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The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1996

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I PRELIMINARY

    1. 1.Citation and commencement

    2. 2.Revocation and saving

    3. 3.Interpretation

  3. PART II LICENCES

    1. Categories of entitlement

      1. 4.Classification of vehicles

      2. 5.Classes for which licences may be granted

      3. 6.Competence to drive classes of vehicle

    2. Minimum ages for holding or obtaining licences

      1. 7.Minimum ages for holding or obtaining licences

    3. Applications for licences

      1. 8.Applications for the grant of licences: general

      2. 9.Eligibility to apply for provisional licence

      3. 10.Restrictions on the grant of large goods and passenger-carrying vehicle drivers' licences

      4. 11.Restrictions on the grant of provisional licences to drive motor bicycles

      5. 12.Fees for licences

    4. Provisional licences

      1. 13.Provisional licences: interpretation

      2. 14.Duration of provisional licences authorising the driving of motor bicycles

      3. 15.Conditions attached to provisional licences

      4. 16.Conditions attached to provisional licences: holders of driving permits other than licences granted under Part III of the Traffic Act

      5. 17.Full licences not carrying provisional entitlement

    5. Miscellaneous

      1. 18.Signature of licences

      2. 19.Lost or defaced licences

  4. PART III TESTS OF COMPETENCE TO DRIVE

    1. Preliminary

      1. 20.Interpretation of Part III

    2. Appointment of persons to conduct tests

      1. 21.Persons by whom practical and unitary tests may be conducted

      2. 22.Persons by whom theory tests may be conducted

      3. 23.Revocation of authority to conduct tests

    3. Applications for tests

      1. 24.Applications for practical and unitary tests: applicants in person

      2. 25.Applications for practical tests: motor bicycle instructors

      3. 26.Applications for practical tests: large vehicle instructors

      4. 27.Fees in respect of practical or unitary tests

      5. 28.Applications for theory tests: applicants in person

      6. 29.Applications for theory tests: motor bicycle instructors

      7. 30.Applications for theory tests: large vehicle instructors

      8. 31.Fees for theory tests

      9. 32.Cancellation of tests

    4. Requirements at tests

      1. 33.Vehicles suitable for test

      2. 34.Further requirements at tests

      3. 35.Examiner’s right to refuse to conduct test

    5. Nature and conduct of tests

      1. 36.Nature of tests other than extended tests

      2. 37.Nature of extended driving tests

      3. 38.Order of test

      4. 39.Exemption from theory test

    6. Entitlements upon passing test

      1. 40.Entitlement upon passing a test other than an appropriate driving test

      2. 41.Entitlement upon passing a test other than an appropriate driving test: category A

      3. 42.Upgrading of entitlements by virtue of passing second test

      4. 43.Entitlement upon passing an appropriate driving test

    7. Test results

      1. 44.Evidence of result of theory test

      2. 45.Evidence of the result of practical or unitary test

  5. PART IV GOODS AND PASSENGER-CARRYING VEHICLES

    1. General

      1. 46.Part III of the Traffic Act: prescribed classes of goods and passenger-carrying vehicle

      2. 47.Part IV of the Traffic Act: prescribed classes of large goods and passenger-carrying vehicle

      3. 48.Exempted goods vehicles and military vehicles

      4. 49.Correspondences

      5. 50.Part IV of the Traffic Act: dual purpose vehicles

    2. Persons under the age of 21

      1. 51.Large goods vehicles drivers' licences issued to persons under the age of 21: trainee drivers

    3. Drivers' conduct

      1. 52.Obligatory revocation of large goods vehicle drivers' licences and disqualification on revocation

      2. 53.Applicants for and holders of a licence who are disqualified by order of a court

