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 is done during the test. The test has several parts or tasks, and you need to 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. As soon as the test is over, you will be told whether you passed or not, and you will 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 have a combined actual total weight of at least 38 500 kg.
- You can take the practical driving test with a lorry and trailer or with a tractor unit and semitrailer.
- The vehicle you use for the driving test must be approved for this purpose.
What the test comprises
When the test begins, you will need to carry out the coupling of lorry and trailer and conduct a pre-trip check. You must be able to use the tachograph correctly.
You will get a safety check task before the driving begins. You may be asked, for example, to check the lights, brakes or warning lamps. In addition, you will be asked to explain what the cause or consequence might be if something is wrong.
You will be driving for approximately 45 minutes, under varying road and traffic conditions. The route you drive has been determined in advance. At the end of the test you will have to uncouple the lorry and trailer.
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 the driving examiner will ask you 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, park and reverse.
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.