Driving lesson

DVLA announces big changes to the driving test to simplify the exam

In a big change to their existing testing programs, the DVLA revealed new plans for motorcycles and automatic car drivers.

The new updates will allow drivers of automatic cars to also drive a manual vehicle and motorcyclists to take their tests on a bike with a smaller engine size.

These amendments have been recommended to Parliament to make it easier to pass the tests, as the Liverpool Echo reports.

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Automatic drivers will soon also be able to drive a manual vehicle as long as they can already drive a manual vehicle of another category.

The changes will concern the category car and trailer (B+E), medium truck (C1) and its equivalent towing a trailer (C1+E) and minibus (D1) and its equivalent towing a trailer (D1+E).

The Licensing Agency said the regulatory instrument is to “enable drivers who have passed certain driving tests using an automatic transmission vehicle to acquire the manual right for that subcategory, provided they hold already have a manual license for another category, such as a car”.

They added: “This aligns license upgrades for subcategories, including car and trailer combination, mid-size trucks and minibuses, and their trailer towing rights, to full truck categories. and buses or coaches.”

Riders will be able to test on bikes with a smaller engine, allowing engine sizes as low as 245cc.

The purpose of this is to allow riders to use a bike in their test that they are “more comfortable and more confident”.

The changes are believed to give runners a better chance of passing their test the first time.

A DVLA spokesman said the changes are necessary because: “The government is modernizing the regulations in light of developments in engine technology.

“Especially the trend towards electric vehicles, which almost always have an automatic or semi-automatic transmission, and the increasing power produced by relatively small motorcycle engines.

“These are sensible and pragmatic changes that received broad support in a public consultation.”

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