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Driving Theory Test Rules Set to Change

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For a long time, the driving test has been a rite of passage. It has formed the basis for young and old alike to become part of an elite club - those with the knowledge and legal permission to drive. These tests take a whole selection of forms, but they could be set to change. 
 
Today we’ll be focusing on the theory element of driving test - it is set to undergo a change in April of 2020 and become more accessible and easier for all. What is going to happen? Well, let’s take a look.



The Planned Changes

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that from April, the tests for driving theory examinations will be conducted differently. There used to be a written examination for people to take part in, with your score determining whether you would pass or fail, obviously. 
 
However, the new system which will be put into place is one of a video clip instead. Those taking the test will be shown a small clip of around 30 seconds, and then asked questions about the content they saw and the different parts of it.



Why Change the System?

So, why do people change the system now, after at least a decade of successful testing? Well, the answer lies in inclusivity. The fundamental point of doing something like this is to make sure that people have the inclusivity that they need to learn to drive in a safe and secure environment. 
 
Mark Winn, the chief driving examiner of the DVSA, had this to say, “Being able to drive can be life-changing and the DVSA is committed to helping everyone access the opportunities driving can offer. We have worked closely with road safety experts and learners to create a theory test which fully tests a candidate's knowledge of the rules of the road and is more accessible.".


Practice your theory test with official DVSA-approved questions here

 
At a fundamental level, the goal is to make sure that people can learn to drive in an environment which works for them. They are not restrained or bothered by the way that the test is presented and they can interact with the examination confidently. So it seems fairly sensible to make sure that people do produce this excellent standard, and it is nice to see inclusivity being one of the driving points of the whole thing. 
So, overall, this new change is definitely a good one and we can’t wait to see what comes next for people. You can tell that a lot of hard work and effort went into making sure that the new policy was made for a lot of people. Inclusivity is so important for so many people because everybody should have a right to be able to drive. Just because you struggle with the written word doesn’t mean you should be exempt from driving a car and taking charge of your destiny.



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