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September 2019

Long-range speed cameras launched to spot offences from 1km away

Gloucestershire Police trialled the system across 35 sites, detecting 1325 offences in a single month

Published on February 25, 2019

In order to spot driving offences up to two-thirds of a mile away and make better use of police time in the process, Gloucestershire Police trialled a camera system across 35 sites along the A417 in November of last year, spotting 1325 offences in total.
Some 1293 of the 1325 offences spotted by ‘the Long Ranger’ were of the speeding kind, with ten drivers caught driving in excess of 100mph, the highest being 126mph. And it’s not just speeding offences the cameras are capable of picking up, with tailgaters, mobile phone users, seat belt offenders and number plate infractions also on the agenda. From the month trial of the system, 52 warnings were given, 12 vehicles seized, a positive breath test was taken, one drugs wipe proved positive and one weapons seizure was also undertaken.

Gathering data from over 2000 drivers, the RAC found that 59 per cent were in favour of the new system, the majority of which stating that they’d like more mobile phone users to be punished for the offence. Others cited tailgating, middle-lane hogging and lack of seat belt use. However, catching speeders wasn’t a top priority for those favouring the system. Some 28 per cent of participants opposed the system and 13 per cent didn’t express an opinion. Forty four per cent of those opposing the system said they felt the long-range cameras were unfair as they can’t be seen in advance, while 35 per cent were concerned about privacy and 13 per cent quite simply didn’t want to be caught speeding.
RAC road safety spokesperson Pete Williams suggested the reason drivers support the cameras is because they ‘are used to speeding being enforced by a variety of means and are frustrated a similar focus is not employed to catch those they regularly see committing other motoring offences’.
Despite the system’s ability to catch drivers committing other offences and the public’s clear desire to have other laws more strongly enforced, Williams did go on to say that the camera’s ‘primary use will no doubt be to catch speeding drivers’.
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The UK public’s huge blind spot when it comes to road safety: tyres

British drivers are potentially putting themselves in danger over the winter months thanks to ignorance around tyre safety, according to analysis by AA Cars, the AA’s used car website
Published on September 26, 2019

  • (62%) of Brits guessed incorrectly or simply didn’t know the correct legal minimum tyre tread depth for cars in the UK
  • (56%) weren’t aware that the maximum fine for driving on worn-out tyres was £2,500 and three penalty points
  • These worrying statistics become even more pressing as the roads get more dangerous during the winter months
  • AA Cars warning to consumers as used cars sometimes sold with much older tyres fitted
Many UK drivers could find themselves facing legal trouble for their lack of knowledge – over half (62%) of Brits guessed incorrectly or simply didn’t know the correct legal minimum tyre tread depth for cars in the UK. Six in 10 (56%) also weren’t aware that the maximum fine for driving on worn-out tyres was £2,500 and three penalty points.
There’s further ignorance when it comes to used tyres, as 7% of motorists believe that used tyres are just as safe as new equivalents. As well as this, one in five (21%) drivers believe that most used tyres sold in the UK comply with regulations. In reality, the vast majority (98%) of secondhand tyres probably don’t.

One in five (19%) drivers have bought used tyres in the past and while 10% would never buy part-worns again, a further one in eight (13%) plan to do so in the future. A third (33%) of drivers believe that they are either more cost-effective than new ones or just don’t know whether new or used tyres offer better value.
AA Cars offers advice on checking the tyres when buying a new car:

  • Car buyers should be mindful that, in the past, nearly-new and used cars have been found to have been fitted with much older tyres.
  • Taking a look at the dot code on the sidewall of the tyre can give you an indication of how old the tyres are – the last four digits of this code can tell you, respectively, what week and year the tyre was created.
  • Since it’s often hard to discern whether tyres are up to scratch when you head down to the forecourt, the ‘20p test’ will help to establish – at a glance – the depth of tread left on the tyres; it’s also worth taking a pressure gauge, or asking for a gauge at the forecourt, to see if the car’s tyres are correctly inflated.

