Changes to driving test announced

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is set to introduce changes to the driving theory test, in a bid to help candidates prepare for "real life on the road".

Currently, learner drivers benefit from the multiple choice questions and answers, which are published beforehand.

But from next year onwards, those taking the theory section of the test will not be able to memorise the answers.

From September 2011, the DSA will change the format of books and other learning materials offered to people interested in learning to drive.

From early 2012, DSA will create theory tests with the help of unpublished questions.

However, practice questions and answers - which are not included in theory tests - will still be available for candidates.

The move is announced after last month's decision to stop publishing driving test routes in advance.

Road safety minister Mike Penning, who announced the theory test changes, said: "The driving theory test should help to prepare drivers for real life on the road. Good driving is not just about vehicle-handling skills, but also about having the knowledge and understanding of safe driving theory.

"No longer publishing these questions and answers will mean that successful candidates will have to understand the theory rather than simply memorising answers."

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