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October 2013

End to foreign language driving tests

News story
End to foreign language driving tests
Driving test candidates will no longer be able to use foreign language voiceovers and interpreters on their test from 7 April 2014.
Over 70% of people supported the withdrawal of foreign language voiceovers and interpreters on tests
The move, announced today (10 October 2013) by Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill, follows a public consultation.Currently people can:

Driving Licence / penalty points

2. Endorsement codes and penalty points
Each endorsement has a special code and is given ‘penalty points’ on a scale from 1 to 11. You get more points for more serious offences.
The table shows the offence codes that can be put on your driving licence. It also shows how many penalty points you can get for them. Some offences may also involve a disqualification.
Offence codes and penalty points must stay on your driving licence for 4 or 11 years depending on the offence.
Accident offences

Highway code / Theory test

8. General advice (144 to 158)
  • drive dangerously
  • drive without due care and attention
  • drive without reasonable consideration for other road users.
    Law RTA 1988 sects 2 & 3 as amended by RTA 1991
YouMUST NOTdrive on or over a pavement, footpath or bridleway except to gain lawful access to property, or in the case of an emergency.
Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & RTA 1988 sect 34
Adapt your drivingto the appropriate type and condition of road you are on. In particular

Highway code / Theory Test

5. Control of the vehicle (117 to 126)
In normal circumstances.The safest way to brake is to do so early and lightly. Brake more firmly as you begin to stop. Ease the pressure off just before the vehicle comes to rest to avoid a jerky stop.
In an emergency.Brake immediately. Try to avoid braking so harshly that you lock your wheels. Locked wheels can lead to loss of control.
Skids.Skidding is usually caused by the driver braking, accelerating or steering too harshly or driving too fast for the road conditions.

Highway code / Theory Test 2013

Flashing headlights.Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.
Never assume that flashing headlights is a signal inviting you to proceed. Use your own judgement and proceed carefully.
The horn.Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively. YouMUST NOTuse your horn