Should drivers have to retake their test to keep their licence?

Should drivers have to retake their test to keep their licence?

More than 11 million motorists think the driving test should be retaken every five years, according to research by Continental Tyres.

Retaking the test on a regular basis would improve road safety and help drivers get to grips with new automotive technologies, respondents said.

However, requiring a re-test every five years would mean that drivers may have to take the test at least 12 times during their lifetime -- with that number increasing if they fail.

Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres, said: "It is interesting that people would accept sitting their practical driving test every five years. It's good to see people recognise safety is important and that they understand there are a lot of automotive technologies to keep up with."

The survey of 2,000 motorists comes as changes to the test are introduced. From this month, people taking their driving test will have to perform new reversing manoeuvres, navigate using a sat nav device, and answer a vehicle safety question whilst driving. The 'independent driving' section of the test has also been doubled from 10 to 20 minutes.

Driving test examiners have expressed safety concerns over some of the changes, describing the new test as "rushed and badly designed".

When asked by researchers, almost half of people agreed that the driving test should be frequently updated to reflect new automotive technologies and changing driving practices.

The changes that drivers want to see are more safety-focused, such as including better understanding of the laws around mobile phones (64%), as well as how to do routine safety checks like tyre tread depth and tyre pressures (57%). Checking oil and other fluid levels were also rated as important.

Mark Griffiths added: "The findings are at odds with the confirmed changes to the driving test. Clearly people want safety prioritised -- like knowing more about the legal use of mobile phones when driving as well as other issues around driving practice."

Are you confident that you would pass your driving test if you took it again?


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Posted 14 December 2017 by Ellie Priestley

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