The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has revised a vast majority of Theory Test questions to make the them more simple.
Working with the British Dyslexia Association and other organisations, the DVSA has changed 78 out of the 88 questions to make them easier to understand for those who might struggle with the phrasing featured in the old versions – but who are otherwise perfectly capable of becoming safe, responsible drivers.
The type of questions that have been completely revamped include the ‘continuation’ questions; these previously asked the candidate to select the right answer from a list of possibilities to complete a sentence.
In the new version, this approach has been junked – instead, they have now been changed into questions to aid in understanding.
As well as changing questions, the DVSA has also replaced longer, more difficult to understand words such as ‘increase’ with shorter, simpler words such as ‘bigger’ as well as changing more complex phrases and words such as ‘Vehicle Excise Duty’ and ‘medication’.
The agency has also stripped out negative language, so instead of a question featuring “When should you NOT”, it has now been replaced with “When should you”.
From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.
This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.
Learner drivers will need to be:
It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them.
Until the law changes, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.
Find out how the rules will work in the full announcement.
The change only applies to learner drivers of cars. Learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways.
From Monday 4 December 2017, the way the car driving test works in England, Scotland and Wales has changed.
What is Changing in the Driving Test
1. Independent driving part of the test increase to 20 minutes
The independent driving part of the test is made longer and it last around 20 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.
2. Following directions from a sat nav
During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates is asked to follow directions from a sat nav.
The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up. You won’t need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.
You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test - you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.
You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.
One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.
3. Reversing manoeuvres is changed
The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.
You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:
4. Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving
The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
You’ll be asked the:
What is not Changing in the New Driving Test
Pass mark, length of the driving test and cost not changing.
The pass mark is staying the same. So, you’ll pass your test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.
The examiner will still mark the test in the same way, and the same things will still count as faults.
The overall time of the driving test won’t change. It will still take around 40 minutes.
The driving test cost will also stay the same.