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Changes to HGV driving tests may not come in until end of March

  • 31 January 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Changes to practical driving test rules to allow drivers who pass their test in an automatic truck to receive manual entitlement may not come in until March, the DVSA has confirmed.

The agency (formerly Vosa and the Driving Standards Agency) anticipated that the new rules would come in January when the changes were revealed last year, but earlier this month said the legislation had been delayed.

A DVSA spokeswoman said: “We are working hard to introduce the change as soon as possible. There has been a small delay as the legislative process is taking slightly longer than expected, but we expect the change to come into force by end of March this year.”

Once in place, the change will allow new drivers who already hold a manual licence for a car, bus, or lorry with or without a trailer to receive manual entitlement on their HGV licence, even if they take their practical test in a vehicle with an automatic gearbox.

Existing drivers will also be able to exchange their licence for one with manual entitlement if they too hold a manual licence for another type of vehicle.


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