A mother has told ITV News Central she is spending money on private tuition to teach her 12 year-old son to drive now, as she's certain costs will rise by the time he's 18.
Janie Alalwi bought her son driving lessons for his twelfth birthday. He is learning to drive at a school in Birmingham for 11-17year-olds.
The numbers of people taking driving tests in the Midlands have fallen by more than 23,000 in the year to March 2013. Experts say rising costs of running cars are to blame.
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Isolated wintry showers perhaps giving further, mainly slight, snow accumulations inland.
Staying largely dry for most of the night, but then with a line of showers travelling south across the region through the early hours.
A bank robber who threatened customers with a knife and gun while demanding cash has been jailed for 11 years.