Driving Test Changes Begin Today In Essex

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LABOUR joined calls for controversial new driving tests to be suspended yesterday as examiners launched a 48-hour strike.

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

The new manoeuvres in the test will allow candidates to be assessed on busier, higher-risk roads rather than the low risk areas like housing estates that are now used both for learning to drive and for taking the practical driving test itself. You'll need to follow traffic signs instead. No one takes strike action lightly and we acknowledge the disruption to the driving tests for learner drivers keen to pass their test but the Government could avoid this strike even now at the 11th hour by agreeing to serious talks and withdrawing their most damaging proposals.

Manoeuvres such as reversing around a corner are out and more likely scenarios such as entering a parking bay are in.

The changes also mean those hoping to pass will have to be prepared to do 20 minutes of independent driving. Before now learners were asked both questions while they were still.

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Learners will now spend around half of the test driving without instruction from the driving examiner, instead following a sat nav or traffic signs.

Students will be given one of the following reversing manoeuvres to compete; parallel park at the side of the road, park in a bay - either by driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out or be required to pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two auto lengths and rejoin the traffic.

A new driving test starts today but aspiring drivers may have to wait a few days before they can sit it.

Who will be affected by the changes?

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The cost and length of the test will remain the same, despite other changes to the rules.

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The 4 driving test changes1. Candidates who have their test cancelled or moved to December 4 or after are also subject to the new rules.

Mr Llewellyn also gave details of the DVSA's negotiations with the PCS union, saying: "I met with PCS on 2nd November and they turned down my offer of mediation, although our offer still stands".

This includes learners who have previously failed a test and are taking it again.

Why are the changes being made?

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The changes are being implemented as part of a package of revisions from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's 5-year strategy for 2017 to 2022 titled: "Helping you stay safe on Britain's roads". They account for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19.

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Thousands of driving tests around the country are set to be cancelled as examiners strike in protest at changes to their working practices.

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