From 4 October 2010, learner drivers will be tested on independent driving as part of the practical driving test.
During their test, candidates will have to drive for about 10 minutes, either following a series of directions, following traffic signs, or a combination of both.
To help candidates understand where they are going, the examiner may show them a diagram.
It doesn't matter if candidates don't remember every direction, or if they go the wrong way – that can happen to the most experienced drivers.
From this date, car test candidates (category B) will have to complete one reversing manoeuvre rather than two. The manoeuvre will be selected at random by the examiner from:
- turning in the road
- reversing around a corner
- reverse parking (either on the road, or into a bay)
In addition a controlled stop is carried out on every test (this means stopping in a place specified by the examiner.)
An emergency stop exercise will still be conducted on one in three tests.