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The tester's nameplate must be displayed on the desk facing the applicant.

The wording as set out in these Procedures must be followed.

Meeting The Applicant

  1. Greeting. Call the applicant’s full name Mr. Ms. etc. Say “Good morning/good evening/hello”, etc. “I will be your tester today, my name is … (e.g. Michael), please come this way”..
  2. Identify: "May I have your address, please?"
  3. Vehicle Type: "What type of vehicle have you for the test?"
  4. Learner Permit "May I see your Learner Permit please?"

All applicants must produce a current Learner Permit for inspection before the start of the test. 'Visitor's Licence's are not acceptable. The photograph on the Permit should be checked for proof of identity. The Permit must be valid for the category of test being conducted. The tester checks the Learner Permit number. The driver number details should match those provided in Applicants Details on the tablet.

The tester requests the applicant to sign the Feedback Form and explains to applicant that you will be giving that form to him/her at end of test and checks the signature against the Learner Permit.

If the Permit is in order the Tester hands it back to the applicant saying “that’s fine, thanks” or if the Permit is not in order say, “Sorry, I am not permitted to conduct your test your Permit is e.g. out of date, or, not valid for the category of vehicle you propose to use”, etc. Record the outcome code on the tablet device.

Where a Learner Permit is missing either the signature and/or the photograph the test should not be conducted.

Suspected Impersonation

If impersonation is suspected, see Training Guide

On no account should testers accuse anyone of being an imposter. Testers should take reasonable steps to establish the identity/ entitlement where the Permit has been accidentally damaged.

In all cases the permit is returned to the applicant.

Licence Codes

Testers should not ask any questions relating to code numbers, which may appear on Learner Permits from time to time. Where code '100' appears on the Learner Permit the test should not be conducted and the candidate should be informed that another test will be arranged by the RSA. Any paperwork should be sent to Head Office in Ballina for forwarding to the Supervisor. A non-conducted report sheet should be completed and issued..

Evidence of motorcycle power output

For motorcycle categories, the applicant must produce proof of kilowatt and the cc for the vehicle presented for the test (see Training Guide).

Every effort should made to ascertain the suitability of a motorcycle for test and where necessary the RSA guide to ‘Motorcycles for Driving test’ should be used to confirm correctness relative to category.

Candidate declaration

Present the tablet displaying the declaration to the applicant and indicate the statement relating to the condition of the vehicle and insurance cover, saying – “Would you please read this statement and if you’re satisfied it is in order, please tap on the button to say “I have read and understand the declaration”. The tester should then tap on the button “Applicants mark witnessed by tester”.

An additional identification check may be made if necessary by holding on to the Learner Permit while the applicant is reading the declaration. Tester should hold on to Learner Permit to verify that signature corresponds with applicants signature on Driving Test Feedback Form. The tester should be satisfied regarding the insurance status of the vehicle presented for test and ensure that the test candidate presses the button on the declaration confirming that he/she is properly insured to drive the vehicle.

See Office Notices DT 4/03 and 5/03 relating to insurance matters and the driving test. Where an applicant has difficulty in reading the statement, the tester should read it aloud, and indicate the relevant passage. If the applicant refuses to complete the declaration, the tester should inform the applicant that the test cannot be conducted and advise the applicant to re-apply. A non-conducted report sheet should be completed and issued..

The tester should not ask any questions relating to the condition of the vehicle, or insurance cover, or request production of an Insurance Certificate. Any information volunteered by the applicant should be noted.

Concluding the preliminaries, the tester says - "Thank you. Now I'd like to ask you some questions on the Rules of the Road."

Oral Test

18 questions, including 10 sign questions (from both sides of the sign card), must be asked. A question which is 'developed' counts as one question.

Obligatory subjects for all categories: Pedestrian Crossings, Traffic Lights, Headlights (dipping), Road Markings, Right of Way and Road Signs.

Further questions on additional topics from the Rules of the Road may be asked.

Questions on the following topics must also be asked in relation to the relevant categories:

Categories A, A1, A2, AM

Rear Observation, Skidding, Road Position.

Categories BE, C1E, CE, D1E, DE, W

Two questions based on the ‘Towing’ topic in the 'Rules of the Road', and also on coupling/uncoupling the trailer from/to the drawing vehicle.

Categories C, C1, D1, D

Questions based on the Rules Of The Road relevant to the category of vehicle for test should be asked.

On concluding the oral test, the tester says "Thank you, that's the end of the oral part of test. We will now go out to your vehicle for the practical part."

Note: The Tester must accompany the applicant to the vehicle (except in rare and exceptional circumstances). Any Rules of the Road faults incurred at the desk cannot be noted on the tablet device until the vehicle registration is recorded and vehicle category is confirmed.

The tester must wear the high-visibility jacket/vest as required.

At The Vehicle

The Tester checks:

  1. That ‘L’ plates are displayed to the front and rear, (except categories W), (All Category A,A1,A2 or AM applicants must display a yellow fluorescent tabard bearing the letter “L” not less than 15 centimetres high in red on a white background, in a clearly visible vertical position front & rear worn over the chest clothing). A roof sign displaying proper 'L' plates is acceptable. Where an ‘L’ plate(s) is/are missing and can be obtained within a short walking distance, the applicant may be advised of this, and given reasonable time to get it/them provided this does not interfere with the time allotted for the test. The tester should not suggest to, or advise the applicant to drive in order to obtain ‘L’ plates.

  2. That the Insurance Disc is in order, (not A1, A2, A, AM or W). See Office Notice 11/93. Photocopies are not acceptable.

  3. That the N.C.T. Disc is in order, if required, (Cat. B, EB). See Office Notices 11/01 and 1/2002.

  4. The Tax Disc, where it is necessary to establish the taxation class, or licence category. See Office Notice 14/2004.

  5. The registration number, and records it on the tablet.

  6. Whether the vehicle (including motorcycles) has automatic transmission, the tester must record ‘automatic’ on the tablet and tell the applicant that if they pass the test, that the licence will be limited to automatic transmission. (See Additional Procedures for particular categories).

  7. The real total mass for categories BE, C, CE, C1E, DE, D1E. See Training Guide.
  8. H & S requirements. See Training Guide relating to ‘Checklist for your Driving Test’, and related procedure where a test is not conducted..

    The brake-lights and indicators should be checked to ensure that they are functioning properly. When checking the brake-lights and indicators, the applicant should be asked to ensure that the ignition is turned fully to 'on'.

    Where ignition warning lights do not come on when the ignition is switched on, it is not in order to proceed with the test. However, see Office Notice 7/2004 for where a warning light does come on, and stays on after the engine has been started.

    Where an applicant starts the engine the applicant may be asked to switch it off before the tester enters the vehicle, or checks the brake-lights and indicators.

    Both left and right rear brake lights must be working in order for the test to be conducted. The Tester should press the brake pedal to demonstrate to the applicant that the brake lights are not working.

  9. Technical Checks. The applicant should be asked to verbally explain how he/she would perform a check on any 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 (j) the horn.

    In the case of (e), (f), or (g) above being selected, the bonnet 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 also constitutes a fault.

    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.

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

  10. Where a vehicle with automatic central locking is presented for test, the test should be conducted in the normal way.

  11. Wheelchair seats and stretchers should be counted as seats, when they are properly secured.