DVSA celebrates 20 years of the theory test
To mark 20 years since its introduction, the DVSA has celebrated the role the theory test has played in reducing the number of people KSIs on UK roads.
The test, which is split into multiple choice and hazard perception, was first introduced in 1996 and replaced questions asked by the examiner during the practical test.
During the hazard perception test, candidates are shown video clips of emerging risks on the road, and the DVSA attributes this to a 11% fall in non low speed accidents involving new drivers.
The test continues to evolve and in January 2015 the filmed video clips were replaced with high quality computer generated imagery (CGI) and updated with more modern vehicles, roads and surroundings.
In terms of the pass mark for the multiple choice section of the test, learner drivers were required to score 26 out of 35 when the test was introduced - compared to the 43 out of 50 needed to pass today.
The DVSA is now looking to introduce more clips that will show situations with vulnerable road users including children, cyclists, and motorcyclists.
Gareth Llewellyn, chief executive of the DVSA, said: “The theory test enables candidates to demonstrate they have a good knowledge of the rules of the road and the theory behind safe driving before they start driving.
"The test is kept under constant review to ensure it continues to prepare candidates for a lifetime of safe driving.
"The introduction of high quality CGI clips enables candidates to demonstrate how they would respond to hazards in a safe environment.”