Last reviewed 6 October 2021

Government plans to help tackle driver shortages will come into force as soon as possible following a public consultation held over the summer.

Since 16 September, it has not been possible to book any existing car and trailer test via DVSA’s online services and, as a result, it has added 2759 bus and lorry tests between 20 September and 21 November in various locations across Great Britain.

To explain more about the changes, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published new guidance, “Changes to HGV and bus driving tests from autumn 2021”.

This guidance includes details of changes to driving tests for those wanting to become a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) or bus driver.

For example, people will be able to learn to drive in an articulated lorry when they get their first provisional lorry licence and to take their test in a large articulated lorry without having to pass one in a large rigid lorry first.

Similarly, for buses and coaches, people will be able to learn to drive in one of these vehicles, towing a trailer, when they get their first provisional bus licence. They can take their test in a bus or coach towing a trailer without having to pass one in just a bus or coach first.

The module 3 (driving ability) test, which is one of the four tests that have to be passed to drive a lorry or bus for a living, is going to be split into two parts: part 3a (off-road exercises) test; and part 3b (on-road driving) test. Part 3a will be assessed by specially authorised instructors as part of the training course before the part 3b test is applied for.

The date the test will be split has not yet been confirmed but it is possible to sign up for e-alerts – here – to get advance warning.