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DSA announces test price increase for learner drivers

03 September 2007
An increase in the cost of a motoring test for car drivers has been announced by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

For those looking to obtain car insurance in the future, the £1.50 hike to £56.50 for the practical test and £30 for the theory assessment may be an unwelcome one when it comes into effect from April 1st 2008.

Currently in the UK, the age at which it is legally acceptable to take to the road is 17 years, so long as prospective motorists have a provisional licence and are accompanied by an experienced adult driver.

In addition to this, young people may also have to pay more when taking out their first car insurance policy as they are often considered a greater risk on the road.

However, the organisation stated that the increase in the test rates would not be exclusive to learners.

"DSA is also seeking views on proposals to increase the fees for the qualification tests taken by people wanting to become approved driving instructors and for our non-statutory activities," the body added.

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