DVSA release more details on driving test changes

Thursday, July 6, 2017


DVSA has released more details on their blog about the changes set to happen to the driving test in December.


Back in April 2017, it was announced that the driving test will change from 4 December 2017. The changes include:


• Increasing the independent drive to 20 minutes

• Following directions from a sat nav

• Revising the manoeuvres

• Answering a vehicle safety question while driving


Before announcing the changes to the test, DVSA issued a consultation to get approval from instructors across the country. 


Over 3,900 people took part in the consultation and a trial of the changes involved over 4,300 learner drivers and over 860 driving instructors.


The results of the consultation showed that:


• 88.2% agreed with increasing the length of the independent driving part of the test

• 70.8% agreed with asking candidates to follow directions from a sat nav

• 78.6% agreed with the plans to change how the reversing manoeuvres are tested

• 78.4% agreed with asking the ‘show me’ question while the candidate is driving


Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people, accounting for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19.


The changes to the driving test have been made to make sure that training and the test itself reduce the number of young people being killed in collisions.


The most fatal collisions happen on high-speed roads (not including motorways) – DVSA believe changing the format of the test will allow more of these types of roads to be included in driving test routes.


52% of car drivers now have a sat nav, so by including it as part of the driving test will help teach new drivers how to use them safely. 


Any test taken on or after 4 December will be the new test. The DVSA want to make sure all instructors have the information needed to prepare pupils and help them stay safe on Britain’s roads.

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