DVSA has responded to reports in the media that claim the current driving test pass rate of 45.8% has been caused by a ‘dangerous new manoeuvre’.
The agency says this is not correct. Learner drivers make fewer serious and dangerous faults on the ‘pull up on the right’ manoeuvre, compared to other reversing manoeuvres.
The top reasons for failing the driving test are failing to look properly at junctions, and not using mirrors effectively when changing direction.
Mark Winn, DVSA’s chief driving examiner, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving.
“Candidates should only attempt their test when they’ve gained a broad range of experience and are ready to drive safely and independently.
“Anyone who fails their driving test has to wait at least 10 working days to take another. This ensures the candidate has time to undergo additional training and improve any faults noted by the examiner before they take their test again.”
The new manoeuvre was introduced into the driving test on 4 December 2017, as part of a series of updates designed to make the test more reflective of real-life driving.
The learner driver has to pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around two car lengths, and then rejoin the traffic.
DVSA does not recommend that drivers always pull up on the right. Best practice is to pull up on the left. This is still what DVSA expects new drivers to be taught.
However, the reality is that it’s not always possible to pull up on the left. So, as well as being taught that it’s best practice to pull up on the left, DVSA wants to make sure new drivers:
Know what factors to take into account when they decide whether or not to pull up on the rightAre trained to carry out the manoeuvre safely in appropriate places
DVSA says it’s far safer for new drivers to be taught this legal manoeuvre by a driving instructor, rather than leaving it to chance once they’ve passed their test.
Source: ADI News
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