Driving test changes: plans revealed to improve road safety
Date posted: 14th July 2016
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) wants the public to give their views on plans to improve the car driving test.
The government is committed to reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on Great Britain's roads.
Changing the driving test will help to do this, by making it a better assessment of the candidate's ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions.'
DVSA has published a consultation asking for views on the changes. The deadline to have your say is 25 August 2016.
What the changes are:
- increase the 'independent driving' part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes
- ask candidates to follow directions from a sat nav during the 'independent driving' part
- replace the 'reverse around a corner' and 'turn in the road' manoeuvres with more real-life scenarios, eg driving into and reversing out of a parking bay
- ask 1 of the 2 vehicle safety questions (known as the 'show me, tell me' questions) while the candidate is driving, eg asking them to use the rear heated screen
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