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DVSA launches consultation on lorry driving test changes

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has launched a consultation process regarding the UK Government's proposed changes to the HGV driving test system.

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Under the proposals, people would be allowed to take one test to drive a rigid and articulated lorry. At present, drivers must pass a test to drive a rigid lorry and then another one to drive an articulated truck.

The measures are intended to speed up the testing process and thus help more British citizens become lorry drivers.

In addition, the DVSA is seeking views on proposals to:

  • allow drivers who want to use a bus or coach to tow a trailer to take one test with a trailer, rather than having to pass a test without a trailer first
  • allow the off-road manoeuvres part of the test to be assessed by the driver training industry
  • allow car drivers to tow a trailer without having to take another test

The consultation will last for four weeks and end on September 7 at 11:59pm. To take part, fill in the survey here.

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