6. Bus and lorry driver practical driving test

Your practical test will last about 90 minutes and include:

  • vehicle safety questions
  • practical road driving
  • off-road exercises

You can book the practical test online.

Vehicle safety questions

You’ll be asked some vehicle safety questions during your test. Download the full list of:

Practical road driving

During your practical road driving, the examiner will see how you:

  • use the vehicle controls
  • move away at an angle, uphill and downhill
  • do a braking test
  • use the mirrors
  • give appropriate signals
  • show awareness and anticipation of other road users intentions
  • manage your progress and control your vehicle speed
  • deal with hazards
  • select a safe place to stop

There will also be 10 minutes of independent driving, designed to test your ability to drive safely while making independent decisions.

Off-road exercises

The off-road exercises will include:

  • an ‘S’ shaped reverse into a bay
  • showing the uncoupling and re-coupling procedure if you’re taking a test with a trailer

Test result

After you’ve taken the practical test your examiner will tell you if you’ve passed and explain how you did.

If you fail, you have to wait 3 clear working days before you can take the test again.

Cancelled tests

You can apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses in some cases if DSA cancels your test at short notice.

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