James Fairclough, CEO of AA Cars comments: “Despite some really effective campaigns from the likes of TyreSafe warning consumers about the dangers of secondhand tyres in recent years, it’s clear that a number of prevailing myths about part-worns continue to underpin their sales.
“The safety case for buying new tyres over used ones has been well-documented but drivers must understand the argument that part-worns offer better value for money is a fallacy too. Secondhand tyres might boast cheaper price points than new ones, but the tread left on these tyres is typically materially less, meaning you’ll be looking for yet more replacements in no time at all. It’s also worth considering that a large proportion of the secondhand stock in the UK actually fails to meet the minimum legal safety standards.
“If you see any bumps or bulges in the sidewall of the tyre, it’s important that you don’t drive away from the dealer, as these aren’t roadworthy and can be very dangerous to drive on. While some of these tyre deformities can be spotted straightaway, for extra peace of mind it might be worth considering a
pre-sale vehicle inspection since not all issues are immediately apparent.”

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Nearly 12,000 new drivers have licences revoked last year

Dozens of new drivers had their licence revoked on a daily basis in 2018, after reaching six penalty points

Published on September 16, 2019

Figures obtained by Brake – via a freedom of information request to the DVLA – show 11,953 drivers had their licence revoked under the New Drivers Act last year, an average of 33 per day.
The legislation means drivers who get six or more penalty points within two years of passing their test have their licence revoked.
If they wish to drive again, they are required to re-apply and pay for a new provisional licence and pass both theory and practical parts of the driving or riding test again.
Of those who had their licence revoked in 2018, drivers aged 17-24 years made up almost two thirds (62%) of the total.

Brake says these findings are ‘shocking’ and show that more needs to be done to ensure young drivers are safe on the roads.
The road safety charity is calling for the introduction of a comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system across the UK.
This system would include a 12-month learner period, an initial test, and then a two-year novice period when drivers can drive independently but with restrictions – such as a late-night driving curfew.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “It’s shocking that so many new drivers are racking up enough penalty points to have their licences revoked so soon after passing their test, in particular those in the 17-24 age bracket.

“It clearly demonstrates that we need to make our licensing system more robust so that when a driver passes their test, they have all the necessary tools and knowledge to drive safely on all roads and in all conditions.
“The Government’s announcement that they will explore the issue of GDL further is welcome.
“Swift and decisive action must, however, be taken to introduce GDL across the UK, as a priority to ensure new drivers have the skills and experience they need and to end the tragedy of young people dying on our roads.”
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Young drivers at increased risk of accidents as more spend time away from the road after passing test

New research released today reveals more than a quarter (28%) of young drivers believe they have had a road accident as a result of spending a significant time away from the wheel after passing their driving test.

Published on June 28, 2019

  • Research reveals over a quarter of young drivers have had a road accident due to a prolonged break from driving post-test
  • A quarter (26%) have spent over six months away from the road since passing their test
  • Two thirds (67%) believe regular access to a car after getting their licence would make them a safer driver
  • Marmalade launches campaign with IAM RoadSmart to highlight the dangers of extended periods of time away from driving
The study commissioned by Marmalade, a leading provider of cars and insurance for young drivers, shows that over a quarter (26%) of drivers under 30 have spent six months or longer without driving after passing their test, which the insurer warns is leading to a higher risk of accidents.
The poll suggests that the time spent away from the road is having an adverse effect on young drivers’ confidence and abilities on the road. Nearly a quarter (24%) said their confidence had been knocked as a result of time away from the wheel, while the same number (25%) thinks they have become a more hesitant driver.
Nearly one in five (18%) are reluctant to drive long distances while 14 per cent said they were now nervous taking passengers. One in twenty (4%) went as far as saying they were a more dangerous driver as a result of their break from driving.
Figures show that the cost of driving is a significant contributor to young drivers taking an extended break from behind the wheel. Over a third (34%) cited the cost of access to a car, including purchase and insurance, as the main reason for their absence from the road.
New drivers are in agreement that regular driving is essential to becoming more confident behind the wheel, with two thirds (67%) stating that regular access to a car after getting their licence is essential to making them a safe driver.

