Skip advert
Advertisement

Learners can have driving test cancelled if car is dirty, warns DVSA

Cars used in driving tests must be cleared of any rubbish and have their controls wiped down

Dirty car

Driving tests will be cancelled if learners turn up with a dirty car, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has warned.

Under rules imposed to stop the spread of Covid-19, any car to be used in a practical driving test must have any rubbish removed from its dashboard, footwells, door pockets, cup holders and seats.

Furthermore, the learner or their instructor must wipe down the car’s dashboard and physical controls before the test commences, after which the examiner will conduct an additional clean of some surfaces.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The DVSA says that, if these steps are not taken, the test will not go ahead so as not to risk public safety.

The news comes after a widely reported case of a 17-year-old girl in Blackpool who had her practical test cancelled before it had even begun when the examiner refused to get into the passenger seat because of the presence of rubber filings in the interior. These were thought to have come from where the girl’s instructor had rubbed something out in his notebook.

Despite England having moved back to Covid ‘Plan A’ under the latest Government guidance, the DVSA is still requiring learner drivers to wear a face covering for the duration of their test unless they are exempt, and to have at least one window open on each side of the car.

The organisation did say, however, that it would review its rules in light of the latest Government guidance.

Click here for our practical driving test tips...

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio 2024 twin test: hybrid supermini battle
Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio E-Tech - front tracking
Car group tests

Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio 2024 twin test: hybrid supermini battle

With more and more electrified rivals arriving, Toyota has given its hybrid-only Yaris a facelift. We put it up against Renault’s class-leading Clio.
13 Apr 2024
'The cure for slow electric car sales is simple - lower prices'
Mike Rutherford opinion - Skoda Enyaq tracking shot
Opinion

'The cure for slow electric car sales is simple - lower prices'

Mike Rutherford thinks the prices of electric cars is the number one thing deterring consumers from making the switch
14 Apr 2024
New Volkswagen Golf 2024: facelifted hatchback icon on sale from 11 April
Facelifted Volkswagen Golf - front static
News

New Volkswagen Golf 2024: facelifted hatchback icon on sale from 11 April

The eighth-generation Golf has been given a mid-life refresh - just in time for the model’s 50th birthday
9 Apr 2024