You should only get training from fully registered DSA Driving Instructors, there are many amature groups out there who think they can teach but are only just amatures who might not be good enough to pass the stringent tests set by the DSA, if you pay anything for your training the Instructor must be DSA registered or they are breaking the law. If they are Observers, thats exactly what you get, someone to sit next to you who observes, get a fully qualified DSA Instructor who is a profesional at teaching.
The test takes place at the same test centres for drivers of lorries and busses. The test is longer than a Cat B; about 90 min, (the on road part 60 min,) and has a higher fee.
-A No Smoking sign or sticker visible in the vehicle.
-A passenger head restraint, this need not be adjustable but must be fitted as an integral part of the seat. Slip on type head restraint is not permissible.
-L-plates displayed on the front of the vehicle and at the rear of the trailer, but not interfering with the driver or examiner's view.
-An audible or visual warning device to confirm that the trailer indicator lights are operating.
-Have a speedometer that measures speed in miles per hour and kilometers per hour.
-Have no warning lights showing i.e. the airbag warning light.
-Have the same number plate as the trailer.
-Externally mounted, nearside and offside mirrors must be fitted for use by the examiner or any person supervising the test.
Some convertible vehicles are NOT suitable for test.
Dimensions must be provided at the time of booking.
When walking to and from the maneuvering area at the test centre you have to wear a High Visibility jacket.
It is important that the vehicles cab is cleaned inside so the examiner does not get dirty. If necessary place a sheet or cover over the seating. If the vehicle is too dirty the examiner may cancel the test at your expense.
Cat B + E (Vehicle and trailer test)
Vehicles presented for test must be a Cat B vehicle, towing a suitably braked, unladen trailer of at least 1,000kg MAM. The examiner may ask for evidence of the trailer MAM, e.g. manufacturers? plate. All vehicle combinations must operate on appropriate brakes and utilise a coupling arrangement suitable for the weight.
A combination used for Cat B+E on or after the 1 October 2003 the following additional standards will apply:
-The cargo compartment of the trailer must consist of a closed box body which is at least as wide and as high as the towing vehicle; the closed box body may also be slightly less wide than the towing vehicle provided that the view to the rear is only possible by use of the external rear-view mirrors of the towing vehicle.
There have been some changes to the type of trailer that can be used on test:
Before October 2003
If you are using a towing vehicle that was registered before October 2003 then you can use any trailer that is plated at 1,000kg gross weight or over. (NB: This is the plated gross weight, which is the weight of the trailer and the load combined). The trailer can be any dimension within the rules of construction and use regulations and any type; which includes boat trailers, horse boxes, flatbeds etc.
After October 2003
Towing vehicles registered after October 2003 must only use trailers that are plated at 1,000kg gross weight or over and be constructed so that the driver cannot see through or over the top, i.e. Horseboxes, Van trailers, Tilt-cover trailers etc. This is so only the side mirrors can be used for the reversing exercise.
All vehicle combinations must operate on appropriate brakes and utilise a coupling arrangement suitable for the weight.
An emergency breakaway cable must be fitted to the parking brake linkage and the other end clipped or fixed round some fixture on the towing vehicle so that, in the event of the trailer becoming detached from the towing vehicle, the cable will apply the parking brake automatically, before snapping itself. It is not recommended to loop the cable round the towball. (But do so if there is no alternative attachment point.) It is a separate offence not to use the breakaway cable provided.
It is your responsibility as the driver to know whether your vehicle/trailer combination needs a tachograph.
This is an important issue and one in which the police are taking a keen interest. Drivers who legitimately do not have a tachograph should carry a copy of this information if they think the police might possibly expect them to have one in their cab.
Ask yourself the following questions:
-Is the vehicle used for hire or reward or for the commercial carriage of goods?
-Is the maximum permissible weight more than 3,500kg?
-Does the trailer consist only of plant or fixed equipment?
-Is the trailer only used for carrying equipment for the drivers own use?
In the view of VOSA a tachograph would not be required.
As a result of a recent appeal court case, it might well be that the vehicle and trailer would have to be taken to a weighbridge and weighed at over 3,500kg before prosecution could proceed.
If either the gross plated weight or the train weight of your vehicle is over 3,500kg you need to consider your position very carefully. The DETR and the NTTA stress that their comments are for advice only and that it is for the courts to interpret the law.
At the Test Centre
Make sure you have your full driving licence and counterpart with you and that it is correctly signed. The examiner cannot conduct your test if you cannot produce the correct documentation, your test will be cancelled and you will lose your fee.
The examiner will meet you in the reception waiting room and ask to see both parts of your driving licence, and will ask you to read and sign the DL 25.
Taking the examiner to the combination
You will proceed to your combination where you will be asked the 'Show me Tell me' questions.
The reversing exercise
The examiner will show you a diagram, and brief you on what is required for the exercise and confirm that you fully understand his instructions.
Before starting the vehicle engine; check that the seat and mirrors are correctly adjusted, the handbrake is on and the gear lever or selector is in neutral. If your vehicle has vacuum or air-pressure brakes make sure that the appropriate instrument indicates a safe working limit.
You should also be aware of the location of the emergency fuel cut off switch if fitted.
The examiner will remain outside of the vehicle during the reversing exercise.
The length of the bay will be based on the length of the combination, andinproportiontothelengthanda width ofthecombination, which was given when booking the test. This can be varied at the discretion of the examiner within the range of 1 metre over and 2 metres under that length, you will not be informed of the change.
You must keep the combination under control and take good observation with reasonable accuracy.
You can draw forward to straighten your trailer (shunt) but no further than the front of your pre-marked area. You are allowed 2 shunts during the exercise. Aim for smooth accurate steering. You must keep within the marked areas.
If you are not sure that you are within the marked area, you can get out and check; apply the handbrake, turn the engine off, do not make eye contact with the examiner or he might think you have finished, if you need to adjust your position, return to the cab and continue the manoeuver.You are allowed to get out and check your position once.
-You can cross your hands during the reversing exercise but not when driving normally.
-Don't allow the trailer to get into a jacknife or near jacknife position as this is regarded as out of control.
-It is important that no marker, boundary or cone is knocked down or moved, as this is a major fault on the test.
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