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Good news! You can now sample membership of the DIDU Association for three months - free of charge!

DIDU membership includes the following benefits:

  • Access to our forums
  • A monthly copy of our ePublication "Empower"
  • Representation with the DSA (during the trial period representation will be limited. Full details available upon request).

You will need a valid email address to take up this offer, and to be either a PDI or an ADI.

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CGI makeover for theory test

The hazard perception part of the driving theory test is set to be updated with computer generated imagery (CGI) from early next year.

Filmed video clips are currently used to test candidates’ reactions to developing hazards on the road. The scenarios in these clips are still relevant, but the image quality isn’t as clear or defined as modern digital technology allows.

The first new clips show the same situations as the filmed clips, but are clearer on the screen and include updated vehicles, roads and surroundings to reflect modern day driving.

Reflects the realities of modern day driving

DVSA Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, said:

“Using CGI clips in the hazard perception test will allow us to present clearer, more up to date situations, ensuring the test fully reflects the realities of modern day driving.”


DVSA worked with Nottingham University’s Accident Research Unit to trial the CGI clips. Research Fellow, Dr Peter Chapman, said:

“In our research we found that CGI clips retained all the benefits of traditional videos in discriminating between good and bad candidates, whilst allowing a more attractive, flexible, and up-to-date test."

In the future

CGI will also allow for a wider range of hazards, for example including situations with vulnerable road users like children or cyclists and a range of driving conditions, such as night time driving or bad weather.

Read the full story on GOV.UK and watch an example clip

Bristol Theory Test Centre Relocation

Dear ADI associations

In case any of your members use the theory test centre in Bristol, I
wanted to advise you that the location of theory testing in Bristol will
need to change from 22 December. My apologies for the short notice.

We have been informed that we need to move out of the current temporary
city centre location. An alternative location will be provided with two
mobile test vehicles (MTV) in Avonmouth.

The vehicles will be parked at Avonmouth Space Programme

Plot 4
St George's Industrial Estate
BS11 9HS

We are doing everything we can to minimise disruption for candidates :

  • We will need to reschedule those candidates who are booked into
  • the Bristol location on the 22nd December, while the MTVs are set up.
  • Candidates for 23 December onwards will be contacted to inform
  • them of the new testing location at Avonmouth.
  • There will be a Security Guard at the King Street PPC who will
  • inform any candidates who arrive there to travel to the Avonmouth
  • location. He will also supply them with a map and instructions of how to
  • get to the site.
  • Where possible, staff will remain at the Avonmouth site until
  • all known candidates have been tested. Both the Security Guard at King
  • Street and the staff at Avonmouth will have telephones so that they can
  • communicate regarding late arrivals to redirect them.

Again, I apologise for any disruption to candidates and trainers.
Please let me know if there is any other information you think would be
helpful to pass on to your members.

Elizabeth Smith,Driving Theory Test Service Manager

DVSA email advice

DVSA has been experiencing problems with emails since Tuesday morning (9 December).

This has affected our ability to send and receive some emails. We’re working to resolve the issue as a matter of urgency.

We’re now receiving all incoming emails and we expect the system to be fully restored by the end of today (12 December).

Contacting DVSA by email

If you have emailed DVSA before today and haven’t received a response, please resend your email.

Test bookings

The booking system isn’t affected and driving test bookings have been processed as usual, but some candidates may not receive an email confirmation.

These are now being sent out and all candidates should receive their conformation by the end of today. This also applies to amendments and cancellations.

Candidates can also check their test bookings on GOV.UK

Checking a vehicle’s date of first registration and vehicle tax is free...

We're replacing our premium rate phone numbers with a free online service and alternative local rate number.

DVLA’s date of liability check helpline (0906 765 7585) and dealer line (0906 185 8585) will close on 19 December 2014.

View the blog to find out more

DVLA Christmas and New Year opening times

Customers will be able to transact with us electronically throughout the Christmas period at GOV.UK.

View our contact centre Christmas and New Year opening times

Practical Driving Test Review 27-11-2014

The DVSA is exploring ways to change the driving test - this is the latest news from Chief Driving Examiner Lesley Young:

This is to inform you that DVSA has commissioned initial research to review the content of the practical driving test. The agency will be conducting a preliminary trial to explore how the test could better reflect real life driving.

We want to ensure that young drivers feel it is worth investing in good training so that they are well prepared for driving on their own.

The trial will explore the following changes:

  • within the current test timing, extending the ‘independent driving’ section of the test, and asking candidates to follow directions on a satnav, as an alternative to following road signs
  • replacing the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more realistic everyday manoeuvres, such as reversing out of a parking bay, or pulling up on the left or right before re-joining the flow of traffic
  • asking one of the two vehicle safety questions while on the move instead of at the start of the test, for example requiring candidates to show how they would operate the rear heated screen while driving

These options have been developed for consideration by the agency working in conjunction with key stakeholders, including Approved Driving Instructor Associations and Road Safety Charities.

DVSA will be recruiting around 1,000 learner drivers to take part in the trial in a number of locations across the country. Any future changes to test content would be subject to full public consultation.

Farnborough: road works near driving test centre

20 Nov 2014: The approach to Farnborough driving test centre is disrupted by road works that started on the Queen’s roundabout earlier this week.

These works are scheduled to last around 12 months.

When presenting for test at Farnborough, please make sure you and your pupils plan in extra time for your journey to avoid missing the appointment.

We have made some alterations to the test routes to make sure that tests continue to run smoothly.

From Tuesday 18 November, anybody who is booking to take their practical test at Farnborough will be told about this disruption in their confirmation email.

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