CHANGES

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - MOTORING -

THE new driv­ing test will come into force on December 4.

It en­com­passes four key changes that fu­ture driv­ers need to be aware of. These are: An in­crease of the “in­de­pen­dent driv­ing” part of the test, from 10 to 20 min­utes.

Ask­ing can­di­dates to fol­low di­rec­tions on a sat­nav as an al­ter­na­tive to fol­low­ing road signs.

Re­plac­ing cur­rent ma­noeu­vres such as “re­verse around a cor­ner” with more real-life sce­nar­ios, such as driv­ing into and re­vers­ing out of a park­ing bay.

Ask­ing one of the two ve­hi­cle safety ques­tions while the can­di­date is driv­ing, for ex­am­ple, ask­ing can­di­dates to use the rear-heated wind­screen.

DVSA chief ex­ec­u­tive Gareth Llewellyn said: “Mak­ing sure the driv­ing test bet­ter as­sesses a driver’s abil­ity to drive safely and in­de­pen­dently is part of our strat­egy to help peo­ple stay safe on Bri­tain’s roads.

“It’s vi­tal the driv­ing test keeps up to date with new

ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy and the ar­eas where new driv­ers face the great­est risk once they’ve passed.”

Trans­port Min­is­ter An­drew Jones said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are al­ways look­ing to make them safer.

“These changes will help re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple killed or in­jured on our roads and equip new driv­ers with the skills they need to use our roads safely.

“En­sur­ing the driv­ing test is rel­e­vant in the 21st Cen­tury – for ex­am­ple, the in­tro­duc­tion of sat­navs, will go a long way to­wards do­ing this.”

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