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Standard Procedure for Conducting Driving Tests

Categories C1, C, D1, D, EC1, ED1, EC, ED

See list of 'Representative Vehicles' registered pre/post 1st January, 2004

(a) Technical Checks

The applicant should be asked to verbally explain how he/she would perform a check on 3 of the following, selected at random by the tester (a) the tyres (b) the lights (c) the reflectors (d) the indicators (e) the engine oil (f) the coolant (g) the windscreen washer (h) the steering (i) the brakes or (j) the horn.

In the case of (e), (f), or (g) above being selected, the bonnet/grill will have to be opened and closed again securely, by the applicant. The P.A.S. fluid and the brake fluid may also be checked in this manner, if desired.

Inability to lift and secure the bonnet/grill will in itself also constitute a fault. However, the cab should not be tilted. The steering may also be checked by examining it for excessive play, non- P.A.S., or by turning it from side to side with the engine at tick-over, - P.A.S. only. The brakes may also be checked by asking the applicant how he/she would know if there was a fault with (a) the handbrake, or (b) the footbrake.

The tester may exercise discretion in relation to the weather conditions at the time.

(b) Reverse

The test must include one left hand and one right hand reverse, except for tests which are conducted with a vehicle and trailer or semi-trailer - EB, EC1, EC, ED1, ED,- which involve one reverse man oeuvre as outlined on the route.

The tester must leave the vehicle and take up a position where the driver and the traffic situation can be observed to best effect. The tester should be aware of the proximity of other road users, and the drivers 'blind' spots, and should endeavor to warn either party of any danger if possible, without endangering themselves in any way. Where both reverses are being conducted at the same location, the tester should be back in the cab for the short positioning exercise for the second reverse. However, discretion may be exercised in an off-road, secure compound.

(c) Brakes

The test must include a demonstration by the applicant of the use of the various braking systems as fitted to the vehicle - the footbrake, handbrake, retarder, exhaust brake - during the test. Where a retarder or an exhaust brake is not working, the test should be conducted in the normal way.

(d) Transmission

In the event that the vehicle can be driven in either conventional manual or automatic/semiautomatic mode, the applicant should be told that any driving mode other than conventional manual will be regarded as 'automatic' for test purposes, and that any licence issued in those circumstances will be limited to automatic transmission. Testers will be aware that many modern manual transmission systems may be electronically or hydraulically power assisted. In all cases, however, a clutch pedal must be used (including for moving off) and a gear lever must be moved together, in order for it to be regarded as conventional manual transmission.

(e) Laden

If the vehicle is loaded, ask the applicant to confirm that the load is safely secured.

(f) Uncouple/recouple

EC1, EC, ED1, ED This section does not apply yet.

  • See separate laminate outlining requirements.
  • The applicant should be asked to uncouple and re-couple the trailer from/to the drawing vehicle.
  • This exercise should normally be done at the end of the practical test, but it may be done on route if necessary.