LEARNER drivers in Trafford could soon be paying less to sit the driving theory test under plans announced today by Transport Minister Stephen Hammond.

The proposals, which could save learner drivers in excess of £100m over the next nine years, are contained in a public consultation on changes to theory test fees.

The plans would see the cost of a car driving theory test fall by £6 in October this year, taking the cost of a test from £31 to £25, with a further drop of £2 planned in October 2015.

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond, said: “We are determined to keep motoring costs down, so we want to make sure theory tests offer the best value for money while continuing to meet rigorous standards.

“The theory test plays a vital role in making sure that new drivers know the Highway Code and the rules of the road and today’s announcement shows we are determined provide cost-effective services that keep our roads among the safest in the world.”

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency chief executive, Alastair Peoples, said: “By agreeing new contract arrangements for the delivery of theory tests, we have secured significant cost savings, and it is right that we pass these savings on to our customers.

“We want to make sure that we continue to keep pace with customers’ needs and deliver services in a way which is both convenient and cost effective.”

The consultation launched today also sets out proposed reductions for motorcycle, bus and lorry theory tests. The consultation closes on May 15and is available to view on GOV.UK.