February 20 2008.

The Driving Standards Agency hasconfirmed the driving test fee structure that was proposed last summer.

Theory tests for car drivers and motorcycle riders from 1 April will be £30 while practical tests for car drivers will be £56.50 from that date.

When the new, more demanding, practical motorcycle test is introduced on 29 September, the fee for that test will be £80. A new off-road part is being introduced to the test before riders will be allowed to progress to the on-road element, which requires a new network of test centres to be constructed.

Chief Executive Rosemary Thew said: "The Driving Standards Agency has to cover its costs in providing driving and riding tests to learners throughout the country. We are already planning to make efficiency savings of £4.8m this year and a further £6.0m in 2008/9, but to make sure we continue to offer an excellent service the fees we charge must match our costs."

The new fee structure was confirmed as the DSA published its response to the Improved Services for Customers and General Fee Increases for 2008 consultation.

The complete Response to Consultation Report is available on