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5 Top Tips for Learning to Drive Safely on Motorways

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It’s finally happening! After years of discussion and consultation, learners will be allowed out on motorways from next month – but what rules should you know before heading out?

Come June 4th and learners will be able to drive on the UK’s network of motorways for the first time – as long as they are being supervised by an approved instructor in a car fitted with dual controls. While your ADI will of course give you a heads-up on what to expect – and what rules you should follow – before embarking on your first motorway driving lesson, best to swot up now so you’re fully prepared for any eventuality:

1. Using Slip Roads

A major rule of motorway driving is one that even seasoned motorists can get confused by; when coming down a slip road to join a motorway, it’s a common misconception that any vehicle in the left-hand lane must move over into the middle lane to give you the space to move out safely onto the motorway.

Alas, it’s actually the other way round; the law states that those on the slip road must give way to traffic on motorways. That said, most vehicles in the left-hand lane show common sense and courtesy by pulling into the middle lane to allow you out.

Long may the tradition continue as well because for learners, that slip road onto the motorway can be a daunting experience. To help ease you into the process, best practise on a dual-carriageway first where the same slip road rule applies.


2. Using Lanes

Just because there are three lanes doesn’t mean you can use them any way you want. Instead, you must stay in the left-hand lane if you’re not overtaking. If you are overtaking, make sure you move back into the left-hand lane once you’re past the slower-moving vehicle/s.

Remember, if you end up absentmindedly sitting in the middle lane, you can be done by the police, fined £100 and given three insurance premium-swelling points on your licence. And fair enough – after all, hogging the middle lane can cause congestion plus can create a hazard as other vehicles over- or undertake you in frustration.

And talking of undertaking, don’t do it; you must always pass on the right-hand side of a vehicle. The exception? If there is traffic on the motorway causing congestion, it can lead to the left-hand lane naturally moving more quickly than the traffic in other lanes – so it’s okay to follow its flow.

3. Using common sense

Because you will typically be driving at 70mph (unless on the M25 or M6 where the average speed feels more like 15mph…), you will need to ensure you leave enough space between your car and the vehicle ahead. It means if something should happen, you will have the time needed to react.

The basic rule of thumb? Use a marker at the side of the motorway (such as a sign, tree or bush) and count two seconds once the vehicle in front has passed it; if you pass the marker on two seconds, you’re in the sweet spot. If you pass it in under two seconds, you need to back off. If the roads are wet, ensure you double the second count and in icy conditions, triple it.


4. Using Hard Shoulders

No, these are not designated emergency pee stops, no matter what your bladder might tell you; hard shoulders are there to be used in emergencies only such as when your car breaks down.

If you do need to use one, pull up on to it as far as possible on the left with the wheels turned left too. Put on your hazard lights immediately and don’t turn off your sidelights if it’s dark or if there’s fog; other motorists must still be able to see you.

Finally, try and get out of the car on the side that is furthest away from the motorway before waiting behind the barrier where possible. Then call your breakdown service provider or alternatively, use one of the emergency phones that can be found at regular points along the hard shoulder.

5. Using Smart Motorways

If dealing with a regular motorway wasn’t confounding enough, there are also Smart Motorways springing up the length and breath of Britain. The same basic motorway rules apply but with added challenges including being allowed to drive on the hard shoulder (under certain conditions), red ‘X’ lanes and emergency refuge areas.

Confused? Don’t be – to learn more about what to do and what not to do when using them, head to our full Smart Motorway guide here.

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Learner Fails Test… Because of a Fuel Gauge Light?!

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Pity poor 17-year-old learner driver, Michael O’Brien, who got himself a fail during his test all because the car’s fuel light came on.

The driving test is fraught enough for many of us as we wrestle with our nerves while trying to remember the mass of rules to follow.

But if we are unfortunate enough to fail, we normally have a very clear idea of why it happened and can learn from it so we’re better prepared for next time.

For Michael though, his fail was came out of the blue and made precious little sense; the learner driver based in New Zealand was 23 minutes into his 45-minute exam when the fuel light in the car he was using for the test switched on. Cue the examiner telling Michael that he had automatically failed the test.

The lad was understandably miffed especially as a pre-vehicle inspection had been carried out on the car – belonging to the dad – and the low fuel was not spotted or highlighted to Michael.

