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Agricultural tractor and trailer weight and speed limit regulations

Northern Ireland will increase Tractor and Trailer weights in February 2016 aproximately.
 
From February 2016 aproximately, an agricultural tractor towing an agricultural trailer will be able to travel at a higher combination weight limit of 31 tonnes ( t ), increasing from 24.39t . The existing trailer limit of 18.29t remains in place. This change will allow farmers to more appropriately size their combinations as the current outdated weight limit incentivises farmers to use smaller tractors to tow larger trailers. This change could also increase the amount of produce that some farmers can carry in a journey resulting in fewer journeys and thus fewer risks of incidents.

Furthermore, agricultural tractors and agricultural trailers which are currently restricted under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (as amended) to travelling at 20 miles per hour ( mph ) will be able to travel at 40 kilometres per hour (approximately 25mph ).

Weather warning for drivers!

Whatever the weather, every single day on the road is dangerous. However, different weather conditions have their own dangers and demand different driving rules. When the weather is particularly bad, the first thing you must ask yourself is “Do I really need to make this trip?” If your journey is essential then follow the advice in The Highway Code NI to adapt your driving to the weather conditions and always expect the unexpected.

GET TO GRIPS WITH WET AND WINDY WEATHER
In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads, which significantly increases your risk of crashing. This is because your tyres have less grip on the road.
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ICE AND SNOW – DON’T SLIP UP
DO NOT drive in icy or snowy conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time. Take an emergency kit of de-icer, an ice scraper and a torch. Read more …

CLEAR ADVICE FOR DRIVING IN FOG
Before entering fog check your mirrors then slow down. If the word ‘Fog’ is shown on a road signal but the road is clear, be prepared for a bank of fog or drifting patchy fog.Read more …

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STAY SAFE AROUND HGVs

 

As road users we all have to share the road and the responsibility. While the above video is intended to help cyclist stay safe around HGVs it is just as important for motorists, motorcyclist, pedestrians and all other road users to be aware of HGVs. So it’s important to see things from the other’s point of view.

 

HAZARD PERCEPTION CLIPS GET A MODERN MAKEOVER

The hazard perception part of the driving theory test has been updated using computer generated imagery (CGI). This will help ensure candidates’ awareness of risk is tested in modern driving environments that are more like real world situations.

Filmed video clips have been used since 2002 to test candidates’ reactions to developing hazards on the road. While the scenarios in these clips were still relevant, the image quality wasn’t as clear or as defined as modern digital technology allows.

New CGI clips were introduced to the test on 12 January 2015. These new clips show the same situations as the filmed clips, but are clearer on the screen and include updated vehicles, roads and surroundings to reflect modern day driving.

Using CGI will also allow new clips to be developed that include a wider range of hazards, for example including situations with vulnerable road users like children or cyclists that would previously have been difficult to film. Future CGI clips will also include a range of driving conditions, such as night time driving or driving in bad weather.

For more information about this change and to view a sample clip, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hazard-perceptio n-clips-get-a-modern-makeover

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New penalties to tackle tailgating and middle lane hogging

Careless drivers who put other road users at risk face on-the-spot penalties under new measures announced by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond.

The changes will give the police powers to issue fixed penalty notices for careless driving, giving them greater flexibility in dealing with less serious careless driving offences - such as tailgating or middle lane hogging - and freeing them from resource-intensive court processes.

The fixed penalty will also enable the police to offer educational training as an alternative to endorsement. Drivers will still be able to appeal any decision in court.

Existing fixed penalty levels rising to £100

In addition, existing fixed penalty levels for most motoring offences - including using a mobile phone at the wheel and not wearing a seatbelt - will rise to £100 to bring them into line with the penalties for similar non-motoring fixed penalties.

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Car and Trailer ( B+E ) Practical test coming to Coleraine in 2013.

Category B+ E ( car & trailer ) practical test will be available from 4th November 2013 & can be booked at any driving test centre from the 7th October 2013.

LCD, to all those that will be undertaking any test, we wish you good luck & safe driving.

The number of B+E Test routes available for examiners to use at TEST CENTRES are:

  • Belfast 10
  • Craigavon 8
  • Londonderry/Derry 12
  • Omagh 4
  • Coleraine 2*

* Car and trailer test will be available from 4th November 2013 & can be booked at any driving test centre from the 7th October 2013.

Hazard Perception Test

DSA has published a new early working example of a computer-generated hazard perception test clip.

Passing your Theory Test

A new video has been released with helpful advice on passing your theory test

DVLA scam email warning

Watch out for emails claiming to be from the DVLA asking you to verify your driving licence details via an online link – it's a scam. The DVLA has not sent any such email, so if you get one delete it immediately.

