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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. Many learner drivers could not even take lessons with an instructor. Driving Tests Restart The government has

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Highway Code Changes

A consultation is currently underway with proposed Highway Code changes The writers are considering making various alterations; particularly with regard to the following vulnerable groups: cyclists pedestrians horse riders The main changes suggested to the Highway Code: introducing a hierarchy of road users, to ensure that those who can do the greatest harm have 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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Driving Tests go Digital

UK Driving Tests Go Digital in October 2019. If you have already taken a test, you may notice a change in the way the examiner conducts it. They will record all information on an iPad instead of the traditional paper test. The content of the report sheet will remain basically the same. You will still

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Are Car Mods Illegal?

Are car mods illegal? Well that depends on what they are and where you are going to use the vehicle. With some types of modifications you can only legally drive a vehicle off-road. There are a number of legal mods which you can use on the road however, but they are subject to some pretty

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Driving Examiners Strike

Update: the driving examiners strike has been called off. A driving examiners strike is set to go ahead in February 2024. The PCS union has failed to reach a settlement with DVSA management over working conditions. Following a decision at senior management level, senior managers took steps to reduce the driving test backlog. Some of

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No Changes to the MOT Test

The government is looking at ways to modernise the MOT. Some people have been calling for changes to the MOT test; due to the increase in use of electric and automated vehicles. There have also been calls to find ways to better monitor the particulate emissions from diesel vehicles. A big problem with vehicles fitted

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