Driving test candidates in Southend-on-Sea are set to benefit from a better local service as the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) brings practical driving tests back to the town.
The former driving test centre in Southend closed in 2008 when a new test centre opened in Basildon, but from 14 May DSA will begin testing from the Tickfield Community Centre on Southend’s Tickfield Industrial Estate.
The move is part of a strategy to offer a more local service for driving test candidates. In areas without a local test centre where there is sufficient demand for tests, DSA is looking at offering tests on a part time basis from flexible premises such as community centres and other local authority buildings.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:
“I am delighted that driving tests will be returning to Southend and we have worked very closely with the local community on this.
“I want us to be more flexible and innovative in delivering driving tests to make sure that we are offering people the best service possible wherever they live. Our aim is to offer a local service that is convenient for candidates as well as being cost effective.”
Tests in Southend will initially be available two days a week on a Monday and Friday.