New Driving Test Trials Underway
Due to the recent spike in serious road injuries, the DVSA and transport ministry has reviews the present practical driving test, to see if it is fit for the purpose, as it was once was.
A new driving test was designed from scratch from senior examiners, police and large driving associations, which DVSA decided to trial across 20 test centres in the UK, with examiners trained in the new test rules.
The cost of the test is the current fee of £62.00 and roughly the same length to ensure it falls in line with current legislation, meaning your licence can be issued if you pass successfully! Even though it is still a trial for the DVSA.
What if I have a test booked? Do I have to take the new style test?
No, don’t worry! If you are due to take your driving test, this trial is done on a voluntary basis for now, so if you don’t want to take the new trial test for you practical test, there is no obligation to do so.
What is different in this test?
The beginning of the test will be the same procedure of checking documentation and an eye sight check. The pupil will then be asked 1 of 2 of the show and tell me questions (CLICK HERE FOR REVISION OF SHOW ME TELL ME).
Then the pupil will move off onto the road where they will be introduced to a 20 minute independent drive, which will also include a pre-programmed route on a sat-nav. The DVSA examiners will supply the tom-tom go 50 for the test, so instructors would need to provide a sat-nav for training purposes should they want to take part in this trial.
There will be additional changes to the manoeuvres as the pupil will no longer be required to perform a ‘3-point-turn / turn in the road’ OR a ‘Left reverse around a corner’ – They will be asked to perform the following:
• Reverse bay park to the left or right
• Front bay park and then reverse out to the left or right
• Parallel park on the left
• Pull up on the right hand side of the road and reverse in a straight line 2 car lengths
Results will be given at the end of the test as usual.
When do these trials start?
1000 trials will be overseen by the Transport Research Laboratory, with an additional 1000 tests used as comparison. These trials started in April 2015, and they will run until the results required have been taken in.
Why would I want to take part?
There are proposed incentives for instructors and students to take the trials.
How can one take part in the trial?
Your driving instructor would need to register with TRL. This can be done via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your instructor would then be contacted with further information regarding the test trial.