YOUR VIEWS ON DRIVING TEST FEES?
July 26 2004 The Driving Standards Agency has announced its proposals to increase the cost of the practical driving test and other test fees from 8 November.

The full proposals are set out in a consultation document entitled "Driving Standards Agency Fees and Charges for 2004-05" and DSA has invited views from interested parties, including driving instructor associations, other driver and rider training groups, road safety officers and motoring organisations.

The main proposals are to:

* increase the fee for practical tests taken by car drivers to £42

* increase the fee for practical tests taken by motorcycle/moped riders to £51

* increase the fee for practical bus and lorry candidates to £80

* increase the fee for practical tests taken by trainee instructors as part of the qualifying exam to £70


DSA Chief Executive, Gary Austin, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for those who are interested in the issues raised by the consultation to let us have their views and I would encourage everyone to do so."

The consultation period is open until 24 September and the full consultation paper can be viewed on DSA's website www.dsa.gov.uk.

Copies can also be requested by Email to: policy@dsa.gsi.gov.uk or by telephone on 0115-901-5918.

Practical car and motorcycling test fees were last increased in 2002 and lorry and bus tests were last increased in 2001. Driving instructor test fees were last increased in 1997.