Government considers reforms to motoring services agencies
As reported by The Independent on Sunday, the Department for Transport is putting together a document that will address driverless cars and also implement major changes to driving tests.
Said to be the biggest roads revolution since the introduction of the driving test in 1935, the reforms are believed to be being timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the driving test.
The publication said the reforms will see changes to the driving test to boost the pass rate, which is below 50%, and to reflect the increasing use of sat navs and driverless cars in the future.
It added that other proposed reforms include closing test centres, cutting jobs at motoring agencies, increasing fees for non-essential services such as personalised number plates, and raising the age at which drivers must declare that they are fit to drive from the current 70 to 75.
A DfT spokesman told the newspaper: “We are currently considering options for developing the motoring services agencies and will consult later in the year. We cannot at this stage comment on the detail.”