The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from today (04 December 2017).
There are four driving test changes:
- Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes which is roughly half of the test. During this part, candidates will have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the examiner.
- During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will have to follow directions from a sat nav. The examiner will set-up the sat nav and the route and candidates can ask for confirmation of the destination if they’re not sure. Only one in five tests won’t use a sat nav, candidates will have to follow traffic signs instead.
- The “reverse around a corner” and “turn in the road” manoeuvres will no longer be tested. Candidates will be asked to do one of three 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. Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and rejoin the traffic.
- Candidates will have to answer two vehicle safety questions, also known as the “show me, tell me” questions. The “tell me” question will be at the start of the test and candidates will have to explain how to carry out a safety task. the “show me” question will be during the driving test and candidates will have to show how to carry out a safety task, for example, show how to wash the windscreen.
All car driving tests taken from today will follow the new format including:
- A retake after a failed test
- A test that is cancelled or moved and the new test date is from 04 December 2017.
The pass mark, length of test and cost will not change.