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Minister Cullen announces Changes to the Driving Test effective from 14 February 2005
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7 February 2005

Today (Monday, 7th February), the Minister for Transport Mr. Martin Cullen TD announced that from Monday, 14th February 2005 there will be a change to the driving test, which is being introduced under the EU Directive 2000/56/EC. The change will cover two elements, namely, knowledge of technical aspects of the vehicle and the type of vehicle to be presented for the driving test.

All candidates taking the driving test on or after 14th February will be expected to be familiar with basic technical checks that would be required on the type of vehicle they are using for their driving test.  While the candidates will not have to carry out any of the actual checks, they will be asked to explain how at least three such checks would be done.  For example a person could be asked to show how oil levels should be checked.  He or she would be expected to open the bonnet, point to the oil dipstick and explain how oil levels should be checked.  Failure to answer all three questions will incur a fault mark.

The second change relates to the type of vehicle that may be presented for the driving test and only applies to trucks, buses and cars with trailers (Licence Categories D1, D, ED1, ED, C1, C, EC1, EC and EB).  It does not apply to motorcycles, cars or work vehicles (Licence Categories A, A1, M, B and W).

Minister Cullen said "The change will enhance the driving test and contribute to road safety by increasing awareness of the need to ensure that a vehicle is properly prepared before being driven on the road."  He added that the changes were outlined to driving instructors throughout the country during 2004.  Test candidates should be aware that they are liable to be asked questions on the new metric speed limits as part of the oral part of the driving test.

Details of the specific changes are available on the driving test website at www.drivingtest.ie. Test candidates scheduled from the 14 February are advised that there are changes in the test.

Details of the changes are attached.

Further info contact:

Dan Pender                          01 - 6041090 / 087 - 2313415

Veronica Scanlan                     01 - 6041087 / 087 - 6430622


 

Technical Checks

Licence Categories A, A1, M (Motorcycles)
 1. Oral Test.
In addition to questions on the Rules of the Road you will be asked a question concerning;-
(a) rear observation, (b) road position, (c ) skidding.

2. Communications Equipment.
Motorcycle tests will be carried out using radio controls. Equipment will be provided at the test centre and advice given on the use of the equipment.

3. Safety Equipment.
You will be asked to confirm that safety equipment, (gloves, boots, weather-gear) and in particular the helmet, is properly adjusted.

4. Technical Checks.
You will be asked how a check would be performed on any three of the following-
(a) tyres, (b) lights, including dipping the headlight, (c ) reflectors, (d) indicators,
(e) brakes, (f) steering, (g) oil-level, (h) chain, (i) horn, or  (j) emergency stop switch if fitted.
The tester will inspect the brake-lights and indicators.

5. Off/On Stand.
You will be asked to put the machine off and back on its stand. A side-stand is acceptable for this purpose.

6. Walk Alongside.
You will be asked to move the machine approximately 4/5 metres without the aid of the engine. The machine may be moved forward or backward.

Licence Categories B (Car), EB (Car with Trailer) and W  (Work Vehicle)

Technical Checks.
You will be asked to explain how a check would be performed on any three of the following-
(a) tyres, (b) lights, (c) reflectors, (d) indicators, (e) engine oil, (f) coolant,
(g) windscreen washer fluid, (h) steering, (i) brakes, (j) horn.   

Access to some of the items listed above will require you to open the bonnet and to close it securely.


Licence Categories C1, C, EC1 and  EC (Truck and Truck with Trailer)

1. Oral Test.
In addition to questions on the Rules of the Road you will be asked a question concerning;-
(a) When, where, and how to use the red warning triangle.
(b) What to be aware of when planning a journey.

2. Technical Checks.
You will be asked to explain how a check would be performed on any three of the following;-
(a) tyres, (b) lights, (c)  reflectors, (d) indicators, (e) engine oil, (f) coolant,  (g) windscreen washer-fluid, (h)  power-assisted braking system, (i) power-assisted steering system, (j) horn.

Access to some of the items listed above will require you to open the bonnet, or to open/close panels. However, the cab should not be tilted.

Licence Category D1, D, ED1 and ED (Bus and Bus with Trailer)

1. Oral Test.
In addition to questions on the Rules of the Road you will be asked a question concerning;-
(a) when, where and how to use the red warning triangle,
(b)  what to be aware of when planning a journey,
(c) what to be aware of when driving on a road which has a steep camber.

