Learning to Drive Public Consultation


The Government (DSA) has published a Consultation Paper called Learning to Drive, which sets out proposals for a major review in the way we learn to drive. The Consultation Paper explains the reason why change is important and how the public can be involved in the process.


The need for change

Over the past ten years the number of people killed or injured on Britain’s roads has fallen by a third, making road travel in the UK safer than almost anywhere else in the world.

But there’s still a long way to go.

Experts estimate:

  • More than three hundred newly-qualified drivers and their passengers were  killed in accidents  in 2006.
  • One-fifth of all car deaths involve newly-qualified drivers and their passengers.

The proposed changes


The Learning to Drive Consultation Paper outlines what we have found that people would like to see in a new training, testing and driving for life programme. We want to provide:

  • An improved driving test
  • An improved learning process
  • Better information about instructors and improved instructor training
  • Further options for learning and qualifications

What do you think?

So that members of the public have everything they need to join in the consultation we have published a wide range of information and created a number of feedback mechanisms. You have from now until 8 September 2008 (when the public consultation closes) to get involved.

A special Learning to Drive consultation web site: http://dsa.gov.uk/learningtodrive

The Learning to Drive Consultation Paper: www.dsa.gov.uk/consultation 

A series of Public Events throughout Great Britain where you can discuss the proposed changes and register your views in person: http://learningtodrive.dsa.gov.uk/pages/publicevents 

You can also call the DSA Helpline on 0300 200 1122 and ask to receive a Learning to Drive Consultation Pack by post or email consultations@dsa.gsi.gov.uk