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DVSA Policy paper update15-07-2015  
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have updated their policy paper "Improving the driving test" and added Bristol (Southmead), Herne Bay and Southampton (Maybush) driving test centres to the list of centres carrying out the trial.

 This brings the list of centres up to 26, they are:

  • Basildon
  • Bedford
  • Birmingham Kings Heath
  • Bishopbriggs (Glasgow)
  • Blackpool
  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol (Southmead)
  • Cheetham Hill
  • Edinburgh (Musselburgh)
  • Enfield
  • Farnborough
  • Folkestone
  • Herne Bay
  • Ipswich
  • Lincoln
  • Lower Gornal
  • Mitcham (London)
  • Norwich
  • Oxford
  • Sheffield Handsworth
  • Southampton (Maybush)
  • St Helens
  • Sunderland
  • Swansea
  • Weston-super-mare
  • York

The test changes that are being trialled are

Two new manoeuvres will, for the purpose of the trial, replace the current ‘turn in the road’ and ‘left reverse’ manoeuvres. You should still be taught these, though.

The table below shows the main differences between the current and trial test.

Current test

Trial test

‘Show me’ and ‘tell me’ question at the beginning of the test

‘Tell me’ question at the beginning of the test and a ‘show me’ question on the move

10 minutes independent driving using traffic signs or verbal directions

20 minutes independent driving using a satnav or traffic signs

One of the following manoeuvres - turn in the road, reverse around a corner or reverse parking (either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the road)

One of the following manoeuvres - drive in to and reverse out of a parking bay, pull up on the right, reverse, and rejoin the traffic or reverse parking (either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the road)

Everything else stays the same as the current test. The standard of assessment is the same for both tests.

For further information about the trial and to watch some film clips about the items being trialled click the link below

Policy paper “Improving the driving test”
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