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Driving test changes as new car added to list of vehicles you cannot use

A new car has been added to the list of vehicles you are not allowed to use in a driving test.

The rules state that you can take your driving test in your own car rather than your driving instructor’s if they follow certain rules.

But a certain number of models are prohibited, and a new one was added to the list from Monday 7 March.

You may not use any of the following:

  • BMW Mini Convertible
  • Ford KA convertible
  • Smart Fortwo (2 doors)
  • Toyota iQ
  • VW Beetle convertible

The Smart Fourtwo is the latest car to be added to the list.

At the same time, you should always check if you want to use a:

  • convertible car
  • van
  • coupé (a car with a fixed roof, two doors and a sloping rear)

Some cars may be deemed unsuitable and you will not be able to pass your exam.

A number of other cars are also banned due to product recalls, meaning they may not be suitable.

They include certain lots of Citroën C1, Peugeot 108, Toyota Aygo, Toyota Yaris, Vauxhall ADAM and Vauxhall Corsa D.

You can take your test in a rental car if it has dual controls and meets all other rules.

And you can use a car with an electronic parking brake and hill start assist.

The car must have:

  • an additional interior mirror for the examiner
  • L-plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) front and rear
  • a passenger safety belt for the examiner and a suitable passenger head restraint (not a slip-on type)

In England and Wales, you must park your car before your exam. This includes removing all trash or unnecessary items from the dashboard, floors, door pockets, cup holders and seats.

In Scotland, your test will be canceled if the interior of your car is dirty.

Your car must:

  • to be taxed
  • be insured for a driving test (check with your insurance company)
  • be in working order and have a current inspection (if more than 3 years old)
  • do not have warning lights showing, for example, the airbag warning light
  • have no damaged tires and the legal tread depth on each tire – you cannot fit a space-saving spare tire
  • no smoking – this means that you cannot smoke there just before or during the test
  • be able to reach at least 62 mph and have a mph speedometer
  • have 4 wheels and a maximum authorized mass (MMA) not exceeding 3,500 kg

You can check if the car you want to use complies with the rules on the DVSA website.