Successful learners will receive their full driving licences quicker as driving examiners start marking the car driving test digitally, DVSA has announced today.
Driving examiners are using tablets to mark the driving test digitally as part of a phased roll out. A specially developed app is replacing the clipboard and pen.
Shifting to the paperless test report will mean learners will receive an electronic summary report of their test that they can review with their instructor, pass or fail, to discuss which areas of their driving could be further improved.
The driving test and what learners are assessed on is not changing.
Chief driving examiner Mark Winn said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving.
“We’re committed to providing the best possible service for customers. By investing in technology and replacing the clipboard and pen we are helping speed up the time it takes a new-qualified driver to receive their driving licence.
“The app will modernise the way our examiners work, making it easier for them to carry out their jobs.”
Carly Brookfield, DIA’s CEO said: “It’s good to finally see the digitisation of the practical test fully launched.
“Thousands of people hours were spent on the previous manual inputting of test data. With examiners now able to key test results straight into a digital framework via an iPad in the vehicle, the delivery and accuracy of test results, and ultimately someone's licence, will be vastly improved. We’ve been closely involved in the development of the app and welcome its introduction.”
Driving examiners currently use a paper form (DL25) to record the results of the 1.9 million car driving tests they carry out each year. The form is tick box based and is used to mark against pre-set driving assessment standards, such as control of the vehicle and observations.
Currently, DVSA manually collates test results and then sends them electronically to the DVLA who issue the licences. The app will remove the need for a paper trail and help to reduce the time it takes DVSA to send test results to DVLA.
The app has been designed in line with government digital service standards and is set be rolled out to all DVSA examiners by the end of the year.
Approved driving instructors and other accompanying drivers such as friends and family, are not allowed to use a tablet whilst supervising a learner driver, it is illegal.
DVSA will continuously improve how the app works for car tests, and look to roll it out to other test categories later.