To add insult to injury, Michael and his family then drove in the car for the rest of the day without needing to fill it up.

They complained to the agency who runs New Zealand’s driving tests who investigated and found that the examiner had been in the wrong: “It’s important vehicles are in a safe and appropriate condition for a driving test and all vehicles used in a driver test undergo a pre-test check,” they said. “But if the fuel light does come on during a driver licence test, the officer should continue with the test.”

Michael has been refunded the cost of the test – but he will still need to take another one. While we wish him the best, here are some truly extreme examples of how folk failed their tests or messed up their lessons:

Top Five Biggest Driving Lesson & Test Cock-Ups

I made a complete stop at a stop sign and my instructor turned to SCREAM in my face that I ‘wasn’t making the passenger feel safe’ because I was very slowly braking, because apparently ‘If the passenger can’t feel you braking, he doesn’t feel safe.’ So at the next stop sign, I waited until I was right at the stop sign before I slammed on the brakes. He was not wearing a seatbelt, and shot forward and slammed his face into the dashboard on the passenger side.”
– hayleym4d54ac52f to Buzzfeed


A ‘friend’ was on her test and was asked to take the next left. The driving instructor probably meant the next left after the level crossing, rather than turn left and drive down the track towards impending doom.”
– Sadie to Diamond Insurance


You know how you’re supposed to hold your hands at ten to two on either side of the wheel? Well, on my second lesson I kept holding them at the bottom and so my instructor told me to put my hands up. So, I did. In the air. While driving down a dual carriageway!”
– Claire Gibbons to the Daily Telegraph

A woman became so nervous during her test that she broke wind during each gear change. Despite it being a cold winter’s morning, the examiner had to open a window to allow the pungent smell to escape. This wasn’t enough, though, so the test had to be terminated because the examiner was coughing so much that his eyes were watering, resulting in him losing one of his contact lenses.”
– Former driving examiner to the Daily Express


One of my friends at university passed her driving test on something like the 5th attempt. One of the times she drove out of the test centre, up to a roundabout, and then straight over the roundabout – and no it wasn’t a mini-roundabout, it was a full-size one! She said it was awful having to then do the full test knowing she’d failed at the beginning!”
– Jessica to the BBC


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New Drivers Could Face BIG Restrictions on Their Motoring Soon

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A new ‘graduated driving licence’ could see a raft of new restrictions being introduced – including young drivers only being able to carry one young passenger at a time.

While we’ve covered the issue of graduated driving licences (GDL) before, this is the first time that the Department of Transport has officially confirmed that it is considering adopting such a system – and is rolling out a pilot in Northern Ireland to see what works and what doesn’t.

For instance, according to the new information, anyone under the age of 24 will not be able to have more than one passenger aged 14-20 in their car between the hours of 11pm and 6am. This restriction will apply during the first two years of having a licence.

The reason? Research shows young drivers are more likely to crash because they are trying to impress their passengers or are distracted by them.

Six-month learning period
Young drivers can also expect a six-month mandatory minimum learning period once they’ve taken their test before they can get their hands on a full licence. What precisely this training will entail is vague at the moment but we will keep you updated on any new information when it becomes available.

Probationary plates (P plates) will also need to be displayed for two years after getting a full licence; at the moment, displaying the plates is voluntary.

It all adds up to the potential introduction of some tough restrictions – and they could all be coming to the UK sooner than you might think if the pilot is successful in Northern Ireland. The graduated driving licence system is expected to be rolled out there in 2019/2020 with any findings from its implementation fed back into the plans for a potential UK-wide rollout.

The P-Plate – coming to all new drivers’ cars soon?

Change will save lives
Experts say that such a tough new set of restrictions will help bring down the number of deaths caused by young drivers on the road.

For instance, according to official figures, motorists aged 16-19 are more likely to be killed in an accident than drivers aged 40-49. Plus one in four aged 18-24 have a crash within the first two years of getting their licence, according to the AA.

The campaign to introduce the GDL has been spearheaded by David Stewart, a Scottish MP, who has been calling for the licence scheme for the past eight years since two 17-year-olds were tragically killed in a car crash in Inverness.

