The Government is preparing to consult on the “biggest roads revolution since the introduction of the driving test in 1935”, according to The Independent on Sunday.
The Independent says the DfT is preparing a consultation on a range of reforms which include: raising the age at which drivers must declare that they are fit to drive from 70 to 75 years; tailoring the driving test to reflect an “expected surge in driverless cars”; closing test centres; cutting jobs at motoring agencies; and increasing fees for non-essential services such as personalised number plates. The consultation document is scheduled for publication in October.
The Independent says the consultation will form the basis of a formal strategy on the future of the country’s three motoring agencies – the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency DVSA, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and the Vehicle Certification Authority.
Ministers want to improve the driving test pass rate, which is currently below 50%. The Independent says the consultation document sets out plans to introduce more flexible driving test slots, with more evening and weekend appointments.
The DfT also wants to “explore the options” for reducing the DVSA’s driving test centre estate and its HGV test sites, with the private sector filling any shortages of examiners and test centres.
A DfT spokesman told The Independent on Sunday: “We are currently considering options for developing the motoring services agencies and will consult later in the year. We cannot at this stage comment on the detail.”