2017 driving test changes: examiner strike begins

New Driving Test 2017: Everything You Need To Know About The Rules Coming Into Force Today

How is the driving test changing?

But the changes have sparked controversy among driving examiners, who are set to stage a 48-hour strike from Monday.

"Our roads are among the safest in the world".

DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn dismissed the claims, saying the union was "trying to undermine the launch of the new test". You can ask the examiner for confirmation of where the sat nav is directing you, and won't be penalised for going to wrong way - unless you make a fault when doing so.

Here's HuffPost UK's guide to the new driving test: What changes are being made?

One in five drivers will be asked to follow traffic signs instead. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.

New test subjects will let out a collective sigh of relief as gone is the infamously tricky three point turn, or turn in a road as the DVSA refer to it.

The independent driving section of the driving test, where drivers are asked to follow signs to a destination without further instruction from the examiner or sat-nav, will also be extended from 10 to 20 minutes.

Mr Llewellyn added the new driving test had been created to help new drivers through a "lifetime of safe driving" and the changes had been "welcomed by most examiners, road safety experts, disability groups and instructors". However, you will be tested on either parallel parking, park in a bay - either driving in and out - and pulling up on the right-hand side of the road.

The tell me question will be asked at the start of the test and will involve the students explaining how to carry out a safety test.

The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these are known as the 'show me, tell me' questions.

This could be an action such as showing how to wash the windscreen using auto controls.

The overall time of the driving test won't change.

The 4 driving test changes1.

This video shows how the test will work from 4 December 2017. They will also walk out tomorrow.

A voluntary electronic logbook for learners to track progress will be set up, too, the aim being to try and ensure people only take the test when they're ready - part of the Government's push to raise the first time pass rate.

Why are the changes being made?

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The driving test cost will also stay the same.

The new rules have been made in an attempt to improve safety on Britain's roads - traffic collisions are the biggest killer of young people, accounting for over a quarter of all deaths of teens aged 15 to 19.

The PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka, said his union had tried to negotiate: "No one takes strike action lightly and we acknowledge the disruption to the driving tests for learner drivers keen to pass their test".

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