After the unfortunate and tragic deaths of two teenagers, I started a campaign to improve road safety, which I proposed was carried out through a form of graduated licence… This [announcement] is excellent news and just rewards for all the hard efforts of my team. More satisfying is the knowledge that many grieving parents who have worked on this issue with us will now see that their efforts were not in vain.”

– David Stewart, Member of the Scottish Parliament.

Firm but Fair?
While you may feel this all sounds harsh, there are others calling for far tougher restrictions. For instance, Brake, the road safety charity wants novice drivers to:

… not be able to drive between 11pm and 6am, unless supervised or travelling directly from home to work or school

… stick to a zero tolerance drink drive limit of 20mg of alcohol per 100ml blood

… not be able to drive on motorways and also be restricted on the size of engine they can drive.

Whether learners or new drivers like it or not, it’s now clear that it’s no longer a case of if a GDL will be introduced in the UK – but more likely, when. And we can’t help but feel that if the system brings down the number of deaths on our roads in the future, then it can only be a good thing in the long term.

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Uncovered: UK’s Top 10 Most Tricky Driving Manoeuvres

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A poll of 2,000 drivers has revealed the UK’s most pesky driving manoeuvres with, surprise, surprise, parallel parking coming out as our number one pet hate.

The manoeuvre – which many learners fear the most – is also the one that bugs qualified drivers as well. In fact, the poll reveals that we hate it so much that some of us would rather drive a hundred metres further to find another spot rather than perform a tight parallel park.

Also, 47% of drivers say that they have made such a hash of trying to attempt a parallel park that they’ve thrown in the towel and driven off. Also spare a thought for the one in four drivers who struggle so badly with parallel parking that they get out of their car and get someone else to do it for them.

Stressed Out

This all adds up to a mass of stress for drivers with 15% stating that reversing into a parking space leaves them feeling anxious and a quarter of drivers saying that they wish they always had a passenger with them who could hop out and guide them through the manoeuvre.

Perhaps unsurprisingly then, a rear-facing camera is the most wished-for option, which helps drivers not only parallel park but take on the UK’s second and third biggest pet peeves – reversing into a parking bay and reversing round a corner.

Parallel parking has been a thorn in drivers’ sides since the invention of the motor car. We’ve all felt the pressure of getting into a tight parking space on a busy street when there are others watching. So it’s no surprise that twice as many people said they dread parallel parking as the next most difficult manoeuvre.”

– David Carter, Accident Advice Helpline

As for which gender believes it is most confident about manoeuvring, men say they are with only 31% admitting they find manoeuvres a struggle compared to 56% of women.

Manoeuvres in general clearly bother drivers – regardless of gender – with four out of ten motorists saying that they’re the hardest part of driving, placing manoeuvring ahead of general road awareness or knowing what each and every road sign means. This is reflected by a third of UK drivers who say they failed their driving test because they messed up a manoeuvre with one in ten failing repeatedly.

The survey carried out by for Accident Advice Helpline reveals all ten of the trickiest driving manoeuvres as judged by the British public:

10. Pulling up on the right of the road

9. Emergency stop

8. Navigating a roundabout

7. Parking close to the kerb

6. Reversing in a straight line

5. Driving forward into a parking bay

4. Turn-in-the-road/three point turn

3. Reversing around a corner

2. Reverse into a parking bay

1. Parallel parking.

How Not To Parallel Park

If you feel unconfident about parallel parking, don’t worry – you’ll never be as bad as these drivers:



How To Parallel Park

If you need more help with parallel parking, then discuss it with your instructor who will be more than happy to take you through the process until you feel confident. Also check out the Institute of Advanced Motorist’s excellent advice here.

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Lost Your Licence? Had It Stolen? Here’s What You Need to Do

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You fought long and hard for it, putting in countless hours of practise and revision to get your hands on one – but it appears once we’ve got our licence, we’re not very good at actually keeping hold of it.

Brits spent almost £19 million in 2017, replacing lost or stolen licences according to the latest research from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Over 930,000 applications for replacement licences were submitted between January 2017 and January 2018 with the cost of each replacement coming in at £20.

It means that within a 12 month period, we shelled out a whopping £18.6 million with “younger people most likely to apply for photo renewals and replacement cards after misplacing their licence,” according to the DVLA.

On you, in car or at home?
Such figures suggest that it’s best to leave your licence at home – but you may be asking yourself if you’re even allowed to.

