Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Examiners are to strike over these new changes to the driving test

Examiners are to strike over these new changes to the driving test

Learner drivers will have some new challenges ahead of them in their quest for the elusive pink licence and we've outlined the driving test changes of 2017 below.

The changes are created to make sure new drivers have the skills they'll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

LEARNERS taking their driving test will from today be faced with big changes as examiners seeks to better reflect modern driving.

The changes will only apply to auto driving tests to begin with.

Gone is "reverse-around-a-corner" and "turn-in-the-road", replaced with an action requiring an examinee to pull-up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse two-car lengths and then re-join the road.

"Tell me" will see examiners quiz learners before setting off, again asking safety questions but this time focused on pre-driving checks, such as tyres pressures. However, the "show me" question will now be while you are driving. If you are asked to follow a sat nav the examiner will set it up for you.

The marking criteria is the same, which means a pass will be awarded if no more than 15 faults are made, as well as no serious or risky faults.

The examiner will still mark the test in the same way, and the same things will still count as faults.

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For the first time in over 20 years, major changes have been made to the driving test. and not everyone's happy about it, either.

. It will still take around 40 minutes.

Some aspects of the test have been revised in a bid to improve safe driving amongst young people. Costs will stay the same, with a regular driving test costing £62 on a weekday and £75 in the evenings, at weekends on and bank holidays.

The proposals were widely supported by the public. However, road collisions are the biggest killer of young people.

There are four main changes that have been introduced, with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency saying they have been brought in to reduce the number of young drivers killed in road accidents.

DVSA's priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.

Protesters say the new reversing manoeuvre that requires candidates to pull up on the right-hand-side of the road and reverse two auto lengths contravenes the Highway Code, putting safety at risk.

It's vital that 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 their test.

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