- the conventional driving examination
- the enhanced assessment – this consists of a wheelchair exercise
- the upgrade assessment if you’ve done the standard assessment and now wish to accomplish the wheelchair exercise
Book your exam
Get hold of your local council to find out if you need to take the test.
Book your test with DVSA if you have to take it.
Precisely what the examination entails
- The assessment lasts for roughly 40 minutes.
- Vision test, at first, you’ll need to read through a number plate at a length of 20 metres for vehicles that has a new-style registration plate & 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate. New-style registration plates begin with 2 letters then 2 numbers, eg AB51 ABC.
- You must use contacts or glasses during the entire test if you require those to look at the number plate.
You can’t take the driving part of the assessment if you fail the vision test. You can still perform the wheel chair exercise if you’re taking the enhanced assessment.
The assessment will incorporate:
- a manoeuvre where you’ll have to turn your motor vehicle to face the other way
- about 10 minutes of driving without having to be provided turn-by-turn directions by the examiner
stops beside the street as though a passenger gets in or out
- associated questions, eg how to proceed if a passenger leaves property in your vehicle
- questions from the Highway Code and identifying traffic signs and road markings
- You might also need to do an emergency stop.
You’ll pass the assessment if someone makes 9 faults or less. You’ll be unsuccessful if one makes a significant or dangerous fault.
Wheel chair exercise
You’ll need to do a wheelchair exercise if you’re taking the enhanced assessment – you’ll have to bring a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
You’ll have to display your ability to:
- securely load and unload the wheelchair inside your car
- use the wheel chair braking system to secure and release it
- fasten the safety belts or safety harness
- secure any wheel belts or clamps on the car
Your automobile must satisfy the same specifications as the car practical driving test, except it can’t have L-plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales).
You’re allowed to make use of a car rental to perform the test.
If it has a private hire plate, the number must be the same as on the plate inside the vehicle.