The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is set to make a raft of changes to the driving test, as part of a government push to stop so many people from being killed and injured on the roads.
It’s outlined plans for:
- The ‘independent driving’ part of the test to be doubled from 10 to 20 minutes
- Learner drivers to follow directions from a sat nav during the ‘independent driving’ part
- The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres to be replaced with with ‘more real-life scenarios’, such as driving into/reversing out of a parking bay
- Testers to ask one of the two ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions while a candidate is driving, for instance getting them to use the rear heated screen
The changes will be introduced next year.
“Candidates will be given more responsibility for making decisions during the test,” said DVSA Chief Driving Examiner, Lesley Young. “We want them to show they can cope with distractions and assess risk without the intervention of their instructor or examiner.”
Over 4,500 learner drivers and 850 driving instructors have been trialling the changes, with a full report on the findings set to arrive once the testing period ends. The DVSA wants the public to get involved too, with a consultation asking for views on the changes open until August 25.