Decoding Driving Tests In the UK

Presently, in the United Kingdom, the lowest age for a person to sit for a driving examination is 16, if the vehicle in question is a two-wheeler such as a moped or motorcycle. If the vehicle in question is a four-wheeler, the minimum age is 17 years. After attaining the age of 16 or 17 one can apply for an evaluation as and when he wants. A motorcyclist must have the CBT certificate before riding a motorcycle. Every year, about 1.6 million people appear for the practical driving examinations. Roughly 43% people pass the practical and 65% people pass the theory test.

The history of the driving assessments

‘The Motor Car Act’ of 1903 established the system of granting driving licenses in the United Kingdom. But back then one did not need to prove one’s eligibility. In 1930, an examination for drivers came about as a result of the ‘Road Traffic Act’. This was legislated and introduced in 1934 with the ‘Road Traffic Act’ that was applicable to all new drivers. From 1935 onwards, it was made compulsory. Whoever wanted to drive had to pass this examination. From 1996, the same also included a concept of written examinations with the help of computers. In the month of November, 2002 the hazard perception element was also introduced. Presently, in the UK there are two levels of evaluation for the residents. Firstly, there is the theory evaluation and within two years of passing the same, the applicant is expected to appear for the practical assessment.

The theory and the practical

The theory examination comprises of two parts: – multiple-choice and hazard perception. Both of these are formulated on the type of vehicle the applicants want to use. To clear the theory component of the assessment, an applicant must pass both the multiple-choice and hazard perception sections. The multiple-choice section includes 50 questions out of which one must give 43 correct answers. In the hazard perception section, the candidate is shown some clips in which he has to point out on the screen when the vehicles are creating hazards.

Within a couple of years of passing the theory examination one has to appear and pass the practical assessment. If an applicant fails to appear within the said time frame, the pass certificate of the theory examination doesn’t remain valid and the candidate will be required to repeat the theory procedure again. If a candidate passes both these evaluations successfully he or she is granted a license to drive a vehicle of his or her choice. After receiving the license he can drive or ride his car or motorcycle as per the driving norms prevalent in the country. It is the primary responsibility of anyone wishing to drive in the UK to hold a valid driving license.

These days it has become is incredibly easy to appear for the theory portions of these evaluations online. Therefore, there is really no excuse to get around the law. All you need to do, is devote some time and effort to the procedure and you can pass the examination easily.

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