The driving test will change from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.
The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.
The changes will only apply to car driving tests to begin with.
The 4 driving test changes1. Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutesThe independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.
This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes - roughly half of the test.
2. Following directions from a sat navDuring the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.
The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up. You won’t need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.
You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test - you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.
You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.
One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.
3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changedThe ‘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:
You’ll be asked the:
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Pass mark, length of test and cost not changingThe pass mark is staying the same. So, you’ll pass your test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.
The examiner will still mark the test in the same way, and the same things will still count as faults.
The overall time of the driving test won’t change. You’ll still drive for around 40 minutes.
The driving test cost will also stay the same.
Why the changes are being madeRoad collisions are the biggest killer of young people. They account for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19.
DVSA wants to make sure that training and the driving test reduce the number of young people being killed in collisions.
These changes are being made because:
Our roads are among the safest in the world. However, road collisions are the biggest killer of young people.
These changes will help us to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads and equip new drivers with the skill they need to use our roads safely.
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said:
DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.
Making sure the driving test better assesses a driver’s ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help you stay safe on Britain’s roads.
It’s vital that the driving test keeps up to date with new vehicle technology and the areas where new drivers face the greatest risk once they’ve passed their test
POLICE OFFICERS across Europe are making ready for their latest "Speed Enforcement Marathon", taking place from 0600 on Wednesday 19 April to 0600 on Thursday 20 April. The 24-hour initiative forms part of TISPOL’s week-long speed enforcement operation, running from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 April.
Figures from 2016 show that 95 per cent of drivers observed by police officers during the 24 hours of the Speed Marathon were using legal speeds.
The Speed Marathon concept was devised three years ago in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Here, members of the public have once again been invited to vote on the locations where they would like speed enforcement measures to take place.
The German concept has been enthusiastically adapted and this year is scheduled to be used in all TISPOL member countries.
Quick facts about the 2016 Speed Marathon (21 and 22 April)
Countries involved: 22
Control sites: 12,706
Vehicles checked: 2,463,622
Officers participating: 12,906
Offences detected: 122,508
Percentage: 4.97% of vehicles checked were speeding
Or, to put another way, the results show that 19 out of every 20 drivers checked were within legal limits.
Last September, I told you about the proposed changes we’re making to the ADI part 3 test. I explained why we wanted to make these changes and the main differences in the test.
In summary, it will more closely reflect the ADI standards check to give a better assessment of the trainee instructor’s ability.
We've been busy since September, and in this short blog post, I want to tell you about what's happened and what you can do to prepare.
When we plan to make the changeWe're still on track to introduce the changes in autumn 2017 as we'd previously set out.
We're aiming to introduce the changes for the start of October, following further discussion with the industry.
Ahead of that, we’ll publish the new assessment form and accompanying guidance.
Providing quality trainingMany official register of driving instructor training (ORDIT) organisations have told us they’ve already started to change their processes for the new test. You can read more about this in a research report we recently published about the impact of replacing the ADI part 3 test.
It'll be up to trainers to decide what the change means for trainee instructors based on their progress to date.
I’d also like to encourage trainers to keep a record of their trainees’ progress and subjects covered. This will help develop the range of skills and knowledge required to provide effective training.
This record will also be essential for giving evidence of progress and subjects covered when applying for a trainee licence.
Keep up to dateWe’ll keep you updated on this blog and confirm the date as things progress.
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Introducing Project EDWARD 2017
After just one year, Project Edward has earned its place on Europe’s road safety calendar. The 2017 European Day without a Road Death takes place on Thursday 21 September. We’ll be coordinating events, initiatives and promotional activity right across Europe.
There will be a brand new dedicated Project EDWARD website with:
So - please spread the word. Tell your colleagues and contacts. Follow @ProjectEDWARD on Twitter. Tell everyone, and let's make Project EDWARD 2017 as successful as possible.
Many thanks for your support.
Ruth Purdie, TISPOL General Secretary
Please follow @ProjectEDWARD on Twitter right now!
What Project EDWARD achieved in 2016...
Project EDWARD 2016 proved to be a brilliant road safety awareness-raiser:
Please make sure you play your part. If we encourage everyone to make small changes, the overall effect will be massive and Project EDWARD really can be more than a target.
Could you support Project EDWARD financially?
We're delighted to acknowledge the generous assistance of Road Safety Support and Westcotec in making Project EDWARD happen this year. We have some exciting packages for supporters, sponsors and partners, so if you may be able to get involved in this way, do please take a look at the support packages on offer... or contact us to discuss a plan tailored to your budget.
Introducing the 2017 video pledge
We'll soon be inviting individuals, groups and organisations to record and send their video pledges, which we'll share on the website and across social media. We may even find some prizes for the ones we like best!
How it works:
At Tri-Coaching we believe the proposed changes to the Part 3 test are positive and eagerly wait for them to be put into place. The changes are all about an 'assessment' that assesses whether the PDI is able to ensure learning takes place and is able to give value for money.
PTLLS - now, Level 3 in Training and Education - and all teaching qualifications on this level - have focused on a 'micro teach' as a means of summative assessment of the candidate's ability to ensure learning takes place. The candidate picks one topic and prepares this - structuring, planning and practising it before delivering it to a group of peers and an assessor. The new-style Part 3 will be no different and an excellent assessment of learning taking place, value for money being given and the ability to keep the car safe.