      3. 54.Removal of disqualification

  6. PART V APPROVED TRAINING COURSES FOR RIDERS OF MOTOR BICYCLES

    1. 55.Persons by whom approved training courses may be provided

    2. 56.Instructors

    3. 57.Withdrawal of approval to provide training courses or to act as instructor

    4. 58.Cessation of conduct of training

    5. 59.Approved training courses conducted on large motor bicycles

    6. 60.Certified direct access instructors

    7. 61.Nature and conduct of training courses

    8. 62.Ratio of trainees to instructors

    9. 63.Evidence of successful completion of course

    10. 64.Exemptions from Part V

  7. PART VI DISABILITIES

    1. 65.Licence groups

    2. 66.Disabilities prescribed in respect of Group 1 and 2 licences

    3. 67.Disabilities prescribed in respect of Group 1 licences

    4. 68.Disabilities prescribed in respect of Group 2 licences

    5. 69.Disabilities requiring medical investigation: High Risk Offenders

  8. PART VII SUPPLEMENTARY

    1. Transitional provisions

      1. 70.Effect of change in classification of vehicles for licensing purposes

      2. 71.Saving in respect of entitlement to Group M

      3. 72.Saving in respect of entitlement to drive mobile project vehicles

      4. 73.Mobile cranes as exempted goods vehicles

    2. Miscellaneous

      1. 74.Persons who become resident in Great Britain

      2. 75.Service personnel

      3. 76.Northern Ireland licences

      4. 77.Statement of date of birth

  9. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      REGULATIONS REVOKED

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      CATEGORIES AND SUB-CATEGORIES OF VEHICLE FOR LICENSING PURPOSES

      1. PART 1

      2. PART 2

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      LICENCE FEES

      1. PART 1 TABLE OF FEES

      2. PART 2 INTERPRETATION

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      DISTINGUISHING MARKS TO BE DISPLAYED ON A MOTOR VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN UNDER A PROVISIONAL LICENCE

      1. PART 1

      2. PART 2

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      FEES FOR TESTS

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      EVIDENCE OF IDENTITY OF TEST CANDIDATES

      1. 1.The documents referred to in regulation 34(2) and (4) are—...

      2. 2.In this Schedule— “acceptable person” means a bank official, a...

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      SPECIFIED MATTERS FOR THEORY TEST

      1. PART 1 CATEGORIES A AND P

        1. A. Road traffic regulation

        2. 1.B. The driver

        3. 2.Perception, judgment and decision-making, including especially reaction time and changes...

        4. 1.C. The road

        5. 2.Driving risk factors related to various road conditions, in particular...

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

        7. 1.D. Other road users

        8. 2.Risks involved in the movement and driving of various types...

        9. 1.E. General rules and regulations and other matters

        10. 2.General rules specifying how the driver must behave in the...

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

        12. 1.F. Road and Vehicle safety

        13. 2.Vehicle safety equipment including, in particular, the use of crash...

        14. G. Environmental matters

      2. PART 2 CATEGORY B

        1. A. Road traffic regulation

        2. 1.B. The driver

        3. 2.Perception, judgment and decision-making, including especially reaction time and changes...

        4. 1.C. The road

        5. 2.Driving risk factors related to various road conditions, in particular...

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

        7. 1.D. Other road users

        8. 2.Risks involved in the movement and driving of various types...

        9. 1.E. General rules and regulations and other matters

        10. 2.General rules specifying how the driver must behave in the...

        11. 3.Safety factors relating to persons carried.

        12. 1.F. Road and Vehicle safety

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

        14. G. Environmental matters

      3. PART 3 CATEGORY C

        1. 1.A. Mandatory matters

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

        3. 3.Principles of braking systems and speed governors.

        4. 4.Checks on the condition of tyres, lights, reflectors, steering, brakes,...

        5. 5.Precautions when alighting from the vehicle.

        6. 6.Safety factors relating to vehicle loading.

        7. 1.B. Random questioning

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

        9. 3.Precautions to be taken when overtaking because of the danger...

      4. PART 4 CATEGORY D

        1. 1.A. Mandatory matters

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

        3. 3.Principles of braking systems and speed governors.

        4. 4.Rules concerning persons carried.

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

        6. 6.Checks on the condition of tyres, lights, reflectors, steering, brakes,...

        7. 7.Precautions when alighting from the vehicle.

