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Notes on the Driving Fault Marking Guidelines


An applicant should turn the vehicle around on the road in a competent manner, taking the best possible observations, and allowing the right-of-way as required, or a fault may be recorded for 'Turnabout' as appropriate. All faults which occur during the manoeuvre should be recorded opposite 'Turnabout'. The turnabout should be a normal manoeuvre, i.e. not starting off in reverse. A fault should not generally be recorded where an applicant turns the steering wheel while the vehicle is stationary (i.e. 'dead' steering). The manoeuvre should be completed before any fault/s is/are recorded. Only one fault may be recorded where necessary, opposite each heading, regardless of how many times a particular type of fault occurs on the turnabout.

Examples of 'Turnabout' faults include:

  1. Where an applicant hits or bumps a kerb, or makes inadequate progress, or uses excessive speed, or does not make proper use of the controls, a fault may be recorded opposite 'Competently'.
  2. Where an applicant obliges another road user to slow or stop, a fault may be recorded for 'Observation' or 'Right-of-Way'. (not both).
  3. Effective use of side mirrors is acceptable. However, where an applicant reverses on the mirrors only, a fault may be recorded if e.g. effective use is not made of them, or if they are not angled correctly. The fault should be recorded opposite 'Observation' (Turnabout).


In addition to observing the applicant, the tester should also observe the road and traffic situation at appropriate points during the manoeuvre.

Use of Video or Audio devices whilst reversing is acceptable if used in addition to the required observation.