Did you know???

Did you know, every week, a substantial number of driving tests cannot be completed due to the applicant not turning up, or because the vehicle or documentation is not in order.

 

9.7% of customers did not show up for their driving test last week.

If you are unable to attend your driving test, notifying us in good time means that another customer who may need a test at short notice can avail of your vacated test appointment. To view our cancellations policy click here.

 

3.3% of customers’ tests could not be completed last week due to the following:

 

Vehicle not roadworthy: 

64 customers attended the driving test with a vehicle which was not in a roadworthy condition.  The following are examples;  

- Indicator(s) not working

- Dashboard/Engine management light on

- Airbag light on

- Excessive tinted window(s)

- Seatbelt not working

- Brake light(s) not working

- Tyres not meeting the minimum thread depth

 

To view the requirements of a vehicle for the driving test, check out our checklist for your driving test here.

No valid insurance:

19 customers attended their driving test without displaying a valid insurance disc on their vehicle which meant that their test could not be conducted and they lost their fee.  It is important to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the driving test, and Driver Testers complete vehicle checks before the practical part of the test begins.  When you receive your appointment, check the expiry date on your insurance disc to ensure it is not expiring shortly before the test and if so, make sure you renew your policy in good time before the test in order for you to receive your new insurance disc.  Evidence of having sent away for a new disc unfortunately will not suffice on the day of the test, the Driver Tester will be checking the disc itself. 

No valid learner permit:

11 customers attended their driving test without a valid learner permit which meant that their test could not be conducted and they lost their fee. When you receive your driving test appointment, check your learner permit to ensure that it will be in date on the date of your driving test. If you need to renew your learner permit, you can view more information here.

No valid tax disc:

15 customers attended their driving test without displaying a valid tax disc on their vehicle which meant that their test could not be conducted and they lost their fee.  It is important to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the driving test, and Driver Testers complete vehicle checks before the practical part of the test begins.  When you receive your appointment, check the expiry date on your tax disc to ensure it is not expiring shortly before the test and if so, make sure you renew your tax in good time before the test in order for you to receive your new tax disc.  Evidence of having sent away for a new disc unfortunately will not suffice on the day of the test, the Driver Tester will be checking the disc itself.

No valid NCT disc:

7 customers attended their driving test without displaying a valid NCT disc on their vehicle which meant that their test could not be conducted and they lost their fee.  It is important to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the driving test, and Driver Testers complete vehicle checks before the practical part of the test begins.  When you receive your appointment, check the expiry date on your NCT disc to ensure it is not expiring shortly before the test and if so, make sure you arrange your NCT test in good time before the driving test in order for you to receive your new NCT disc. 

Candidate late:

6 customers attended late to their driving test appointment, which meant that their test could not be conducted and they lost their fee.  Give yourself plenty of time on the day to travel to your test appointment, taking into account heavy traffic or unexpected delays.  This will allow you to reach the test centre in good time and compose yourself before the driving test begins.

No L plates:

6 customers attended their driving test with no L plates displayed which meant that their test could not be conducted and they lost their fee.  Learner drivers are legally required to display L plates on their vehicle while driving, which is also a requirement for the purposes of the driving test.