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Changes to the UK Driving Test

In May 2008 the Department of Transport, Headed by Ruth Kelly MP announced a major review and consultation of Learner Driving would take place. A number of proposals have been made however no announcement of changes to the driving test have currently been made. Changes are likely to include:

  • A new foundation course, to be piloted in schools and colleges in Scotland from Autumn 2008, leading to a qualification on safe road use being offered across Great Britain;
  • A more focused and thorough learning process before the driving test, which focuses not just on vehicle control but also the wider skills needed to be a safe driver, from driving in difficult conditions (for example at night or in poor weather) to learning to predict and respond to other road users' intentions;
  • A new training syllabus to ensure learners understand what is required of them to become a responsible driver, enable them to undertake structured and efficient learning and accurately assess when they are ready to pass their driving test;
  • An improved driving test which requires the driver to demonstrate independent driving skills and clear understanding of different situations on the road, with the option of modular assessment;
  • New opportunities to take extra training post test; working with the insurance industry and employers in the driving for work sector to develop new courses and qualifications to be taken after the driving test that could lead to lower insurance premiums and a better chance of securing a career in the driving for work sector;
  • A star-rating system for driving instructors so that learners can make an informed choice based on pass rates and the level of training instructors have undergone;
  • A review of driving instructor training and testing to ensure they provide a quality service and are focussed on those areas of driving performance that are closely linked to safe driving.

For more information on these proposals and to have your say visit: www.learningtodrive.dsa.gov.uk/pages/home


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