The Standards Check form consists of three higher level competences - Lesson Planning, Risk Management and Teaching and Learning Strategies - and 17 lower level competences, against which the candidate will be assessed. This is a far more comprehensive and thorough assessment of competence than the old-style Check Test or Part 3. The pass rate on the Part 3 is consistently less than 30% - often closer to 20% - and only 9% of those people, who sign up to become ADIs, actually complete. IMO this is because most people struggle to learn off by heart 10 PSTs and how to deliver them. This is not natural and is counter-productive. It does not give trainee driving instructors a well-rounded education that will help them teach safe driving for life. It prepares them for a test and then encourages them to prepare their learners for a test.
As is currently the case with the Standards Check certain topics will be discouraged. For example, if you cannot demonstrate your ability to manage the risk, because the car never moves, you will fail. Cockpit drill and controls, new manoeuvres etc. will not be suitable to demonstrate that the candidate can give value for money, ensure learning takes place - and keep the car safe. Some people have suggested that teaching a motorway driving lesson in an automatic to a FLH will be a 'cop-out'. I struggle to understand how this can be the case. How many gear changes do I need to make when driving on the motorway? Lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning strategies will still have to be demonstrated. I really don't know that I could deliver a great lesson to a FLH on motorways in one hour. My goal setting questions and client-centred learning skills would have to be second to none. So good luck to anyone, who can pull this off. They would make a very good driving instructor.
ORDIT will need to change of course. The assessment will need to be based on the National Driver and Rider Training Standard - Unit 6.6, which is all about the role play. Role play is a training technique, critical to training someone to become a driving instructor and being able to deliver realistic, well-structured, risk-managed and effective role play is very important. This is my only hope - that all trainers will recognise that ORDIT is a worthwhile standard to attain. With this Standard in place, the training can at long last stop being about passing a test and, instead, all about becoming a driving instructor, delivering great lessons and giving value for money.
Drivers: Changes to penalties for handheld mobile phone use
From 1 March 2017, the penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving will increase to 6 points on your licence and a £200 fine.
THINK! has launched a new campaign encouraging drivers to put their phone in the glove compartment while driving to avoid temptation.
See THINK!'s website to find out more about the campaign.
Mobile phones and in-vehicle technology
The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading for everyone.Rule 150
There is a danger of driver distraction being caused by in-vehicle systems such as satellite navigation systems, congestion warning systems, PCs, multi-media, etc. You MUST exercise proper control of your vehicle at all times. Do not rely on driver assistance systems such as cruise control or lane departure warnings. They are available to assist but you should not reduce your concentration levels. Do not be distracted by maps or screen-based information (such as navigation or vehicle management systems) while driving or riding. If necessary find a safe place to stop.
Read more about general rules, techniques and advice for all drivers and riders.
Do not use a hand-held mobile phone when driving.
Train the Trainer The DVSA will replace the current Part 3 with a Standards Check on Monday 2nd October 2017.
The DVSA will replace the current Part 3 with a Standards Check on Monday 2nd October 2017.
If you are already a trainer; or you would like to start training people to be driving instructors you might be interested in one of our Train the Trainer courses to help you prepare for these changes. These courses are proving to be very popular and sell out fast and there is no need to have completed the BTEC Level 4 qualification in coaching for driver development.
The Tri-Coaching Train the Trainer course lasts two days and gives you an instructor training package that you can use for your own instructor training, especially now that the DVSA has confirmed the Standards Check will replace the Part 3 on Monday 2nd October 2017.
Tri-Coaching Partnership has a complete online driving instructor training package with 12 in-car sessions and a Course Book, which you can sell to your trainee driving instructors and then use in conjunction with your own training programme.
When you attend the two-day Train the Trainer course you will take away a set of reference materials and we will organise for you the Tri-Coaching Instructor Training (TCIT) Package, which:
Here are three testimonials from ADIs, who recently attended our Train the Trainer course in Newport Pagnell.
'I recently attended the Train the Trainer course in Newport Pagnell and I have to say that it was a revelation. The course delivered a dynamic, refreshing way of thinking and working when training people in the car. It has encouraged me to reflect on my training techniques and give me confidence to implement new ideas into my current practice and will support me to develop my instructor training for the future.'
'Just got back from an outstanding 2 day train the trainer course. What an eye opener to how badly trained we were in the first place!!! It was nice to also work with great group, hopefully new friendships formed as well. This was just another outstanding course, after Btec 4, which, having completed, made things a lot more sense. Thanks to Graham, Sue, Sara and Di for their commitment and help. Look forward to working with you all again in the future.'
'The course completely blew me away! It was everything I expected and nothing I expected all at the same time. The rest of the industry needs to get its act together as this course is a revelation. I always think twice before spending money on training but this was worth every penny. Don't waste time thinking get your hand in your pocket and book a course with Tri-Coaching you will never look back.'
For further information about the content of the two-day course please click here.
To reserve your place on one of these courses please follow the links:
26th and 27th April in Sheffield
9th and 10th May in Bristol
22nd and 23rd May in Newport Pagnell
Give me a ring if you would like to discuss any of the details or call 0800 058 8009 to book your place over the phone.
Reminder: driving test centre instructions for ADIs
When arriving at a driving test centre, there are on-site instructions you and your candidates must follow.It's important you and your candidates:
You may be training to become a driving instructor and along the way you may find that life just gets in the way. Graham Hooper tells his story of how he beats that dreaded monster procrastination. You may recognise that what he talks about is just how we all find that life just gets in the way. Beating distractions is essential to learning and developing your business.