Driving courses in Bulgaria, which currently cost about 600 leva (about 300 euro) will increase in price by 20 per cent to about 750, driving instructors have said.
However, if fuel prices stabilise, the increase may not be as high, according to the Bulgarian association of driving instructors.
Krassimir Georgiev, head of the association of driving instructors, said that the quality of driving instruction in Bulgaria was inconsistent "and you can see the effect in the memorial plaques on the roads in Bulgaria".
He said that the increase in fees was the result of increasing fuel prices and the costs of maintaining vehicles used for driving lessons.
Driving instructors were not worried about losing customers.
In any case, according to Georgiev, losing some customers was not as bad as companies going bankrupt, worsening unemployment.
Professional driving instructors also want to see the minimum educational requirement for learner drivers increased.
Driving instructor Emil Germanov said that the current requirement, completion of seventh grade, was inappropriate and should be raised to 10th grade "because the roads are full of inadequate low-educated motorists".
The driving instructors association also wants the Education Ministry to exercise better control over the issuing of elementary and secondary education certificates.