New driving test under the spotlight at YDF

14.06 | 6 March 2018 | | | 1 comment

Five months after its introduction, delegates at Young Driver Focus 2018 will hear from the country’s chief driving examiner and a leading ADI as to how the new-look practical driving test is bedding in.

The modernised test, which came into effect on 4 December, is designed to ensure newly qualified drivers have the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive on their own.

The test features four key changes, including increasing the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes and following directions on a sat nav as an alternative to following road signs.

Lesley Young, the DVSA’s chief driving examiner, and Lynne Barrie, chairman of the ADI National Joint Council (ADINJC), will deliver presentations on the updated test.

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.

With more than 18 years’ experience, Lynne Barrie is one of the country’s leading ADIs.

A grade A instructor, driving instructor trainer and advanced motorist, Lynne is one of only a handful of the UK’s 39,000 driving instructors to have gained a Master’s Degree in Driver Training from Middlesex University.

As chair of the ADINJC, Lynne was actively involved in the practical test changes from the outset.

Now in its fifth year, the Young Driver Focus conference examines current and future thinking with regard to the vital issue of reducing crashes and casualties among young drivers and their passengers.

Young Driver Focus is jointly organised by FirstCar, Road Safety GB and the RAC Foundation, in association with the young driver insurer ingenie, the event’s headline sponsor.

The 2018 edition of Young Driver Focus is once again being held at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall on 25 April 2018.

The cost of attending is £150 for Road Safety GB & Academy members; £175 for other attendees from the public sector, the third sector, academia and ADIs; and £195 for all other attendees (all plus VAT). The delegate fee includes lunch and all other refreshments.

Click here to register to attend, or for more information contact Sally Bartrum on 01379 650112.


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    Nice smiley faces on the picture but, it is going to be interesting to see how they qualify some aspects of this ‘new’ uprated (?) driving test in relation to safety. Or, are the DVLA going to remove their banner ‘Safe Driving For Life?

    Nigel ALBRIGHT
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