Halfords to host driving tests

Learner drivers will be able to take their driving tests at branches of Halfords from February this year under a new Driving Standards Agency initiative to make driving test centres more accessible.

Halfords’ superstore in Wellingborough will pilot the new enterprise, with a special area set aside at the location for driving hopefuls to meet their examiners.Previously it was only possible take a driving test at a DSA site, but the changes mean learners will have more choice and potentially access to a more local test centre. Halfords claims that everyone in the UK is within 20 miles of a Halfords branch.If successful, the Wellingborough site will be joined by further sites throughout the year. Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond said: “We are very pleased to be working with Halfords to provide a more local service for driving test candidates.”

“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:

“The DSA initiative is a natural fit for our business and supports our commitment to be 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.”