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By Tristan Harris Wednesday 09 January 2013 Updated: 09/01 17:38
A NEW scheme will see residents be able to take their driving tests in Bromsgrove from next month.
The Standard revealed in July that plans to offer more localised testing were being considered by the Government and they have now been officially confirmed by Road Safety Minister, MP Stephen Hammond.
The new project will see Halfords up and down the country, including the one on Birmingham Road, being used as the bases for tests, which will be carried out by Driving Standards Agency (DSA) examiners. A special area will be put aside for candidates in each Halfords and it is anticipated around 1,500 tests will be conducted at the Bromsgrove store.
One driving instructor, David Mann, from ADI Bromsgrove Driving School, welcomed the move and said he was looking forward to the tests coming to the town.
"I think it's an excellent idea - a good driving instructor will always teach someone good driving practice so they are able to drive anywhere at any time.
"But driving around an area they know will make them feel more comfortable on the day of their test, which can only be a good thing."
Mr Mann, who has been a driving instructor for three years, said it would also be good for the environment, as it would cut down on mileage, and save his students time and money.
Mr Hammond said: "This is a great example of working with private sector partners to provide an important local service that is convenient as well as being cost effective.”
Halfords' commercial director Paul McClenaghan said it was a natural next step for the company, which prided itself on being a ‘friend of the motorist’.
“Halfords is already a destination for motorists, who come to us for a range of automotive products and fitting services, so why not driving tests as well?
“We look forward to welcoming many learner drivers to our stores where we hope that they will enjoy a successful start to their motoring journey.”
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