        8. 8.Safety factors relating to vehicle loading.

        9. 1.B. Random questioning

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

        11. 3.Precautions to be taken when overtaking because of the danger...

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      SPECIFIED REQUIREMENTS FOR PRACTICAL OR UNITARY TEST

      1. PART 1 PRACTICAL TEST: CATEGORIES A AND P

        1. A. Eyesight

        2. 1.B. Preparation to drive

        3. 2.Adjust crash helmet.

        4. 1.C. Technical control of the vehicle

        5. 2.Accelerate to a suitable speed while maintaining a straight course,...

        6. 3.Adjust speed to negotiate left or right turns at junctions,...

        7. 4.Lean over to turn.

        8. 5.Keep balance at various speeds.

        9. 6.Brake accurately to stop where directed, if need be by...

        10. 7.Park the vehicle on its stand.

        11. 8.Remove motor bicycle from its stand and move it, without...

        12. 9.Cause the vehicle to face in the opposite direction by...

        13. 1.D. Behaviour in traffic

        14. 2.Communicate with other road users using the authorised means.

        15. 3.React appropriately in actual risk situations.

        16. 4.Comply with road traffic regulations and the instructions of the...

        17. 5.Move off from the kerb or a parking space.

        18. 6.Drive with the vehicle correctly positioned on the road, adjusting...

        19. 7.Keep the right distance between vehicles.

        20. 8.Change lanes.

        21. 9.Pass parked or stationary vehicles and obstacles.

        22. 10.Approach and cross junctions.

        23. 11.Turn right and left at junctions or to leave the...

        24. 12.Where the opportunity arises— (a) Pass oncoming vehicles, including in...

        25. E. Alighting from vehicle

      2. PART 2 PRACTICAL TEST: CATEGORIES B AND B + E

        1. A. Eyesight

        2. 1.B. Preparation to drive

        3. 2.Adjust rear view mirrors and seat belt.

        4. 3.Check that the doors are closed.

        5. 1.C. Technical control of the vehicle

        6. 2.Accelerate to a suitable speed while maintaining a straight course,...

        7. 3.Adjust speed to negotiate left or right turns at junctions,...

        8. 4.Brake accurately to stop where directed, if need be by...

        9. 5.Either— (a) perform any two of the following manoeuvres—

        10. 1.D. Behaviour in traffic

        11. 2.Communicate with other road users using the authorised means.

        12. 3.React appropriately in actual risk situations.

        13. 4.Comply with road traffic regulations and the instructions of the...

        14. 5.Move off from the kerb or a parking space.

        15. 6.Drive with the vehicle correctly positioned on the road, adjusting...

        16. 7.Keep the right distance between vehicles.

        17. 8.Change lanes.

        18. 9.Pass parked or stationary vehicles and obstacles.

        19. 10.Approach and cross junctions.

        20. 11.Turn right and left at junctions or to leave the...

        21. 12.Where the opportunity arises— (a) Pass oncoming vehicles, including in...

        22. E. Alighting from vehicle

        23. F. Trailer

      3. PART 3 PRACTICAL TEST: CATEGORIES C AND C + E

        1. 1.A. Preparation to drive

        2. 2.Adjust rear view mirrors and seat belt.

        3. 3.Check that the doors are closed.

        4. 1.B. Technical control of the vehicle

        5. 2.Accelerate to a suitable speed while maintaining a straight course,...

        6. 3.Adjust speed to negotiate left or right turns at junctions,...

        7. 4.Brake accurately to stop where directed, if need be by...

        8. 5.Either— (a) perform any two of the following manoeuvres—

        9. 1.C. Behaviour in traffic

        10. 2.Communicate with other road users using the authorised means.

        11. 3.React appropriately in actual risk situations.

        12. 4.Comply with road traffic regulations and the instructions of the...

        13. 5.Move off from the kerb or a parking space.

        14. 6.Drive with the vehicle correctly positioned on the road, adjusting...

        15. 7.Keep the right distance between vehicles.

        16. 8.Change lanes.

