driving test changes for December 2017
The independent drive diagrams presently used by the examiners
will no longer be used as part of the driving test.
The independent section of the test will increase to 20
minutes and the length of the test will remain the same
at approximately 40 minutes. The examiner will have his
own pre charged sat nav which will sit on a bean bag at
the most convenient position on the dash board for the candidate.
(Instructors will not be required to provide anything).
This will most likely be in the middle under the rear view
mirror. The sat nav screen will be on throughout the whole
test. The voice will only be on for about 20 minutes during
the independent drive section, so both screen and voice
for 20 mins only, then back to instructions as per normal
from the examiner. The choice of screen colour will be agreed
between examiner and pupil at the beginning of the test.
If the pupil goes in the wrong direction during the independent
drive, whilst the sat nav re-routes itself, the examiner
will step in with directions just as they do at present.
Every 5th test will have the screen on for the whole test
but the route will be given by the instructor, as oppose
to the voice of the sat nav. The screen will be on merely
as a form of distraction to the pupil. The sat nav will
not show mph and upcoming speed signs.
As currently happens the examiner will stop the pupil in
a safe place and inform them that the independent section
of the drive is about to start. The examiner will inform
the pupil that the independent section has ended on the
move as they do at the moment.
There will still be only 1 manoeuvre.
Pupils will NO longer be asked to perform either a turn
in the road or left reverse.
Pupil will still be asked to parallel park and reverse back
into a bay.
Pupils will be taken to a public car park. Once in the car
park the examiner will stop the pupil and the ask them to
drive forward into ANY bay of their choice. Once in the
bay the examiner will ask them to reverse back out of the
bay steering to either the left or the right. The examiner
will then guide the pupil out of the car park if necessary.
This will be performed in 1 in every 4 tests.
on right and reversing
The pupil will be asked to stop in a safe place on the left
hand side of the road. The examiner will them ask them to
drive on and park on the right hand side of the road. Once
parked, the pupil will be asked to reverse back approximately
2 car lengths. They will then be asked to drive on again
joining the normal flow of traffic. If for any reason their
view becomes seriously impaired i.e. by a van, the examiner
will assist. This will be performed in 1 in every 4 tests.
Me Tell Me Questions for 2017
The range of questions is to be extended and asked at different
points during the test.
Tell Me Questions will be asked at the test centre.
Show Me Questions will be asked on the move.
As at the moment a pupil will only receive a driving fault
if they wrongly answer the questions.
in the road and left reverse to be scrapped