The Theory test changed 23rd January 2012 to a new bank of questions and answers that are no longer available to the public. This according to some people makes the theory test harder to pass as you can no longer memorise or learn by rote.
The DSA introduced independent driving to the practical test in the UK (car, mototorcycle or HGV).
The DSA made an important radical change to the UK driving test which come into effect on Monday 4th Oct 2010.
1. I have already mentioned the proposed change that was going to require all candidates to have an accompanying driver in the car in addition to the dsa examiner, a move which could see the driving test pass rates drop as many nervous learner drivers now have 2 or even 3 extra passengers watching their every move, not to mention having to deal with the extra weight in the car which could affect approach to junctions.
2. The other change is the new driving test will see the introduction of a 10 minute independent driving element where the test candidate will have to navigate their way to a set direction using only road signs or a series of instructions backed by a diagram, no other directions will be given by the examiner during this 10 minute session (it is ok though to reconfirm an instruction), not only will you have to know how to get there, you will still have to do it safely, signalling at the right time, being in the correct lane for a roundabout, take the right exit, stick to the speed limit, and still not make a serious or dangerous driving errors.
In order to facilitate independent driving on the new practical test, the DSA will cut the number of reversing manoeuvers to one, but since you don't know which one, you still have to learn all four, so preparation time will not be cut, but rather increase as you would need more driving lessons to learn independent driving and have a good chance of passing.
My advice to those of you currently learning to drive is to make haste, put in all the effort into passing, because from october 2010 one of the world's hardest driving tests is about to get even tougher and there is nothing you can do about it if you wait till oct. next year before getting your full british licence. If you need help with passing the test before the october 2010 changes and are in London, then I'd be happy to offer you some affordable driving lessons.
To have an idea of what you might be asked to do, check out my independent driving test video.
Please note that the test fees have not been increased (April 2010):
Practical car test weekdays £62
Evenings and Weekends are £75
Extended driving tests are £124 weekday and £150 weekend a hefty price to discourage those who don't take their responsibilities as drivers serious.
DSA Examiner Driving Test RoutesAs an instructor over the years I have seen some very good drivers get tripped up at some tricky places on some of the routes by examiners in the NW London area, so I have made these tutorial videos to cover these situations.
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Hendon Driving Test Routes Video 2015
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Borehamwood Test Centre WD6 Route Videos
Learning DSA driving test routes
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