After a considerable delay while trials and consultations were carried out, the DVSA have finally announced details of the new UK driving test. The new test will start on December 4th 2017 and contains significant changes.
The new test no longer contains the three point turn which seems to have been in the test for time immemorial. also dropped is the reverse around the corner.
In there place are two new manoeuvres – driving forward into a parking pay and then reversing out of it again and, controversially, pulling up on the wrong side of the road before reversing and then pulling away again.
Also in the test now is use of the satnav. Surprisingly this does not involve setting up the satnav. That will be done by the examiner using a satnav with pre planned routes. The satnav element will last 20 minutes (half of the test). However one in five tests will not involve use of the satnav but will instead require the current aspect of following road signs towards a given destination.
Other aspects of the test such as hill starts, angled starts and emergency stops (one in three tests) will remain the same as will the length of the test which is around 40 minutes.