Lorry driver exam changes
Updated: Apr 18
The Lorry driver exam is due to change on 15th November 2021.
Previously, the lorry driver exam was completely done by the DVSA.
It is now split into two parts. One for the DVSA and other by an independent instructor.
The government is trying to free up as many slots as possible for people to be able to do Lorry driver exams.
You can now pass a class 1 exam directly. Click here to find out exactly what the different categories are and what you need to do to pass.
Today, however, we will be looking at the actual lorry driver exam and how it has changed.
How will the lorry driver exam itself changed?
The Lorry driver exam will be split into two parts now.
Driver CPC part 3a (off-road exercises) test
Driver CPC part 3b (on-road driving) test
The off road part
The off road part will be tested by a training organisation. However, NOT THE ONE YOU TRAINED WITH.
These manoeuvres include:
‘S’ shaped reverse into a bay
showing the uncoupling and recoupling procedure if you’re taking a test with a trailer
You must pass this before the on road driving test.
The on Road part
The DVSA is going to test this part of the lorry driver exam, as before. This consists of two parts:
The vehicle safety questions - 'Show me tell me' questions
Practical on road driving test
In conclusion, the lorry driver exam has changed in the fact that the off road part can be done by an independent instructor. The rest of the exam is as it was before. Click here, for full details of the new changes due to come in on 15th November 2021.
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