Tailor your learning to prepare for the car theory test

DVSA and The Stationery Office (TSO) have launched a new online learning resource to help learners pass their car theory test first time:

The ‘DVSA Learning Zone’ is a learning material that provides instant access to all the latest DVSA car theory test revision questions and answers.
If you’re studying for your car theory test, you can use this service to revise and take practice tests on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.
You can also choose the amount of time you need to study.
The rates are:
1 week: £7.00
1 month: £10.00
3 months: £15.00
1 year: £25.00
To find out more, visit the DVSA Learning Zone website

New location for theory testing in Canterbury

From Elizabeth Smith | Driving Theory Test Service Manager:

In case any of your members use the theory test centre in Canterbury, I wanted to advise you that the location of this centre will be changing in May.
The last day of testing at the current site at St James House is Tuesday 12th May. There will be no testing in Canterbury between Wednesday 13th May and Monday 18th May to allow the fit out of the new site. Testing will then start at the new site on Monday 18th May.
The address of the new theory test site is as follows:
Invicta House
Lower Bridge Street
Canterbury
CT1 2LG

Candidates will be informed of the new address in their email confirmation of their test booking. The new site is on the main arterial through-road and directly opposite the Castle ruins.
Access to the new test centre at Canterbury is by way of two flights of stairs and there is no lift. We are advising candidates with restricted mobility to telephone 0300 200 1188 for advice on the available alternative arrangements.

Paper driving licences: abolition of the counterpart


Do you or any of your customers have old-style paper driving licences? Have you wondered what will happen to these paper licences once the paper counterpart to the photocard is abolished on 8 June 2015.

Read our latest post to find out more.
Read all the latest articles and features on the Inside DVLA blog.

Planned maintenance this weekend for some DVSA online services


This weekend some of DVSA's online services for driver and rider trainers won't be available because of planned maintenance.

You won't be able to use the following services from 9:00am Saturday (28 March) until mid afternoon on Sunday (29 March):

  • book and manage your practical driving test
  • DVSA practical test business service
  • ADI online services (eg. renew or update your registration)
  • record Driver CPC training you provide
  • check your Driver CPC periodic training hours
  • upload delegated examiner records

We're sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

Online theory tests

The onlilne theory test booking service won't be affected. You and your trainees will still be able to book and manage your theory tests as usual.

New location for theory testing in Cheltenham


The last day of testing at the current site at Pate Court on St Margaret’s Road is Thursday 16h April. There will be no testing in Cheltenham between Friday 17th April and Friday 24th April to allow the fit out of the new site. Testing will then start at the new site on Saturday 25th April.

The address of the new theory test site is as follows:

The Coliseum
18-20 Albion Street
Cheltenham
GL52 2LP

Candidates will be informed of the new address in their email confirmation of their test booking.

Second abolition of the counterpart webchat

Mountain ViewDVLA will be hosting a webchat for stakeholders, commercial customers and suppliers on 26 March 2015 at 10.30am.

Abolition of the counterpart communication toolkit 2

DVLA has released an updated communication toolkit for its abolition of the counterpart campaign

We’d like to thank you for any support to date in helping maximise awareness of our abolition of the counterpart campaign.

This email links to further campaign materials that provide targeted messages to specific customer segments, notably i) hiring a vehicle and ii) professional driving/driving for a living. The additional information contains advice for individuals and businesses who currently check the counterpart of their employees or customers. The materials also offer advice to people who may need to provide evidence of their driver record after 8 June 2015.

The link below will take you to a web page where you will find a comprehensive range of publicity and communications materials such as web banners, videos, editorials and images. We’ve added to the original toolkit so that they are all in one place for your ease of reference. We’d be very grateful if you would share the link with your members/customers.
http://dvla.dft.gov.uk/dvla-aoc-toolkit.html

Public information is available online. If you or your members/customers decide to use the web banners or other materials it would be helpful if they would link through to this page.

If you have any further specific communication requirements please let us know by emailing AbolitionofCounterpart@dvla.gsi.gov.uk and we can arrange to produce bespoke materials for you and your audiences.

As you will know industry stakeholders or commercial customers can keep up to date with the changes through our Inside DVLA blog. Our Digital Services blog is also available to keep you informed of progress on our new services.

Please note that DVLA will not be proactively communicating this campaign during the Purdah period of the general election. This is expected to start from 30 March 2015 until the new government is formed.

Stevenage theory test centre moving April 2015

From Elizabeth Smith, Driving Theory Test Service Manager:

Dear all
In case any of your members use the theory test centre in Stevenage, I wanted to advise you that the location of this centre will be changing in April.
The last day of testing at the current theory test centre at Southgate House on St Georges Way will be Tuesday 7th April. There will be no testing in Stevenage between Wednesday 8th April and Friday 17th April to allow the fit out of the new site. Testing will then start at the new site at Meadway Corporate Centre on Saturday 18th April.
The address of the new theory test site is as follows:
Ground Floor, Suite One,
Middlesex House,
Meadway Corporate Centre,
Stevenage
SG1 2EF

Bookings are already available at the new address and candidates will get the correct address in the email confirmation of their test booking.
I hope you find this information useful and there is minimal disruption to candidates and trainers. Please let me know if there is any other information which would be helpful to pass on to your members.

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