Becoming a qualified driver in this country comes at quite a large expense. There’s your driving lessons, the theory test and of course the defining practical test, the latter of which could become expensive for some if more than one test is required…
Add in to the mix that insurance prices are at an all time high for younger and new drivers, and this is before you account for the cost of buying a car, tax, MOT, servicing and fuel, it certainly comes as very welcome news that Driver’s Licence Fees are due to be cut by up to 32%.
What is changing?
Existing driving licence fees are indeed quiet high and can sometimes be yet another obstacle in front of perspective drivers. With all the budget cuts and cost cutting being done in the government, the Great British public have been eagerly awaiting the savings to reach their bank accounts in some way or another. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, and Transport Minister Claire Perry announced the changes back in July, setting out a proposed reduction in driving licence fees of 32% for digital transactions and 15% for paper applications. This means that for those applying for their licence for the first time will pay £34 rather than the current price of £50 and people who renew their licence after 10 years will see a reduction in payment from £20 to £14.
@thfc53 Hi, driving licence fees are set by Parliament following public consultation.
— DVLA (@DVLAgovuk) February 18, 2014
Why the change?
The reduction comes after many budget cuts imposed by the government and is a way of “giving savings back to the taxpayer” according to Danny Alexander, who said “Giving savings back to the taxpayer is a key element in this government’s drive for a stronger economy and a fairer society. That’s why we’re slashing the cost of getting a driving licence and giving it straight back to young people and businesses, saving £150m over 10 years.”
In July, Minister Claire Perry said “The cost of driving can be significant, especially for new drivers. I’m pleased to say that we are planning to save drivers £18m a year by cutting licence fees, thanks to the DVLA making significant savings to their running costs.”
It looks as though driving is definitely set to become cheaper and more accessible over the next few years with more changes planned to other areas within the DVLA such as vehicle first registrations fees and duplicate registration certificates.
Do you need to apply for or renew a Drivers Licence? Are you going to wait for the price cuts? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below:
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