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2012-01-24 07:57

NEW TEST RULES: Learner drivers in the UK will be forced to rely on their driving knowledge rather than memory recall.

Britain's Driving Instructors' Association has welcomed changes to the driving theory test which came into effect there on January 23, 2012.

The Driving Standards Agency decided that it would no longer use pre-published questions, an initiative designed to force candidates to think about applying the rules from the Highway Code and interpret the meanings of road signs, rather than learning the answers by rote.


Steve Garrod, DIA general manager, said: “Drivers' knowledge of the Highway Code has been on the decline since the theory test was first introduced in 1996. Very few people ever open a copy. Simply memorising answers to the theory test will not help anyone stay safe on increasingly busy roads and in congested traffic conditions

“The change is not so much to the test itself but to the way new drivers learn the theory. It is essential that all new drivers understand how to apply the theory to their driving, to be able to recognise hazardous situations and act accordingly, if they are to avoid becoming another accident statistic."

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