New driving test manoeuvres are being introduced on December 4th, 2017. The traditional turn-in-the-road manoeuvre and reverse around the corner exercise are being dropped. The parallel parking exercise is to remain. Only one manoeuvre will be carried out from these three.
- Parallel park at the side of the road
- Park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will decide).
- Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse 2 car lengths and re-join the traffic
Parking on the right of a road
A new and very unusual manoeuvre of parking on the right-hand side of a road is being introduced.
Once parking on the right has been achieved a driving test candidate will then be asked to reverse the car alongside the kerb for two car lengths, before finally moving off. The examiner will not stop you first to explain the exercise, they’ll say it whilst you are driving.
These essential skills will be assessed when parking on the right
- Awareness of road users from behind and oncoming
- Effective use of mirrors
- Accuracy and control
One drawback of having this manoeuvre on a driving test is the lack of time to practice it for learner drivers who can only take evening lessons in the winter. Because it is illegal to park on the right at night!
New driving test manoeuvres
Parking in a bay
A wide variety of car parks for the bay parking exercise, such as hotels, retail parks and supermarkets will be used.
The examiner will ask the pupil to park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or revering in and driving out (the examiner will decide which method to use).
Here is the examiners instruction to drive forward into a parking bay.
“I’d like you to drive forward into a convenient parking bay finishing within the lines, either to the left or the right (if the car park allows it).”
“Now I’d like you to reverse out either to the left or the right (if the car park allows it).”
Learner drivers do not need to park in a bay where there are vehicles in adjacent bays. Driving through a first parking bay, and then parking in a bay directly in front of that bay is not allowed. When reversing out, you will not be allowed to reverse into any bays behind.