Driving test is about to change in the UK

19 November 2015

learner driver The government are looking at changing the way the driving test works in the UK, saying that it is the "biggest shake up of the driving test in a generation".

Oh really? They're introducing proposals for a 'cashback' incentive for the test, which would see you putting a deposit down, which is returned to you if you pass. Great news, provided they don't make it impossible to pass your test.

What happens if you end up taking multiple tests? Either way, the government are certain that this is all going to make sure that learner drivers are, in their words, "better prepared for taking their test and driving independently", "less likely to have an accident in the months following the test", and that learners are only going to take "their test when they are ready and confident of passing".

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "We want to make learning to drive safer and more affordable. This change will give those who pass first time some money back and provide an incentive for learners to be more prepared before they take their test. These common sense proposals mean that all learner drivers can feel the benefit."

The RAC are on board too, with director Steve Gooding saying: "We support measures that will encourage learner drivers to get the experience they need to pass their test first time with flying colours, rather than barely scraping through or failing and having to repeat the process a few months down the road at yet more expense."

There's going to be reviews on all fees for services provided by motoring agencies, as well as a shake-up of when driving test times can happen, as well as offering a range of venues of people wanting to take a test.

The government say that they want your views on all this, so if you want to chuck your two pence's worth at them, have a look here.

Here's a video to watch

TOPICS:   Motoring

4 comments

  • _ME_
    Would be better off following the Australian example whereby it's done in bits. 120 hours of driving allows you to take the first part of the test (including 20 hours at night). You drive with a Black L on a yellow background. You get this at 16 years old and must wait a year until the next part. P1 - you have a red P and can only drive at 90km/h (around 57mph) max. All manner of rules - zero blood alcohol and so on - 4 points maximum. After another year, you can take a Hazard perception test to get to P2. P2 - similar rules, but now 100km/h (around 63mph) max. Some other rules are slightly relaxed - still zero blood alcohol, but you can have 7 points. After another year, you get your full licence. Until you have this, you can't apply to drive anything bigger. TL:DR? Australia make you learn properly.
  • Peter T.
    But _ME_, haven't you seen Mad Max?? It doesn't work!!
  • You i.
    WHAT A RUBBISH ARTICLE. WHY DONT YOU MAKE IT CLEAR ON WHAT CHANGES COULD TAKE PLACE, INSTEAD OF WRITING A WHOLE LOAD OF NONSENCE. WASTE OF TIME YOU GUYS ARE SORT YOUR WEBSITE OUT BITTERWALLET !
  • Jessie J.
    ^^^^ Don't shout. We know Bitterwallet is shit. You fucktard. I'm back. It's not about the money, money, money.

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