§ Mr. Favell
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what conclusions have been reached about conducting heavy goods vehicle and public services vehicle driving tests on Saturdays.
§ Mr. Atkins
The recent 12-month trial has confirmed that Saturday vocational testing is a practical proposition and provides a service that is welcomed by customers. During the year some 4,300 Saturday tests were conducted and the number of centres where the waiting times for vocational tests were at or below four weeks doubled. I have decided to continue the service on a permanent basis and to make it available at all centres where Saturday testing is feasible and there are examiners available.