Filmed video clips are currently used to test candidates’ reactions to developing hazards on the road. The scenarios in these clips are still relevant, but the image quality isn’t as clear or defined as modern digital technology allows.
The first new clips show the same situations as the filmed clips, but are clearer on the screen and include updated vehicles, roads and surroundings to reflect modern day driving.
Reflects the realities of modern day driving
DVSA Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, said:
“Using CGI clips in the hazard perception test will allow us to present clearer, more up to date situations, ensuring the test fully reflects the realities of modern day driving.”
DVSA worked with Nottingham University’s Accident Research Unit to trial the CGI clips. Research Fellow, Dr Peter Chapman, said:
“In our research we found that CGI clips retained all the benefits of traditional videos in discriminating between good and bad candidates, whilst allowing a more attractive, flexible, and up-to-date test."
In the future
CGI will also allow for a wider range of hazards, for example including situations with vulnerable road users like children or cyclists and a range of driving conditions, such as night time driving or bad weather.
Read the full story on GOV.UK and watch an example clip
Updates and advice to motorists on abolition of the counterpart to the photocard driving licence.
From 8 June 2015, the photocard licence counterpart will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.
What this means for you
Photocard driving licence holders:
When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart, you should destroy yours but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.
You’ll still be able to use the counterpart driving licence to change your address with DVLA. You can also change your address online.
Paper driving licence holders (those issued before 1998)
These will remain valid, and should not be destroyed. From 8 June 2015 endorsements/penalty points will no longer be recorded on these driving licences. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can checked online, by phone or post.
The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.
Entitlements/penalty points and the status of your driving licence won’t change
Organisations and businesses that check the driving licence counterpart
DVLA is developing new digital enquiry services for launch later this year that will allow organisations and businesses (such as employers and car hire companies) to view information they can currently see on the driving licence counterpart.
These new services will be offered in addition to the existing services, but are designed for those who have a business need for real-time access to the information, and may not wish to call DVLA or be in a position to use an intermediary.
Driving licence information via these services will only be made available to those who have a right to see it, and with the knowledge of the driving licence holder.
DVLA stakeholders and commercial customers can keep up to date with developments of these services through following our blog on GOV.UK.
Why is the counterpart being abolished?
The decision to abolish the counterpart was as a result of the government’s Red Tape Challenge consultation on road transportation. It also aligns toDVLA’s Strategic Plan which includes commitment to simplifying our services.
The counterpart (or D740) was introduced in 1998 as part of the photocard driving licence to display information that could not be included on the photocard. This includes provisional driving entitlement categories and current endorsements/penalty points.
Driving: the essential skills - 2015 edition
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency sent this bulletin at 05-01-2015 09:13 AM GMT
Driving: the essential skills - 2015 edition
The new 2015 edition of 'The Official DVSA Guide to Driving: the essential skills' is available to buy now.
Help from approved driving instructors (ADIs) and customer feedback was used in this first revamp by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
The new edition also includes:
- a new focus on the behavioural, mood and state of mind factors that affect driving
- new information on vehicle maintenance and security, economic and environmental driving and smart motorways
- a new design and structure
- improved photographs and illustrations
Beneficial to all
Sometimes referred to as 'the driving instructor's bible', this guide is designed to make driving a car or light van more efficient, economical, enjoyable and safe.
Everyone can benefit from it, whether they are a learner, an experienced driver or professional driver.
If you're an approved driving instructor, you can claim a 25% discount using the promotional code ADI1:
- online: quote the code at the 'checkout'
- over the telephone: call 01603 696979