The Government wants to update driving tests so that new drivers can keep pace of advances in car technology.
The Department for Transport’s (DfT) latest report outlines how it wants to modernise its three motoring service agencies to make them more flexible for future developments.
The motoring services strategy sets out how the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can adapt.
It says the DVSA is going to reform both pre-test tuition and driving tests to foster more motoring experience in the real world. The DfT says the agency will also take into account the rise in car automation and local variations.
The move has already begun, with changes to practical tests and lessons being trialled to give learners a better grasp of the conditions they will face on their own on the roads.
Adapting to the driverless car era
The RAC Foundation says it is reassuring to see that ministers are preparing the way for the driverless car.
Director Steve Gooding says such technology could one day see programming in destinations the only sole extent of humans’ in-car responsibilities That day is moving closer with tech already alerting motorists to queues and accidents.
Lord Ahmad, Transport Minister, says Britain’s three driving agencies have to tailor their energies to the fast-changing world of driving.
George Osborne laid out plans in the spring Budget how driverless vehicles will be permitted on the UK’s motorways in 2017. Before this, a sample of trials will be carried out on a sample of the country’s local roads in a bid to gauge how safe the cars are.
Car crash stats ‘will drop sharply’
Some engineering experts claim that the autonomous tech should eliminate 19 out of every 20 car crashes.
In addition, the new measures outlined in the Government strategy document seek to allow learner motorists on to the motorways for the first time.
This is on the proviso they have a regulated instructor with them. The document also wants to make booking a driving test more flexible so that learners can take more exams at night and at weekends.
Date Published: May 29, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown