Here is a copy of the new DL25 Examiner’s Marking Sheet for you to download – Download Here – The changes are as follows:
- Forward bay park is Box 8
- Reverse bay park is Box 5
- Pull up on the right and reverse is Box 4
As we all know, well, as we all should know by now, the driving test is changing as of the 04th December 2017. Why? Well because the government is committed to reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on Great Britain’s roads.
It’s thought that the changes to the driving test will help to do this, by making it a better assessment of the candidate’s ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions. There’s already been a lot of controversy in various Facebook groups about the changes and I’m sure we all have our own personal opinions. However, the changes are here to stay whether we support them or not.
Here’s a very quick overview of the changes (I’ve wrote a separate Blog which goes a little bit more in depth about the changes).
The changes are to:
- increase the “independent drive” part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes
- ask candidates to follow directions from a sat nav during the ‘independent driving’ part
- replace the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more real-life scenarios, eg driving into and reversing out of a parking bay
- ask 1 of the 2 vehicle safety questions (known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions) while the candidate is driving, eg asking them to use the rear heated screen
In essence, these changes have been proposed because:
- most fatal collisions happen on high-speed roads (not including motorways) – changing the format of the test will allow more of these types of roads to be included in driving test routes
- 52% of car drivers now have a sat nav – DVSA wants new drivers to be trained to use them safely
- research has shown that new drivers find ‘independent driving’ training valuable – they can relate it to driving once they’ve passed their test
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the new format of the DL25.