In response to the findings Marmalade has partnered with road safety charity IAM RoadSmart, to raise awareness of the dangers that spending a significant time away from the wheel soon after passing a driving test can bring.
Crispin Moger, CEO for Marmalade comments: “This study shows there is a clear – and worrying – correlation between young drivers taking an extended break from the road and the likelihood of having an accident. With more than a third of young drivers citing cost as the main reason for time off the road, insurance providers have a clear responsibility to help more young people get behind the wheel after their test. This time is crucial for developing their confidence and ability, which ensures the safety of themselves and other road users”.
Peter Rodger, Head of Driver Advice, IAM RoadSmart adds:
“It’s only through regular exposure to different road types, traffic volumes and weather conditions that young drivers learn how their car responds and their own capabilities behind the wheel. Getting this practice early on is key to becoming a better driver and really does save lives”.
He continues:
“That’s why IAM RoadSmart is working with Marmalade to raise awareness of the importance of new drivers being given access to affordable driving experience. It’s refreshing to see someone from the insurance industry breaking the catch 22 of young drivers needing to gain experience without being priced off the road”.
Recognising that young people needed more options to get affordable driving experience if they are without their own car, Marmalade has launched Named Young Driver Insurance.
Named Young Driver Insurance provides an alternative to getting added as a named driver or purchasing repeated short-term insurance policies and means new drivers to drive a parent’s car without affecting their parent’s No Claims Discount, while allowing them to earn their own No Claims Discount. From more information visit:

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This is what the law says Brits involved in a crash must do

Drivers who crash on UK roads must follow a series of strict legal requirements to ensure incidents can be accurately reported and dealt with
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Published on June 25, 2019

Motoring experts from have highlighted the steps drivers who are involved in a collision must follow, to avoid adding legal trouble to potential injury.
Once the safety of all road users has been secured and the emergency services have been called for if needed, the law is clear on what Brits involved in a crash must do next.
If damage or injury is caused to another person, vehicle, animal or any property, section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it the obligation of any driver to stop, report an accident and provide any necessary information or documents.
The name and address of both the driver and the registered vehicle owner must be given to anyone who might need to know, such as others involved in the incident and police or ambulance crews.
These details must be exchanged immediately, at the time of the collision, or handed to the police as soon as possible but within a maximum of 24 hours.
Brits involved in a crash should also ensure any relevant parties have noted down the correct registration number of their vehicle.
If another road user is injured as a result of a collision Brits are involved in, a valid insurance certificate must be produced immediately too.

This should be shown to an attending police officer or anyone who has reasonable grounds to require it.
If a driver is not in possession of their insurance documents at the time of a collision which causes injury, the incident must be reported to the police as soon as possible and within a day.
Motorists have up to a maximum of seven days from a significant crash occurring to send their insurance certificate to the police.
It’s also advisable to make any notes about the causes, timeline and consequences of a collision while they’re fresh in your mind.
The driving experts recommend taking photographs too, if you have a suitable device and it’s safe to do so.
Tim Alcock from said: “If you’re involved in a collision while behind the wheel, your first and foremost priority should be to make sure everyone involved is safe.
“Where possible, you should move your vehicle off the road, get out, and call the emergency services immediately if they’re required.

“Once the scene is secure, the longstanding law clearly outlines that relevant details and documentation must be provided to anyone who might reasonably require them, as soon as you possibly can.
“This can include a police officer and anyone else with an involvement in the incident. They’ll need your name and address, that of the vehicle owner too if it isn’t you, and the vehicle’s registration number.
“A valid insurance certificate must also be made available too – to both the police and other parties.
“If you don’t have it on you at the time of the incident, it should be handed in to the police within a week of a collision occurring.
“If another road user was injured, the collision must be reported to the police within 24 hours of it occurring.
“We also recommend gathering and sharing as much information as you can about any collision you’re involved in.
“Note down any details about how a crash happened while they’re still fresh in your mind and take some photographs of the scene of the incident, if it’s safe to do so.”

