Driving Theory Tests reduced from £31 to £25 from 1st October
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Driving Theory Tests reduced from £31 to £25 from 1st October

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Found 20th Aug 2014
If you book a driving theory test from 1st October, you will now only pay £25 instead of the usual £31 following a Government consultation. Nice to see fee's going down instead of up for once! From October 2015, it will go down to £23. I suggest if you have one booked, re-arrange it for after 1st October. They just need to bring the cost of the practical test down now as £62 is too much!
** You can't book a test more than 6 weeks in advance as the system doesn't like it even though it shows you the dates and appointment times available! **

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To be fair, under £100 for assessment in order to obtain a very important licence is quite a bargain.

Still voted hot.

Also:

emribena

From October 2015, it will go down to £23.



2015? £23?



Edited by: "karlie88" 20th Aug 2014

Additionally, I'm sure Maureen will be happy.

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karlie88

To be fair, under £100 for assessment in order to obtain a very important … To be fair, under £100 for assessment in order to obtain a very important licence is quite a bargain.Still voted hot.Also:2015? £23?;)


Yes, they are reducing it in 2 stages the first being 1st October 2014 from £31 to £25 then the second stage 1st October 2015 from £25 to £23 - down to re-negotiating contracts I believe!

emribena

Yes, they are reducing it in 2 stages the first being 1st October 2014 … Yes, they are reducing it in 2 stages the first being 1st October 2014 from £31 to £25 then the second stage 1st October 2015 from £25 to £23 - down to re-negotiating contracts I believe!



Fantastic!

Thanks for the info.

Thanks for that. Voted hot

interesting, I heard this on the local news (Norn Iron) yesterday and thought our local councilors had managed to do something right for a change.

looks like they're trying to score brownie points for something country wide.

Lessons are expensive enough without having to shell fortunes for the two tests (Hopefully the practical will go down a bit too one day). This is hot!

Shame I passed my test last year, could have put the saved money towards the extortionate rates of insurance for young people (_;)
Edited by: "LilHammerette" 20th Aug 2014

Great that it's coming down, but this should be in Misc - it's not a deal, it's just the standard pricing.

Obviously nothing to do with the Tories buying votes for the next election.

stringsonfire

Great that it's coming down, but this should be in Misc - it's not a … Great that it's coming down, but this should be in Misc - it's not a deal, it's just the standard pricing.



It helps people who may be planning on booking their theory soon, postpone a couple of weeks and save £6.

About time they reduced the price to sit at an archaic computer and use their electric for less than 1 hour to be given a sheet of paper at the end.

Thank you OP! Heat
Hmm October..was planning September will see..

Hot thanks op

Looks like a good deal in theory.

F4STFORW4RD

Obviously nothing to do with the Tories buying votes for the next … Obviously nothing to do with the Tories buying votes for the next election.



A pretty poor vehicle for buying votes I think, a £6 deduction across the whole of your life, the vast majority of which already have a driving licence. Its just nice to see them not making a profit from government services.

Banned

can you book now for the 1st october and still get the discount?

rikkif1990

About time they reduced the price to sit at an archaic computer and use … About time they reduced the price to sit at an archaic computer and use their electric for less than 1 hour to be given a sheet of paper at the end.



Don't forget the check behind the ears and up the sleeves beforehand. You're searched more thoroughly prior to a theory test than you are at an airport X)

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hukdealz

can you book now for the 1st october and still get the discount?


I have tried but it throws up an error on the page but it says on the consultation that you can book from today so I think their website must be updating

Just to be clear, this does not include Northern Ireland,.

Legislative responsibility within Northern Ireland is devolved to the … Legislative responsibility within Northern Ireland is devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly under the Northern Ireland Act 1998. These proposals do not apply to Northern Ireland.

Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again and again.

Both my kids have failed it twice and I have only spoken to one person that passed it first time, it's such an 'easy-money' scheme that I am surprised that the Govt are making it cheaper,

I have been driving for > 25 years and I know that if I had to take this test I would fail!

