Learning to drive a tractor or specialist vehicle
4. Driving tests for tractors and specialist vehicles
The type of driving test you have to do depends on the type of vehicle.
Category F, G, H or K vehicles
The examiner will give you instructions at the side of the road and watch how you:
- drive as you go around left and right circuits
- turn round using forward and reverse gears
For very slow vehicles, like pedestrian-controlled vehicles, your examiner may walk near you where they can watch your driving.
You’ll also have an eyesight test and at the end of the category F, G, H or K test, you’ll be asked 5 questions on the Highway Code and other motoring matters. You’ll then be asked to identify 6 different traffic signs.
Category H tests
In category H driving tests you need to drive the vehicle backwards and turn it around, using its tracks, so it’s facing the opposite direction.
Your examiner will tell you how you should make this manoeuvre.
Documents you need to bring to your test
You must bring either:
- a valid, signed photocard driving licence from the UK, Northern Ireland or another EU member state
- an old-style valid, signed UK or Northern Ireland paper driving licence along with a valid passport
You might be able to apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses if the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) cancels your test at short notice.