You take the practical driving test at a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office. You must authorise the driving school to book the test session for you.
When you arrive for the test, you will have to present valid proof of identity. You can pay for the test in advance on Your Page, or over the counter before the test. Paying online is cheaper.
You are the driver, and you are responsible for what you do during the test. You must solve the tasks independently, both when it comes to driving and the other tasks you are given. The way you solve the tasks will be assessed as a whole, to the extent that this is possible.
The result will be determined when you have completed the test, and you will be told immediately whether or not you passed. You will also be given a written statement explaining the decision made.
Vehicle for the practical driving test
- The vehicle combination you use for the practical driving test must be a lorry with an actual total weight between 6 000 and 7 500 kg. It must be approved as a driving test vehicle.
- The trailer must have a maximum authorised mass of at least 2 000 kg.
- The trailer must have an actual total weight of at least 1 800 kg, and it must have the same height and width as the driver’s cab on the lorry.
Before the driving begins, you will be asked to carry out a safety check, for example of lights, brakes or warning lamps. In addition you will be asked to explain what the cause or consequence might be if something is wrong.
Driving test route
The route you drive will have been determined in advance. You will be driving for approximately 45 minutes, under varying road and traffic conditions.
Tasks you will be given while you drive
You will be given directions in good time as to where to drive. For the most part, you will be asked to drive towards destinations in the form of place names for which you will find direction signs along the way. You will also be asked to turn around, reverse and park. In addition you must be able to use the tachograph correctly.
You will have to carry out the coupling of lorry and trailer at the beginning of the test, and uncouple them at the end.
The driving examiner’s assessment
The driving examiner will assess whether you have reached the goals to the extent that you can now practise on your own.
- Emphasis will be placed on whether you drive comfortably and efficiently, and without causing unnecessary wear on the vehicles.
- You must master the skills of turning around and reversing with a trailer, and know how and when to use an assistant.
- You must be able to pay attention to the road and traffic situation around you, and the special challenges posed by driving with a trailer.
- Your driving must be predictable and safe and promote efficient traffic flow
- You must plan ahead as you drive, be considerate of the needs of others and seek efficient interaction with other road users.