PUBLISHED: 12:07 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 12 July 2018 ralph blackburn Barking is one of the hardest places in the UK to pass your test. Picture: PA/David Jones PA/Press Association Images If you want to take your driving test in Barking we have bad news for you. According to a report released today the test centres in Tanner Street and Town Quay Wharf, are two of the hardest places to pass in Great Britain. Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show just 37per cent of all learners passed their practical test at Town Quay Wharf, between April last year to this March. Figures are even worse at Tanner Street test centre where the pass rate is just 34pc. The average pass rate for test centres across the nation was 46pc. Overall the figures show that built up urban areas like Barking tended to have lower pass rates, while at quieter rural test centres learners appeared to find the exam easier. If you want to maximise your chances of passing then you should take … [Read more...] about Barking is one of the hardest places in the country to pass your driving test
Driving test change
THE driving test has undergone its biggest shake-up in more than 20 years - but what will it mean for new learners? The new laws came into force in December 2017 with new manoeuvres to make it more like real-world driving for learners. Here's the lowdown. What are the new driving test laws? The independent driving part of the test will increase from ten to 20 minutes. The ability to use a sat navs will be introduced into the test. The reverse around a corner and turn in the road manoeuvres will no longer be tested. But you’ll still be tested on parallel parking, parking in a bay and pulling up on the right-hand side of the road. You’ll still be asked the "tell me" question at the start of the test but the "show me" question will be asked during the test - for example showing how to use windscreen wipers. The revised list of tasks in order to pass the new driving test also includes asking candidates to pull up on the right hand side of the road and reverse two car … [Read more...] about What are the new driving test rules, will I have to use a sat nav and when will learners have lessons on motorways?
There are less than three months to go until the practical driving test changes come into effect. Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has released new videos to help learner drivers gear up for the modifications to the test, due to roll out on Monday December 4. The more stringent test will see FOUR major changes learners will have to adhere to including a "show me" question while operating the vehicle. DVSA chief driving examiner, Lesley Young, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.” Read More In other driving-related news “Asking a 'show me' question while driving will be valuable preparation for real life driving. “With less than three months to go until the driving test changes, it’s important that learner drivers work with their driving instructor to make sure they can operate the in car-controls safely whilst they’re driving. "Combined with practice with an instructor, these new official … [Read more...] about Video shows major changes to driving test
Stricter MOT test changes are coming in May which could see you landed with a hefty fine of £2,500 if you're not careful. Failure to meet the new rules which bring about changes to how vehicles are classed after a test could land you in very hot water. According to the current regulations, if your car is deemed roadworthy you can continue to drive it even after it has failed as long as your old MOT remains valid. However from next month, if your vehicle fails its MOT and is deemed as having a "major" or "dangerous" fault, then getting behind the wheel before it's fixed will mean a £2,500 fine and three points on your licence. In addition, the new law states if you've been fined for this in the past three years, you face a minimum ban of six months, as reported by Mirror Online . Read More Motoring news What's changing You cannot drive without a valid MOT, with fines of up to £1,000 if you're caught, but you used to be able to get around that. This is because you can … [Read more...] about MOT test changes
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan’s chief planning officer said Friday the Japanese automaker does not plan to change its road tests for self-driving vehicles after the recent fatal accident of an Uber autonomous vehicle. Some fear a setback for the technology after a pedestrian was killed Sunday night in a crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in the U.S., the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle. Uber immediately suspended all road-testing of such autos in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. The ride-sharing company has been testing self-driving vehicles for months as it competes with other technology companies and automakers like Ford and General Motors. Philippe Klein, the chief planning officer at Nissan, said the automaker is ensuring its tests are safe. He said specially trained drivers keep their hands on the wheel on such vehicles, prepared to “take over the car” to ensure the “highest possible safety” in … [Read more...] about Nissan not changing autonomous drive tests over Uber crash