Q-Tec

Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again … Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again and again. Both my kids have failed it twice and I have only spoken to one person that passed it first time, it's such an 'easy-money' scheme that I am surprised that the Govt are making it cheaper,I have been driving for > 25 years and I know that if I had to take this test I would fail!



Nonsense, people fail the theory because they haven't learned their highway code, nor had enough driving experience to pass hazard perception. People treat it like a general knowledge exam, it's not. I spent 2 days reading the Highway Code and free online hazard perceptions and passed first time (as did my partner).

I passed it first time, wasn;t that difficult. Get a book of the questions they could ask and read through it a couple of times

Yes the price of the theory test is going doing, they just fail to tell everyone that next year the practical test is going upto £75. My instructor told me a few weeks ago!

Q-Tec

Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again … Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again and again. Both my kids have failed it twice and I have only spoken to one person that passed it first time, it's such an 'easy-money' scheme that I am surprised that the Govt are making it cheaper,I have been driving for > 25 years and I know that if I had to take this test I would fail!


It used to be if you got the official DVSA CD/DVD (for the current year) a high percentage of the questions are used in the real test.
When I got mine 3 years ago about 80% of the questions where the same, which is around the pass requirement.
Looking around they stopped making the official DVD's and now host them online.

tbh all the questions are multiple choice and the all answers are in the highway code. Yes they throw in stuff you rarely or never use in real life, but if you read the highway code its all in there.
They are merely a case of memorising the answers.
The hazard perception is a pain in the **** as it tries to be realistic but fails badly, but again its pretty straight forward. Where you would normally slow down just incase, blind corner, pelican crossing, farm track and so on click. Really the only way you can fail it is by clicking too often which voids points for the section.

fyi I passed first time
The only people I know who did not pass first time were the ones how booked the test and didn't do anything to prepare.

Q-Tec

Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again … Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again and again. Both my kids have failed it twice and I have only spoken to one person that passed it first time, it's such an 'easy-money' scheme that I am surprised that the Govt are making it cheaper,I have been driving for > 25 years and I know that if I had to take this test I would fail!


Total rubbish ! your kids must be dim if they can't pass the theory test.
How many other tests can you think of were you can buy a book or CD ROM with ALL the questions and answers required in?
I'm an ex driving instructor and can tell you the theory test is passed extremely easy with common sense and a few hours reading.
My daughter got a 100% score after studying for seven days an hour or so a day.
Yes the theory test is overpriced but not as much as the rip off fee for the practical test.

Edited by: "paulandpam1" 20th Aug 2014

LilHammerette

Don't forget the check behind the ears and up the sleeves beforehand. … Don't forget the check behind the ears and up the sleeves beforehand. You're searched more thoroughly prior to a theory test than you are at an airport X)

Oh yeah I remember that now haha. I remember them searching us for tattoos!

Q-Tec

Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again … Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again and again. Both my kids have failed it twice and I have only spoken to one person that passed it first time, it's such an 'easy-money' scheme that I am surprised that the Govt are making it cheaper,I have been driving for > 25 years and I know that if I had to take this test I would fail!



Well I passed first time with 1 hour revision from a disc I bought from Amazon so I think you're wrong there. I actually had to do it twice and passed on my second go first time as well because 2 years elapsed as I ran out of money to carry on with my lessons, back when I was at University. About 70% of the questions can be answered with common sense.
Edited by: "rikkif1990" 20th Aug 2014

Banned

Q-Tec

Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again … Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again and again. Both my kids have failed it twice and I have only spoken to one person that passed it first time, it's such an 'easy-money' scheme that I am surprised that the Govt are making it cheaper,I have been driving for > 25 years and I know that if I had to take this test I would fail!



lol they failed the theory??

We always laughed at mates who failed the theory.
Edited by: "cokezone1112" 20th Aug 2014

F4STFORW4RD

Obviously nothing to do with the Tories buying votes for the next … Obviously nothing to do with the Tories buying votes for the next election.



