Radio presenter Tony Livesey has ‘retaken his driving test’ as part of a 5live feature exploring the proposed changes set out by the DVSA.
Available to watch on the BBC website, the clip was first aired yesterday (25 August) the day after the DVSA’s public consultation on the proposals closed.
The proposed changes are designed to make the driving test a ‘better assessment of the candidate’s ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions’.
They include increasing the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes, and asking candidates to follow directions from a sat nav.
35-years after taking his original test Tony Livesey tried out the proposed changes, which also include more ‘real-life’ scenarios (such as driving into and reversing out of a parking bay) and answering a safety question while driving.
After taking the test (and passing), the BBC presenter said: “That was more stressful than I thought it would be, I have never used my indicator finger so much in 31 years. But I passed, which is the main thing.
“Personally, if someone to me you had to retake your test every 20 years I wouldn’t object because you do learn new things all the time – I’ve been told off for getting too close to people at traffic lights.”