This is a copy of the email that is circulating:

From: DVLA
Subject: Update Your License Details

We are currrently upgrading our database and all drivers are required to update and verify there driver's license details.To complete your license verification with us, you are required to fill out the form in the link below.

{Fake link}

Drivers that refuses to upgrade his or her details within two weeks of receiving this verification email will lose his or her driver's License and will have to take a fresh driving test. We sincerely apologise for any inconviniences this might have caused you.

Thank you for your co-operation.
(c) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Swansea SA6 7JL

Better testing for better drivers

From Monday 23 January, the driving theory test will no longer use pre-published questions in a move to stop candidates from learning answers by rote.

Theory test appUntil now all the questions used in the driving theory test have been published. These changes will mean that learner drivers and riders gain a better understanding of driving theory, because they can no longer rely on simply learning which options are correct for individual questions.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:

“By bringing a stop to publication of theory test questions we aim to encourage candidates to prepare by learning each topic area thoroughly rather than just memorising the questions and answers.

“The intention is to improve candidates’ knowledge and understanding of driving theory, so that they are more able to retain and apply it when they are on the road.”

The familiar theory test books and software still offer revision questions for candidates to test themselves and assess their progress. They now also have exercises so learners can practice applying their knowledge on each topic to case studies. There are also new sections of revision support for motorcyclists and a free e-book for car drivers.
The agency has also launched its first iPhone apps for theory test revision, which also help candidates to study and monitor their progress at their convenience as they approach their test date. These are available from the iTunes Store.

DSA books, electronic books and software are available to order or download from TSO at tsoshop.co.uk/dsa and all good bookshops.

Despatch ezine – October 2011

In this issue:

  •  independent driving one year on
  •  professional drivers urged to exchange paper licences
  • new theory test books published
  • how to use online ADI services
  • DSA explores new hazard perception clips
  • a round up of this month’s news

Despatch  Ezine

Download the October issue of Despatch (PDF, 1.5Mb)

 

Instructor gains Special Test Qualification

Category B DIAmond Special TestLCD Driving Academy is proud to announce another success! We are pleased to let you know Lawerence Deehan has just recently passed the Category B DIAmond Special Test, which demostrates an excellent standard of driving!

Well done Lawrence!

 

 

The latest official help for learner drivers
and riders

New editions of the best-selling official DSA theory test books are published, giving learner drivers and motorcyclists the best possible support as they prepare for their tests.

From January 2012, the theory test will change for all candidates, when DSA stop publishing the live bank of multiple choice test questions.
DSA’s chief executive Rosemary Thew said:

“The reason behind the move is to stop candidates from simply memorising theory test questions and answers and learning by rote. The new books contain questions and answers for revision and also explain the theory behind each question.

“This approach to learning will help candidates to gain a better knowledge and understanding of driving theory which will help them respond correctly to the new, re-worded live questions used in the actual test. Our aim is to help road users to be safer and more efficient.”

Theory Test Books

The official publications support this approach by including the full DSA explanations for every revision question, helping candidates fully understand the answer. Each question has extra help for candidates to improve their knowledge of the theory by including references to the official source materials where they can read the background information and learn more (this feature is available for drivers of large vehicles for the first time in this new edition). The official DSA theory test titles are the only range on the market to also include official practice case studies for every topic, enabling complete test preparation.

TSO (The Stationery Office) – DSA’s official publishing partner – has moved the answers for each question to the back of the book for these new editions, enabling learners to test themselves more efficiently to see how much they have learnt and to help them gauge when they are ready to take their tests.

Learner car drivers are set to benefit even more from this update, as the new edition of The Official DSA Theory Test for Car Drivers includes a free downloadable Theory Test Extra eBook, worth £6.99. This additional content explains the theory behind each topic in an easy-to-remember way and also includes some mock tests. Accessible via a web link or through scannable QR codes for smartphone users, this eBook will really help learners get to grips with the topics covered in their theory test.
New editions publishing 19 September 2011

  • The Official DSA Theory Test for Car Drivers and The Official Highway Code; ISBN 9780115531828; £14.99
  • The Official DSA Theory Test for Motorcyclists; ISBN 9780115531866; £12.99
  • The Official DSA Theory Test for Drivers of Large Vehicles; ISBN 9780115531897; £15.99

The Official DSA Complete Learner Driver Book Pack; ISBN 9780115531835; £29.99 (includes the new edition of The Official DSA Theory Test for Car Drivers book, The Official DSA Guide to Driving – the essential skills and The Official DSA Guide to Learning to Drive, offering a saving of £7.98 on buying the titles separately).

