Just as you can’t play football with a burst ball or play tennis with a broken racquet, you can’t do a driving test with a sub-standard test vehicle. While you’re learning to drive, and especially on test day itself, it’s critical that your car or motorcycle is mechanically and structurally sound. Regardless of how proficient a driver you are, if your vehicle doesn’t meet the requirements on the day of the test, you will be unable to undertake your test on the day.
If you pass your test in an automatic car, you can only apply for a full driving licence to drive an automatic car. If you later want to apply for a full driving licence for a manual car, you will have to pass a test in a manual vehicle before applying for a full licence to drive it.
Before taking your test, you should read the following publication, Checklist for your driving test(PDF).
For those busily preparing for the driving test, motor tax, NCT and insurance can sometimes slip under the radar. So remember, you must have a current motor tax disc, a current insurance disc and a valid NCT disc (if required) clearly on display, a confirmation booking will not suffice.