As representatives of the motorcycle industry, it’s in our interests to encourage as many new riders into our wonderful world as possible. It appears as though the Government wishes to do the same by proposing to reduce the cost of taking the theory test.
A 5-week public consultation period has been launched today with the proposal aiming to cut the cost of the theory test by more than 25% in two phases; the first reduction could take place in October 2014 and will bring the cost down from £31 to £25 with a further £2 drop in October 2015.
The proposed reductions will also affect the car, bus and lorry theory tests which the Government claim will save learner drivers and riders “in excess of £100m over the next nine years” as part of the Government’s commitment to reduce the cost of motoring.
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.”
The consultation period closes at 10am on 15th May and you can offer your official views by clicking here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/driving-theory-test-fee-changes
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