Theory test fees.

Theory test fees.

The DVSA has announced that they have launched a consultation on changing the theory test fees.
Under the new plans learner drivers could see a fall in prices for the car driving theory test of £6 from October 2014 and a further reduction of £2 planned from October 2015.

Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond, said:

“We are determined to keep motoring costs down, so we want to make sure theory tests offer the best value for money while continuing to meet rigorous standards”…

..”The theory test plays a vital role in making sure that new drivers know the Highway Code and the rules of the road. Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to providing value for money services that help to keep our roads among the safest in the world.”

Theory Test Type Current Price Price – 2014 Price – 2015
Car £31 £25 £23
Motorcycle £31 £25 £23

The proposals which could save learner drivers £100 million pounds follows the governments commitment to reducing the cost of motoring.

DVSA Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, said:

“By agreeing new contract arrangements for the delivery of theory tests we have secured significant cost savings, and it is right that we pass these savings on to our customers. We want to make sure that we continue to keep pace with customers’ needs and deliver services in a way which is both convenient and cost effective.”

Another effort to reduce the cost of motoring includes clamping down on the compensation culture. Whiplash claimants will now be targeted by medical panels to ensure only accredited professionals can give evidence, in an aim to prevent fraudulent claims.
The price of MOT testing has also been frozen at a maximum £54.85 until 2015.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said:

“The costs of owning and running a car are felt by millions of households and businesses across the nation. The government is determined to help keep those costs down. That is why we are freezing the price for an MOT test and looking again at the costs associated with getting a driving licence.”