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Driving test changes from December 2017

Posted 2017/6/8 by Motoshow Plates

Driving test changes from December 2017


Getting replacement number plates is easy when you already own your driving licence, however for new young drivers, who are due to complete their driving tests, it will probably take a bit longer to put their number plates on.


Future drivers should prepare themselves for some upgraded driving tests. According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) it has been confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will be changed from the beginning of December (4th December 2017). The new changes are tailored to ensure new drivers will gain the knowledge and skills they will need to help them through their future driving journey. These changes will only apply to car driving tests to start with.

The new driving test will consists of 4 driving test changes:

  1. An independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes – note, the current independent driving part lasts only around 10 minutes and the tested driver has to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.
  2. A new part of the independent driving test will include following directions from a sat nav. It will not be mandatory and the candidates may be asked to follow the traffic signs instead (generally one in 5 driving tests won’t need to use a sat nav).
  3. The reversing manoeuvres will no longer be tested, however the candidates should still need to be taught them by their instructor.
  4. The candidates should also prepare to answer a vehicle safety question while driving. The examiner will ask them two questions during the driving test also known as “show me, tell me” questions.

The pass mark, length of the test and cost of driving test will stay the same. Also the overall time won’t change and it will still take about 40 minutes.

The upcoming changes to the driving test are being made due to the road collisions being the biggest killer of young people. DVSA aim is to ensure that the improving driving test will reduce the number of young people being killed in collisions.

Motorbike lovers, who only aim to pass their driving test for a motorbike licence, may be pleased to hear that they are still excluded from the newly upgraded version of the test. Bikers or car owners are very welcome to visit our website which offers huge variety of motorbike number plates, car number plates and different plate design options. Please visit our website and browse through the Plate builder which instantly shows a preview of your future replacement number plate.

Wishing you all safe driving!

Motoshow Plates Team

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