November 22, 2017

Petition Launched Against “Dangerous” New Test Manoeuvre

A driving instructor has launched a petition calling for a new manoeuvre to be removed from the UK driving test, because he believes it to be dangerous. The new manoeuvre requires the learner driver to pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and re-join the traffic.

It is suggested that the manoeuvre contradicts the Highway Code, which states that drivers should never park facing against the flow of traffic.

“I think the move is dangerous because not only does it mean you’re moving across oncoming traffic, you’re moving over two lanes. You’ve got to remember that these are inexperienced drivers who are being faced with a manoeuvre that I personally rarely use, and is also against the Highway Code. I just think it’s unnecessary,” the driving instructor who launched the petition reports.

However, the Deputy Chief Driving Examiner at the DVSA, said that the new manoeuvre is designed to reflect how well people cope behind the wheel and ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to carry out the manoeuvre safely, which is why it is included.

According to the DVSA the new test has been trialled by more than 4,300 leaners, while a consultation showed that 78.6% of motorists agreed with plans to change how manoeuvres are tested. The petition has over 2,300 signatures. What are your thoughts on the new manoeuvre?

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