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Driving Tests

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on revisions to the standard driving test. (254760)

In parallel with our wide ranging learning to drive consultation which looks at reforming the way that people learn to drive and are tested, we have initiated a programme of research to trial and evaluate the measures proposed. These include:

Evaluation of classroom-based discussion groups exploring young people’s attitudes to safe driving.

Assessing the impact of different educational interventions and access to learning materials on performance at the theory test.

Development of a self evaluation tool that could help learners identify their attitudes towards risk and safety.

Assessing possible changes to the content of the practical driving test, such as examiners giving candidates less direction for part of the test.

Development of a revised marking scheme for the practical test, based on a candidate’s demonstration of defined competencies rather than the current fault-based assessment.

We propose to publish reports of each of the research projects in due course.