DVSA streamlines lorry driver process

DVSA streamlines lorry driver process

DVSA revealed on 16 September some rules about learning to drive a lorry were going to change later in 2021.

It has now revealed the changes which have come into affect:

  • Staging requirements for lorry and bus licences
  • The off-road manoeuvres part of vocational driving tests being done by third-parties

Subject to Parliamentary processes, both changes will be introduced on Monday 15 November 2021.

The DVSA has updated the guidance on GOV.UK to outline how the changes will work. It includes information about what will need to be done for those who already have a provisional licence for category C and want a provisional CE licence.

The DVSA will continue to provide updates as it prepares for the changes next month.

Changes to car and trailer tests

As was revealed in September, there will also be updated rules about towing a trailer or caravan with a car, later in 2021.

The rules will mean that people who passed their car driving test from 1 January 1997 will be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM).

Subject to Parliamentary processes, this change will be introduced on Monday 15 November 2021.

There is updated guidance on GOV.UK about how the changes work.

Vocational trainer webinars

The DVSA will be holding a series of webinars for vocational trainers in October and November to update on:

  • Off-road manoeuvres
  • Staging
  • B+E changes being introduced
  • B+E accreditation scheme
  • MoD and new examiners
  • Skills boot camp (DfE)

An update will be provided on these meetings and information about when they will be held and how to book will also be announced.

For more information, click here.

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