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Top 13 In-Car Essentials: What New Drivers Must Keep in their Car

by Adam Phillips 13 June 2014 - 3 Min Read
If you’re a new driver, you need to be prepared in case the worst happens when out on the road.

All-Year Round Essentials
1. Tyre Pressure Gauge
Low tyre pressures are a menace; they diversely affect handling and increase fuel consumption so check pressures in an instant wherever your travels take you.
Fully-Charged Mobile Phone
… with an in-car charger; we’re always getting caught on the hop with our spangly smartphones when the battery decides to shed its power more quickly than expected. A hands-free kit is strongly recommended too.
First Aid Kit
From plasters to bandages and everything in between, a proper first aid kit is essential because you never know what lies around that next corner.
Road Atlas
Remember those strange contraptions made from something known as ‘paper’? Even in this brave new ‘digitally-empowered’ age, they remain essential if your sat nav or phone fail. So always keep a ‘hard copy’ of the road ahead.
Jumper Cables
Because that car battery can fail to start your pride and joy at the most inopportune of moments.
Hi Vis Clothing
You’ve broken down and waiting for the AA (did you remember to keep their contact card in your wallet?). Be safe and be seen with a vest plus put out a reflective warning triangle so traffic knows that there’s a problem up ahead.
… loaded with fresh batteries. Or invest in a wind-up variant so you never need rely on Duracell again.
In Case of an Accident
It’ll make for an interesting collection in your glovebox/strapped to your passenger footwell but ensure you have a fire extinguisher, seat belt cutter and window breaker.
Car Manual
Most of us keep them stuffed in the glove box, never to be looked at unless there is a sudden need to remember correct tyre pressures. But they’re a treasure trove of other vital information such as the right oil and coolants to use – so never remove the manual from your car.

“Driving in a Winter Worryland”
The snowy season brings its own unique brand of misery to British roads. Ensure you’re fully stocked up with the right stuff to deal with, well, the white stuff when winter rolls round again.
Emergency blankets/Thermal blankets
If you’re unlucky enough to breakdown on a cold night, it can be very uncomfortable (or in worst case scenarios, deadly). Always ensure you can wrap up and keep warm until help arrives.
Emergency Tools
Consider buying a foldable snow shovel and ice scraper plus a pair of good gloves so you can actually hold them in freezing weather. Consider going pro with emergency beacons that feature not only flashing red LEDs that can be seen by other drivers from 500 yards away, but also offer built-in seatbelt cutters and glass hammers.
Emergency Food & Thermos
If broken down or stuck, you don’t know how long it might be before help arrives so ensure you have food to snack on (no, not a bag of Haribo) and preferably a warm drink to take the edge off the cold.
Emergency Snow Busters
Cardboard, de-icing salt, or even a bag of cat litter; find yourself stuck with your wheels spinning on ice and you have a handy solution. Also consider snow chains or, if your budget can stretch to them, a set of winter tyres.

Safety on smart motorways

Highways England has released the following statement to the media in relation to recent commentary about the safety performance of smart motorways

