Driving lesson

DVSA confirms test drive rule change as new car added to banned vehicles list

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has added a new car to its list of prohibited vehicles.

Learner drivers are allowed to test in their own car instead of an instructor’s if the vehicle meets the criteria set by the DVSA.

However, the DVSA has specified a list of car models that students cannot use in test drives.

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The government agency recently revised the rules so that the Smart Fortwo (2-door) was added to the list.

The car joins four other models on the banned list, which also includes:

  • BMW Mini Convertible

  • Ford KA convertible

  • Toyota iQ

  • VW Beetle convertible

The cars were deemed unsuitable because their design obstructs the driver’s or instructor’s view of the road.

Other cars have been banned because they were subject to product recalls, meaning they may not be suitable.

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

DVSA rules about using your own car for a driving test

To use your own car in a test, the car must meet the following criteria:

  • 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

Full rules for using your own car for a driving test can be found here.

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