The Government have announced that practical driving tests will be available for learner drivers from selected Halfords Stores from next month.
Last year the Government announced a proposal was devised to create a partnership with The Driving Standards Agency and Halfords. This would enable learner drivers to take their driving test instead of going to a regular test centre and it would be conducted by a DSA examiner.
Reasoning behind partnering with Halfords stores is that there is a branch across the UK that is accessible to most people. As it currently stands waiting for a driving test can take up to 3 months due to capacity and location which is why the Government wanted to implement new changes to the practical test.
The first test centre will open at Wellingborough store on February 5th.Further branches will be introduced to the new measure over the next couple of months.
The DSA also announced they are hoping to extend the amount of test centres there is and want to include fire stations and Universities.
Halfords Commercial Director, Paul McClenaghan, said: “Halfords is already a local destination for motorists, who come to us for a diverse range of automotive products and services.
"We’re always seeking new ways in which to enhance our offer, so working with the Driving Standards Agency is a natural fit for the business and extends the help we are able to provide to motorists.”
Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond said: “We are very pleased to be working with Halfords to provide a more local service for driving test candidates.
"This is a great example of working with private sector partners to provide an important local service that is convenient as well as being cost effective.”
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By Amanda Bainbridge