Approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test

3. Rules for the car you use

The car you use must:

  • be taxed, insured and have a valid MOT if it needs one
  • be a saloon, hatchback or estate car in good working condition - you can’t use a convertible
  • have working seat belts
  • be able to reach the normal performance for vehicles of its type
  • have right-hand steering
  • have an easily adjustable seat with a head restraint for a forward-facing front passenger
  • have an adjustable interior rear-view mirror that the examiner can use
  • not display L plates - or D plates in Wales
  • not be fitted with a ‘space saver’ tyre for the test
  • be checked and fixed if it has a known safety fault

Your test will be cancelled and you’ll lose your fee if your car doesn’t meet the rules.

Manual and automatic cars

If you have a manual licence you can take the test in either a manual or automatic car. You’ll be able to train people in both types of car when you’ve qualified.

If you have an automatic licence you must take the test in an automatic car. You’ll only be able to train people in an automatic car when you’ve qualified.

Using a hire car

You can use a hire car for your test if it’s fitted with dual controls and meets all the other rules.