December 4th 2017 Driving Test Changes

December 4th 2017 Driving Test Changes. This date is a turning point in the history of the British Driving Test. For the first time in its history there will be no testing of the turn in the road manoeuvre [3-point-turn]. Which means there will be a majority of drivers, who have never turned a car around in the road. Ask the question. “When confronted with a blocked road, how would a driver turn around to face the opposite direction?” Never having carried out this type of manoeuvre.

The DVSA have published that the turn-in-the-road manoeuvre will still be taught by driving instructors, even though it’s not going to be tested. Yes, I agree with that, but driving schools are running a commercial business. This means that a learner driver would not normally be happy to pay for learning something that will not be needed on a driving test. The majority of learner drivers only want the ‘bare bones’ of driving lessons to get through their test. The fall in popularity of the Pass Plus training programme is evidence of that.

Driving Test Changes in Full

This is a link to the driving test changes in full Here is a quote from the official DVSA site:

3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed
The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.

You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:

  • 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 tell you which you have to do)
  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

As you can see it mentions that you will be asked to carry out one of three manoeuvres. Not strictly accurate since the bay parking exercise is divided into two possible scenarios. To my mind I see this as two manoeuvres, not one, as they require different skill sets.

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New driving test manoeuvres. Parking on the right

The parking on the right manoeuvre cannot be legally practised by learner drivers taking evening lessons in the winter. As it would be illegal to park on the right at night except in a one way street. I wonder how many parents (hopefully not professional driving instructors) will park on the right at night with dipped headlights. Blazing away in the face of oncoming traffic and reversing over someone’s driveway?

Learner drivers, new drivers, using phones to lose licence

New drivers with less than 2 years experience will now lose their driving licence if they are caught using a phone. The change in the law in the use of using a mobile phone whilst driving was changed on March 1st 2017. Penalties for using a phone doubled to six points on a licence.  Which means new drivers have to revert back to learner driver status. Taking their Theory and driving test again.using mobile phone new regulations

Police forces have started a seven day crackdown on drivers using their phones whilst driving. A hand held phone cannot be used even if stopped at traffic lights.

You can use your phone to listen to music if connected to a hands-free holder or via Bluetooth. A phone can be checked provided you pull over to a safe parking place and the engine is turned off.

Driving instructors and anyone supervising a learner driver cannot use their phone whilst the teaching vehicle is being driven by a learner driver.

Driving Tests Ban Vauxhall Corsa

Any Vauxhall Corsa registered from May 2014 will be banned from use on driving tests unless a certificate is produced from a reputable garage. A major steering problem exists with this model and all owners have been asked by Vauxhall to return their cars for inspection and/or rectification where necessary.

Driving examiners have been instructed not to carry out driving tests in the Corsa unless a safety certificate is presented at the time of the test.

Vauxhall Corsa 2014
Vauxhall Corsa 2014

Other vehicles banned from being used on a driving test are listed below:

Proof

You can’t use any of the cars listed below unless you bring proof that states:

  • the car was recalled and the recall work has been done
  • the car was recalled but didn’t need any work to be done
  • the car wasn’t part of the recall

The proof must be in 1 of the following forms:

  • the actual recall letter or safety notice that has been stamped by the manufacturer or dealer
  • written proof from the manufacturer or a dealer (on official or headed notepaper)

Your test will be cancelled and you could lose your fee if you don’t bring the right proof.

Ford

Fiesta

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty seat belt mechanismSome models built between 1989 and 1990 (‘F’ to ‘H’ registration plates)18 Mar 1996
Faulty brake hosesSome models built between Jul 1995 and Jun 1996 (‘M’ to ‘P’ registration plates)12 Feb 2008COB 8/98, 10/98, 11/98, 14/98

Honda

Jazz, CR-V, Stream, Civic Coupe

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 11 Jul 2000 and 13 Aug 2003 (‘W’ to ‘53’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Mazda

6

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 14 Feb 2002 and 20 Apr 2003 (‘51’ to ‘03’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

121

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty brake hosesSome models built in 1998 (‘R’ to ‘S’ registration plates)13 Feb 1998COB 9/98, 14/98

Nissan

Nissan Almera, Almera Tino, Terrano, Navara, Patrol and X-Trail

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 22 May 2001 and 6 Jun 2003 (‘Y’ to ‘03’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Pathfinder (imported vehicles only)

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 22 May 2001 and 6 Jun 2003 (‘Y’ to ‘03’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Peugeot

107

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Accelerator pedal may fail to return to idleSome models registered from Feb 2008 to Aug 2009 (‘08’ to ‘09’ registration plates)3 Feb 2010COB 04/2010

206

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty brake linkageSome models (excluding Station Wagon (SW)) built between Sept 1998 and Feb 2002 (‘S’ to ‘51’ registration plates)11 Dec 2003COB 30/03

Renault

Clio ll (mark two) and Campus

A current MOT certificate is acceptable evidence for the Renault Clio ll (mark 2) and Campus only.

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty bonnet catchAll models3 May 2007COB 46/07

Toyota

Yaris

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty headrests and or side airbag deploymentSome models built between 4 Nov 2005 and 31 Jul 2006 (‘55’ to ‘56’ registration plates)2 Feb 2007COB 47/2007
Potentially defective seat rail track and/or steering column mountingSome models built between June 2005 and May 2010 (‘05’ to ‘10’ registration plates)9 April 2014COB 02/2014

Auris, Avensis, Aygo (MMT or VSC), Verso and Yaris

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Accelerator pedal may fail to return to idleSome models built between 2 Jan 2009 and 1 May 2010 (‘58’ to ‘60’ registration plates)3 Feb 2010COB 04/2010

Corolla, Picnic, Yaris, Camry, Avensis, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC4300

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 6 Jan 2001 and 15 Nov 2003 (‘X’ to ‘53’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Vauxhall

Corsa, Combo and Tigra

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty driver and front passenger seat belt locking mechanismSome models built in 1999 and 2000 (‘S’ to ‘X’ registration plates)10 Jan 2005COB 11/01, 15/01, 03/05

Corsa D

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potential steering problemSome models registered from Sept 2006 to Feb 2007 (‘56’ registration plates)03 Jan 2008COB 02/2008
Possible faulty handbrake cable and fittingSome models built between Aug 2009 and 23 Aug 2010 (‘59’ to ‘10’ registration plates)27 Jul 2010COB 20/2010
Possible fault causing driving instabilitySome models registered from Sept 2006 to Feb 2007 (‘56’ registration plates)27 Jun 2007COB 32/2007

Ref: Table produced courtesy DVSA

New Speed Camera Hadecs3

A new type of speed camera is to be used to enforce the national speed limit. The first camera – Hadecs3,  is due to be used on the M25 by the summer of 2014 and further afield over the next two years.

It could be the biggest change to the way speed limits are enforced since the introduction of the 70 mph speed limit in 1967.

A recent survey for Autocar magazine found that 94.6% of drivers admitted breaking the limit.

The Hadecs3 requires no white markings to be painted on the road and will be grey instead of the bright yellow.  It is cheaper to maintain than conventional speed cameras because it does not need road markings or film (it digitally downloads). Instead of using painted white lines to give a backup calculation of a car’s speed, each Hadecs3 box contains two radars that give independent readings.