Category: Driving News, Views & Opinion

In-Car Technology – Has It Gone Too Far?

There was a time when in-car technology amounted to a heated rear windscreen at the back and a cassette player at the front. It now seems that the tech has almost taken over. I recently hired a car which the delivery driver parked on the street near to my house. I’ve driven many different cars…
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Drivers Who Fail Tests to be Penalised?

Is the DVSA about to start penalising learner drivers who fail their tests? There are rumours that the Driving Standards Agency (DVSA) is considering introducing a range of measures to discourage learners from taking a driving test before they’re ready. One suggestion is that they should have to wait longer before being able to book…
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LGV Tests Get Easier to Pass

LGV tests get easier; along with PCV (bus) tests as the Driving Standards Agency (DVSA) panic to tackle the lorry driver shortage. They are introducing a number of measures designed to make it easier to get hold of various licence categories which include: Drivers will no longer need to pass a rigid lorry test before…
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Driving Examiners Set to Strike

Are driving examiners set to strike as they vent their anger at the extra work forced upon them by managers at the Driving Standards Agency? Update: 15/10/21 The strike is called off as DVSA management have backed down in their attempt to force examiners into an 8 test day. They have agreed to postpone the…
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Checking the Tyre Tread

When was the last time you remember checking the tyre tread on your car? The minimum depth of tread required by law is 1.6 mm across the central three quarters of the tyre. Tread must be at least visible on the rest of the tyre. If you’re driving around on firm, dry roads all the…
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Shorter Driving Tests

Why are the DVSA proposing shorter driving tests? Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns, the waiting list for driving tests has risen sharply. This resulted in the cancellation of countless driving tests; and many learner drivers could not even take lessons with an instructor. Driving Tests Restart The government…
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Planned Restart of Driving Tests

The planned restart of driving tests for drivers and riders in England has been provisionally set by the DVSA. Dates have been agreed upon, but these may be subject to change. Dates will vary depending on the type of testing to be carried out, but here is a timeline of the planned schedule. Motorcycle Tests…
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Are Smart Motorways Safe?

Are smart motorways safe? If the answer is yes, then why do people keep getting killed on them? Over the last five years, 38 people have died in incidents that would probably not have occurred on a regular motorway. On one section of London’s M25 alone, after conversion to a smart motorway there were 1485…
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Taking Driving Lessons & Coronavirus

Taking driving lessons & coronavirus do not sit well together. For the second time the year the government has announced a national lockdown due to Covid-19; but this time the rules are different depending which part of the UK you live in. The DVSA has suspended driving tests in England from the 5th November until…
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Test Centre Waiting Rooms to Reopen

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, driving test centre waiting rooms have been closed to the public for some time. Test candidates and their instructors have had to wait in their cars or at the side of the building. With the onset of cold and wet weather, this has not been very popular. An announcement has…
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