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Driving Test changes meet with general approval

Driving Test changes meet with general approval

2nd May 2017 | 0 Comments

Changes to the driving test will help save lives and improve road safety, said transport minister Andrew Jones. Learner drivers will need to pass a modern test that will include new manoeuvres and a longer independent driving section to make sure drivers have the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive on their own. The changes will also include a section where drivers use satellite navigation to find their way.

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Three in four don’t believe they would pass their driving test again

27th February 2017 | 0 Comments

Britons pick up so many bad habits that the majority believe they would not pass their driving test again, if they had to re-take it, according to new research; as many confess to driving single-handedly and using gadgets.

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Learner drivers to be allowed on motorways for first time

4th January 2017 | 0 Comments

Plans to improve driver and motorcyclist training in Great Britain were announced by Transport Minister, Andrew Jones on Friday 30 December 2016. The proposed changes will see competent learner drivers able to have lessons on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual controlled car. Allowing learners on a motorway is expected improve the awareness and experience of new drivers, which is aimed at boosting safety on roads in Great Britain.

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NMDA calls for motorcycle test reform

11th August 2016 | 0 Comments

The National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) has written to Andrew Jones MP, parliamentary undersecretary of state for transport, calling for a reform of the current testing regime for motorcycle riders.

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Kwik Fit: many drivers fail to read the road

Kwik Fit: many drivers fail to read the road

10th August 2016 | 0 Comments

New research for Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair company, has revealed that the average driver knows only 79 per cent of UK road sign meanings, with one in five road signs a mystery. The research even reports that the majority of adults think drivers should retake their driving test periodically.

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Changes mean driving test ‘will reflect real-life driving’

Changes mean driving test ‘will reflect real-life driving’

15th July 2016 | 0 Comments

Millions of newly qualified drivers will be better prepared for life on the road under changes to the driving test that will better reflect real life driving. The proposals announced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will help reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, and ensure safer drivers and journeys.

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DVSA aims to improve ‘real-life’ driving with test changes

14th July 2016 | 0 Comments

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has outlined a number of proposed changes to the driving test, which are being made in order to improve road safety. The changes, subject to the outcome of research and consultation feedback, will be introduced in early 2017. The changes have been trialled with more than 4,500 learner drivers and 850 driving instructors in 32 locations across Great Britain. The 6-week consultation starts today and closes on 25 August 2016.

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Driving Test celebrates 80 years

1st June 2015 | 0 Comments

This week marks 80 years since the introduction of the driving test in Great Britain. The test became compulsory on 1 June 1935. In 1934 there were just 1.5 million cars in use, but over 7,000 people were killed on the country’s roads. Within a year of the introduction of the test, the number of deaths had fallen by 1,000, and has continued to improve.

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Call to make telematics part of driving test

Call to make telematics part of driving test

17th March 2015 | 0 Comments

Crispin Moger, CEO at Marmalade, the provider of cars and insurance for young drivers, has commented on the calls from the IAM to overhaul the current driving test. He explains the best way to promote driver safety for young people is to encourage the wider use of black box technology.

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IAM calls for driving test overhaul

17th March 2015 | 0 Comments

As the driving test reaches its 80th anniversary in the UK, leading road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says it’s time the way we teach new drivers received a comprehensive overhaul to keep it relevant to today's driving landscape and to the problems faced by young people on the road.

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Theory test wins top road safety award

7th November 2014 | 0 Comments

The hazard perception section of the driving theory test has been recognised with a national road safety award for its role in reducing the number of accidents and potentially saving hundreds of lives every year. The Prince Michael International Road Safety Award highlights that the introduction of the hazard perception test in 2002 could account […]

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One fifth of learners rack up penalty points

14th July 2014 | 0 Comments

Providers of gap insurance, Click4Gap, has said that many learner drivers are getting themselves into difficult situations. According to reports, DVLA data shows 22 per cent of UK drivers received points for motoring offences as learners.

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Driving tests in foreign languages banned

Driving tests in foreign languages banned

22nd April 2014 | 0 Comments

Driving tests will only be allowed to be taken in English and Welsh from today (7th April) in a bid to improve safety and clamp down on fraud, Roads Minister Stephen Hammond has announced. Theory tests have previously been available with voiceovers in 19 foreign languages and candidates could use an interpreter on both the theory and practical driving tests. But changes which come into effect today were introduced after a consultation showed more than 70 per cent supported the withdrawal of foreign language voiceovers and interpreters.

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A third of young adults in UK find learning to drive, car ownership too expensive

5th March 2014 | 0 Comments

A survey commissioned by insurance price comparison website Gocompare.com shows that young people feel priced out of car ownership, or even learning how to drive. Over a third (35 per cent) of non-drivers aged between 17 and 25 responding to the survey said it is just too expensive to learn to drive or to own […]

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Survey points to tyre apathy amongst younger drivers

Survey points to tyre apathy amongst younger drivers

4th November 2013 | 0 Comments

The results of a survey commissioned by TyreSafe and telematics-linked insurer ingenie highlights the risk younger drivers place themselves at by neglecting regular tyre maintenance. Over a third of the 1,000 respondents, all aged between 18 and 25 years old, said they’d never checked their tyres’ tread depth, while two out of three hadn’t checked their tread within the last month, the maximum recommended period between checks.

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