UK Driving Test changes 2017

Driving Tests from December 2017

The driving examiner will have his own pre charged sat nav which will sit on a bean bag at the most convenient position on the dash board for the candidate. (Instructors will not be required to provide anything). This will most likely be in the middle under the rear view mirror. The sat nav screen will be on throughout the whole test. The voice will only be on for about 20 minutes during the independent drive section, so both screen and voice for 20 mins only, then back to instructions as per normal from the examiner. The choice of screen colour will be agreed between examiner and pupil at the beginning of the test. If the pupil goes in the wrong direction during the independent drive, whilst the sat nav re-routes itself, the examiner will step in with directions just as they do at present.
Every 5th test will have the screen on for the whole test but the route will be given by the instructor, as oppose to the voice of the sat nav. The screen will be on merely as a form of distraction to the pupil. The sat nav will not show mph and upcoming speed signs.

As currently happens the examiner will stop the pupil in a safe place and inform them that the independent section of the drive is about to start. The examiner will inform the pupil that the independent section has ended on the move as they do at the moment.

There will still be only 1 manoeuvre.
Pupils will NO longer be asked to perform either a turn in the road or left reverse.
Pupil will still be asked to parallel park and reverse back into a bay.

New Manoeuvres
1. Forward bay park

Pupils will be taken to a public car park. Once in the car park the examiner will stop the pupil and the ask them to drive forward into ANY bay of their choice. Once in the bay the examiner will ask them to reverse back out of the bay steering to either the left or the right. The examiner will then guide the pupil out of the car park if necessary. This will be performed in 1 in every 4 tests.
2. Parking on the right and reversing
The pupil will be asked to stop in a safe place on the left hand side of the road. The examiner will them ask them to drive on and park on the right hand side of the road. Once parked, the pupil will be asked to reverse back approximately 2 car lengths. They will then be asked to drive on again joining the normal flow of traffic. If for any reason their view becomes seriously impaired i.e. by a van, the examiner will assist. This will be performed in 1 in every 4 tests.
Show Me Tell Me Questions (December 2017).
The range of questions is to be extended and asked at different points during the test.
Tell Me Questions will be asked at the test centre.
Show Me Questions will be asked on the move.


  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window

As at the moment a pupil will only receive a driving fault if they wrongly answer the questions.


Driving Test Sat Nav on trial

New satnav driving test is on trial

Teenager Grant Ferguson from Bearsden Glasgow has become one of the first in the UK to pass his driving test using a satellite navigation system.

Grant, 17, followed the device’s verbal instructions, pre-programmed by the examiner, for the first 20 minutes of his test. His local driving test centre  Bishopbriggs, was chosen as one of 20 in the UK to trial the revised practical exam with the help of a GPS navigation system.

Around 1,000 learner drivers are expected to take part in the trial by the end of the year. The changes, proposed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards

Agency, could see the three-point turn and reversing round a corner scrapped. These will be replaced with more commonplace manoeuvres such as reversing out of a parking bay.


The new SatNav Driving Test is here

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 Three point turn to be axed ?

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We have been in business over twenty years and cover driving test centre areas: Anniesland, Baillieston, Bishopbriggs, Shieldhall and Ayrshire. Both manual and automatic driving lessons are available.

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Driving test age rise considered for teenagers

Driving test age rise considered for teenagers – In a bid to cut down road traffic accidents, the goverment is considering issuing 12 month probationary licences at age 18. One of the recommendations include a one-year period beginning at 17, during which drivers would have taken at least 100 hours of daytime and 20 hours of night-time practice under supervision. Green P plates will need to be displayed after the pupil passes the driving test at age 18.

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Car and motorcycle theory test fees will fall

Car and motorcycle theory test fees will fall from £31 to £25 from 1st October 2014 and then to £23 in 2015
You can book tests for this date onwards from 20 August 2014

To book your theory test you need :

> Your Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional driving licence number

> Your email address to get your booking confirmation (you can’t book online if you don’t have one)

> A debit or credit card

To book your driving test you need :

> Your theory test pass certificate number

> Great Britain or Northern Ireland driving licence number

> Credit or debit card

You don’t need your driving instructor’s personal reference number (ADI number) but, if you have it, you can use it to check their availability.

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Driving tests in bad weather – what to do

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) may have to cancel driving tests due to bad weather conditions, vehicle problems or other reasons. Your test will be automatically rebooked by the DSA. You must call your test centre if there is snow or ice in your local area on the day of your test. If you are informed your test cannot go ahead, a new appointment date will usually be sent to you within 3 working days. This could take up to 7 days when the bad weather goes on for longer. Remember bad weather can sometimes lead to longer waiting times for practical test appointments.