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Testing times

Testing times


Proposals to change the driving test to increase the pass rate could see the age changed and the test involving sat navs.

New plans to overhaul the driving test are being drawn up which could see the age limit raised and part of the test using sat navs.

The Department of Transport is drawing up a consultation to help increase the pass rate, which includes a controversial part-privatisation of the practical examination. It could see the closure of test centres, job losses at motor agencies and fees for services such as personalised number plates increased, according to a recent report.

Another proposal is raising the age at which drivers must declare that they are fit to drive from 70 to 75.

Presently the pass rate for learner drivers is less than 50% and the plans could see more tests being made available on evenings and weekends. It is presently piloting an examination that asks learners to follow sat nav directions for 20 minutes.

If the trial is successful, it could be the biggest shake-up of the test since the written theory exam was introduced in 1996.

The changes, proposed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, could see the three-point turn and reversing round a corner scrapped in favour of more commonplace manoeuvres such as reversing out of a parking bay.

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