Welcome to the January 2012 newsletter!
As we move into the New Year, we also encounter new changes to the UK theory test. The DSA have announced that it will stop publishing the multiple choice questions and answers and start using unpublished questions from 23 January 2012.

Motorists that are caught driving on illegal tyres is also a topical issue this month. Shocking figures released by Tyresafe have revealed that in 2010, there were 10,475 court convictions related to driving on defective tyres. Keep your tyres to a roadworthy standard and make sure you avoid a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points!



Changes to the theory test: the facts

From 23 January 2012 the theory test will be made up of multiple-choice questions which are no longer published in learning materials.

The reason behind the move is to stop candidates from simply memorising theory test questions and answers and learning by rote.

DSA theory test books

Revision materials still available

New official driving and riding theory books were published in September 2011 to help candidates prepare for the test and for life on the road.

The new books contain:

  • new sections of text for motorcyclists, a free e-book for car drivers and full references throughout to help candidates learn and revise
  • questions and answers for revision, including practice for case studies
  • the official DSA explanations for every revision question, helping candidates fully understand the answer

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, reworded live questions used in the actual test.

No changes to the format of the test

No changes are being made to the format of the theory test. It will still be made up of a multiple-choice part and a hazard perception part.

The time allowed and the pass marks will stay the same.

Find out more

You can find details about the new official learning materials at

For information about how the theory test works, visit



A new system to tackle uninsured driving moved a step closer.

The introduction of new Continuous Insurance Enforcement regulations will make it an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle, rather than just to drive when uninsured.

The regulations will allow DVLA to take action against those who ignore warnings to get their vehicle insured.

Mike Penning said:

"Uninsured drivers injure 23,000 people each year and add £30 to every responsible motorist's premium so we need to do everything we can to keep them off the roads.

"These new powers will help us to take targeted action while freeing up police time to deal with the hard core of offenders."

Under the new system:

  • the DVLA will work in partnership with the Motor Insurers' Bureau to identify uninsured vehicles
  • motorists will receive a letter telling them that their vehicle appears to be uninsured and warning them that they will be fined unless they take action
  • if the keeper fails to insure the vehicle they will be given a £100 fine
  • if the vehicle remains uninsured - regardless of whether the fi ne is paid - it could then be clamped, seized and destroyed. The regulations laid in Parliament would give the DVLA the powers to take this action
  • the vehicle will only be released when the keeper provides evidence that the registered keeper is no longer committing an offence of having no insurance and the person proposing to drive the vehicle away is insured to do so.

Vehicles with a valid Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN) will not be required to be insured.

It is planned for the fi rst insurance advisory letters (which warn individuals that they appear to be uninsured) to be sent at the end of June following a publicity campaign to raise awareness of the CIE scheme.

The Motor Insurance Database (MID) will be used to identify registered keepers of vehicles that appear to have no insurance. All drivers can check their vehicle is recorded on the MID for free - visit

Latest News

Congratulations to Andy T on passing your test in Chester on Tuesday 12th February.

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Congratulations to Josh C on passing your driving test in Chester on Monday 4th March. Get in there.

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