Important Changes to the Practical Driving Test from September 2008
On all practical driving tests taken from 10 September 2008, an assessment will be made of a candidate’s ability to drive in a way that demonstrates recognition of the principles of ‘Eco safe driving’. Eco-safe driving is a recognised and proven style of driving that contributes to road safety whilst reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
Candidates who complete a driving test in any of the licence categories will receive feedback on their eco-safe driving skills as part of the debrief at the end of the test. They will also receive a fold out leaflet containing more detailed information to help them to drive in an economic and ecologically friendly manner.
A revised edition of the DL25 (Driving Test Report) will be introduced to include two Eco-safe competency headings:
- Control – always try and use the vehicle controls as smoothly as possible, with particular attention to: starting and moving away, accelerating, using gears, and driving at an appropriate speed. This reduces wear and tear on your vehicle and will help in reducing CO2 emissions.
- Planning – Reduce harmful emissions by anticipating road and traffic conditions, acting in good time, rather than reacting to them at the last moment, especially: showing hazard awareness and planning, making use of engine braking, and stopping the engine when appropriate.
The leaflet will give a more detailed explanation on the above points. Candidates will not fail their test because they do not demonstrate Eco-safe driving techniques because the government sees Eco-safe driving as a matter of public education.