Driving examiners start 48-hour strike on new test day

The new driving test requires learner drivers to follow a sat nav but many young drivers are racing it and putting their lives at risk

The new driving test requires learner drivers to follow a sat nav but many young drivers are racing it and putting their lives at risk

Some of the most talked about changes are alterations to the reversing manoeuvres potentially undertaken during the test.

The PCS union said the new tests were being accompanied by a "flexible working" regime, which gives managers the ability to deploy driving test examiners anywhere they choose without notice.

The changes are created to make sure new drivers have the skills they'll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

Previously during a test, an examinee would be required to drive independently for 10 minutes, following road signs to reach a destination set by the examiner without turn-by-turn instructions.

These changes will apply to all driving tests without exception. Reversing around a corner and turning in the road will no longer be assessed.

The final change is that the examiner will now ask students two vehicle safety questions, known as "show me, tell me" questions.

The "show me" question will be asked during driving, when the student will have to demonstrate how to carry out a safety task, such as demisting the windscreen.

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In response to the changes, examiners are launching 48-hour strikes on Monday and Tuesday, with members of the Public and Commercial Services union saying that they are being asked to work for longer with no extra pay. "As we near the launch date of the new test it's about time the employer listened to our concerns and agreed to negotiate".

Your driving instructor should have been teaching you everything you need to know to drive safely, so you shouldn't need to worry about learning anything new. So, you'll pass your test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or unsafe faults. It will still take around 40 minutes. Costs will stay the same, with a regular driving test costing £62 on a weekday and £75 in the evenings, at weekends on and bank holidays.

Department for Transport figures show that younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads compared with those over 25. They account for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19.

Some aspects of the test have been revised in a bid to improve safe driving amongst young people.

DVSA's priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.

Parallel and bay parking still remain, despite the new addition.

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