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#1 20-02-11 18:14:59

lynesweb
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Test centre alternatives

With all the government dept. Budgets being slashed, how to you think the DSA can save money without sacrificing services as they currently stand?

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Re: Test centre alternatives




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#2 20-02-11 18:36:50

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Re: Test centre alternatives

Surely the top two are one and the same?

Test centres are government buildings.

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#3 20-02-11 18:42:36

Loopy Lou
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Re: Test centre alternatives

Surely the top two are one and the same?

Test centres are government buildings.

I expect he means non-DSA Govt buildings like Job Centres, Tax Offices etc smile


It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful...

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#4 20-02-11 18:43:47

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Re: Test centre alternatives

The DSA could be merged with DVLA to save loads of money.
That was one of the suggestions put to the minister last year.

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#5 20-02-11 18:55:01

lynesweb
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Re: Test centre alternatives

Surely the top two are one and the same?

Test centres are government buildings.

I mean council offices, libraries etc.

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#6 20-02-11 19:02:11

lynesweb
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Re: Test centre alternatives

smithwold wrote:

Surely the top two are one and the same?

Test centres are government buildings.

I expect he means non-DSA Govt buildings like Job Centres, Tax Offices etc smile

Yes, that's what I mean.

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#7 20-02-11 22:46:50

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Re: Test centre alternatives

Does the factthere are waiting lists for tests not show that DSA examiners are in demand?  Perhaps rather than reduce costs they can increase income by adding a couple of quid to the (allready expensive) test and add an extra test time - The current £62 must more than cover an hours overtime for an examiner, so there will be more profit there.

No doubt they will increase ADI fees and the cost of the licence.... maybe putting up the price of the trainee licence would make mess people take it out, which would please a lot of the current instructors.

I don't really fancy having to meet an examiner in a supermarket, and I would suspect setting up an examiner in a public building like a library wont be very cost effective.  Perhaps having less test centres would be an option? Or having them in more out of town locations where the price of land/buildings are cheaper?

Just a few thoughts   wink

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#8 21-02-11 01:29:20

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Re: Test centre alternatives

Hi Freedom,

The idea is to cut costs not make it more expensive. People have less money now and there is so much waste.

Running test centres cost a lot of money, and in large cities it's ideal to have them, but in rural areas it's much more expense because there are less people to serve. My reasons for saying using existing government buildings is because there are rooms empty in council buildings because of cuts and I think it will be a good use of resources.

I worked as a NVQ assessor with Taxi drivers and I worked out of my car boot and visited many at there homes, it would work just as well for examiners.

I believe saving money and cutting waste is very important at this time, and I will do my bit.

keV

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#9 21-02-11 07:17:31

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Re: Test centre alternatives

and I worked out of my car boot and visited many at there homes,[font=Verdana] it would work just as well for examiners.[/font] keV

Just brilliant wink


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#10 21-02-11 07:24:30

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Re: Test centre alternatives

Does the factthere are waiting lists for tests not show that DSA examiners are in demand?

There are no waiting lists at some test centres.   There will always be around a week between booking and taking tests because of staff  deployment arrangements.


Running test centres cost a lot of money, and in large cities it's ideal to have them, but in rural areas it's much more expense because there are less people to serve. My reasons for saying using existing government buildings is because there are rooms empty in council buildings because of cuts and I think it will be a good use of resources.

You tend not to get many govt buildings in rural areas though.


I would bet on all test fees being increased soon.   DSA has already said it is considering adjusting the theory & driving test fees, so that the theory fee will be lowered while the driving test fee increased. 

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#11 21-02-11 07:46:53

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Re: Test centre alternatives

What is the reason that the DSA don't conduct the theory tests?  Pearson Vue are a business and need to make a profit - if the theory test was conducted at the practical test center the DSA are making better use of space and would benefit from economy of scale, plus get whatever profit there is from theory tests.

I wasn't an ADI when theory was introduced so I have no idea why it was contracted out, so maybe someone will come back with a very good reason why DSA don't do it.

Of course, if the DSA really want to increase revenue, they could always introduce mandatory re-testing.....  :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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#12 21-02-11 10:34:50

lynesweb
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Re: Test centre alternatives

It was cheaper for the DSA to use Pearson as a contractor, believe it or not.

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#13 21-02-11 11:52:22

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Re: Test centre alternatives

How many of these existing government building are in the middle of towns where there is nowhere to park or there are parking restrictions during working hours?

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#14 24-02-11 18:11:30

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Re: Test centre alternatives

Hi Lynesweb.
Thats a good debate. i do find with the closure of post offices, libraies n such other council building a merge could be worth a look, If the car parks have ample space that is. plus the sales of the land of abandoned test centres will useful.

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#15 24-02-11 18:14:06

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Re: Test centre alternatives

The libraies are everywere not just busy town centres and there under threat of been closed.

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