Estonian Road Administration drops plan to reduce number of places to take driving test


PHOTO: Urmas Luik / Pärnu Postimees

The Estonian Road Administration has dropped its plan to reduce the number of places where a driving test can be taken to six major cities and announced that it will be possible to take a driver's exam in all regional centers.

After meetings with representatives of local self-governments and entrepreneurs in the summer, the Road Administration 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 a driver's exam to only six cities - Tallinn, Rakvere, Parnu, Tartu, Kardla 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, Jogeva, Johvi, Kuressaare, Kardla, Narva, Paide, Polva, Parnu, Rakvere, Rapla, Saue, Tallinn, Tartu, Valga, Viljandi and Voru. The Polva, Valga, Jogeva, Haapsalu, Kuressaare, Kardla, Rapla and Paide offices will be open on three weekdays.