DSA increase test fees… again!
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has rather controversially confirmed its new test fee structure for 2009/10 following a public consultation in October last year, raising test fees yet again. This latest round of fee increases comes at a time when recession is hitting the UK hard, and has provoked outrage amongst driving instructors, motoring organisations and even MP’s.
The above-inflation fee increases will apply to theory and practical driving tests booked on or after 30 March 2009. Fees relating to the Approved Driving Instructor scheme will increase from 24 April 2009.
General fee increases include:
|Current fee||New fee|
|Car theory test||£30.00||£31.00|
|Car practical test||£56.50||£62.00|
|Motorcycle theory test||£30.00||£31.00|
|Motorcycle practical test *||£80.00||£90.50|
* (in October 2009)
DSA Chief Executive, Rosemary Thew, thanked the public for participating in the public consultation, and said: “We are doing everything we can to ensure that fees remain as low as possible for our customers – particularly during the current economic climate.
“Despite this, increases are necessary to cover general running costs, development work and increases in inflation.
“The Agency is largely self-funding. We receive only a small amount from general taxation and have to recover most of our costs through test fees.
“We are confident that these increases will enable us to maintain our high standards and provide a first class service to all our customers.”
The full list of test fees is included in the response to consultation report which is available on http://www.dsa.gov.uk/Consultation.asp?id=SXE00E-A7830F92&cat=336.
For car and motorcycle test fees go to direct.gov.uk/motoring
Business customers such as driving instructors and taxi drivers for test fees go to businesslink.gov.uk/transport