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Big changes to the Driving test here is everything you need to know



If you are a learner driver you might want to think about passing your driving test before December, Before they make some big changes to the driving test.

The Major changes will see a focus on drivers becoming more safe and independent on the roads which is not a bad thing.

Those who hate reversing round the corner will no longer be asked to do it during the test, so if you struggle December could be a good month for you. After all how many of you have actually reversed round corners since passing your test?

No more asking your dad to jump out and reverse the car out of the bay so you can get back home anymore as drivers will be required to do this before they can pass the test.

Those on the test will be required to park in a bay within a supermarket or shopping centre and then be required to reverse out of the bay.

To be honest it is something you’re going to need almost daily once you’ve passed your test.

Sat-navs are going to be another focus within the driving test and no longer looking at road signs for directions.

What are the four big changes?

1. More independent driving

Independent driving with a Sat-Nav will increase to 20 minutes from the current 10, you’ll be allowed to use a satnav or traffic signs.

However, you don’t get to decide the examiner will decide if he or she wants you to use road signs or the satnav.

2. Using a satnav

Standardised TomTom Start 52 model Satnavs will be used within the examinations, these will be introduced into the driving tests.

The examiner will provide the equipment and will set it up for the direction of travel.

Four out of Five people will be required to use the Satnav within the test.

3. Changes to manoeuvre

They’ve decided to bin the ‘reverse around the corner’ and the dreaded ‘turn-in-the-road’ these will no longer be tested however they will still be taught by your instructor as standard.

Instead, you’ll be tested on one of the three manoeuvres: Parrellel park at the side of the road, Parking in a bar and either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out and finally pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lenghts and rejoin the traffic.

That means you’ll be tested on one of the following three manoeuvres: parallel park at the side of the road; park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out; pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.

4. ‘Show me, tell me’ questions

The show me, tell me questions are changing and these will have more focus on car safety.

The ‘Tell Me’ questions will be asked at the start of the test, But the new ‘Show Me’ questions will be asked during the test.

Which means you could be driving along and the examiner will ask you to show me how to use the windscreen wipers.

So what isn’t changing?

They are keeping the pass mark exactly the same you won’t be allowed more than 15 faults and no serious or dangerous faults. If you manage that you’ll pass.

The test will still last 40 minutes and they’ve also decided to keep the cost the same.

The changes come into play for anyone taking their test from December 4th, 2017.

If you cancel or move your test or it is rescheduled after this date you’ll take it under the new changes.



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Large sea search underway after person falls off DFDS ferry



The RNLI and Coastguard are currently searching the sea by boat and air after reports that a person has fell overboard.

The Coastguard and police helicopter is also assisting in the search after a passenger ferry reported that a person had gone overboard 35 miles from land.

A large scale search and rescue operation is underway off the coast of Tyneside after a ferry passenger was reported missing.

Just after 12.15pm today, HM Coastguard was notified of a missing passenger on a DFDS ferry that was on route from the Netherlands to North Shields, Tyneside.

HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Humberside is currently searching the area with Lifeboats from six RNLI stations including Filey, Scarborough, Whitby, Hartlepool, Tynemouth and Blythe.

Police Hour understands that one passenger was unaccounted for once the ferry returned to Newcastle From Amsterdam.

His luggage was there but he was unaccounted for, it is not known at what point the man has gone missing on the ship.

A source close to the coastguard has told Police Hour it is believed a man feel over the side of the ferry.

A Mayday relay broadcast has also been issued by HM Coastguard to inform all vessels in the area.  Northumbria Police have also been informed.

The search is ongoing and we have no further information at this stage.



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Two teenagers killed and seven people seriously hurt on A61 North Yorkshire



Two teenage boys believed to be aged 17 have sadly died and seven people have been seriously injured, including two children following a multi-car crash in Thirsk.

The road traffic crash happened at 9.25pm on Wednesday on the A61 between Busby Stoop and Carlton Miniott near Thirsk.

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed that two boys were pronounced dead at the scene.

Five other people, including two children, were taken to hospital.

The crash involved three vehicles – a black Ford Focus, a black Vauxhall Corsa and a green Volkswagen Bora.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and in particular want to hear from any motorists with dash cams who were on the road in the area prior to the crash.

They are asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Team or email [email protected].

The road remains closed while the crash is investigated.



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Piglet requiring urgent medical attention has been stolen



Cleveland Police have launched an urgent appeal to locate a piglet requiring urgent medical attention.

A ten-week-old piglet in need of urgent medical attention has been stolen overnight (Sunday 4th March into Monday 5th March) from a barn at Stewart Park in Middlesbrough.

The piglet, which is described as a black ‘iron age’ piglet is the approximate size of a Jack Russell dog.

The female piglet had an operation yesterday (Sunday 4th March) and requires urgent antibiotics within 24 hours.

Officers would appeal for anyone with information or anyone who knows the whereabouts of the piglet to get in touch as a matter of urgency by calling Cleveland Police on 101.



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