DVSA chief to outline proposed changes to driving test at YDF 2017

12.00 | 16 January 2017 | | 2 comments

The country’s chief driving examiner will explain to delegates at the 2017 Young Driver Focus how the Government is going about transforming the driving test.

Lesley Young, head of policy and chief driving examiner at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) , will use her presentation to outline the results of research into proposed changes to the driving test, which were announced last July.

Young Driver Focus will once again be held at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London on 26 April 2017. The 2017 event is being jointly organised by Road Safety GB, FirstCar and the RAC Foundation and sponsored by the young driver insurer, ingenie.

Lesley Young is responsible for the development of policies for all the DVSA’s services including driver, rider and vocational theory and practical tests, vehicle testing (including MoT) and compliance and enforcement.

The DVSA’s high profile scientifically robust research study looking at the driving test is being cited as one of the best examples in the world. It will provide updates on understanding of basic information about learning to drive in Great Britain, including time taken to learn, number of hours of tuition and the proportion of drivers having crashes within six months of passing their test.

Now in its fourth year, Young Driver Focus (YDF) examines current and future thinking with regard to the challenge of reducing crashes and casualties caused by the high-risk young drivers. It is intended for both private and public sector road safety professionals.

While all the ‘early bird’ places have been snapped up, the fee for those from the public sector and third sectors and academia is just £125 and for other attendees £175 (both plus VAT).

Young Driver Focus 2016 sold out well in advance and with a limit of 200 places the 2017 event is once again expected to be fully subscribed.

Click here for full delegate pricing or to register to attend, or for more information contact Sally Bartrum by email or on 01379 650112.


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    Yes Dave I particularly like the paragraph about the DVSA’s high profile scientific robust study looking at the driving test and that its being cited as one of the best examples in the world…..Of basic information about learning to drive……including time taken to learn, number of hour tuition (is that not the same thing?) and then the numbers in proportion of drivers who crash in the first 6 months? Wow, that must have been some scientific research. I think that any mathamatician would have been able to come up with the same conclusions over a weekend.

    I wonder just where motorcycle tests fit into this picture and whether such all encompassing scientific studies will be done for them also. At the moment there is no move afoot and its now in the consultation period. Now that would be a first.

    Bob Craven Lancs
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    Excellent news. I read in the papers that this research study set up the first ever RCT scientific trial to be run on British roads and, if so, this must surely be THE “best example in the world”. Would RSGB like to confirm that an RCT scientific trial was run and confirm that this was indeed the UK’s first ever RCT scientific trial? Perhaps my new years wish is already coming true? Congratulations to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency for setting the gold standard.

    Dave Finney, Slough
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