Correct, obviously not, as the majority of people take their test at 17, at which point THEY CANNOT VOTE

Q-Tec

Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again … Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again and again. Both my kids have failed it twice and I have only spoken to one person that passed it first time, it's such an 'easy-money' scheme that I am surprised that the Govt are making it cheaper,I have been driving for > 25 years and I know that if I had to take this test I would fail!



Could be a good way of getting people off the road who don't know how to give way properly or stop at red lights, make them sit the theory on next license renewal. I am sure Bristol would be half empty of traffic within a few years if that happened LOL.

Try getting your full motorbike licence now.
Now that takes the mick.

tesdicles

Nonsense, people fail the theory because they haven't learned their … Nonsense, people fail the theory because they haven't learned their highway code, nor had enough driving experience to pass hazard perception. People treat it like a general knowledge exam, it's not. I spent 2 days reading the Highway Code and free online hazard perceptions and passed first time (as did my partner).



I didn't fail, but even 10 years later I'm struggling to see what part of my driving experience would be relevant to the hazard perception test. No-one drives along a road thinking 'hazard! hazard! hazard!'. You take into account all the risks and adapt your driving accordingly, a reaction which can in no way be accurately represented by clicking a mouse.

Q-Tec

Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again … Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again and again. Both my kids have failed it twice and I have only spoken to one person that passed it first time, it's such an 'easy-money' scheme that I am surprised that the Govt are making it cheaper,I have been driving for > 25 years and I know that if I had to take this test I would fail!



Even a monkey can pass the test, maybe you should wonder if your kids are the problem n not the test (_;)

rikkif1990

Well I passed first time with 1 hour revision from a disc I bought from … Well I passed first time with 1 hour revision from a disc I bought from Amazon so I think you're wrong there. I actually had to do it twice and passed on my second go first time as well because 2 years elapsed as I ran out of money to carry on with my lessons, back when I was at University. About 70% of the questions can be answered with common sense.



100% agreed, if you just revise 1 hour you can pass no problemo.. its majority common sense

Q-Tec

Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again … Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again and again. Both my kids have failed it twice and I have only spoken to one person that passed it first time, it's such an 'easy-money' scheme that I am surprised that the Govt are making it cheaper,I have been driving for > 25 years and I know that if I had to take this test I would fail!

This says more about your children than the test. There is no grey area in an automated, multiple choice test. If they had had the knowledge - they would have passed.

The argument could apply to the practical test as it is more down to the examiners mood, interpretation of the rules, and a desire to make the pass statistics look correct.

No wonder when I tried to book one yesterday all dates in Oct were booked but there were some in Sept!

Has to be... I've just booked mine and it's next week :-(
Heat added though!
Hopefully practical will decrease too!

Q-Tec

Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again … Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again and again. Both my kids have failed it twice....I have been driving for > 25 years and I know that if I had to take this test I would fail!



You and many others! A regular retest would be a good move towards raising driving standards. A license should be earned - it's not a right.

Q-Tec

Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again … Ah, the test that is designed to make you fail so you have to pay again and again. Both my kids have failed it twice and I have only spoken to one person that passed it first time, it's such an 'easy-money' scheme that I am surprised that the Govt are making it cheaper,I have been driving for > 25 years and I know that if I had to take this test I would fail!



Due to change in personal circumstances (job /pregnancy) mine expired twice. i got full marks first time on all 3 occasions ( inc hazzard perception) it isn't difficult. Don't see how anyone can fail with multiple choice, Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

The price is reduced becuase the contract has been awarded to someone else and the savingsare being passed to the cutomers.

F4STFORW4RD

Obviously nothing to do with the Tories buying votes for the next … Obviously nothing to do with the Tories buying votes for the next election.



correct it's not. The contract has been renewed and passed to a new company who are offering it cheaper, the saving s are being passed to the consumer.
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