Higher test fee hits learners

April 2, 2008 | By | In Statistics

An increase in driving test fees could reduce the number of learners on the roads.

The standard driving test charge is set to go up by 16.5 per cent to £56.50, with the theory test up by 3 per cent to £30, meaning that learners will be under more financial strain if they learn to drive.

A survey conducted by insurance company uSwitch.com has sited that Britons are likely to spend more than £1,337 each whilst learning to drive, with women learners spending even higher at £1,400.

The survey also revealed that the number of youngsters between the ages of 17 and 21 who took a driving test in 2007 fell by more 32,000, with cost being the most likely explanation.

Ashton Berkhauer, of uSwitch.com, said: "With 58% of learners aged between 17-21, it is these younger drivers who may not be in a financial position to absorb the spiralling costs. "This could result in more people being forced to postpone learning to drive or putting it off altogether as it becomes financially out of reach."

On average 1.5 million driving tests and 1.3 million theory tests are taken every year, so the new hike in cost will make the Driving Standards Agency an additional £14.4 million a year.

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