Driving lessons and tests are changing in Cambridge
Driving lessons and tests are changing in Cambridge. Ministers have announced new changes to the driving test. The new changes are designed to reflect the realities of modern motoring and will come into effect in driving tests from 4th December 2017.
Amongst the changes will be the ability for learners to use satellite navigation systems to direct them. This appears to be a positive move as it is believed over 50% of drivers use such devices and most modern cars are being built with satellite navigation built in. It is also believed that the majority of the public are behind this change, 70% of respondents to a consultation conducted in 2016 backed the proposals
Learners will also be expected to drive a part of the test independently. Examiners will also ask safety questions to the learner during the test. Manoeuvres such as ‘reverse around a corner’ will be replaced with more modern challenges, such as driving into and reversing out of a parking space.
Omar Beg, Driving Instructor and Co-founder of Drive Cambridge Driving School said: “the new changes appear to be a positive move which will make the assessment much more realistic to real life driving conditions.”
Transport minister Andrew Jones said despite the UK having some of the safest roads in the world, the government was “always looking to make them safer”.
Mr Jones said: “Ensuring the driving test is relevant in the 21st Century – for example, the introduction of sat navs, will go a long way towards doing this.”
In December 2016, the Department for Transport announced plans to allow learner drivers on the motorway. Results from this consultation will is due to be released later on in the year.
The pass requirements will remain the same, meaning that you’ll fail the test if you make 16 or more minor faults, or one serious or dangerous one.
In order to keep up with the new changes and make sure you meet the standards required to pass your driving test, it is important to learn from a professional driving instructor.
For professional driving lessons in Cambridge, visit https://www.drivecambridge.co.uk