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NEW PACK TO HELP DEAF CANDIDATES ON DRIVING TESTS

A new pack to help candidates who are deaf on their practical driving test has been published. The DVSA said. This pack is a tool that will be used by examiners when conducting practical car tests for deaf candidates.

It has been developed using feedback from our candidates, examiners and instructors.

We’re thrilled to say that the pack has also been supported and endorsed by a number of external stakeholders including the Royal Association for Deaf People, the Disability Driving Instructors Association, Driving Mobility, Driving Instructors Association, Motor Schools Association of Great Britain and Approved Driving Instructors National Joint Council.


More about the pack


The pack features written instructions, cues and visual prompt cards to help examiners communicate with candidates and explain the process of the test.

This will help ensure a consistent experience for test candidates, with the pack being freely available ahead of their test date – to help them prepare and put them at ease.


When we’ll be using the pack


All our Driving Examiners across Great Britain have already been introduced to the pack and trained in its uses.

Therefore, from this point onwards, it will be used if they conduct a test for a deaf candidate.

Examiners may still use other forms of communication upon the request of the candidate, such as lip reading or British Sign Language, where possible.


Full details including Prompt Cards can be found here.

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