2.Technical Checks.
You will be asked to explain how a check would be performed on any three of the following;-
(a) tyres, (b) lights, (c) reflectors, (d) indicators, (e) engine oil, (f) coolant, (g) windscreen-washer fluid, (h) power-assisted steering system, (i)  power-assisted braking system, (j) horn.

Access to some of the items listed above will require you to open the bonnet, or to open/close panels.


 

Representative Vehicles to be presented for Driving Tests

Driving Test Vehicle Category

Vehicle for Test if Registered before 01/01/2004

(Vehicles Registered before 1/1/04 can be used up to 2013)

Vehicle for Test if Registered on or after 01/01/2004

Category A

Motorcycle (without a sidecar) with an engine capacity greater than 125 cc. and capable of a speed of at least 100 km/h.

Motorcycle (without a sidecar) with an engine capacity greater than 125 cc., and capable of a speed of at least 100 km/h.

Category A1

Motorcycle (without a sidecar) with an engine capacity not exceeding 125 cc. The machine must have (a) an engine capacity greater than 50 cc. or (b) a maximum design speed of more than 45 km/h.

Motorcycles without a sidecar, with an engine capacity not exceeding 125 cc. The machine must have (a) an engine capacity greater than 50 cc. or (b) a maximum design speed of more than 45 Km/h.

Category M

Two wheeled mechanically propelled vehicle, not capable of being manually propelled. The machine must have an engine capacity not exceeding 50 cc., and have a maximum design speed not exceeding 45 km/h.

Two wheeled mechanically propelled vehicle, not capable of being manually  propelled. The machine must have an engine capacity not exceeding 50 cc. and have a maximum design speed not exceeding 45 km/h.

Category B

Four wheeled vehicles (e.g. cars/light vans) having a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3,500 kg., with passenger accommodation for not more than 8 persons, and capable of a speed of at least 100 km/h.

Four wheeled vehicles (cars/light vans) with passenger accommodation for not more than 8 persons, a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3,500 kg. capable of a speed of at least 100 Km/h.

Category C

Vehicles, (trucks) with passenger accommodation for not more than 8 persons, having a gross vehicle weight of at least 10,000 kg., a length of at least 7 metres, and capable of a speed of at least 80 km/h.

Vehicles (rigid trucks/large vans) with passenger accommodation for not more than 8 persons, a gross vehicle weight of at least 12,000 kg., a length of at least 8 metres, a width of at least 2.4 metres, capable of a speed of at least 80 km/h.  The vehicle must be fitted with anti-lock brakes, be equipped with a gearbox having at least 8 forward ratios, and recording equipment (tachograph). The cargo compartment shall consist of a closed box body, which is at least as wide and as high as the cab.

Category C1

Vehicles, (larger vans/ light trucks) with passenger accommodation for not more than  8 persons, having a gross vehicle weight of at least 4000 kg., but not exceeding 7,500 kg., and capable of a speed of at least 80 km/h.

Vehicles (larger vans/light trucks) with passenger accommodation for not more than 8 persons, a gross vehicle weight of at least 4,000 kg. but not more than 7,500 kg., a length of at least 5 metres, and capable of a speed of at least 80 Km/h. The vehicle shall be fitted with anti-lock brakes, and with recording equipment (tachograph). The cargo compartment shall consist of a closed  box  body which is at least as wide and as high as the cab.

Category D

Vehicles (buses) having passenger accommodation for more than 16 persons being at least 9 metres in length and capable of a speed of at least 80Km/h.

Vehicles (buses) having passenger accommodation for more than 16 persons, a length of at least 10 metres, a width of at least 2.4 metres, and capable of a speed of at least 80 Km/h. The vehicle shall be fitted with anti-lock brakes, and recording equipment (tachograph).

Category D1

Vehicles (minibuses) having passenger accommodation for more than 8 persons, but not more than 16 persons, and capable of a speed of at least 80 km/h.

Vehicles (minibuses) having passenger accommodation for more than 8 but not more than 16 persons, a gross vehicle weight of at least  4,000 kg., a length of at least 5 metres, and capable of a speed of at least 80 Km/h. The vehicle shall be fitted with anti-lock brakes, and with recording equipment (tachograph).

