Minimum test vehicle requirements for a car practical test
Vehicles that do not meet the minimum test vehicle requirements are not suitable for the purpose of taking a test, and your test may be cancelled with loss of fee.
There are rules about the car or van you use for your driving test. If your vehicle does not meet the rules, you can't use it for your test. Find out if your vehicle meets the rules.
The vehicle you use for your driving test -
Most learner drivers take their practical test in their driving instructor's car. However, you can take the test in your own vehicle if it meets certain rules.
Using a manual or automatic vehicle -
You can take your driving test in either a manual or automatic vehicle. However, if you pass your test in an automatic you'll only get a license to drive an automatic.
For driving test purposes:
Manual vehicles have three pedals - accelerator, brake and clutch
Automatic vehicles have two pedals
1. If you want to use your own vehicle for your driving test, you need to check:
That it meets the rules on this page
If it is has a known fault that needs to be checked and fixed by the manufacturer before being used for a driving test
- Be properly insured and have a valid tax disc
- Be roadworthy and have a current MOT if it needs one
- Always have a seatbelt for the examiner
- Car must have an interior rear-view mirror for the examiner (these are available from most motor stores)
- Have a proper passenger head restraint (not a slip-on type)
- Be a smoke-free environment
- The vehicle you use for your test must have four wheels
- Be able to reach at least 62.5 mph
- Be fitted with a speedometer measuring speed in mph
- Have no warning lights showing - for example, the airbag warning light
- Have L-plates (ĎLí or ĎDí plates in Wales) on the front and rear
- Have a maximum authorized mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500 kilograms
- MAM is the maximum weight of the vehicle including the maximum load that can be carried safely while used on the road. This is also known as 'gross vehicle weight'.
2. If your vehicle doesn't meet the above rules
If your vehicle doesn't meet the rules, you can't use it for your test. If you take a vehicle that doesn't meet the rules:
- Your test will be cancelled
- You may lose your fee
Using a hire car for your driving test-
You can use a hire car for your test if it meets the following conditions:
You cannot use a hire car that does not have dual controls for a driving test.
- It is fitted with dual controls
- The vehicle meets all the other rules to be used for a driving test
In some cars the spare tyre is a space-saver and only supposed to be for temporary use. You canít take your test if a space-saver tyre is in use.
Electronic parking brakes-
You can use your vehicle for your test if it is fitted with an electronic parking brake.
Vehicle faults that need checking before a driving test-
You need to check if your vehicle has a known fault that needs to be checked and fixed by the manufacturer. Click on the link to find out:
Vehicles that you can't use for your driving test-
- If your vehicle is affected
- what action you need to take
- what documents you'll need to bring to your driving test
Some modelís of vehicles don't meet the rules and can't be used for a driving test. This is because the vehicles don't give the examiner all-round vision.
Generally they are:
Makes and models of cars that can't be used
These makes and models of cars can't be used for a driving test:
- Convertible cars
- Panel vans
- BMW Mini convertible
- Ford KA convertible
- Toyota iQ
- VW Beetle convertible
If you want to use a convertible car or panel van for your test, check that it's suitable when you book.
Source - Driving Standard Agency