When considering the location, relocation or closure of a driving test centre, the Driving Standards Agency follows the “Code of Practice on Written Consultations—Driving Test Centres”. This is a ministerially agreed document which is available from the DSA website. The current service levels for travelling distance to a practical car driving test centre are:
Population density Distance criteria >=1250/km2 No more than 7 miles 101-1249/km2 No more than 20 miles 0-100 km2 No more than 30 miles
No more than 7 miles
No more than 20 miles
No more than 30 miles
The target for practical motorcycle test candidates is that most should be able to reach a multi-purpose driving test centre within 30 to 45 minutes travelling no more than 20 miles.
There is no legislation that governs the location, relocation or closure of driving test centres. These are administrative matters for DSA. The Agency takes account of the views of Ministers when formulating policy on driving test centre location and closures. Since May 2007 DSA has received the following representations on the location of driving test centres:
Two adjournment debates regarding the closures of Trowbridge and Minehead driving test centres.
10 parliamentary questions on driving test centre location since November 2007.
317 letters regarding the future or closure of a driving test centre.