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Motor Cars (Driving Instruction) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004

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Instructional ability and fitness test

12.—(1) The instructional ability and fitness test shall be a test in which the candidate is required to demonstrate his knowledge and ability by giving practical driving instruction to an examiner as if the examiner were –

(a)a novice or partly-trained pupil, and then

(b)a pupil who is approaching driving test standard.

(2) The candidate shall, in respect of one or both of those levels as the examiner shall specify, instruct the examiner in such of the following subjects as the examiner shall specify as the basis of the instruction –

(a)explaining the controls of the vehicle,

(b)moving off,

(c)making normal stops,

(d)reversing, and while doing so entering limited openings to the right or to the left,

(e)turning to face the opposite direction, using forward and reverse gears,

(f)parking close to the kerb, using forward and reverse gears,

(g)using mirrors and explaining how to make an emergency stop,

(h)approaching and turning corners,

(i)judging speed, and making normal progress,

(j)road positioning,

(k)dealing with road junctions,

(l)dealing with cross roads,

(m)dealing with pedestrian crossings,

(n)meeting, crossing the path of, overtaking and allowing adequate clearance for, other vehicles, other road users, and

(o)giving correct signals.

(3) The candidate’s knowledge and ability shall be assessed on –

(a)the method, clarity, adequacy and correctness of his instruction,

(b)the observation and correction of the examiner’s driving errors, and

(c)his manner generally.

(4) The candidate shall, during the test, allow to travel in the vehicle –

(a)the person authorised to conduct the test; and

(b)any person or persons authorised by the Department for the purpose of supervising the test or otherwise.

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