        17. 9.Pass parked or stationary vehicles and obstacles.

        18. 10.Approach and cross junctions.

        19. 11.Turn right and left at junctions or to leave the...

        20. 12.Where the opportunity arises— (a) Pass oncoming vehicles, including in...

        21. 1.D. Larger vehicles: speed reduction and steering

        22. 2.Use the various braking systems.

        23. 3.Use the speed reduction systems other than the brakes.

        24. 4.Adjust course to allow for the length of the vehicle...

        25. E. Trailers

        26. F. Vehicle safety

      4. PART 4 PRACTICAL TEST: CATEGORIES D AND D + E

        1. 1.A. Preparation to drive

        2. 2.Adjust rear view mirrors and seat belt.

        3. 3.Check that the doors are closed.

        4. 1.B. Technical control of the vehicle

        5. 2.Accelerate to a suitable speed while maintaining a straight course,...

        6. 3.Adjust speed to negotiate left or right turns at junctions,...

        7. 4.Brake accurately to stop where directed, if need be by...

        8. 5.Either— (a) perform any two of the following manoeuvres—

        9. 1.C. Behaviour in traffic

        10. 2.Communicate with other road users using the authorised means.

        11. 3.React appropriately in actual risk situations.

        12. 4.Comply with road traffic regulations and the instructions of the...

        13. 5.Move off from the kerb or a parking space.

        14. 6.Drive with the vehicle correctly positioned on the road, adjusting...

        15. 7.Keep the right distance between vehicles.

        16. 8.Change lanes.

        17. 9.Pass parked or stationary vehicles and obstacles.

        18. 10.Approach and cross junctions.

        19. 11.Turn right and left at junctions or to leave the...

        20. 12.Where the opportunity arises— (a) Pass oncoming vehicles, including in...

        21. 1.D. Larger vehicles: speed reduction and steering

        22. 2.Use the various braking systems.

        23. 3.Use the speed reduction systems other than the brakes.

        24. 4.Adjust course to allow for the length of the vehicle...

        25. E. Trailers

        26. F. Vehicle safety

      5. PART 5 UNITARY TEST: CATEGORIES F, G, H AND K

        1. 1.Read in good daylight (with the aid of corrective lenses...

        2. 2.Start the engine of the vehicle.

        3. 3.Move away straight ahead or at an angle.

        4. 4.Overtake, meet or cross the path of other vehicles and...

        5. 5.Turn right-hand and left-hand corners correctly.

        6. 6.Stop the vehicle in an emergency and normally and, in...

      6. PART 6 UNITARY TEST: CATEGORIES F AND G

        1. 1.Carry out manoeuvres involving the use of reverse gear (except...

        2. 2.Indicate intended actions at appropriate times by giving appropriate signals...

        3. 3.Act correctly and promptly on all signals given by traffic...

      7. PART 7 UNITARY TEST: CATEGORY H

        1. 1.Indicate intended actions at appropriate times by giving appropriate signals...

        2. 2.Act correctly and promptly on all signals given by traffic...

        3. 3.Drive the vehicle backwards and cause it to face in...

    9. SCHEDULE 9

      UPGRADED ENTITLEMENTS ON PASSING SECOND TEST

    10. SCHEDULE 10

      FORMS OF CERTIFICATE AND STATEMENT OF THEORY TEST RESULT

    11. SCHEDULE 11

      FORMS OF CERTIFICATE AND STATEMENT OF PRACTICAL AND UNITARY TEST RESULT

    12. SCHEDULE 12

      APPROVED MOTOR BICYCLE TRAINING COURSES: FORMS OF CERTIFICATE

    13. SCHEDULE 13

      ELEMENTS OF AN APPROVED TRAINING COURSE

      1. 1.(A) Introduction

      2. 2.Trainees' eyesight must be tested. Trainees must be able to...

      3. 3.(B) Practical on site training

      4. 4.(C) Practical on site riding

      5. 5.(D) Practical on road training

      6. 6.(E) Practical on road riding

  10. Explanatory Note

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