The DVSA has announced it will be introducing changes to the practical driving test, for car learners, from Monday 4 December 2017.
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: “Great Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world. But there is scope to do more to keep road users safe – particularly newly qualified drivers. Making sure the test better assesses a driver’s ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help every driver through a lifetime of safe driving”.
The changes are:
- Learners will need to follow directions from a sat nav during the ‘independent driving’ part of the test, which will be increased from 10 minutes to 20 minutes
- One show me tell me question will be asked inside the car, such as demonstrating the use of the rear heated screen
- Replace two current manoeuvres: ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ with ‘parallel park at the side of the road’, ‘park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out’ or ‘pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic’
A spokesperson for the DVSA has said “using a satnav goes some way to addressing concerns that inexperienced drivers are easily distracted, which is one of the main causes of crashes. We’re moving with technology and the technology that new drivers will be using.”
Using a Sat Nav must be done with care and attention to the road ahead, with 1 in 14 drivers admitting having a ‘near-miss’ caused by the distraction of a sat nav. Examiners will be testing a pupils ability to listen to a sat nav without being distracted.
The ‘new’ test has already been trialled across 4,300 learner drivers and 860 driving instructors in 32 locations across Great Britain. The DVSA have confirmed that the practical driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.