The changes for 2014 apply to theory tests taken from 1 October 2014.
You can book tests for this date onwards from 20 August 2014.
You’ll have to pay the old fee if you choose a test date before 1 October 2014.
Keeping costs down for motorists
Making the announcement in June 2014, 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 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.