Published: 10 Nov 2017

Driving test set to change in December 2017

To keep in line with changes that modern day modernists face on the road today, the DVLA has announced a number of changes that are going to be implemented. Coming into practice from Monday 4 December 2017 the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will include new skill requirements. 

What is changing to the driving test?

Increase in the independent driving section to 20 minutes

Currently, the independent driving section of the practical driving test is set to last around 10 minutes. This is set to double to 20 minutes, meaning that around half the test will be taken up by leaner driving without instruction.

Using a sat nav

A pre-set sat nav will be introduced allowing leaners to demonstrate that they are able to follow the directions that are given. Only 4 out of 5 driving test will use include a sat nav task.

Change to reversing manoeuvres

The traditional ‘turn-in-the-road’ and ‘reverse around a corner’ will no longer be part of a driving test. The examiner instead will select one of the following three tasks-

  • -Park in a bay
  • -Parallel park at a road side
  • -Pull at a roadside and reverse two lengths and rejoin the traffic

While driving answer a vehicle safety question

Leaners will be asked to answer two safety questions while at the wheel. Example questions may include;

  • -Show me how to wash the windscreen

Who will be affected by the new driving test criteria?

The changes will affect all driving tests taken from Monday 4 December 2017. This will include those who have previously failed a driving test and resitting, as well as those whose tests have been moved or cancelled whatever the reason.

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