Category EB

A combination, made up of a Category B test vehicle with a trailer, capable of a speed of at least 100 km/h. which should be either (a) a 4 wheel drive vehicle and trailer, or (b) a vehicle with a minimum length of at least 4.25 metres, and a trailer, which does not fall within Category B. The trailer used shall have a gross vehicle weight of at least 1,400 kg., and have internal dimensions of at least 2.4 metres by 1.2 metres.

Combinations, made up of a Category B test vehicle which should be either (a) a minimum length of at least 4.25 metres, or (b) a 4-wheel drive vehicle, and a trailer with a gross vehicle weight of at least 1,400 kg., capable of a speed of at least 100 Km/h, which does not fall within Category B.  The cargo compartment of the trailer shall consist of a closed box body which is at least as wide and as high as the motor vehicle, and have a length of at least 2.4 metres. (The closed box body may also be slightly less wide than the motor vehicle, provided that the view to the rear is only possible by use of the external rear-view mirrors of the motor vehicle.)

Category EC

Articulated vehicle with at least 4 axles, having a combined gross vehicle weight of at least 18,000 kg., an overall length of at least 12 metres, and capable of a speed of at least 80 km/h.

Either (a) an articulated  vehicle, or (b) *a combination of a Category C  test vehicle and a trailer of at least 7.5 metres in length. Both the articulated vehicle and the combination shall have passenger accommodation for not more than 8 persons, at least 4 axles, a gross vehicle weight of at least 20,000 kg., a length of at least 14 metres, a width of at least 2.4 metres and be capable of a speed of at least 80 Km/h. The vehicle shall be fitted with anti-lock brakes, be equipped with a gearbox having at least 8 forward ratios, and recording equipment (tachograph). The cargo compartment shall consist of a closed box body  which is at least as wide and as high as the cab.

*Tests in the truck/trailer combination are only an option at present where off-road compounds are available.

Category EC1

A combination made up of a Category C1 test vehicle with a trailer, capable of a speed of at least 80 km/h. and with an overall length of at least 8 metres. The trailer used shall have a gross vehicle weight of at least 2,000 kg., and have internal dimensions of at least 2.4 by 1.2  metres.

A combination made up of a Category C1 test vehicle, and a trailer with a gross vehicle weight of at least  2,000  kg. The combination shall be at least  8 metres in length, shall be capable of a speed of at least 80 Km/h, The combination shall have a gross vehicle weight of not more than 12,000 kg., and the gross vehicle weight of the trailer must not exceed the unladen weight of the drawing vehicle.  The cargo compartment  of the trailer shall consist of a closed box body  which is at least as wide and as high as the cab, and have a length of at least 2.4. metres. (The closed box body may also be slightly less wide than the cab, provided that the view to the rear is only possible by use of the external rear-view mirrors of the motor vehicle.)

Category ED

A combination made up of Category D test vehicle, and a trailer with a gross vehicle weight of at least 1,400 kg., capable of a speed of 80 km/h. The trailer used shall have internal dimensions of at least 2.4m by 1.2m.

Tests in this Category are only an option at present where off-road compounds are available.

A combination made up of a Category D test vehicle, and a trailer with a gross vehicle weight of at least 1,400 kg., capable of a speed of at least 80 Km/h. The cargo compartment of the trailer shall consist of a closed box body which is at least 2 metres wide,  2 metres high, and have a length of at least 2.4 metres.   Tests in this Category are only an option at present where off-road compounds are available.

Category ED1

A combination made up of a Category D1 test vehicle with a trailer, capable of a speed of at least 80 km/h. The trailer used shall have a gross vehicle weight of at least 1,400 kg. and have internal dimensions of at least  2.4 metres by 1.2 metres.

A combination made up of a Category D1 test vehicle, and a trailer with a gross vehicle weight of at least 1,400 kg., capable of a speed of at least 80 Km/h. The cargo compartment of the trailer shall consist of a closed box body which is at least 2 metres wide, 2 metres high, and have a length of at least 2.4 metres.  The combination shall have a gross vehicle weight of not more than 12,000 kg., and the gross vehicle weight of the trailer must not exceed the unladen weight of the drawing vehicle.

Category W

Works vehicles, and land tractors.

Works vehicles, and land tractors.