New driving theory test to be introduced next month



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An updated driving theory test is being introduced in the Isle of Man.

It has been developed by officers from the Department of Infrastructure in conjunction with their counterparts in Jersey and Guernsey.

The government says collaborative working has enabled the theory test questions to ‘reflect the unique aspects of driving in an island, as well as highlighting the differences that will be encountered if driving in the UK’.

It has also helped to cut the cost of the project.

The revised driving theory test is scheduled to come into effect for learner drivers and motorcycle riders from Thursday, September 4, replacing the current version which has been in place since 2004.

The computer-based test, which features multiple choice questions and answers and a section on hazard perception, must be passed before candidates can apply to take their practical driving examination.

Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne MHK said: ‘We are continually striving to improve driving standards in the Isle of Man to make our roads as safe as possible. The updated test should ensure that new drivers and riders have greater theory-based knowledge at the start of their motoring experience. It is important for learners to have a good understanding of the rules of the road before they get behind the wheel to take their practical driving test.’

He added: ‘I am delighted that we have been able to work in partnership with our colleagues in Jersey and Guernsey to develop the new theory test. Sharing expertise and costs has been beneficial for all parties.’

From September 4, learner drivers and motorcyclists taking the theory test will face questions designed to place greater emphasis on the demands of modern motoring, including safety and environmental issues, vehicle knowledge and being more considerate to other road users.

A new feature of the test is a voice-over option, which allows candidates to listen to the questions and answers being read out in English if required. This is designed to assist those who experience difficulties with reading.

All new provisional licence applicants receive a training package, including a CD featuring example questions and hazard perception clips, so they can practise before taking the theory test. This CD includes additional information and explanations, so anyone clicking a wrong answer can discover why it is incorrect and be guided towards the right answer.

The new CD asks people which island they live in – and selecting the ‘Isle of Man’ will ensure that no questions specific to Jersey or Guernsey will appear.

Candidates applying to take the theory test after September 4 should practise using the updated training package. Anyone who has the previous version can exchange it free of charge at the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education or at the Vehicle Test Centre on Ballafletcher Road, Tromode.

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