Learner drivers could be rewarded for passing their test first time

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The government has revealed plans to give learner drivers who pass their driving test on the first attempt a discount to encourage new drivers to be ready for the road.

Learner drivers who fail their test will have to pay the full fee of £62 for the test, but only 21% of driving tests result in a pass first time.

"We want to make learning to drive safe and more affordable," Transport Secretary Peter McLoughlin said in a statement on his official government website.

"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 test," McLoughlin added.

The proposals are included in a consultation by the Department of Transport, aiming to improve the driving test as part of a wide ranging review of motoring services in the UK.

Under the new proposals, learner drivers would pay a refundable deposit which would be returned if they pass.

The Department for Transport said the scheme will make learner drivers better prepared for their test and less likely to have an accident in the following months.

"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," RAC director Steve Gooding said.









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