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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