Learners face theory test changes

Learner drivers will no longer be able to just recite the theory by heart, as tough new changes are introduced.

In an effort to prevent candidates learning set answers by rote they will not be able to memorise pre-published official study material.

The Driving Standards Agency hopes the changes will result in learner drivers understanding the driving theory more comprehensively. The new system is designed to prevent drivers learning how to just answer specific questions, without a broader understanding of the reasons why.

Road safety minister Mike Penning said: "The intention is to improve candidates' knowledge and understanding of driving theory, so that they are more able to retain and apply it when they are on the road."

Revision questions for candidates to test themselves and assess their progress will still be on offer, as well as the first iPhone apps for theory test revision.

There are also new sections of revision support for motorcyclists and a free e-book for car drivers.

Copyright Press Association 2012