After all, you do need a licence to prove you can drive, something that young drivers across the country have clearly taken to heart with 87% carrying their licence with them at all times (plus it helps offer proof of age when trying to get into clubs/pubs or buy alcohol, etc.).

But carrying your licence with you might explain why licences are being so regularly lost or stolen. It’s worth remembering though that you are not legally required to carry your licence with experts recommending two alternatives instead.

First, you could keep your licence stashed in your car in, say, the glovebox so it’s out of view like the Scots do – according to the DVLA, drivers in Scotland are almost twice as likely to keep their licence in their car compared to other Brits.

Secondly, you could be like the Welsh – who are the most likely to keep their licence at home – and store it with other vital motoring-related docs such as insurance paperwork.

It seems we are as good at losing driving licences as we are socks, pens and teaspoons. At least we no longer have to worry about looking after the paper counterpart to our licence, which was phased out in 2015. In the year they were abolished almost half a million of these were lost too.”

– Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity, the RAC Foundation.

When the worst happens
If you do lose your licence (full or provisional) then you can apply for a new one online. It’s worth bearing in mind that if your licence is stolen, you must report the theft to the police.

To apply for a replacement licence:

• Head to the official portal to begin the process; you will need a debit or credit card to pay the £20 fee and also be able to provide the address (or addresses) of where you’ve been living over the past three years.

• Don’t forget your National Insurance number, passport number and driving licence number (if you have them).

• For your replacement driving licence photo, the DVLA will use an electronic copy of your existing passport photo if your photocard licence is due to expire within the next two years.

• If it isn’t, then the DVLA will send you a form so you can update the agency with a new photo for your licence.

• Once your application has been submitted, expect to wait a week for your new licence to arrive.

• Remember, if you find your lost licence in the meantime, you need to send it back to the DVLA.

• If you prefer, you can apply for a replacement licence by calling the DVLA or contacting them via post.

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Learners to be Allowed on Motorways from June

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The Driving & Vehicles Standards Agency has finally announced the date that learners will be able to head out on to UK motorways – June 4th.

Learners will only be allowed on to motorways if they are with an approved driving instructor (ADI) in a car fitted with dual controls. It means if an issue should arise during the motorway lesson, the ADI will be able to step in and take over quickly.

What the Change Means for Students
The DVSA says that motorway driving is strictly voluntary and will not be included in the driving test. Critically, it will be up to instructors to decide if they feel their students are ready to head out on to Britain’s busy network of motorways.

Remember though that until the new law comes into play, it is still illegal for a learner to drive on a motorway and, if you’re a trainee motorcyclist, you still won’t be allowed on to them after the new law is introduced.

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Bad Weather: Could Your Driving Test Or Lesson Be Cancelled?

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Find out what to do if you think your driving test or lesson is at risk of being cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

With the so-called Beast from the East currently causing misery on UK roads, Theory Test Pro offers a guide to the impact it and other adverse weather conditions can have on your your test or lessons, and whether bad weather could leave you out of pocket.

Adverse weather & your driving test
For the practical driving test, the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency has a clear policy – if the DVSA believes that it is unsafe to drive due to ice, fog, high winds or flooding, it will cancel tests. The question is how should you check if your test has been postponed? If you have any doubts, phone up the test centre on the day using the number found on your booking confirmation email.

If you’re doing your test in the morning, call them as soon as you get up. Alternatively, if your test is in the afternoon, call them late morning because weather conditions can change all the time. You may also want to call your instructor who has probably already phoned the centre to check that you’re good to go.

If your test is still going ahead, then make your way to the centre; remember though that your safety is of paramount importance to the DVSA, so if the weather has worsened by the time you arrive, the test could still be cancelled.

If your test is postponed, the DVSA will automatically book you in for a new test as soon as a slot becomes available. You won’t have to pay for the new test, though if your test is cancelled due to bad weather, out-of-pocket expenses can’t be claimed back.

The agency will send the details of the new test to you within three working days but it can take up to seven days if there is an extended period of bad weather. Remember, you can change the date of the new test if it is not convenient to your own schedule by heading here.

Finally, it’s worth bearing in mind that if for whatever reason you can’t get hold of someone at the test centre, you should still go along even if you feel the weather is too bad for testing; if you fail to turn up and your test wasn’t cancelled, you will likely be charged for a new test because you were a no-show.

