Driving Test – how the DL25 is marked

Driving Test – how the DL25 is marked

Information from the Government website as to how the driving test is marked


1 (aEyesight) Eyesight: – Unable to meet the requirement
1(b) Highway Code / Safety – (Highway Code for Categories F/G/H only. Safety – PCVs of the eyesight test safety questions only).


Controlled Stop2 Controlled Stop: – Slow reaction / inadequate braking / loss of control.


The Reverse Maneuvers of the driving test

3 Reverse/left reverse with trailer: – Control: incorrect uReverse Leftse of controls and/or inaccuracy.

Observation: lack of effective all round observation.


5 Reverse ParkReverse Park (road/car park): – Control: incorrect use of controls and/or inaccuracy.

Observation: lack of effective all round observation.


6 Turn in RoadTurn in road: – Control: incorrect use of controls and/or inaccuracy. Observation: lack of effective all round observation.


Vehicle checks7 Vehicle Checks: – Answer safety check questions.


The Basic faults that are marked while you drive on the driving test

Precautions11 Precautions: Failure to take proper precautions before starting engine

12 Control:

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Accelerator: uncontrolled or harsh use of the accelerator.

Clutch: uncontrolled use of clutch.

Gears: failure to engage appropriate gear for road and traffic conditions. Coasting in neutral or with clutch pedal depressed.

Footbrake: late and/or harsh use of footbrake.

Parking brake: failure to apply or release the parking brake correctly and when necessary.

Steering: erratic steering, overshooting the correct turning point when turning right or left, both hands off steering wheel or hitting the kerb.

13 Move off:

Moving off

Safely: failure to take effective observation before moving off, including the correct use of signals.

14 Use of mirror(s):
Under control: inability to move off

smoothly, straight ahead, at an angle, or on a gradient.


Failure to make effective use of the mirrors well before:

Use of Mirrors


Changing direction.

Changing speed.

15 Signals: –


Necessary – signal omitted.

Correctly: Incorrect or misleading signal. Failure to cancel direction indicators.

Properly timed: Signal incorrectly timed so as to be either misleading or too late to be of value.

Clearance of objects16 Clearance / obstructions: –

Not allowing adequate clearance when passing parked vehicles and other obstructions.

17 Response to signs /signals: –

Response to SignsFailure to comply with or late reaction to:

Traffic signs – inappropriate response to traffic signs.

Road markings: e.g. double white lines, box junctions, lane direction arrows.

Traffic lights: (not Pedestrian Controlled crossings, this is covered at 24), including failure to move off on green when correct and safe to do so.

Traffic controllers: signals given by a police officer, traffic warden, school crossing warden or other persons directing traffic.

Other road users: Failure to take appropriate action on signals given by other road users.

Use of Speed18 Use of speed:

Driving too fast for road, traffic and weather conditions.

 19 Following distance: –

Following DistanceKeep a proper and safe distance from the vehicle in front when moving.

Leave a reasonable gap from the vehicle in front when stopping in lines of traffic.

20 Progress: –


Appropriate speed: driving too slowly for road and traffic conditions.

Undue hesitation: being over cautious by stopping or waiting when it is safe and normal to proceed.

21 Junctions: –

JunctionsApproach speed: Approaching junctions at a proper speed, either too fast or too slow, for whatever reason.

Observations: Not taking effective observation before emerging.

Turning right: Late or incorrect positioning before turning right, including failing to move forward into the correct position to turn right at traffic lights

Turning left: Positioning too close or too far from the kerb before turning left.

Cutting corners: Cutting right hand corners, particularly where the view is limited.

22 Judgement: –


Overtaking: Attempting to overtake unsafely or cutting in after overtaking.

Meeting – Failure to show proper judgement when meeting approaching traffic.

Crossing traffic: turning right across the path of oncoming traffic.

23 Positioning: –


Normal driving: Incorrect positioning during normal driving, including cutting across the normal road position when going ahead at roundabouts without lane markings.

Lane discipline: Failure to maintain proper lane discipline at junctions, roundabouts with lane markings, one-way systems etc

24 Pedestrian crossings: –

Pedestrian crossing

Failure to give precedence to pedestrians on a pedestrian crossing.

Non-compliance with lights at Pedestrian Controlled crossings.

25 Position /normal stops: –

Normal stop not made in safe position.

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26 Awareness /planning: –

Failure to judge what other road users are going to do and react accordingly.

27 Ancillary controls: –

Failure to use ancillary controls when necessary.


Debrief – If any observer (other than another DSA examiner) who has accompanied the test remains present for the end of test feedback then the debrief box should be marked. (If the observer does not remain for the feedback, the box should be left unmarked).

If the test was not accompanied but the ADI, or any other person attends for the end of test feedback the debrief box should be marked

 DEFINITION OF FAULTS on a driving test

How driving faults are defined on the driving test:

A driving fault is one, which in itself is not potentially dangerous. However, a candidate who habitually commits a driving fault in one aspect of driving throughout the test, demonstrating an inability to deal with certain situations, cannot be regarded as competent to pass the test, as that fault alone must be seen as potentially dangerous.

 A serious fault is one, which is potentially dangerous.

A dangerous fault is one involving actual danger to the examiner, candidate, the general public or property. (Note: If the fault has been assessed as dangerous then this should be marked regardless of any action taken by the examiner.

Faults should be marked with an oblique stroke in the appropriate box.

Note: How you fail the driving test. This is a result of either one serious fault or one dangerous fault and an accumulation of 16 or more driving faults – the written report only needs to cover the more serious or dangerous fault. Fails as a result of an accumulation of 16 or more driving faults only need to be written up in full.

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