Changes to the Driving Test
The driving test is changing with effect from 4 December 2017.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.
The Driving and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) are changing the test to bring it in line with today’s driving environment.
New drivers need to be better equipped with the skills to cope with the modern traffic and road situations.
There are four main changes to the practical driving test, these are as follows:
- The independent driving section is due to increase from 10 minutes to 20 minutes. Independent driving means you have to drive without turn by turn instruction from the examiner.
2. The introduction of driving following directions from a Satellite Navigation system (sat nav) will be included in the independent driving section.
The examiner will supply and set up the sat nav, so test candidate don’t need to worry.
3. The good news is two older manoeuvres reversing around a corner and a turn in the road will no longer be in the test, Instead you will be asked to complete one of three reversing manoeuvres.
A) Parallel park at the side of the road
B) Parking in a bay; either by pulling in and reversing out or reversing in and pulling out. The examiner will decide which one you will be doing based on the route.
C) Pull up on the right hand side of the road and reverse for two car lengths and then rejoin the traffic.
You will also be asked a vehicle safety questions whilst driving, which will be from the “show me tell me questions”.
To read the full DVSA report on the changes click here
The cost of the driving test, length and pass marks will remain the same.
You can watch the official DVSA video on the changes by clicking here