DVSA has a duty of care when conducting driving tests. When we consider whether or not to go ahead with testing, our main priority is to make sure that it’s safe to do so for the candidate, other road users along the route, and the examiner.

We also want to give all candidates an equal chance to be assessed fairly, to prove they are capable of continuing to learn without further supervision. Letting them take their test in adverse weather conditions may disadvantage them.”

– Neil Wilson, Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency

Bad weather & your driving lessons

Like the DVSA, good driving instructors will have your best interests at heart and will want you, themselves and other road users to be as safe as possible when out on the road. If weather conditions are extreme and the police are advising drivers not to travel unless it’s absolutely necessary, your instructor should contact you to cancel your lesson and rebook it for another day at no extra cost to you.

Your instructor though could decide to take you out for a lesson in adverse weather as long as they – and the police – don’t believe conditions are dangerous. You may feel hesitant about heading out but it’s an excellent opportunity to attain invaluable experience; it means that the first time you experience driving in, say, snow, you won’t be on your own. Instead, you’ll have an expert sat next to you, guiding and advising you on how best to drive in such conditions.

Do bear in mind though that your instructor may not wish to take you out in adverse weather if they feel you don’t have enough confidence or experience yet to deal with road conditions that are out of the norm. If you have any queries, call your instructor; they will be happy to talk about your concerns and offer you their honest opinion about what your current abilities are and how best to proceed.

Finally, once you have qualified, we do recommend gaining more supervised driving in adverse conditions; consider taking a Pass Plus course (more details here) or if you really want to go for it, then check out the many extreme winter driving courses available; how does a spot of Lapland ice driving sound?

You’re going to have to [drive in snow] when you’ve passed, and it makes sense to learn how to do it now while you have the chance. A lot of people never see snow until they’ve passed their tests, then they don’t know what to do and end up crashing.”

– Entry from Diary of an ADI

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Why Vaping at the Wheel Could See Your Licence Go Up in Smoke

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Police are urging drivers to exercise caution when vaping while driving – or risk facing a ban.

With many people making the leap from smoking to vaping for health reasons, it could actually lead to terminal health problems for your driving licence. While vaping at the wheel is not illegal, you could be pulled over by police if they believe your use of a vaping device is potentially dangerous and distracting.

If convicted of driving without due care and attention, you can expect a heart-stopping three-to-nine points on your licence or a sudden and violent coughing fit when handed a fine of up to £2,500.

The problem isn’t with the vaping device itself, say police, but with the resulting vapour as users exhale after taking a long drag; the resulting vapour cloud can temporarily obscure the driver’s vision of the road ahead, which like sun glare, can ‘blind’ the driver for a moment, increasing the chances of a crash.

“The smoke caused by vapes are a distraction and the consequences of them can be dire; all it takes is a moment to become distracted and potentially cause a crash and even worse, a fatality,” says Sussex Road Policing Unit’s Sergeant Carl Knapp. “I strongly advise people to pay 100 per cent attention to the roads when driving as anything that takes that attention away has the potential for severe consequences”.

Stay legal when vaping
To ensure you remain legal while vaping in your car, the sergeant advises that you open your windows and blow the vapour directly out to ensure your vision remains unimpaired.

Road safety campaigners also agree with the police’s concerns; road safety charity Brake states that “vaping while driving increases your risk of crashing, causing visual disruption and physical and mental distraction. Attempting any type of activity that takes your eyes off the road increases your chances of causing a crash, and killing or seriously injuring someone.”

And with three million people now using e-cigarettes – and many of them qualified drivers – the police and Brake have a valid point, so be sure to vape safely when on the move by opening that window.

“We believe that drivers should always follow the rules set out by the highway code and must always exercise proper control of their vehicle and avoid any distractions, including vaping.”
– Department for Transport


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New Drivers Could Face Second Driving Test After Two Years


As part of a series of restrictions being considered by the Government, new drivers could face a new driving test two years after qualifying.

The Government is exploring a potential Graduated Driving Licence, which would see new drivers under the age of 24 facing serious restrictions. For two years after passing the driving test, they would:

• Not be able to drive after dark or drive cars with larger engines

• Not be able to drink alcohol before driving because of a lowered drink drive limit

• Have to take another test at the end of the two-year probation period.

