Government sets out driving test reforms

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The Government have published proposals to change the driving test in a bid to help the next generation of drivers deal with the demands of modern roads.

The proposed changes have been broadly welcomed by the RAC.

The plans include lesson and test reforms in response to the development of driverless cars and plans to cut waiting times for the practical exams.

The Government published the proposals in their strategy for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVSA) and the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA).

"DVSA will reform the driving test (and, thereby, pre-test learning) to encourage more real life driving experience and ensure that it takes account of local variations and increasing vehicle automation," The Department for Transport's motoring services strategy stated.

The Government's strategy also made commitments to review the law regarding motorway driving lessons. An aim to move many of the DVLA's services online were also included.

RAC research revealed that more than a third of drivers aged between 17 and 24 feel the driving test in its current state does not equip them with the skills needed to cope on modern roads.

Additionally, the motoring organisation found there had been an increase in the average waiting time for practical exams in 2015. The new proposals aim to reduce the waiting time for learners to take their test.

Under the new proposals, learners could also be given the chance to learn with technology such as sat-navs and real time driver assistance technology.

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