Jake Parsonage became the first learner driver to complete their test at Halfords in Wellingborough under a new Government scheme – and he passed.
His success marked the start of joint initiative between the Driving Standards Agency and the automotive parts and accessory retailer, which sees Halfords’ stores used as test centres in areas without an existing local facility.
Jake, 17, from Wellingborough, started and finished the test from his local store and was understandably delighted with his result:
He said: “I was nervous and didn’t get much sleep the night before, but passing on my first attempt feels amazing - all I need now is a car.”
The agency had been looking for opportunities to work with public and private sector partners, to provide test centre facilities, when Halfords offered to set aside dedicated areas within its stores for candidates to meet their examiners at no cost to the agency.
Halfords commercial director, Paul McClenaghan, said: “This is the first of nine trial locations currently being rolled-out across the UK and reflects our desire to offer complementary services to both existing and future customers.”
As many as 1,500 tests a year could be completed at each store.