Research and analysis

Delegated driving examiner research

Read DSA’s research about drivers who pass the passenger carrying vehicle test under delegated examiner arrangements.

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The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 allow MoD, Police and Fire and Rescue Services to appoint examiners to undertake driving licence acquisition tests for their staff. Such appointments must be approved by the Secretary of State for Transport to enable the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) on their behalf to ensure that all tests are conducted to a fair and uniform standard nationally. The Regulations also allow the Secretary of State for Transport to appoint Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) driving examiners for bus and coach operators.

The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that drivers passing the PCV test under delegated arrangements have an equivalent safety record following commencement of professional driving as those passing the PCV practical test with a DSA examiner.