Due to the recent media backlash on the safety of smart motorways – Highways England has responded with the following:
Chief Highway Engineer Mike Wilson said:
“Motorways in this country are among the very safest roads in the world. Highways England would never carry out a major improvement scheme without being confident that we would maintain or enhance this position.
“Evidence indicates that smart motorways are helping to improve safety. The first nine of the latest generation of smart motorways have reduced casualty rates by more than 25 per cent.
“Smart motorways are good for drivers, adding vital extra lanes to some of our busiest motorways and making journeys safer and more reliable. As with other roads, we monitor the safety performance of smart motorways and are rolling out enhancements to improve the road user experience.”
Driving on a smart motorway is simple and intuitive, and are no different from other roads. The main things to remember are:
  • keep left unless overtaking
  • do not drive under a Red X
  • stick within the speed limit
  • know what to do if you break down.
There is more information available on safe motorway driving on our website.
We are also working closely with recovery operators to operate safely on smart motorways; 
view our advice.
Smart motorways are designed with safety in mind, to be at least as safe as the conventional motorways they replace. Our evidence shows that they are reducing casualty rates:
  • a risk assessment of the design for the latest generation of smart motorways estimated an overall 18 per cent reduction in risk compared to a conventional motorway
  • the evidence indicates that, since opening, across nine ‘all lane running’ schemes the casualty rate has reduced by 28 per cent.
  • this figure is based on three years’ data from two smart motorway schemes on the M25 and one year of data from seven other schemes across the country.
The hard shoulder is not a safe place – more than a hundred people are killed or injured on the hard shoulder every year, and people stopping on them unnecessarily is an issue. Smart motorways effectively eliminate this risk.
Smart motorways have emergency areas a maximum of 1.5 miles apart – around 75 seconds of driving. They have emergency telephones and are wider than hard shoulders to enable drivers to get further away from traffic.
Feedback from road users show a clear majority feel confident driving on a smart motorway, and that they are safer and improve journey times. The watchdog, Transport Focus, recently published the Strategic Roads User Survey for 2018/19 and reported that 94% of people feel safe on motorways.
There has been comment in some media outlets about smart motorways increasing risk by 216%. This is incorrect – smart motorways were predicted to reduce safety risk compared to conventional motorways and evidence has demonstrated this prediction to be correct:
  • the figure is an estimate made before the schemes were built and relates to one specific hazard relating to the risk associated with stopping in a live lane when there is little traffic.
  • this is one of over 140 hazards that exist on a motorway when driving. Other includes, driving too fast, driver fatigue and the risks associated with hard shoulders.
  • many of these hazards are reduced by the introduction of smart motorways, but as we have always said the risk around stopping in a live lane increases, but this represents less than 5% of the overall risk of driving on a smart motorway.
  • this same analysis showed that overall there would be around an 18% reduction in risk – this has been shown in practice with a reduced casualty rate with completed schemes of 28%
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Attention deficit – Millions of drivers causing road collisions when using mobile phones

New research reveals that over 2.7 million drivers have had a collision or veered off the road in the last two years because they were distracted by their mobile phone
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Published on August 1, 2019

  • Nearly 2.7 million drivers had a collision or veered off road when distracted by mobile phone
  • 24% of drivers still reading texts when driving despite it being illegal
  • Kwik Fit launches interactive game to highlight the distracting effect of mobiles and their impact on reaction times
New research reveals that over 2.7 million drivers have had a collision or veered off the road in the last two years because they were distracted by their mobile phone.
The new study for Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair company, found that of these drivers, just over one million had collided with another car while their attention was diverted from the road. A further 4% of motorists, some 1.8 million drivers, have been involved in a collision in the last two years because another driver was distracted by their phone.

Despite the frequency of mobile phone distractions ending in collisions, and the fact that the use of phones without a handsfree set is illegal, many drivers seem unable to resist the lure of their screen.  A quarter of motorists (24%) admit to reading texts when driving, while one in five (20%) confess to sending them.  Texting is just one of the distractions from phones – the most common reasons people give for using their phone at some point while driving are to take a call on speaker (44%), make a call on speaker (41%) and use the GPS or satnav (40%).
Kwik Fit found that men are more likely to use their mobile for any reason while driving than women – for instance male drivers are 45% more likely than female motorists to have read a text while behind the wheel (28.2% vs 19.5%).  This difference in attitude is highly likely to be a factor in the numbers of drivers who have had a crash – 1.7million men have had a collision or veered off the road in the last two years while distracted by their mobile, compared to 970,000 women.
The study also highlighted the danger younger drivers are putting themselves in, as well as other road users.  Kwik Fit found that an astonishing 18% of drivers aged 18-34 admitted to having had a collision or veering off the road while distracted by their phone, compared with 0% for drivers aged 55 or over.  Drivers aged 18-34 are six times as likely to have read a text while driving, and almost 13 times more likely to have sent one than those 55 and over.

Kwik Fit has launched an interactive game on its website to highlight how using a mobile phone when driving affects a motorist’s reaction times. People are invited to see first-hand how being distracted by a mobile phone can increase reaction times and cause serious risk to road safety.
Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: “It is alarming to see that so many motorists are still risking their lives and those of others by using mobile phones behind the wheel. There are already so many other distractions on the road that it is vital that drivers pay attention and remain focussed at all times.
“The aim of our game is to demonstrate how easy it is to lose focus when interacting with a phone when driving. We hope people will try this out and realise the danger they are putting themselves and others in and quit using their phone while operating a car.”
Griggs continued: “So many things can happen on the road but unfortunately we can’t prepare for everything so concentration is key. We encourage drivers to keep their cars maintained to ensure they are safe as possible, but ultimately, the most important feature in the safety of any vehicle is the one behind the wheel.”
To try the Kwik Fit Driven to Distraction game click
For the latest news and updates from Kwik Fit, customers can also follow the company on Twitter at

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The law around drug driving – and the 9 prescription drugs that could get you arrested for it

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Published on January 25, 2019

Eight people a day on average are disqualified for driving under the influence of drink or drugs, new Ministry of Justice data has revealed.
And while many people are aware of the law regarding alcohol consumption and getting behind the wheel – chances are, they know considerably less about the rules around driving after taking prescription or illegal drugs.
The latest available figures show that 114 motorists in Wales were disqualified for driving under the influence of controlled drugs above the allowed limit in 2016/17 – with 28 of these occurring in North Wales.
Across England and Wales, 1,307 were disqualified for this, whilst a further 6,680 were penalised for other offences related to drink or drug driving.
Samuel Nahk, senior public affairs officer for road safety charity Brake, said: “Driving over the alcohol limit or under the influence of drugs is illegal and extremely dangerous behaviour with potentially devastating consequences.
“Brake is calling for zero tolerance of drink and drug driving and demanding that the Government lowers the drink drive limit; prioritises the type-approval of roadside screening devices that can detect all banned drugs; and steps up roads policing levels to deter offending.”
So what prescription medicines can get you arrested? And what powers do the police have?
The power of the police
The police have the power to stop motorists and make “field impairment assessments”, if they suspect a driver is on drugs.
This involves a series of tests, such as asking the motorist to walk in a straight line as well as the use of a roadside drug kit.
You could be charged with a crime if you fail the tests.
Prescription medicines
In England and Wales, it’s illegal to drive with legal drugs – prescription or over-the-counter medicines – in your body if it impairs your driving.
It’s also an offence to drive whilst over the specified limits of certain drugs, even if your driving isn’t affected.
And motorists can also be penalised if they haven’t been prescribed the medicine.
government advises discussing your ability to drive with your doctor if you’ve been prescribed any of the following drugs:
  • amphetamine, eg dexamphetamine or selegiline
  • clonazepam
  • diazepam
  • flunitrazepam
  • lorazepam
  • methadone
  • morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs, eg codeine, tramadol or fentanyl
  • oxazepam
  • temazepam
Car insurer also warns that hayfever medications such as chlorphenamine, hydroxyzine and promethazine, may also cause problems when driving.
Known to cause drowsiness, these medications shouldn’t be taken when planning on driving – or any other drugs which “may cause drowsiness.”
The penalties for drug driving
Those convicted of driving under the influence of drugs face multiple penalties.
They’ll receive a minimum 1 year driving ban, as well as an unlimited fine.
You may also face up to 6 months in prison, with the conviction on your criminal record.
A drug driving conviction will also appear on your driving licence for 11 years – so if you drive for work, an employer will see your conviction.
Anyone who causes death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs will be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison.
Being convicted of the crime may also affect your insurance costs, as well potentially causing trouble if travelling to countries like the USA.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Intoxicated drivers can ruin lives which is why we intend to give courts the power to hand down life sentences for death by dangerous driving – sending a clear message to those who drive irresponsibly.”

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Driving and riding lessons and tests – National lockdown

You can read more about the lockdown measures on GOV.UK
Driving and riding lessons
Driving and riding lessons, including CBT must not take place until the restrictions are lifted. This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.
Driving and riding tests
All driving and riding tests have been suspended from 5 January until the restrictions are lifted.
We'll email candidates who are affected by this to let them know we will reschedule their test.
If you have booked a test for any of your pupils you will receive an email to let you know it will be rescheduled to a new time and date. You will need to contact your pupil to let them know.
We’ll then send you an email with the new time and date as soon as possible; please ask your pupils to be patient.
If the new time and date is not suitable for you or your pupil, you can choose a different time and date on GOV.UK. You will need your pupil’s driving licence number to do this. Your pupil does not need to pay again to do this.
Theory tests
All theory tests will be suspended until the restrictions are lifted.
We will email anyone who has booked a test and is affected by this to let them know their theory test is on hold and that they will need to reschedule it by visiting
If you booked your pupil’s theory test you will need to log into the booking system and rearrange their test for a new date and time.
More information
You can find what financial support is available to you on GOV.UK.
Check GOV.UK for the latest about:
theory tests
driving tests
instructor guidance
On 4 January, the government announced a new national lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus.

Revealed: Top 8 Most Failed Theory Test Questions

by Brady Myles 3 August 2019 - 2 Min Read
Theory Test Pro has dived into its results database to uncover the most failed theory test questions.

Test your own Highway Code knowledge by checking if you know the answers to the top questions our users fail to get right when practising. The correct answers are listed at the bottom of this blog post. Good luck!
1. Safety Margins
“Overall stopping distance is made up of thinking distance and braking distance. You’re on a good, dry road surface, with good brakes and tyres. What’s the typical braking distance from 50 mph?”
a) 14 metres (46 feet)
b) 24 metres (80 feet)
c) 38 metres (125 feet)
d) 55 metres (180 feet).

2. Rules of the Road
“Where may you overtake on a one-way street?”
a) Only on the left-hand side
b) Overtaking isn’t allowed
c) Only on the right-hand side
d) On either the right or the left.

3. Rules of the Road
“When can you park on the right-hand side of a road at night?”
a) When you’re in a one-way street
b) When you have your sidelights on
c) When you’re more than 10 metres (32 feet) from a junction
d) When you’re under a lamppost.

4. Accidents
“A casualty isn’t breathing normally and needs CPR. At what rate should you press down and release on the centre of their chest?”
a) 10 times per minute
b) 120 times per minute
c) 60 times per minute
d) 240 times per minute.

5. Alertness
“What should you do before making a U-turn?”
a) Give an arm signal as well as using your indicators
b) Check road markings to see that U-turns are permitted
c) Look over your shoulder for a final check
d) Select a higher gear than normal.

6. Motorway Rules
You’ve broken down on a motorway. In which direction should you walk to find the nearest emergency telephone?
a) With the traffic flow
b) Facing oncoming traffic
c) In the direction shown on the marker posts
d) In the direction of the nearest exit.

7. Safety Margins
In good conditions, what’s the typical stopping distance at 70 mph?
a) 53 metres (175 feet)
b) 60 metres (197 feet)
c) 73 metres (240 feet)
d) 96 metres (315 feet).

8. Vulnerable Road Users
Where should you never overtake a cyclist?
a) Just before you turn left
b) On a left-hand bend
c) On a one-way street
d) On a dual carriageway.

The Answers
1. C – 38 metres (125 feet)
2. D – on either the right or the left
3. A – when you’re in a one-way street
4. B – 120 times per minute
5. C – look over your shoulder for a final check
6. C – in the direction shown on the marker posts
7. D – 96 metres (315 feet)
8. A – just before you turn left.