.

DSA will then decide whether the scheme can be rolled out to other areas without a local test centre where there is a significant demand, as well as suitable routes and venues.

The trial will involve only practical car tests; theory test centres will not be affected.

Published 27 June 2011