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Cheshire DriveWise

A round up of this month’s news

DrivingPosted by Dave Woods Thu, February 28, 2013 09:19:26

Driving test stats

The Department for Transport will publish new driver and rider test and instructor statistics for October to December 2012 (Quarter 3) on 28 February 2013.

The rules for moped and motorcycle licences changed on 19 January 2013, along with the rules about the moped or motorcycle that can be used on test. As a result of these changes, DSA has received a number of requests asking for the number of tests conducted and passed before and after this date. Statistics showing this information weren’t due to be published until June 2013. However, because there’s strong public interest in this information, arrangements have been made for their

publication on 28 February 2013. You’ll find these stats on GOV.UK from that date.

7% drop in road deaths

The latest road casualty figures (Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: Quarterly Provisional Estimates 2012 Q3) show there were 1,760 fatalities in the year ending September 2012. This represents a 7 per cent drop from the year ending September 2011. However, the number of people killed or seriously injured rose to 24,860, a 2% increase compared with the year ending September 2011 (24, 473).

Pay for tests online with confidence

DSA has become a member of the Barclaycard Risk Reduction Programme - a national security programme created to recognise responsible management of the security risks associated with payment card transactions.

To achieve membership, DSA had to fulfil criteria such as:

not storing sensitive authentication data

conducting an annual risk assessment in line with the risk reduction programme

carrying out a test to check the level of protection from hackers

This means that DSA’s customers book and pay for their tests using the official test booking site with confidence.

Book tests from your phone

DrivingPosted by Dave Woods Thu, February 28, 2013 09:16:21

DSA’s updated site makes it easier to book tests using smartphones and tablet devices

DSA has launched an updated version of its online practical test booking service at

The service has been brought up to date to make it simpler, clearer and faster. It will now be easier for people to book tests from mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.

Users have described the new system as ‘greatly improved’ and ‘user friendly’.

Other benefits of the new service include:

not asking for a theory test pass certificate number unless it can’t find one on the system

offering better help so users know what they need to do