Host vocational driving tests at your own site
Apply for your site to be approved to host lorry, car and trailer or Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) part 4 tests.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): temporary changes to driver CPC requirements
Get approval for your site
You have to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) to get your site approved. It must meet certain rules to be used.
If your site is approved, you can either:
- host tests for just your own staff and customers
- host tests for anyone (if you’re in an area where DVSA is looking for alternative premises, they’ll pay you an annual fee, and your site will operate under a DVSA licence)
If you apply to host driving tests for anyone, your site will be used by DVSA examiners to carry out:
- lorry licence acquisition tests
- car and trailer tests
- Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) part 4 (practical demonstration) tests
Rules for the site
Your site must:
- have clearly defined access and exit points, so the safety of other people on site can be managed
- have a suitable barrier to replicate a loading bay
- allow for suitable driving test routes by having access to a variety of traffic hazards and road conditions
- comply with health and safety legislation
- have suitable insurance cover
- have a load securing demonstration trolley if Driver CPC part 4 tests are required for large goods vehicles
Off-road manoeuvring area
Your site must have an off-road manoeuvring area that:
- is at least 66 metres (m) by 11m
- is line marked following DVSA inspection
- has a level surface in a reasonable condition
- is free of other vehicles and personnel (other than the examiner and candidate) while the test is taking place
Manoeuvring Exercise Area Diagram
Manoeuvring Exercise - Reversing
Reduced Area Size - 66 X 11 Metres
All rigid vehicles
All articulated vehicles
|Cones A and A1 = 3.5 times vehicle length, set from baseline Z.||Cones A and A1 = 4 times vehicle length, set from baseline Z.|
All dimensions in metres
ALL ARTICULATED VEHICLES
All dimensions in metres
|Overall length of vehicle||Cone B||Cones A & A1||Overall length of vehicle||Cone B||Cones A & A1|
Reverse Exercise Line Markings for Customer Sites
Please see below the notes referring to the measurements required for line marking:
- All markings are to be in yellow paint. (for clarity purposes the black outlines have been used, but are not to be painted)
- Boundaries of 66 x 11m marked by lines 10cm wide. (outside of line to show actual boundary)
- Continuous longitudinal centre line 10cm wide marked off at 1m intervals with every 3m numbered (opposite line).
- A solid “box” from 0m to 4.6m and 1m in depth, at the bottom left-hand end of the area.
- Centre line numbers to be 15cm high.
- Lateral line across centre line to be 10cm wide and extend 30cm either side of centre line.
A black line 100mm wide must be painted across the full length of the yellow solid box 0.75m from the base with black diagonal stripes starting from the middle and work outwards.
Each stripe must be 100mm wide, 300mm apart and be angled at 45 degrees.
Please note: The drawing is not to scale; only figured dimensions are to be used.
In addition the following equipment is necessary for the manoeuvring area:
- 7 cones, measuring 50cm in height and 30cm base
- 3 poles measuring 1.5 -1.8m in height; striped red and white
Customer Site Area Layout
Rules for staff facilities
The following must be available for the driving examiner:
- a private office space with a chair and desk to write up test paperwork
- a suitable storage facility for the day’s documents and personal belongings
- male and female staff toilets and kitchen facilities
Apply for approval
Contact DVSA to apply for approval, or to get more information about hosting tests.
DVSA customer support
Use a pre-funded account for driving test and Driver CPC services
Apply for and use a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) pre-funded account to pay for Driver CPC and driving test services
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