Thursday 27 April 2017

Here are five reasons you won't get to do your driving test

Our RSA expert urges candidates to check they, their documentation and their car are all in order

Check that both your documentation and car are in order before turning up for your driving test
Check that both your documentation and car are in order before turning up for your driving test

While visiting one of the driving-test centres recently, I came upon a heated conversation between a candidate and her family.

It turned out that when she went to take her test, she was told her car failed the vehicle inspection element because one of the brake lights wasn't working. There were tears and a most disappointed candidate.

While I empathise with her and her family, in this situation it's a clear and obvious health and safety issue.

The driving test needs the candidate, their documentation and their vehicle to meet all the requirements in the 'Checklist for your driving test' booklet issued when drivers get their test date.

Up to 20pc of tests between January and October 2016 did not go ahead for a variety of reasons.

Some of these stalled because the candidates simply didn't pay enough attention when going through their final checklist for the test.

It's important that you take the time to run through the list to ensure the test can be conducted.

About 15pc of tests don't go ahead because the candidate fails to show up and almost 5pc are due to the documentation and the vehicle not meeting the specified requirements to conduct the test.

The top 5 reasons for the driving test not being conducted are:

1. The candidate not showing up for the test.

Taking your driving test can be a daunting prospect. However, if you fail to show up, you have no chance of passing. It also means no other candidate gets to take the test in that time slot either.

If you feel nervous about your test, take an extra lesson or two with your approved driving instructor or more practice with your sponsor in the run-up to your test.

If you cannot attend your appointment, please let us know in advance. In this way, we will be able to give your time slot to a candidate on our cancellation list.

2. Vehicle road worthiness; No valid NCT on display.

When you've practised hard for your test, the last thing you want is to be let down by your car on the day.

Ensuring that all the lights work and that there are no mechanical issues is vital. One of the main reasons a driving test vehicle never leaves the centre car park is because the candidate failed to check the car's NCT was in date.

Again, this is despite receiving reminders about the need to ensure the car is taxed, insured and has a valid NCT.

3. The candidate doesn't have a valid licence.

Hard to believe, I know, but we have candidates turning up for a driving test and their Learner Permit is out of date.

When you receive your driving test appointment, check your learner permit to ensure it will be in date on the date of your test.

4. The candidate doesn't have a valid insurance disc.

When you receive your appointment, check the expiry date on your insurance disc to ensure it will not expire before the test.

5. The vehicle does not have a valid tax disk.

When you receive your appointment, check the expiry date on your tax disc to ensure it doesn't expire before the test.

So if you or someone you know is planning to take a driving test, make to do those all-important final checks.

Check the learner permit, tax, insurance and NCT are all in date at the time you're scheduled to take a test. Evidence of having applied for any of these will not be accepted as evidence for having any of these items.

To ensure you, your documentation and your vehicle meet all the specified requirements to take the driving test, visit the 'Checklist for your driving test' booklet at RSA.ie.

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