Last reviewed 30 November 2021

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a new “find my nearest” service where operators and drivers can find their nearest approved Driver CPC part 3a test provider for the off-road exercise part of the vocational driving test.

All Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) 3 tests have been split in to two parts since Monday 29 November: part 3a tests (off-road exercises) and part 3b tests (on-road). Drivers must have passed a part 3a test before they can take their 3b test.

Splitting HGV and bus driving tests into two parts to create 500 more tests a week is part of the Government’s 32 actions to tackle the current HGV driver shortage and full details of these actions can be found – here.

The new service lists all current approved assessors across Great Britain able to carry out the off-road exercises and who have agreed to be in the directory. It also includes their premise address and contact details, and any accessibility information relating to their premises.

The search tool, available – here, only requires the operator’s or driver’s postcode to find the nearest provider and DVSA points out that the provider can charge up to £40 for this test and that this does not include the cost of any training or vehicle hire.