The cost of the driving theory test is to be reduced by £6 to £25 in October, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced.
The fall in price comes as a result of re-negotiated contracts with test providers, the savings of which are being passed onto customers.
Despite the modest fee reduction, it is estimated that prospective drivers would save a collective £100million over the next ten years. A further £2 reduction is expected to be implemented in October 2015.
“This has been achieved without compromising on the vital role the theory test plays in making sure that new drivers know the Highway Code and the rules of the road."
Some tests relating to the qualification of lorry and bus drivers, as well as for driving instructors themselves, will also get cheaper.
However, there is no change in price for the practical element of the driving test, which currently costs car drivers £62 on a weekday and £75 on evenings and weekends.
Announcing the price drop, Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said: “We want to keep costs down for all motorists – that’s why we have frozen fuel duty – and by reducing the cost of the theory test we will save aspiring motorists around £9million annually.
“This has been achieved without compromising on the vital role the theory test plays in making sure that new drivers know the Highway Code and the rules of the road. I am delighted that theory tests will now offer better value for money while continuing to meet these rigorous standards.”
While the price drop is likely to be welcome, it is unlikely to greatly reduce the cost of learning to drive, with most practical lessons costing around four times as much for a single hour as that saved on the theory test.
June 23, 2014