IMPORTANT NOTICE

Driving test update

 

Test appointments are by invitation only

Test appointments are by invitation only so if you’re already on the driving test waiting list, no further action is needed. We’ll contact you directly when slots become available.

 

If you have received an invitation to book a test, need to cancel a test, or wish to join the waiting list, please go ahead and sign in to MyRoadSafety now.

 

Urgent Tests for essential workers

Under the current restrictions, we can only offer urgent tests to essential workers. If you’re an essential worker who has already applied for a test but need it urgently please complete this online form.

 

If you are not an essential worker and have an upcoming appointment scheduled, please cancel your test. Otherwise, it won’t go ahead and the slot will be lost. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your fee and you will be kept on the waiting list. We will contact you directly once the level 5 restrictions have been lifted and appointment slots are available.

 

Covid-19 safety measures

We have introduced new safety measures to the driving test which candidates must follow. Know more

 

Weather disruptions

Check if your driving test is affected by adverse weather conditions. Tests will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe.

Securing Vehicle Loads

Unsecured or improperly secured loads pose a safety risk. Loads carried in vehicles should always be secured so that they cannot move or fall from the vehicle.

The risks of carrying unsecured loads

Unsecured or inadequately secured loads pose a safety risk and could cause injury and even death. Unsecured or inadequately secured loads can shift when a vehicle is in motion and may cause:

  • Loss of control of vehicle
  • Objects to fall on or hit people
  • Road obstruction or collision where a driver is required to swerve to avoid fallen items
  • Spillages that may cause vehicles to lose control

Failure to secure loads properly may also result in financial losses due to damaged goods and vehicles, lost working time, clean up costs and legal costs.

Securing all loads, at all times

Loads must be secured even if the vehicle is only travelling a short distance or at low speeds. Loose items, even small ones such as laptops or tools, are potential missiles in a collision or other accident, and can cause serious injury to the vehicle occupants, other road users and pedestrians.

Who is responsible for securing loads?

Load security is not just the sole responsibility of the vehicle driver— employers, vehicle owners, drivers and loading and unloading staff all have a role to play in ensuring loads are secure.

Full details on vehicle load security

To find out more information on load security, your legal obligations and how you should go about properly securing loads, read our guidance leaflet The Basics of Load Security(PDF 319KB).

For further help, read the HSA’s load security page or contact the HSA at [email protected]

You may also wish to review legislation that relates to load security: