Changes to the Theory Element of the Driving Test


The Government has announced that the theory element of the driving test has changed – and it is particularly relevant to motorists with certain forms of disability. Ransome Mobility, who supply used wheelchair accessible vehicles to customers in Suffolk and throughout East Anglia, outline the key elements of the new test and how some disabled motorists stand to benefit.

The Current Theory Test

The theory test was first introduced in the UK in 1996. Drivers need to pass this test as well as the driving test before being issued with their Full UK Driving License.

The theory test includes 50 multiple choice motoring questions and a hazard perception test. This is in the form of a video clip showing a developing situation on the road requiring the driver to take some form of action, such as slowing down or changing direction.

Test candidates must also read a case study and answer five questions about it to demonstrate their understanding of the rules of the road.

The Changes to the Test

Instead of the written case study, test candidates will be shown a short, silent video clip. and answer three multiple-choice questions about it. To make matters easier, the clip can be played many times or paused on a specific section.

These changes take effect from 14 April 2020 and will apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What Stays the Same?

Drivers will still need to answer 50 motoring multiple-choice questions within 57 minutes. The pass rate is 86% (equivalent to 43 correct answers). The hazard perception test also remains the same – there are 14 CGI video clips with questions to answer.

Other elements relating to disabled motorists remain the same, so equipment such as sat-navs can be adjusted for your personal use. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you should still let your examiner and test centre know in advance.

The changes to the theory test will not apply to drivers of motorcycles, lorries, buses or coaches.

Who Will Benefit from the Changes?

The alterations to the case study element of the test will benefit drivers with a reading difficulty, learning disability or developmental condition such as autism.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Chief Examiner Mark Winn said: “Being able to drive can be life-changing, and the DVSA is committed to helping everyone access the opportunities that driving can offer.”

Used Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles from Ransome Mobility

Ransome Mobility find used wheelchair accessible vehicles to meet all disabled motorists’ needs in Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and across East Anglia.

We can fit a wide range of vehicle adaptations, including easy release handbrakes, steering wheel balls and twin flip accelerators. These driving aids are suitable for both able-bodied people as well as disabled drivers.

Follow the link to find out what vehicles we currently have in stock. If you can’t see what you are looking for, get in touch and we will use our contacts in the industry to find exactly what you want. All our vehicles are thoroughly checked before we make them available for sale and we offer a minimum six-month comprehensive warranty for additional peace of mind.

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