UK Driving Test Set For A Major Overhaul
Andy Harris, Motoring and Property Editor
Sadly too many of our young drivers are still involved in car accidents. Our roads grow ever more crowded and it would seem that some newly qualified drivers are managing to pass the test, yet are unable to cope with the demands of modern day driving.
Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people. They account for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency wants to make sure that training and the driving test reduce the number of young people being killed in collisions.
Some elements of the driving test have remained unchanged for far too long and perhaps have less relevance today.
Out will go reversing round a corner and in will come reversing in and out of a parking bay.
There will also now be a section in which the test candidate will have to follow directions on a sat-nav, rather than following road signs.
The chief executive of the DVSA Gareth Llewellyn commented:
"Great Britain's roads are among the safest in the world. But there is scope to do more to keep road users safe, particularly newly qualified drivers.
"Making sure the test better assesses a driver's ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help every driver through a lifetime of safe driving."
Trials have been undertaken across the UK, with some 4,500 learner drivers taking part.
The DVSA has already asked for views on the changes and the results of the consultation will be announced shortly.
It is likely therefore that these changes will be implemented before the end of this year.
Whilst I applaud the proposed changes, I am not sure that they go far enough to have a significant impact.
I feel that some form of motorway driving needs to be included in the test, though of course this presents some logistical nightmares for the more remote test centres.
Overtaking manoeuvres could also do with inclusion, being such an important and yet potentially dangerous manoeuvre.
Reversing in and out of parking bays
Following a sat-nav
Independent driving up from 10 to 20 minutes
Following road signs
Reversing round a corner and turn in the road
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UK Driving Test Set For A Major Overhaul, 6th February 2017, 9:43 AM