The Driving Instructors Association (DIA) has welcomed government plans to review the driving test.
The DIA understands that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is to conduct a preliminary trial to explore whether the driving test could better reflect real-life driving. The DIA, which is the largest industry body representing driver and rider trainers, welcomed this opportunity to evolve the test.
DIA chief executive Carly Brookfield said:
â€œDIA has been heavily involved in the scoping of this project and is enthusiastic about the opportunity it presents to evolve the L test to a level where it more realistically assesses a candidates ability to competently and safely manage road based risk and driving in real life, on real roads.â€
In-depth research will be conducted in order to understand where key improvements in the current assessment could be made and as well as carrying out research amongst driver trainers, the DVSA will also be recruiting around 1,000 learner drivers to take part in a trial around the UK.
â€œThe DIA and its members will play a key role in the project as it is critical â€˜customersâ€™ of the test, such as driving instructors and candidates have their input in making the test more fit for purpose and more reflective of modern driving.â€
The DIA welcomes all suggestions from itsâ€™ members with regards to how ADIs believe the practical driving test should be developed. All comments and suggestions can be sent to email@example.com.