Guidance for learner drivers taking part in the trial. Registration has now closed.
About the trial
The government is trialling changes to the driving test to make it a better test of the driver’s ability to drive safely on their own.
Taking part in the trial is voluntary.
Not everyone who takes part in the trial will take the ‘trial test’. Some will take the current test, so that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can compare results.
When you pass your test you’ll:
- get a full driving licence
- be paid to fill in 2 surveys
- be entered into prize draws
Overview of the process
If you want to take part you’ll need to:
Register to take part.
Train with your driving instructor for the current test or the trial - you’ll be told which to train for when you’ve registered.
Pass the driving test - you’ll get a full licence
Fill in a survey shortly after you pass your test - you’ll be paid £10 to do this.
Fill in a survey 6 months after you pass your test - you’ll be paid £30 to do this and be entered into a prize draw.
Other than that, you’ll learn to drive just like anyone else.
The prize draw
When you complete the final survey you’ll be entered into prize draws to win:
- a car
- an iPad
- £100 in shopping vouchers
Summary of test differences
Two new manoeuvres will, for the purpose of the trial, replace the current ‘turn in the road’ and ‘left reverse’ manoeuvres. You should still be taught these, though.
Everything else stays the same as the current test, and the standard of assessment is the same for both tests.
Who can take part
Your driving instructor will judge whether it’s right for you to take part in the research based on your progress.
You can only take part if you:
- haven’t yet taken an attempt at the driving test
- use one of the 32 driving test centres doing the trial
The driving test centres taking part are:
- Birmingham Kings Heath
- Bishopbriggs (Glasgow)
- Bristol (Southmead)
- Burgess Hill
- Cheetham Hill
- Edinburgh (Musselburgh)
- Herne Bay
- Lower Gornal
- Mitcham (London)
- Sheffield Handsworth
- Southampton (Maybush)
- St Helens
- West Didsbury
Book your test
Your driving instructor will need to book your test for you – they’ll tell you more about this.
This means that you won’t be able to book your own test online.
Failing your test
If you fail your first test in the trial you can either:
- stay in the trial and take another attempt at the type of test you were allocated to (ie current or trial)
- leave the trial and take your next attempt using the current test
Leave the trial
You or your driving instructor can leave the research at any time. If you have a test booked, your instructor needs to give 3 clear working days’ notice to cancel, otherwise you’ll lose your fee.
Your driving instructor will tell DVSA if you choose to leave the trial or if you change your driving instructor.
Contact DVSA during the trial
How your personal information will be used
TRL is managing the research. They will need your contact details so that they are able to contact you:
- when the surveys are ready to be filled in
- to pay you for filling in the surveys
- if you win a prize in the prize draw
Your driving licence number will be used so TRL can:
- tell DVSA which driving test you will be taking
- gather your test results from DVSA when you pass your test
You can contact TRL if you’ve any questions about the trial or want to leave it.
Driving test trial
Su Buttress, Project Manager
Driving Test Research
Nine Mile Ride
Published: 26 February 2015
Updated: 25 August 2015
- Added Burgess Hill, Cardiff, Goodmayes, Northampton, Plymouth and West Didsbury driving test centres to the list of centres carrying out the trial.
- Added Bristol (Southmead), Herne Bay and Southampton (Maybush) driving test centres to the list of centres carrying out the trial.
- First published.