The UK’s driving test centres may be closed by the DSA with examiners instead being based at local community centres and supermarkets if leaked documents are to be believed.

Such plans could also see the driving test itself being conducted by delegate private firm examiners outside of the public sector.

The news comes from the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union which says it has viewed leaked documents which shows that the DSA is looking at ways of reducing its costs.

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the PCS union said: “These new documents shed more light on the plans being hatched behind closed doors by senior managers and ministers”.

Serwotka continued: “Worryingly, it is the latest evidence of the creeping privatisation of the agency’s work, which puts ideology before road safety.”

In reply, a spokesperson for the Department for Transport commented: “We have said many times that we are looking at how we can improve the driver testing and training process, however, no decisions have been taken on future testing provision and we will not comment on leaked documents”.