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Changes to the practical car driving test in England, Wales and Scotland will come into effect from Monday 4th December 2017. Changes include extending the independent part of the test to 20 minutes, part of which will for most candidates include following directions from a sat nav.(1 in 5 tests will not use a sat nav). The reverse around a corner and turn in the road will be replaced by parking forwards in a bay and reversing out and parking on the right-hand side of the road, reverse back 2 car lengths and then move off to rejoin the traffic. Some of the show me questions could be asked while you are driving.

From 1st March 2017 there will be tougher penalties for using a mobile device whilst in control of a vehicle. There will be no remedial course offered in lieu of points. Fines will be doubled from £100 to £200 and points on your licence will double to 6 points for each offence. This means that during the first two years of holding a full licence just one conviction will result in losing your full licence and you will have to retake the theory and the practical test again. Drivers who have held a licence longer than two years could be banned for a minimum of 6 months on accumulation of 12 points within a 3 year period. Therefore DO NOT OPERATE YOUR MOBILE DEVICE WHILST DRIVING.
Note: Use of handheld mobile device includes using loudspeaker, texting, filming, taking a photo or using the internet and this applies even when sitting in stationary traffic. Pull over and park in a convenient place and switch the engine off.
There will be a week long Police campaign from the 23rd January to the 29th January with the emphasis on educating drivers about the changes. A further campaign in March will focus on enforcement.

From October 1st 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in a car with passengers under 18 years of age.

As from 1st October 2015 the cost of the Theory Test is falling to £23.00.

Watch out for emails claiming to be from DVLA asking you to verify your driving licence details via an online link.
DVLA has not sent any such email.
Do not click on any link in the message. Either delete the message immediately or you can report and forward it via the Action Fraud website.

From 8th June 2015 the DVLA will abolish the photo driving licence paper counterpart. The driving licence record can be checked by using a new digital enquiry service, by organisations and businesses that have a business need to access the information. Driving licence information via this system will only be made available to those who have a right to see it, and with the knowledge of the licence holder. The counterpart can still be used to notify a change of address.

As from October 2014 the round paper Road Fund Licence will no longer be issued. Once payment is made the transaction is digitally recorded and Police can check vehicle details using the ANPR camera system. When selling a vehicle the Road Fund Licence is automatically cancelled and the outstanding amount is refunded to the seller. The buyer has to pay the appropiate RFL rate before using the vehicle on the road.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have now been merged into one organisation now called the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Normally test candidates who cancel or change their test date without giving 3 clear working days notice would lose their test fee. As from 1st April 2014 candidates will be able to ask for a re-booking at short notice with no charge if they can't take their test because of
1. Medically certified illness.
2. Bereavement.
3. School exams.

As from April 7th 2014 Theory Test foreign language voiceovers will not be available and Interpreters will not be allowed on Theory or Practical Driving Tests.

As from the 16th August 2013, careless drivers who put other road users at risk by committing offences such as tailgating or poor lane discipline will face on the spot penalties. The existing fixed penalty level for most motoring offences, including using a mobile phone at the wheel and not wearing a seat belt, will rise to £100.

As from June 1st 2013 the most dangerous, high risk drink driving offenders will have to pass a medical confirming that they are no longer alcohol dependant at the end of their disqualification and before they start driving.

From 11th January 2013 foreign drivers must now prove that they have passed an appropriate driving test before exchanging for a British licence.

Agreement has been reached with the DSA for practical driving tests to be carried out from Halford stores. This will apply where there is no local Driving Test Centre. Tests will be carried out by DSA examiners. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire will be the first store to run driving tests from the 5th February 2013.

The safer parking, Park Mark is awarded to car parks that pass the risk assessment requirements conducted by the Police. This means that measures are in place to deter criminal activity and anti social behaviour. Park Mark, safer parking areas have been vetted by the Police and have measures in place to create a safe environment.

DVLA are currently sending out new vehicle registration documents (V5C). The new certificate is being introduced following the theft of a number of blank blue V5C forms. The new forms are coloured red. Once recieved, your old blue form must be destroyed.

If you are planning to drive in France from the 1st July 2012 then you will be required to carry a breathaliser or alcotest in your vehicle. These will be available from supermarkets and service stations and also at ferry terminals. A fine of 11 euros will be imposed if you are found to be without one.

Following a freedom of information request, the DSA have revealed that a 28 year old male from the Leicester area has failed the theory test 92 times. Costing the candidate nearly £3000.00.

Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards is warning that hundreds of young drivers could be on the road illegally after being sold invalid motor insurance by an online company.
Aston Midshires Insurance based in Enderby has been selling car insurance aimed at young drivers. They are now being investigated by Police, Trading Standards and the Financial Services Authority.
Anyone who has bought their car insurance from Aston Midshires Insurance is being urged not to drive until they have legal insurance cover.

There is little or no change in the test pass rates since the introduction of independent driving in October 2010.

The law is changing with regards to your car insurance. From 20th June 2011 if you are the registered owner of a motor vehicle you will need to have valid insurance for that vehicle even if it is kept off road. If you are not running the vehicle, to avoid the insurance issue, you must register the statutory off road notification (SORN) with the DVLA.

Fronting on car Insurance is illegal. This is when a Parent insures a car in their name as the main driver of a vehicle despite their children using it most frequently. Although it lowers the insurance cost it is not legal.

Approved Driving Instructor A fully qualified Driving Instructor must display a green badge in the windscreen of the car that is being used for tuition. If the badge is a pink triangle this shows that the instuctor is a trainee and has not passed the final examination.

Changes to the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 are due to be amended in April 2010 so as to allow a conventional car ie: upto 3500kgs GVW to tow a caravan or other trailers upto 2.55m wide. Previously the limit was 2.33m wide.

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