A revamp of the UK’s driving test procedures could see those who pass at the first attempt get a partial refund of their fee. Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin explained that the proposed change would spur learners to prepare for their tests.
He carried on by saying that getting back some of the £62 fee would be a just reward for those who aced their driving tests first time while those who did not would get nothing. The Department of Transport (DoT) has issued a public proposal and gives reasons why in the statement.
The DoT claims that there is reason to believe lots of learners make a booking for their practical tests as soon as they start taking lessons. When the test appointment comes round they then take it in spite of the fact many are not actually ready.
Insiders say the government initiative is designed to increase the pass rate for first timers which is currently only 21 per cent. The study also recommends the option of introducing night and weekend driving examinations to provide more flexibility.
The deadline for the DoT’s public consultation on these and other driving related issues is 8 January 2016. Final decisions are due later on in the year.
RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said the body fully supported any initiatives that would impel learners to try and pass their driving tests first time around. He added that this was much better for them than paying even more money to retake the test at a later date.