Road Administration drops plan to reduce number of places to take driving test
The Road Administration announced on Friday that it would drop its plan to reduce the number of places where a driving test can be taken to six major cities. Instead, it will be possible to take the exam at all regional centers.
After meetings with representatives of municipal governments and entrepreneurs in the summer, the Road Administration now decided to change its reform plan. As a result, a centralized examination center will be set up whose examiners will start conducting driving tests in regional centers next year, spokespeople for the agency said on Friday.
The plan to limit the possibility of taking the driver's exam to only six cities — Tallinn, Rakvere, Pärnu, Tartu, Kärdla, and Kuressaare — by 2018 met with heavy criticism.
According to Friday’s announcement, none of the Road Administration’s 17 regional offices will be closed, although opening hours of some offices will be shortened. The agency has offices in Haapsalu, Jõgeva, Jõhvi, Kuressaare, Kärdla, Narva, Paide, Põlva, Pärnu, Rakvere, Rapla, Saue, Tallinn, Tartu, Valga, Viljandi and Võru.
The Põlva, Valga, Jõgeva, Haapsalu, Kuressaare, Kardla, Rapla, and Paide offices will be open three days a week.