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The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999

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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: general

      4. 7.Competence to drive classes of vehicle: special cases

      5. 8.Competence to drive classes of vehicle: dual purpose vehicles

    2. Minimum ages for holding or obtaining licences

      1. 9.Minimum ages for holding or obtaining licences

    3. Applications for licences

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

      2. 11.Eligibility to apply for provisional licence

      3. 12.Restrictions on the grant of large goods and passenger-carrying vehicle driver’s licences

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

      5. 14.Fees for licences

    4. Provisional licences

      1. 15.Duration of provisional licences authorising the driving of motor bicycles

      2. 16.Conditions attached to provisional licences

      3. 17.Meaning of “qualified driver”

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

      5. 19.Full licences not carrying provisional entitlement

    5. Miscellaneous

      1. 20.Signatures on licences

      2. 21.Lost or defaced licences

  4. PART III TESTS OF COMPETENCE TO DRIVE

    1. Preliminary

      1. 22.Interpretation of Part III

    2. Appointment of persons to conduct tests

      1. 23.Persons by whom theory tests may be conducted

      2. 24.Persons by whom practical and unitary tests may be conducted

      3. 25.Revocation of authority to conduct tests

    3. Applications for tests

      1. 26.Applications for theory tests: applicants in person

      2. 27.Applications for theory tests: motor bicycle instructors

      3. 28.Applications for theory tests: large vehicle instructors

      4. 29.Eligibility to reapply for theory test

      5. 30.Fees for theory tests

      6. 31.Applications for practical and unitary tests: applicants in person

      7. 32.Applications for practical tests: motor bicycle instructors

      8. 33.Applications for practical tests: large vehicle instructors

      9. 34.Eligibility to reapply for practical or unitary test

      10. 35.Fees in respect of practical or unitary tests

      11. 36.Cancellation of tests

    4. Requirements at tests

      1. 37.Test vehicles

      2. 38.Further requirements at tests

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

    5. Nature and conduct of tests

      1. 40.Nature of tests other than extended tests

      2. 41.Nature of extended driving tests

      3. 42.Exemption from theory test

    6. Entitlements upon passing test

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

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

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

      4. 46.Entitlement upon passing an appropriate driving test

    7. Test results

      1. 47.Evidence of result of theory test

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

  5. PART IV GOODS AND PASSENGER—CARRYING VEHICLES

    1. General

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

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

      3. 51.Exempted goods vehicles and military vehicles

      4. 52.Correspondences

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

    2. Persons under the age of 21

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

    3. Drivers' conduct

      1. 55.Large goods vehicle drivers' licences and LGV Community licences: obligatory revocation or withdrawal and disqualification

      2. 56.Holders of licences who are disqualified by order of a court

      3. 57.Removal of disqualification

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

    1. Approved training courses

      1. 58.Provision of approved training courses

      2. 59.Nature and conduct of training courses

    2. Instructors

      1. 60.Certified Instructors

      2. 61.Persons authorised as assistant instructors

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

      4. 63.Cessation of conduct of training

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

      6. 65.Certified direct access instructors

    3. Miscellaneous

      1. 66.Eligibility to undertake approved training course

      2. 67.Ratio of trainees to instructors

      3. 68.Evidence of successful completion of course

      4. 69.Exemptions from Part V

  7. PART VI DISABILITIES

    1. 70.Licence groups

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

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

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

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

    6. 75.Examination by an officer of the Secretary of State

  8. PART VII SUPPLEMENTARY

    1. Transitional provisions

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

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

      3. 78.Saving in respect of entitlement to former category N

      4. 79.Saving in respect of entitlement to drive mobile project vehicles

    2. Miscellaneous

      1. 80.Persons who become resident in Great Britain

      2. 81.Service personnel

      3. 82.Northern Ireland licences

      4. 83.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. PART 3

    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 Diagram of distinguishing mark to be displayed on a motor vehicle in England, Wales or Scotland.

      2. PART 2 Diagram of optional distinguishing mark to be displayed on a motor vehicle in Wales if a mark in the form set out in Part 1 is not displayed.

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      FEES FOR PRACTICAL AND UNITARY TESTS

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      EVIDENCE OF IDENTITY OF TEST CANDIDATES

      1. 1.The documents referred to in regulation 38(3) and (5) are:—...

