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Retaking Your Driving Test After a Drink Driving Ban
Retaking your driving test after a drink driving ban
First of all you will need to apply for your provisional driving licence. You will then have to take steps to pass your theory test and practical driving test.
It is entirely at the discretion of the sentencing court as to whether or not a convicted drink driver will have to re-sit their driving test.
The discretion to order a re-test is likely to be exercised where there is evidence of inexperience, incompetence or infirmity, or the disqualification period is lengthy (ie a number of years).
An extended re-test may be imposed (at the magistrates discretion) if:
If a person is convicted of any of the above offences (where disqualification is obligatory) and the magistrates state they must re-take their driving test, it will be the extended driving test that applies.
A standard re-test may be imposed at the sentencing courts discretion if:
If a person is convicted of any of the above offences (where disqualification is not obligatory) and the magistrates state they must re-take their driving test, it will be the normal driving test that applies.
Taking your theory test is the first step to obtaining your driving licence. In order to pass the theory test you will need to brush up on your knowledge of the Highway Code and your hazard perceptions skills. You MUST complete the theory test first, in order to take your practical driving test. The theory test is in two parts: first part - multiple choice questions second part - hazard perception.
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The first part is multiple choice questions based on the Highway Code.
For cars and motorcycles you will be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and you must get 43 questions out of 50 correct in order to pass the first part of the test.
For lorries and buses you will be asked 100 questions in 115 minutes and you must get 85 questions out of 100 correct in order to pass the first part of the test.
After the first part of the test, you will be allowed a 3 minute break before the second part of the test begins. The second part of the theory test is based on hazard perception.
You will be shown video clips which will feature everyday road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one hazard, but some may contain two hazards. The quicker you respond to each hazard the more points you get, with a maximum of 5 points allowed for each hazard.
For cars and motorcycles you will be shown 14 video clips and you must score 44 out of 75 in order to pass.
For lorries and buses you must score 50 out of 75 in order to pass. There is a separate lorry and bus hazard perception test in which you will be shown 19 video clips, you must score 67 out of 100 in order to pass.
First of all you should find a qualified and approved driving instructor (ADI) in your area and brush up on your driving skills.
The practical driving test will asses you overall ability to drive safely and within the rules and regulations set forth in the highway code. At the beginning of the practical driving test you will be asked to perform an eyesight test. You must be able to read a number plate that is a certain distance away (approximately 20 feet). If you fail the eyesight test, your practical driving test will be aborted.
You will be asked two questions on vehicle safety/maintenance during your practical driving test and your practical driving ability will be under constant assessment in a variety of everyday driving situations. Your reversing skills will also be assessed and you may be asked to perform an emergency stop.
The standard practical driving test will last approximately 40 minutes. The extended practical driving test will last approximately 70 minutes and covers a wide variety of roads usually including dual carriageways.
You are allowed to make up to 15 minor faults and still pass, 16 or above and you will fail. If you make one serious/dangerous fault, you will fail the test.
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