The proposals are part of a push to tackle the number of deaths that occur on UK roads each year with 17-24 year-olds responsible for a quarter of all accidents that lead to death or serious injury.

The Prime Minister has stated that, “there are too many people who suffer a loss and tragedy at the hands of learner drivers and we will look at that”. While we suspect she means new drivers, not learner drivers who are supervised by a professional instructor or suitable adult, the Graduated Driving Licence still has serious ramifications for drivers who have just qualified.

But could there be a silver lining if the Graduated Driver Licensing proposal is given the green light? New drivers currently spend up to 10% of their earnings keeping their car insured but experts believe that the new style license could drive down insurance costs.

The idea behind these new plans is clear, and these measures should result in safer roads for all. While it may initially feel like a harsh restriction for new drivers, it’s worth considering that these limitations on their licences should reduce their insurance risk profiles, which could ultimately see the cost of their insurance reduce significantly.”
– Simon McCulloch,

The idea of a Graduated Driving Licensing system isn’t as outlandish as it might first seem either and would actually bring the UK in line with other countries such as the USA, Australia and New Zealand where drivers are unable to drive at night or drive with passengers who are under the age 25 unless there is someone older supervising. And according to Brake, the road safety charity, the changes can’t come soon enough.

“Young and novice drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of road crashes and the introduction of a comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing system is critical to reverse this trend,” said a spokesperson for the charity. “Brake is calling upon the Government to bring the UK’s licensing system in line with best practice worldwide, requiring a minimum of 10 hours professional tuition for learner drivers and introducing a novice licence, with restrictions in place for two years after passing the practical driving test.”

With the new driving test plus stricter penalties for mobile use when driving, it’s clear that the Government is determined to cut road deaths on UK roads – the question is are the new proposals going too far?

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Convicted! The Learner Who Tried to Cheat On His Theory Test

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A learner has been caught trying to use a Bluetooth device to cheat on his theory test, leading to concerns that such scams could be more widespread than previously thought.

Hoping to pass his theory test without putting in the hard work, chef Isa Yazgi, 23, tried to cheat on two separate occasions in 2016; the first time at a test centre in Kent, the second at one in Staffordshire. Using a Bluetooth earpiece connected wirelessly to a mobile phone, Yazgi successfully managed to slip the earpiece inside the test centre’s headphones on his first attempt but couldn’t get a signal; inevitably, he failed the test.

If At First You Don’t Succeed…
Yazgi tried the same technique again at the Staffordshire test centre but was caught by a member of staff after being spotted pulling something out from under his waistband before again slipping it inside the test centre’s headphones; a search revealed the earpiece and he was subsequently charged with fraud.

During the investigation, it transpired that the equipment was provided by a criminal gang as part of a theory test cheat service. If Yazgi had passed his theory test using the ‘service’, he would have been expected to pay £1,000 to the gang for the privilege. In court, the learner was subsequently given a 12-month community order plus 180 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay £185 in court costs plus an £85 victim charge.

It’s alarming that people are driving around who don’t understand the rules and the road signs. We have to send a signal out that this is not acceptable.”
– Magistrate chair Christopher Dalton

Isa Yazgi’s case highlights a growing concern at the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) that such cheat technology is becoming more prevalent. In 2016, the agency investigated 467 cases of fraud using Bluetooth technology, representing a 52% rise from the 308 investigations conducted in 2015. Thankfully, 50 people have been successfully prosecuted and served prison time since 2016 for attempting to cheat on their theory test. Such prosecutions will hopefully deter those who are tempted to try and cheat the system in the future.

We need evidence and we are changing the CCTV in the test centres to enable us to do that. I have to say that people who invigilate those tests are very good at picking out people with Bluetooth earphones. It is just the odd behaviour like scratching your ankle constantly because your mobile phone is in there.”
– Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive, who is planning to implement new measures to crack down on cheating.

Follow the Rules, Don’t Break Them
The theory test can be stressful enough for most of us – so ensure you are properly prepared. Do expect staff to check you for devices that may aid in test cheating such as headphones, bags or watches. If you are carrying anything that is regarded as a potential cheat risk, you will be asked to place the item in a secure locker and pick it up once the test is complete. Bear in mind that if you refuse to let staff check you, you will be barred from the test.

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