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

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      SPECIFIED MATTERS FOR THEORY TEST

      1. PART I CATEGORIES A AND P

        1. A. Road traffic regulation

        2. 1.B. The driver

        3. 2.Perception, judgement 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 regultion

        2. 1.B. The driver

        3. 2.Perception, judgement 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. A. Road traffic regulation

        2. 1.B. The driver

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

        4. 1.C. The road

        5. 2.Driving risk factors related to various road conditions as they...

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

        7. 4.Precautions to be taken when overtaking because of the danger...

        8. 1.D. Other road users

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

        10. 3.Obstruction of the field of view of the driver and...

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

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

        13. 3.Rules on vehicle weights and dimensions.

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

        15. 1.F. Road and vehicle safety

        16. 2.Vehicle safety equipment.

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

        18. 4.Precautions when alighting from the vehicle.

        19. 5.Safety factors relating to vehicle loading.

        20. G. Environmental matters

      4. PART 4 CATEGORY D

        1. A. Road traffic regulation

        2. 1.B. The driver

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

        4. 1.C. The road

        5. 2.Driving risk factors related to various road conditions as they...

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

        7. 4.Precautions to be taken when overtaking because of the danger...

        8. 1.D. Other road users

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

        10. 3.Obstruction of the field of view of the driver and...

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

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

        13. 3.Rules or vehicle weights and dimensions.

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

        15. 5.Rules concerning persons carried.

        16. 1.F. Road and vehicle safety

        17. 2.Vehicle safety equipment.

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

        19. 4.Precautions when alighting from the vehicle.

        20. 5.Safety factors relating to vehicle loading and persons carried.

        21. G. Environmental matters

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      SPECIFIED REQUIREMENTS FOR PRACTICAL OR UNITARY TEST

      1. PART I 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. 1.Each test candidate must, subject to paragraphs (2) and (3),...

        2. 2.Any requirement contained in those paragraphs shall, in the case...

        3. 3.A test candidate undertaking a test for a licence authorising...

        4. A. Eyesight

        5. 1.B. Preparation to drive

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

        7. 3.Check that the doors are closed.

        8. 1.C. Technical control of the vehicle

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

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

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

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

        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

        26. F. Trailer

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

        1. 1.Each test candidate must satisfy the person conducting the test...

        2. 2.In the case of candidates taking a test for a...

        3. 3.In the case of candidates taking a test for a...

        4. 4.In the case of candidates taking a test for a...

        5. 1.A. Preparation to drive

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

        7. 3.Check that the doors are closed.

        8. 1.B. Technical control of the vehicle

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

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

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

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

        13. 1.C. 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. 1.D. Larger vehicles: speed reduction and steering

        26. 2.Use the various braking systems.

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

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

        29. E. Trailers

        30. F. Vehicle safety

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

        1. 1.Each test candidate must satisfy the person conducting the test...

        2. 2.In the case of candidates taking a test for a...

        3. 3.In the case of candidates taking a test for a...

        4. 4.In the case of candidates taking a test for a...

        5. 1.A. Preparation to drive

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

        7. 3.Check that the doors are closed.

        8. 1.B. Technical control of the vehicle

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

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

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

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

        13. 1.C. 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. 1.D. Larger vehicles: speed reduction and steering

        26. 2.Use the various braking systems.

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

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

        29. E. Trailers

        30. 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

      1. PART 1

      2. PART 2

    11. SCHEDULE 11

      FORMS OF CERTIFICATE AND STATEMENT OF PRACTICAL AND UNITARY TEST RESULT

      1. PART 1

      2. PART 2

    12. SCHEDULE 12

      ELEMENTS OF AN APPROVED TRAINING COURSE

      1. 1.(A) Introduction

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

      3. (B) Practical on site training

      4. (C) Practical on site riding

      5. 1.(D) Practical on road training

      6. 2.Trainees must understand the following:— the need to be clearly...

      7. 3.Trainees must be aware of:— the effect on a vehicle...

      8. 1.(E) Practical on road riding

      9. 2.Upon application being made by an approved training body for...

      10. 3.Trainees must also repeat the following exercises in normal road...

    13. SCHEDULE 13

      APPROVED MOTOR BICYCLE TRAINING COURSES: FORMS OF CERTIFICATE

      1. PART 1

      2. PART 2

      3. PART 3

  10. Explanatory Note

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