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Posted: 08 January 2013

Green light for driving tests at Halfords

Plans to offer practical driving tests from branches of Halfords have been given the go ahead by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond.

Driving tests will be available from the Halfords store in Wellingborough from Tuesday 5 February. Other branches of Halfords across the country are expected to start offering tests in coming months. All tests will be conducted by Driving Standards Agency (DSA) examiners.

More local service for candidates

The move is part of an initiative to offer a more local service for driving test candidates. As well as using conventional test centres, DSA is working with public and private sector partners to provide driving tests in areas that don’t have a local test centre.

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."

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."

Longer term proposals

The government is currently consulting on proposals to improve the way all motoring services are delivered. The Motoring Services Strategy consultation outlines long term proposals to put customers firmly at the heart of the way motoring services are delivered, so that they best serve the consumer while getting the best possible deal for the taxpayer.

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Posted: 12 October 2012

Driving tests brought closer to home with partnership deal

Driving tests could soon be available from branches of Halfords under plans announced today by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning.


As well as using traditional driving test centres, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is looking at working with public and private sector partners to provide driving test premises in selected areas that don’t already have a local test centre.


The DSA began exploring a new approach to test delivery last year, offering tests from premises such as local authority buildings and leisure centres. In March this year the Agency announced plans to extend the scheme to 21 more locations, and invited proposals from businesses and other organisations.


The DSA has now selected Halfords plc as a preferred partner, and is also exploring partnerships with the Fire and Rescue Service and several universities. In one location the Agency also expects to sign an agreement with training company Mantra Learning Ltd.


Partners will allow the use of their premises at no cost to DSA, and tests will continue to be conducted by DSA examiners.


Road Safety Minister, Mike Penning, said:

“It is vital that public services are as open and accessible as possible. This initiative is a great example of how working with partners in the public and private sectors can help to ensure that we offer people the best possible service wherever they live.


“Our aim is to provide all driving test candidates with a local service that is convenient as well as being cost effective.”


David Wild, Halfords CEO, said:


“We want to help motorists wherever we can, so we look forward to working in partnership with the DSA to provide a first class service for drivers taking their tests.”


The scheme focuses on 21 locations, centred around five different areas across the country (Glasgow, Kettering, Manchester, Watford and Worcestershire). Testing from partner premises in these locations is expected to start from the autumn.


These arrangements apply to practical car tests; other types of test and theory test centres will not be affected.


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Posted: 12 October 2012

Should young drivers have to learn for one year?

The Association of British Insurers says learner drivers should have lessons for a year before they are allowed a license.


It says the measure could cut the number of accidents involving young people and reduce insurance premiums.


Radio 5 live's Chris Warburton got reaction from Peter Roger of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and from Nick Herriot, 21, from Brighton, who has been driving for nearly a year.

From - BBC

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Posted: 15 December 2011

Government slashes motoring red tape

Drivers are to be released from reams of red tape currently required by government, Transport Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

As a result of the Road Transport Red Tape Challenge – the government wide process to get rid of unnecessary, burdensome and overcomplicated regulation - the Department for Transport is:

  • Scrapping the regulation requiring motorists to hold a paper counterpart to their driving licence by 2015 – saving drivers up to £8m.
  • Improving the regulation surrounding the notification process for vehicles that are not in use on the road (Statutory Off Road Notification or SORN). Once drivers have notified the DVLA that their vehicle is SORN, they will no longer have the burden of annual SORN renewal.
  • Only issuing hard-copies of V5C vehicle registration certificates for fleet operators when needed, with the potential to be rolled out to private motorists.
  • Introducing a limited exemption from drivers’ hours rules so that those who also drive as Territorial Army reservists in their own time can continue to do so.

Following a vigorous process of challenge, both by the public and within Whitehall, a total of 142 road transport regulations will now be scrapped or improved.

Justine Greening said;

“Motorists shouldn’t have to keep numerous bits of paper just to prove they can drive and have bought insurance – we live in digital age and we need to embrace that.

“Reducing the number of rules and regulations in our life is absolutely vital to removing barriers to economic growth and increasing individual freedoms. This whole process just proves that there’s so much sitting on our statute books that at the very least needs a good spring clean or can be scrapped entirely.”

Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said:

“I'm delighted that so many motoring regulations will be scrapped or improved, particularly those that affect business.

“The Red Tape Challenge has built up real momentum since it was launched in April. Overall, of over 1,200 regulations considered so far, we have agreed to scrap or improve well over 50 per cent.

“We have already published regulations covering 12 themes, and there are 13 themes to come, so there remains huge scope for reducing the burden of regulation on business and individuals even further.”

Other proposed changes to road transport regulations include:

  • Removing the need for an insurance certificate. The Department for Transport will work with the insurance industry on removing the need for motorists to have to hold an insurance certificate.
  • Abolishing the requirement for drivers to prove they have insurance when applying for tax meaning 600,000 more people will be able to tax their car online. This has been made possible by new checks of existing databases for insurance under new Continuous Insurance Enforcement rules. The DVLA’s records are compared regularly with the Motor Insurance Database (MID) to identify registered keepers of vehicles that appear to have no insurance.
  • We will look at experience in other countries on driver Certificates of Professional Competence (CPC) - the qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. In particular, to see if we could remove the need for some sectors, such as farmers who drive stock to market, from needing a CPC.
  • Local Authorities will now have to ensure business interests are properly considered as part of any future proposed Workplace Parking Levy scheme. They must show they have properly and effectively consulted local businesses, have addressed any proper concerns raised and secured support from the local business community.

Abolishing the regulations on the treatment of lost property on buses. Bus companies currently have to wait 48 hours before they can throw away perishable items left on the bus.

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Posted: 01 June 2011

Changes to the Motorcycle Test

Motorcycle changes introduced today

As reported in advisor - the e-newsletter for the biking industry - last week, two changes affecting motorcycle trainers, learner riders and examiners have been made today.


Minor changes to the module one motorcycle test have been made Click here for more info

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