All new editions will also be available as downloadable PDFs directly from tsoshop.co.uk/dsa shortly after the book launch. Other official theory test products, including downloads, CD-ROMs and eBooks are being revised ready for the changes to the test in January 2012 to ensure they remain the best preparation available for learners.
To find out more and to view the full range of official DSA products, visit tsoshop.co.uk/dsa, call 0870 850 6553 or head to all good high street and online book stores, plus selected computer software retailers for our interactive software products.

New theory test books published

Theory Test BookNew official driving and riding theory books will be published this month to help candidates revise in preparation for changes to the test in January 2012.

Since theory tests began in 1996, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has published the questions and answers from the question banks for all categories of tests for cars, motorcycles, lorries and buses.
However, DSA announced last November that it was to stop publishing the multiple choice questions and answers, with unpublished questions being used from January 2012.

DSA’s chief executive Rosemary Thew said: “The reason behind the move is to stop candidates from simply memorising theory test questions and answers and learning by rote. The new books contain questions and answers for revision and also explain the theory behind each question.
“This approach to learning will help candidates to gain a better knowledge and understanding of driving theory which will help them respond correctly to the new, re-worded live questions used in the actual test.”

Other theory test products including CD Roms, downloadable PDFs and ebooks have been revised too and will be published shortly after the theory test books are published on 19 September.

The agency has also launched its first ever mobile phone apps for theory test revision, which have been developed to help candidates learn in this way.

Useful links
tsoshop.co.uk/dsa

 

The youngest Female at 18 in the UK to pass her Category C ( Lorry ) test first time!

Shona McLaughlin passes Category C (Lorry) test first time!

The youngest Female at 18 in the UK to pass her Category C ( Lorry ) test first time,Congratulations and best wishs to Shona Mc Laughlin from Killywool,Greysteel

Win a £50 Amazon voucher with our 'Show me, tell me' comp!

At the start of your driving test there will be some safety check questions. Known as ‘show me, tell me’, you have to physically do the checks, or talk about how you’d do them. Like checking your tyre pressure, or checking your oil level.

Doing these checks is so important – they won’t just save your pocket, they could save your life. So we’ve made some little vids to show you the kinds of things to check.

Do you think you could do better? We’ve got three £50 Amazon vouchers to give away to the three most informative and entertaining vids if you do! These have been donated by our lovely publishers, TSO. 

Are you up for the challenge?

Visit our Facebook page for more details.

Further info:

'Show me, Tell me' competition launched on Facebook

This afternoon DSA launched its first ever competition on Facebook.

A video of a DSA examiner and three students from Bilborough College, Nottingham, discussing the 'show me,tell me' questions is now on the DSA Facebook page ('I can't wait to pass my driving test!'). DSA is inviting people to make their own videos of vehicle safety checks and upload them to YouTube.

The videos will be judged on their information and entertainment value. DSA's official publishers, TSO, have kindly donated three £50 Amazon vouchers for the three best entries.

The competition seeks to raise awareness of vehicle safety checks, and show how important they are - not just for the driving test, but for life.

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Biggest change to the Driving Test in last fifty years

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today launched the most significant addition to the driving test since its introduction fifty years ago.
~ Wednesday, 15 June 2011

The change, known as independent driving, will mean that candidates will be required to spend ten minutes driving without step by step instructions from the examiner.

They will be given the destination they need to go to and then they will have to negotiate how to get there themselves.

The aim of independent driving is to assess the candidate's ability to drive safely whilst making decisions independently and ultimately produce safer drivers.

Independent driving will be introduced into the driving tests from Monday 27 June 2011.

Alex Attwood said: “The change I am launching today, while a significant addition to the familiar driving test, should hold no fear for candidates. In fact the new test reflects what they want. It is designed to ensure that novice drivers, once they acquire a licence, have the skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to drive on their own.

“Once they pass the test novice drivers will have to make their own decisions regarding when to drive, where to drive to, how to get there, and who to drive with whilst driving safely – these are all issues that will be addressed in the new independent driving section of the test.
“Independent driving assessment will encourage a sense of responsibility, awareness and individual decision-making amongst learner drivers, in order to prepare them when driving on their own.”

Research has shown that many people who have passed their test still lack confidence to drive independently because they are used to step by step instructions.

The Chairman of the Driving Instructors stakeholder group, JJ Doherty said: “This is a very positive development and gives the candidate the opportunity to experience what it is like to drive unaccompanied by presenting a realistic future driving requirement as an integral part of their test."