Changes to Driving Test 21 November 2013

Changes will start to be made to some driving test rules for motorcyclists, lorry, bus and coach drivers from January 2014.

The changes will come into effect from January 2014

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has published a response to the public consultation about these changes that ran earlier this year.

Lorry, bus and coach drivers

The main changes affecting lorry, bus and coach drivers will be:

  • Removing the need to use a vehicle with 8-forward gear ratios for large test vehicles (category C)
  • Allowing people who take a lorry or bus test (category C and D) in an automatic vehicle to get manual entitlement for those vehicles, if they already have a manual entitlement for cars, lorries or buses, with or without trailers (category B, B+E, C, C+E, C1, C1+E, D, D+E, D1+E)