Ma­noeu­vre set by new driv­ing test ‘con­tra­dicts High­way Code’

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Harry Yorke

A “DAN­GER­OUS” ma­noeu­vre which in­struc­tors claim is against the High­way Code will be in­cluded in the new driv­ing test.

Un­der changes in the new “L” test, start­ing next month, one of a se­ries of new ma­noeu­vres re­quires learn­ers to pull up on the op­po­site side of the road, re­v­erse two car lengths, and then re­join traf­fic.

Antony Cove, a driv­ing in­struc­tor, said: “This is an un­nec­es­sary and dan­ger­ous ex­er­cise. Ev­ery driv­ing in­struc­tor I’ve spo­ken to is against this idea.”

Mr Cove, who launched an on­line pe­ti­tion that had gained 2,500 sig­na­tures by 7pm last night, claims that the ma­noeu­vre con­tra­dicts rule 239 in the High­way Code, which states: “If you have to stop on the road­side, do not park fac­ing against the traf­fic flow.”

Con­fused.com found that just 17 per cent of 2,000 mo­torists sur­veyed agreed with the new re­quire­ment.

The DVSA said: “The new test was tri­alled with 4,300 learner driv­ers and has the sup­port of the driver train­ing in­dus­try and road safety groups.”

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