Driving test rule date extended

The Government has delayed introducing legislation regarding the use of heavier vehicles for driving tests until September 30.

The move means that driving test candidates can continue to use vehicles that meet current weight standards until that date, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) said.

The DSA, which is responsible for bringing in the new requirements, has been working with key stakeholders to identify how test candidates will be able to comply with the new standards.

The standards were introduced by the European Commission in 2000, requiring vehicles used for driving tests to meet a minimum 'real weight' requirement on the day of the test. In some cases this may involve a load being carried on the vehicle to meet the weight requirement.

Member states were originally required to implement this part of the Directive by October 11, 2010, although this has now been extended to 2013.

Northern Ireland is also planning to take advantage of the more relaxed timetable.

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