The Driving Test Changes 2017

The driving test changes 2017 


The driving test will change from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres.

Blackpool Driving Instructor Bispham Roundabout

A Blackpool driving instructor witnesses another car passed him going the wrong way on Bispham Roundabout in Blackpool. 

Bispham roundabout

The driving instructor said that he was "very surprised" to see the car approach him while he was teaching a learner driver to negotiate Bispham roundabout.

The video footage, captured by the driving instructor's camera, a small white car can be seen driving dangerously the wrong way around the roundabout.

Watch the video of the incident here -


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£200 fine and 6 penalty points for using mobile while driving

£200 fine and 6 penalty points for using mobile while driving

Blackpool driving School

New rules will come into effect in March 2017 which will increase the number of penalty points from three to six and the size of the fine drivers receive when caught using their mobilebehind the wheel will increase from £100 to £200.

Blackpool and Lancashire Police have began a crackdown on road users using their mobile phones whilst driving. The crackdown will include patrols using unmarked vans, high vantage points and helmet cameras, as well as community spotters to inform of hotspots and repeat offenders to police.

So with the fine rising from £100 to £200 and penalty points increasing from three to six. The Government have also set out proposals that will see motorists who cause death while on a mobile phone face much tougher sentences.

Jailed for using mobile phone while driving 

A 30-year old lorry driver has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment  after being convicted of causing the deaths of a mother and three children in a crash on the A34 while he was using his mobile phone.


The new 2017 UK Driving Test

The New 2017 UK Driving Test

Blackpool Driving Test Centre

You've probably heard the rumours about a new driving test that will come into play in April 2017. Well, the rumours are true and although the DVSA haven't given an exact date for the new driving test changes to commence we can reveal what changes are likely to take place;

Follow Sat Nav Instructions for Approx 20 Minutes

For approximately  20 minutes of the driving test you will be asked to follow directions given to you from a Satellite Navigation System. This is being done to make the test feel more realistic. The sat nav will be provided and the driving  examiner, The examiner will always be ready to step in and direct you verbally due to a possible technical malfunction.

Two New manoeuvres

Instead of performing  a turn in the road (three point turn) or reversing around a corner you will be asked to complete one of two new manoeuvres or parallel parking.

  • Drive forwards into a parking bay in a public car park and then reverse out
  • Pull up on the right of the road, reverse a short distance and then rejoin traffic

Show Me Tell Me Question Asked Whilst Candidate is Driving

You’ll be asked do the show me part of show me/tell me on the move. For example you could be asked to demonstrate how to wash the windscreen or operate the heater while you are driving. This is currently done at the start of the test when the car is stationary.


Other possible changes for the future

You can read more on the possible changes below mentioned on the official government site by visiting this link

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Taxi Driver Jailed for Dangerous Driving

Taxi Driver Jailed for Dangerous Driving

One of the hassles of not being able to drive is having to get buses or taxis to places, If we do get a taxi we expect our driver to be a safe driver and not drive dangerously like Taxi Driver  Kieran Mckechnie from Liverpool who drove through Liverpool at speeds of up to 80mph after learning his partner was seeing another man.

The taxi driver who is aged 28, took his Vauxhall Astra on the two-mile driving spree from Boundary Road in Kirkdale, before smashing into a stationary car at the junction of Breeze Hill and Southport Road.

Judge Norman Wright told him: “This is appalling, disgraceful driving over two miles in speeds that approached 80mph, and were still greatly excessive in 30mph residential areas.

He sentenced him to 12 months in prison and banned him from driving for 31 months.

Watch the video here