Press release

Driving tests set to return to Warrington

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is carrying out a trial approach to delivering a local service for driving tests in the Warrington area.

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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.

The test centre in Warrington closed in March 2008 when a new multi-purpose test centre opened in St Helens. This trial will not replace the multi-purpose test centre, but will explore whether tests can also be provided more locally, 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 Warrington 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, as well as making sure the integrity of the test is maintained.

DSA will then decide whether the trials 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