Monday, 30 November 2015

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First Time Driving Test Passes To Be Given A Cash Refund

The Department of Transport have announced that first time Driving Test passes may be given a rebate of the test fee as a new government plan intends to raise the low first-time pass rate which stands at just 21%.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This change will give those who pass first time some money back and provide an incentive for learners to be more prepared before they take their first test.”

Learners drivers who fail their first attempt Driving Test will not get a rebate on the £62 charge under the proposed plans, which have been put out to public consultation by the Department of Transport.

“There is anecdotal evidence that some learner drivers are booking a Practical Test date well in advance, at the start of their lessons, and then taking the test at that time whether or not they are ready,” the consultation states.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said the organisation backed the proposals.
“We support measures that will encourage learner drivers to get the experience they need to pass their test first time with flying colours, rather than barely scraping through or failing and having to repeat the process a few months down the road at yet more expense,” he said.

The consultation closes on 8 January and the department will respond later next year.

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