DVSA issues major change to driving test rules as list of banned cars grows
DVSA has issued changes to driving test rules with a new car now banned from use.
Learner drivers are allowed to use their own car rather than their instructor's but it must first meet a set of criteria set out by the DVSA.
The latest changes mean that a new vehicle has been added to the list of cars you cannot use during a driving test.
Other rules mean that the car must be insured with the learner's name in it.
There are currently five car models which cannot be used in a driving test, usually because their design does not allow either the driver or test instructor to have a safe and complete vision of the road behind them.
You cannot use any of the following:
The Smart Fortwo is the latest car to be added to the list.
While these are the official cars on the ban list, you should always double-check with your instructor, driving school or DVLA if the car you plan to use is suitable, especially if it's a convertible car, panel van or coupe.
Even if the car is not on the ban list, your test instructor can still deem the car unsuitable and you will be unable to take the test that day, losing out on your deposit.
Some cars are banned because they have been subject to a product recall, making them unsafe on the road.
These include certain batches of Citroen C1, Peugeot 108, Toyota Aygo, Toyota Yaris, Vauxhall ADAM and Vauxhall Corsa D.
If your driving instructor's car is unavailable and you don't have one you're legally allowed to use, you can in fact use a hire car as long as it is fitted with dual controls and meets all the regular DVSA standards.
The car must have:
In England and Wales, you should also ensure your car is tidy before your test. This includes removing any rubbish or unnecessary items from the dashboard, footwells, door pockets, cup holders and seats.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, your test will be outright cancelled if the inside of the vehicle is dirty.
Other rules dictate that your car during a test must:
You can check if the car you wants to use meets the rules on the DVSA site.
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