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Notes on the Driving Fault Marking Guidelines


The Marking Guidelines are designed to assist testers in deciding when and where a particular driving fault should be recorded on the Report Sheet. They should be read in conjunction with the Driving Fault Assessment guidelines relating to the severity of driving faults (attached for easy reference on pages 28, 29, 30, 31, and guidance/advice from the Regional Supervisor. The Guidelines do not purport to cover every possible situation which can arise, and they may be added to, or amended from time to time. Testers will be apprised of this when it arises.

  • With certain exceptions, driving faults are not 'double-marked', and where 2 (or more) faults suggest themselves, it is usually the fault which conveys the most pertinent information to the applicant which is recorded.
  • An example of the above would be where an applicant e.g. hits a kerb while making a left turn. A fault may be recorded here for 'Position turning Left', and not for 'Steering' in this case.
  • Another example would be where an applicant attempts to move away at a junction in 3rd gear and the vehicle stalls in the middle of the junction, causing other vehicles to slow or stop. A fault may be recorded for 'Gears' in this case, and not for 'Right -of way'.
  • Where an applicant inadvertently goes off the route, or misses a turn, a fault should not be recorded when it is done safely. However, any fault which occurs subsequently should be recorded.
  • The location of where faults are recorded on the Report Sheet is generally governed by the most recent direction which the tester has issued to the applicant - exceptions apply where early directions have been given to the applicant, e.g. where a lane change is required prior to making a right turn, or on the approach to a roundabout.

The necessity for testers to give clear and unambiguous directions to pplicants in good time on all occasions is emphasised.

  • Where a local unusual road or traffic situation exists, the regional Supervisor will advise testers (and driving-instructors) on the procedure to be followed.
  • Where a fault is inadvertently recorded in the wrong location on the Report Sheet, it should be cancelled neatly, leaving space for later use, if necessary. Where 2 or more such incidents occur, a fresh Report Sheet should be completed. The original spoiled Report Sheets should be cancelled, and attached to the file.
  • Testers should refer the applicant to the faults which have been recorded on the Report Sheet, and which contributed to the test result. However, testers should not discuss the details of the test.