The DVLA is poised to bring in new legislation to simplify passing tests for cars and motorcycles in the UK.
The government is looking to allow drivers of automatic cars to also drive a manual vehicle – as long as they can already drive a manual vehicle in another category.
The DVLA has stated that the number of such vehicles with a manual gearbox is reducing and therefore there’s little demand for candidates to take a ‘manual’ test compared to those who take a test in an ‘automatic’.
According to the proposed legislation, the changes will effect the car and trailer (B+E) category, medium-sized lorry (C1) and its trailer towing equivalent (C1+E) and the minibus (D1) and its trailer towing equivalent (D1+E).
A spokesperson from the DVLA also added: “We think that the time is right to bring medium-sized lorries and mini-buses, together with their trailer entitlements, into line with the test and licence upgrade arrangements for these larger vehicles.
“The government considers that this proposal should also apply to car and trailer tests. This is because most drivers who want to tow a trailer with their car will already have full manual entitlement.
“It shouldn’t matter if they happen to pass their test using a vehicle with automatic transmission, which may have been supplied by their trainer.”
Meanwhile, it also proposes to the minimum engine capacity needed for a standard motorcycle test to as low as 245cc.
A spokesperson added: “The government supports these changes as it’s their policy to make changes that relax regulations wherever possible.
“These changes benefit drivers, riders, and industry by making the rules and requirements more simple and easier to meet.”
Those taking their current A2 motorcycle test must have at least a 395cc motorbike for the test however, this is set to be lowed.
The DVLA has said that this proposal will not change the licence category and it’s about what motorcycle a person can ride when they take their test.
It comes as an amendment was submitted on the Government’s website yesterday.
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