Driving tests and learning to drive – news story

Review of theory test fees

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The cost of the driving theory test could be cut by 25% under plans announced today (10 April 2014).

The proposals, which could save learner drivers in excess of £100 million over the next 9 years, are contained in a public consultation on changes to theory test fees.

The plans would see the cost of a car driving theory test fall by £6 in October 2014, taking the cost of a test from £31 to £25, with a further drop of £2 planned in October 2015.

Reducing the cost of motoring

Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond, said:

We are determined to keep motoring costs down, so we want to make sure theory tests offer the best value for money while continuing to meet rigorous standards.

The theory test plays a vital role in making sure that new drivers know The Highway Code and the rules of the road. Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to providing value for money services that help to keep our roads among the safest in the world.

The consultation follows the government’s commitment to reduce the cost of motoring. It also sets out proposed reductions for motorcycle, bus and lorry theory tests.

The proposed fees

Theory test type Current price Price - 2014 Price - 2015
Car £31 £25 £23
Motorcycle £31 £25 £23

Passing the savings onto customers

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.

This consultation will run until 15 May 2014.

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