Press release

Dumbarton leads the way in trial to bring driving tests closer to candidates

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

As well as using conventional driving test centres, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) wants to explore how it can also use other venues to deliver tests, such as hotels or local authority buildings.

The former driving test centre in Dumbarton closed earlier this year, but DSA has since been delivering practical driving tests from the Burgh Hall in Dumbarton town centre.

DSA is now planning similar trials in 6 other locations across England, Scotland and Wales that do not currently have a local test centre but still have a significant demand for tests. The aim is to provide a service for the local community and ensure that candidates are able to take their test at a convenient location.

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.

The trials will be 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 trials can be rolled out to other areas without a local test centre where there is a significant demand, as well as suitable test routes and venues.

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