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Help with funding driving lessons

How much will tuition cost and is there any help available?

Learning to drive can be expensive:

  • Your first provisional licence currently costs £34.
  • The average driving lesson costs between £25-£35 per hour.
  • Theory test is £23 and practical test is £62.
  • The average student takes between 45 -55 hours tuition to get to test standard.

That adds up to a total cost of between £1244 – £2044, assuming that you pass both theory and practical tests at the first attempt.

You would be strongly advised to ensure that funding is in place before starting tuition, so that the driving lessons can continue un-interrupted.

Is there any financial assistance to help pay for driving lessons?

  • The Driving Ambitions Scheme, from the Family Fund, may be able to offer financial help to get you started as a driver, up to funding your first taster lesson.
  • If you are a Motability customer and already have a car on the scheme then funding may be available from Motability Grants but you must be a customer to qualify and you must meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The Marmalade Foundation Helping Deserving Drivers scheme – aimed at those aged 17-25 who would otherwise be unable to afford a course of practical driving lessons.

Alternative sources of finance

  • If following an accident you are making a legal claim for compensation, talk to your solicitor about the cost of driving lessons being added to the claim.
  • Charities – it is possible to apply for grant assistance from many charities for small pockets of money (circa £200) – means testing may apply.
  • Other organisations such as the local Chamber of Commerce may provide financial assistance.
  • Employers may provide financial assistance if driving is required for the job.
  • Disability Grants may help: www.disability-grants.org/funding-for-driving-lessons.html

Updated 25.08.2019