New UK driving test comes into force on 4th December, 2017 0

New-UK-driving-test-comes-into-force-on-4th-DecemberDecember this year will see the UK driving test overhauled, and as part of an attempt to modernise the exam, learners will have to interact with sat-nav prompts.

The revision of the test is an attempt to make it more relevant to modern motoring. Certain aspects have been removed such as three-point turns and reversing round corners.

The main changes are as follows:

  • Candidates will be asked to follow sat-nav instructions as well as road signs
  • More realistic driving manoeuvres will be added, with old ones removed
  • Candidates will be asked safety questions as they drive
  • Independent driving element will be doubled in length to 20 minutes

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which oversees the UK driving test, said the revised exam will promote greater independence and confidence on busier and faster roads.

The new practical test will be rolled out on 4 December 2017. A theory test remains a separate part of the examination.

TRL, the UK’s independent road safety organisation, led a nationwide survey with 4300 learners and 860 instructors to help shape the new driving test.

Shaun Helman, head of transport psychology at TRL, said: “The driving test does an important job of ensuring that people have the basic skills needed to be competent when they begin driving solo. These changes are designed to make the test more reflective of real-life driving, and can be seen as a positive evolution of the licensing process.

“The planned changes to the test will see much greater emphasis put onto independent driving, as well as a renewed focus on higher-risk driving environments during training.”

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