Halfords branch in Leicestershire to become driving test centre
A branch of Halfords in the county is to become one of the first stores to offer driving tests.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has teamed up with the national motoring and cycling store to create test centres for new drivers without the cost of extra buildings.
One of these will be in Market Harborough.
New centres will mean shorter waiting lists and shorter distances to travel to take tests.
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The stores were chosen based on where the DSA had holes in its network of test centres. People from Market Harborough currently have to go to Kettering for their driving test.
The first eight Halfords DSA centres, including the Market Harborough one, will open from February onwards with DSA examiners being permanently based in each store.
The stores will have DSA desks set up in them and people will begin their driving tests in the store car parks.
Halfords spokesman Stuart Humphries said: "The DSA wanted to talk to private sector partners rather than creating more costs by building new test centres.
"We were very keen to be part of it because, as a destination for motorists, working with the Driving Standards Agency is a natural fit for the business.
"There will be a dedicated area in the Market Harborough store and that will hopefully be less intimidating that a normal testing centre for people doing their driving test."