The list of recommendations includes:
- We will encourage Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) to continue to place an emphasis on learning to drive, rather than simply learning to pass the test.
- We will consider how we can take greater account of a candidate's respect for other road users (particularly vulnerable road users).
- We want to encourage a culture of taking the practical driving test when the candidate is judged ready, rather than simply as soon as possible.
- DVSA will reform the driving test (and, thereby, pre-test learning) to encourage more real life driving experience and ensure that it takes account of local variations and increasing vehicle automation.
- We will explore the development of a voluntary electronic logbook.
- We will consult on changing the law to allow learner drivers accompanied by an ADI to drive on the motorway network in a dual controlled car.
- DVSA will continue to strengthen and modernise the administration of CBT; encourage more training post-CBT and improve motorcycle training standards. In the road safety statement, we have set out our intention to consult on these proposals during 2016.
- We are undertaking further work to assess how financial incentives might contribute to persuading learners to practise more.
- We will explore other ways of encouraging learner drivers to be well prepared for the test, including the use of behavioural insights to design messaging around test preparedness in the test booking system.
- DVSA is working to improve waiting times for driving tests and will look to guarantee a maximum lead time. One reason for some of these issues is a shortage of examiners. DVSA has an ongoing recruitment strategy to address this.
- We commit to maintaining a test cancellation rate (other than for weather related reasons) of no more than two per cent, taking the test centre network as a whole.
- DVSA will develop a voluntary scheme to publish pass rates by ADI to allow learners to base their choice of instructor on more objective grounds if they wish.
- DVSA will improve its relationship with ADIs, both directly and through their professional bodies. The IT developments announced elsewhere in this strategy will include online booking of standards checks. The DVSA will examine the possibility of developing an 'earned recognition' approach to checking ADIs' adherence to standards.
- We are committed to reviewing the driving test centre network, to ensure that it provides a high level of customer service, to ensure that each centre continues to be appropriately sited. We will continue to review test routes to ensure that they all present sufficient challenge to candidates and test the full range of competences needed.
- We will look to expand the range of test slots available outside daytime weekday slots, on a permanent basis, across a wider range of centres than at present.
- At present, practical car driving tests are delivered entirely by the DVSA. We are exploring whether other models of service delivery might offer a better service to road users, either as an alternative to the current arrangements or to complement them, including involving the private sector in delivery.
- We encourage all road users, but especially the young, to consider how they can improve their skills through post-test training. We will continue to promote Pass Plus, and appreciate the initiative of the Welsh Government and some English local authorities in subsidising the cost.
- We will continue to reinforce the role of driver behaviour by supporting trainers to teach the key techniques to maximise the efficient use of fuel and corresponding emissions reductions.
- We will work with the insurance industry to encourage links between safe driving and lower premiums, especially for younger drivers.
- We will await the recommendations of the Older Drivers Task Force later this year before considering how best to support older drivers.
- The DVLA is concentrating efforts on improving the services it offers to medical customers. This includes recruiting more medical and administrative staff, reviewing how it deals with complex cases and improving communication with customers.
This document has been issued as a response to the DfT consultation “Motoring services strategy: consultation” which ran from 13 November 2015 9:30am to 8 January 2016 12:00am.
Click here to read the MSAGB response to original consultation
Click here to read the DfT Motoring services strategy: a strategic direction 2016 to 2020