We are very pleased to be working with Halfords to provide a more local service for driving test candidates.
(PRWEB UK) 9 January 2013
Learner drivers will be able to start and finish their tests at branches of Halfords from February.
Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond today announced plans for Halfords’ superstore in Wellingborough to be the first to participate in a new DSA initiative that makes driving test centres more accessible.
Stephen Hammond MP said: “We are very pleased to be working with Halfords to provide a more local service for driving test candidates.
“This is a great example of working with private sector partners to provide an important local service that is convenient as well as being cost effective.”
Driving tests will still be carried out by DSA examiners, who will have a special area set aside in store to meet with test candidates and conduct around 1500 tests a year* at Wellingborough.
Halfords Commercial Director, Paul McClenaghan, added: “The DSA initiative is a natural fit for our business and supports our commitment to be a ‘Friend of the Motorist’.
“Halfords is already a destination for motorists, who come to us for a range of automotive products and fitting services, so why not driving tests as well?
“We look forward to welcoming many learner drivers to our stores where we hope that they will enjoy a successful start to their motoring journey.”
With over 450 Halfords superstores nationwide motorists are only ever 20 minutes away from a branch** and further store locations in Glasgow (Bearsden and Cathcart), East Kilbride, Altrincham, Ashton Under-Lyne, Bromsgrove, Market Harborough and Hemel Hempstead are currently under consideration as future test venues.
Stuart Humphreys, Automotive PR Manager
T: 01527 513410, M: 07738 751930
Notes to Editors:
- Based upon a store being staffed by two DSA examiners
** 20 minute travel time for 90% of the UK population
About Halfords Group plc
The Group is the UK's leading retailer of automotive and leisure products and through Halfords Autocentres, also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operator. Halfords customers shop at 467 stores* in the UK and Republic of Ireland and at halfords.com for collection at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from 270 sites* nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices.
Halfords employs approximately 12,000 staff and sells around 10,000 different product lines in stores, increasing to around 16,000 lines at Halfords.com. The product offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycles, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes, outdoor leisure and camping equipment. Halfords own brands include the in-store Bikehut department, for cycles and cycling accessories, Apollo and Carrera cycles and exclusive UK distribution rights of the premium ranged Boardman cycles and accessories. In outdoor leisure, we sell a premium range of camping equipment, branded URBAN Escape. Halfords offers expert advice and a fitting service called "wefit" for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a "werepair" service for cycles.