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DSA pushes forward with local test delivery

Wednesday 28th March 2012

Mike Penning, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, has asked the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to further develop a successful pilot which saw practical driving tests being delivered from premises other than traditional test centres.

The aim of the pilot, in which tests were carried out from premises such as council buildings or leisure centres, was to provide a more local service to candidates.

Mike Penning said: “Early indications from a limited pilot are encouraging and I am pleased feedback so far has been positive.

“I have now asked the Agency to further develop the model. Five additional areas have been identified in and/or surrounding: Kettering, Glasgow, Manchester, Worcester and Watford.

“These will be centred on an existing driving test centre ‘hub’. They represent a mix of urban and rural locations. Examiners based at the hub will conduct tests from additional satellite locations within the zone.

“I am also pleased to announce the publication of a Prior Information Notice in the Official Journal of the European Union for public and private organisations to work in partnership with the DSA to identify and provide locations from which the practical car test could be delivered.

“DSA will encourage engagement by a wide section of the business community, including retail and hotel groups to provide premises from which the Agency could operate. Tests will continue to be conducted by DSA examiners.”

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Un be liev able !!

Having wasted some £80.000.000 on following stupid legislation from Brussels re twv testing and the now investigation to do on road swerve tests (should prove interesting if not totally dangerous).

We are now looking to reduce costs by finding free premises to work from. Perhaps next we will look at non-professional, volunteer, driving examiners, those who don't require payment. That would save some cost. Or just people apply for a licence on ebay and let them cover the cost by Paypal.
R.Craven Lancs

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From the Prior Information Notice:

"DSA is looking for partners to provide premises at zero cost with the view that they will see this as a business opportunity"
Keith, Thames Valley

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"Boots the Chemist" one supposes!
brian

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