HGV Practical Test to Change
The HGV Practical test (Driver CPC module) 3 is changing. From October 4th 2010 the practical HGV driving test will include a 10 minute section where trainees must drive independently (*unaided by the examiner). The Driving Standards Agency DSA want to ascertain the trainees ability to think and judge traffic situations independently and make correct decisions based on the circumstances as they appear on route. According to the DSA it is not a test on navigation or route planning (although you cannot use a SatNav to help you).
So during your test you’ll have to drive independently by either following a series of directions, traffic signs or a combination of both. To help you understand where you’re going, the examiner may show the trainee a diagram.
If, for example you take a wrong turn you will not be penalised for this as long as it does not constitute a minor, major or serious fault (enter a no entry road, mount a kerb etc.)
* If the trainee asks for a reminder of the directions, the examiner will confirm them to the trainee.
* If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give the trainee directions until he or she can see the next traffic sign – The trainee wont need to have a detailed knowledge of the area.