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Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Regulation 29

SCHEDULE 6Specified Matters for Theory Test

Part 1Categories A and P

The specified matters are set out in paragraphs A to G. The person conducting the test shall examine candidates on all the items included in paragraphs A to G but need not examine them on every item mentioned in paragraphs F and G provided that he asks at least one question about them at random.

Road traffic regulation

A.  Road traffic regulations including road signs, road markings, signals, rights of way and speed limits.

The driver

B.—1. The importance of alertness and attitudes to other road users.

2. Perception, judgement and decision-making, including especially reaction time and changes in driver behaviour due to the influence of alcohol, drugs and medicinal products, state of mind and fatigue.

The road

C.—1. The most important principles concerning the observance of safe distance between vehicles, braking distances and roadholding under various weather and road conditions.

2. Driving risk factors related to various road conditions, in particular as they change with the weather and the time of day or night.

3. Characteristics of various types of road and the related statutory requirements.

Other road users

D.—1. Specific risk factors related to the lack of experience of other road users and the most vulnerable categories of user such as children, pedestrians, cyclists and people whose mobility is reduced.

2. Risks involved in the movement and driving of various types of vehicle and of the different fields of view of their drivers.

General rules and regulations and other matters

E.—1. Rules concerning the administrative documents required for the use of vehicles.

2. General rules specifying how the driver must behave in the event of an accident (setting warning device and raising the alarm) and the measures which he can take to assist road accident victims where necessary.

3. Safety factors relating to persons carried, including balancing with a passenger.

Road and Vehicle safety

F.—1. Mechanical aspects of the vehicle with a bearing on road safety, i.e. the detection of the most common faults, in particular in the steering, suspension and brake systems, tyres, lights and direction indicators, reflectors, rear-view mirrors, and the exhaust system.

2. Vehicle safety equipment including, in particular, the use of crash helmets and visors.

Environmental matters

G.  Rules regarding vehicle use in relation to the environment, including the appropriate use of audible warning devices, moderate fuel consumption, limitation of pollutant emissions and matters of a similar nature.

Part 2Category B

The specified matters are set out in paragraphs A to G. The person conducting the test shall examine candidates on all the items included in paragraphs A to G but need not examine them on every item mentioned in paragraphs F and G provided that he asks at least one question about them at random.

Road traffic regulation

A.  Road traffic regulations including road signs, road markings, signals, rights of way and speed limits.

The driver

B.—1. The importance of alertness and attitudes to other road users.

2. Perception, judgement and decision-making, including especially reaction time and changes in driver behaviour due to the influence of alcohol, drugs and medicinal products, state of mind and fatigue.

The road

C.—1. The most important principles concerning the observance of safe distance between vehicles, braking distances and roadholding under various weather and road conditions.

2. Driving risk factors related to various road conditions, in particular as they change with the weather and the time of day or night.

3. Characteristics of various types of road and the related statutory requirements.

Other road users

D.—1. Specific risk factors related to the lack of experience of other road users and the most vulnerable categories of user such as children, pedestrians, cyclists and people whose mobility is reduced.

2. Risks involved in the movement and driving of various types of vehicle and of the different fields of view of their drivers.

General rules and regulations and other matters

E.—1. Rules concerning the administrative documents required for the use of vehicles.

2. General rules specifying how the driver must behave in the event of an accident (setting warning device and raising the alarm) and the measures which he can take to assist road accident victims where necessary.

3. Safety factors relating to persons carried.

Road and Vehicle safety

F.—1. Mechanical aspects of the vehicle with a bearing on road safety, i.e. the detection of the most common faults, in particular in the steering, suspension and brake systems, tyres, lights and direction indicators, reflectors, rear-view mirrors, windscreen and wipers, and the exhaust system and seat belts.

2. Vehicle safety equipment including, in particular, the use of seat-belts and child safety equipment.

Environmental matters

G.  Rules regarding vehicle use in relation to the environment, including the appropriate use of audible warning devices, moderate fuel consumption, limitation of pollutant emissions and matters of a similar nature.

Part 3Category C

The specified matters are set out in paragraphs A and B. The person conducting the test shall examine candidates on all the items included in paragraphs A but need not examine them on every item mentioned in paragraph B provided that he asks at least one question about them at random.

Mandatory matters

A.—1. Rules on vehicle weights and dimensions.

2. Rules on driving hours, rest periods and the use of the tachograph.

3. Principles of braking systems and speed governors.

4. Checks on the condition of tyres, lights, reflectors, steering, brakes, direction indicators and audible warning devices.

5. Precautions when alighting from the vehicle.

6. Safety factors relating to vehicle loading.

Random questioning

B.—1. Obstruction of the field of view of the driver and other road users caused by characteristics of the vehicle.

2. The effect of wind on the course of the vehicle.

3. Precautions to be taken when cornering because of the danger of splashing spray or mud.

Part 4Category D

The specified matters are set out in paragraphs A and B. The person conducting the test shall examine candidates on all the items included in paragraph A but need not examine them on every item mentioned in paragraph B provided that he asks at least one question about them at random.

Mandatory matters

A.—1. Rules on vehicle weights and dimensions.

2. Rules on driving hours, rest periods and the use of the tachograph.

3. Principles of braking systems and speed governors.

4. Rules concerning persons carried.

5. How to behave in the event of an accident.

6. Checks on the condition of tyres, lights, reflectors, steering, brakes, direction indicators and audible warning devices.

7. Precautions when alighting from the vehicle.

8. Safety factors relating to vehicle loading.

Random questioning

B.—1. Obstruction of the field of view of the driver and other road users caused by characteristics of their vehicles.

2. The effect of wind on the course of the vehicle.

3. Precautions to be taken when cornering because of the danger of splashing spray or mud.

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