Will there be Magic in store for L-testers?

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FOR the first time learner drivers will be able to take their test in Hemel Hempstead and could even face the dreaded Magic Roundabout.

Details about test routes are no longer released by the Driving Standards Agency but the network of six mini roundabouts is a landmark in the town.

Transport minister and Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning has announced plans for practical tests to be held in the town from this summer.

Until now, the nearest test centres have been in Watford and St Albans.

Mr Penning said: “It is all about bringing the test to the customer.

“It is part of a package that is going to be rolled out across the country.”

The main hub will be in Watford with testers travelling over to Hemel Hempstead to host tests.

Under a partnership testers will be located at an already existing retail unit or local authority base but details of where this will be have not yet been released.

Mr Penning said it will save learners money in driving lessons because lessons will start straight away instead of instructors having to drive pupils to the area where their test will be held.

Under other changes, qualified driving instructors will now be able to take learners on motorways before they have passed their test, although this will not be compulsory.