Redditch firm Halfords could soon be offering more than just motoring accessories after the Government unveiled plans for people to take their driving test at some of its outlets.
The pioneering plan was revealed by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning who said the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) was looking at working with public and private sector partners to provide driving test premises in areas that do not have a test centre.
The DSA began exploring the prospect last year, offering tests from premises such as local authority buildings and leisure centres.
In March it announced plans to extend the scheme to 21 additional locations and invited proposals from businesses and other organisations.
The DSA has selected Redditch-based Halfords as a preferred partner and is also exploring partnerships with the Fire and Rescue Service and several universities.
Partners will allow the use of their premises at no cost and tests will continue to be conducted by DSA examiners.
Mr Penning said: "It is vital that public services are as open and accessible as possible. This initiative is a great example of how working with partners in the public and private sectors can help to ensure that we offer people the best possible service wherever they live.
"Our aim is to provide all driving test candidates with a local service that is convenient as well as being cost effective."
David Wild, Halfords CEO, said: "We want to help motorists wherever we can, so we look forward to working in partnership with the DSA to provide a first class service for drivers taking their tests."
The scheme focuses on 21 locations, centred around five different areas across the country (Glasgow, Kettering, Manchester, Watford and Worcestershire). Testing from partner premises is expected to start from the autumn.