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Driving test changes – how much does it cost to pass your test?

The number of young people passing their driving test has dropped by 20% in the past decade. Is the cost of driving lessons is putting cash-strapped younger drivers off?

Words By Claire Evans

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Only a third of 17 to 20-year-olds held a full licence in 2015. A big part of the reason for the drop in young people taking their test appears to be cost.

A single lesson now costs an average of Β£24, according to the Driving Standards Agency. It recommends that learners have 47 hours of tuition with a professional instructor before taking their test (with the other 73 completed with someone else, such as a parent), so the total cost of lessons will be an average of Β£1128.

On top of that, they’ll have to pay Β£34 for their provisional licence, Β£23 to take their theory test and Β£62 for the practical test, taking the cost up to Β£1247.

And even if they’re lucky enough to have a car bought for or donated to them, many new drivers will fork out more than Β£2000 in total after paying for their first year of insurance.

Useful contacts:

gov.uk/find-driving-schools-and-lessons - DVSA's online directory of approved driving instructors

iamroadsmart.com - offers a range of on-road and online driving courses

rospa.com - offers a range of advanced driving courses

under17-carclub.co.uk - driving and road safety tuition for children aged 11 to 18

under17driver.co.uk - runs the Pathfinder Project, one-week intentsive driving and road safety courses at various locations for teenagers approaching the age of 17

drivewiseborders.co.uk - runs an under-17 driving programme in the Borders region of Scotland

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