UK Driving test changing on 4 December 2017
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Andrew Jones MP
Part of:Driving test changes in 2017, Road safety, and Cars
Published:15 April 2017
Last updated:5 October 2017, see all updates
The driving test will change from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres.
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 test works differently in Northern Ireland.
The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.
The changes will only apply to car driving tests to begin with.
The 4 driving test changes
1. Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes
The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.
This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes - roughly half of the test.
2. Following directions from a sat nav
During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.
The examiner will provide the sat nav (a TomTom Start 52) and set it up. You won’t need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.
You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during t he test - you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.
You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.
One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.
3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed
The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.
You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:
parallel park at the side of the road
park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic
4. Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving
The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
You’ll be asked the:
‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving - for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers
How the new test will work
This video shows how the test will work from 4 December 2017.
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Motorway speed limit could be cut from 70mph to 60mph
The Government is considering a number of possible actions to tackle air pollution in the UK, one of them being changing the speed limit on motorways from 70mph to 60mph.
Some officials believe that vehicles emit more harmful emissions when cars travel at higher speeds and have proposed the 10mph cut on high polluting stretches of the motorway.
Pollution taxes could also be imposed on diesel cars under the plans.
The proposal states: “There may be potential to improve air quality by lowering speed limits.
“The speed limits option would seek to tackle lengths of motorway experiencing poor levels of air quality.
“For this option, the effect of reducing the motorway speed limit from 70 to 60 mph has been simulated by modelling a reduction in the average speed (by 10mph) of affected vehicles.”
Andrea Ledsom, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, commented: “Improving air quality is a key priority. Our plan today sets out how we will just do that – including presenting options to target diesel scrappage schemes.”
Meanwhile, three-quarters of motorists think the motorway speed limit should be increased to 80mph.
According to the Daily Mail, a survey by Green Flag identified that 21 per cent of motorists believe that the new speeding fines that came into force recently will have minimal effects on a persons driving habits.
73 per cent say that the man reason for this is that there is lack of funding to enforce the new rules.
Nearly half opt for school of mum and dad
Monday, December 14, 2015
Nearly half of learner drivers opt to take lessons with a parent despite the risk of high stress levels and potential accidents.
Research from car buying and selling website Carfused.com found that 49% of learner drivers opted to take free lessons with a parent.
However, this can lead to high stress and potentially dangerous situations with one-in-seven learners recalling being yelled at repeatedly and one-in-20 saying they almost had an accident. It also led to one-in-10 parents admitting they grabbed the wheel during lessons.
The research cited the cost of learning to drive as a reason for turning to the school of mum and dad. Learner drivers face an average £774 to get a full licence and nearly a quarter of drivers (23%) had their first driving lessons bought for them as a gift by their parents.
One-in-five said their parents funded every single lesson they took with an instructor.
Theory tests costs fall from 1 October 2015
The cost of car and motorcycle theory tests will drop from £25 to £23 for tests taken from 1 October 2015.
Theory test fees for other types of vehicle will also be reduced at the same time.
Book tests at the new price
The changes apply to theory tests taken from 1 October 2015. You can now book tests for this date onwards.
You'll have to pay the old fee if you choose a test date before 1 October 2015.
Find out more about the changes to theory test fees.
End of the driving licence counterpart
: advice for ADIs
From 8 June 2015, the driving licence counterpart will no longer have any legal status.
As an approved driving instructor, this will mean the following for you and your pupils:
When presenting for lessons
You can check your pupil’s photo card licence for ID purposes. However if you want to carry out further entitlement checks you can do so by using either of the following:
'Share Driving Licence', DVLA’s new online driving licence enquiry service
DVLA’s existing telephone, post and intermediary enquiry services
This user guide gives further information about how you can carry out further entitlement checks.
This user guide tells your pupils how they can share their driving licence with you.
When presenting for test
your pupil will need to show the examiner only their photo card licence
there won’t be an entitlement check – this will have been carried out at the time of booking the test
Change of address on licence
driving examiners won’t be able to offer the ADLI route if the pupil has a change of address
the examiner would mark the ‘licence not received box’ and give their licence back to them
the examiner will need to tell them to apply for their full licence using the form ‘D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’ (available from the DVLA form ordering service and some Post Offices)
If your pupil is an EU/EEA licence holder
they’ll need to apply to DVLA for a D91 form to be able to book their test – this will act as a counterpart
they won’t need to bring this along to their test because the entitlement check will have already been carried out at the time of booking the test
To find out more, visit www.gov.uk/dvla/nomorecounterpart
Driver CPC: deadline set to be achieved
DVSA latest figures suggest that most lorry drivers will have completed their 35 hours’ periodic training by 10
September 2014. Current figures show that over 800,000 drivers are doing or have done Driver CPC,
Over 564,000 of who have completed their 35 hours’ training. Over 1.1 million hours of training were
Logged this July alone.
Lorry drivers with 'acquired rights' must finish their first round of Driver CPC periodic training by
10 September 2014.
They risk being fined and even losing their livelihood if they don't finish their training in time.
Drivers can go online to check their periodic training record
The Office of the Traffic Commissioner also reminds operators to be aware of their drivers' training hours and the
10 September 2014 deadline to avoid penalties.
Seeing the benefits
Driver CPC has a lot to offer and it’s up to drivers and employers to make sure they get the most out of it by
Choosing courses that are relevant to them and the type of driving they do, or courses that develop
Their knowledge in a new subject area.
Drivers and operators can go online to find training courses
No excuses for not being aware
DVSA's Chief Executive Alastair Peoples said:
"DVSA enforcement officers already routinely check the Driver CPC status of professional drivers. After the
Deadline they’ll be able to check whether ‘acquired rights’ lorry drivers have completed their training or are
Driving illegally. Not being aware of Driver CPC is not an excuse for drivers or operators and there will be no
Joan Aitken, lead Traffic Commissioner on Driver CPC, added that operators;
"Could also find themselves before commissioners if there are issues around the circumstances in which
a driver Was working without the driver qualification card (DQC), or failed to produce it".
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