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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