According to the article by Mark Leftly the political correspondent at The Independent on Sunday a consultation document on the reforms will be published in October.
He say ministers want to improve the driving test pass rate, which is languishing below 50 per cent. The document states that there is “anecdotal evidence” that ill-prepared learners are booking their test date after only a handful of lessons, possibly because of concerns over waiting times between booking and taking the practical examination.
The document sets out plans to introduce more flexible driving test slots, with more evening and weekend appointments.
The consultation reveals that examiners could also be asked to take a photograph of the driver as soon as they have passed, so their licence can be processed more quickly. The DfT also wants to “explore the options” for reducing the DVSA’s driving test centre estate and its heavy goods vehicle test sites, freeing up land for housing.
The document states: “We will also consider how we might meet continued strong customer demand for the practical driving test, through exploring partnerships with other organisations. This might include operating from a range of different sites, or delivering some elements of the test through partners."