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Driving test 80 year anniversary

2 June 2015

On 1st June the UK driving test marked 80 years of helping keep people safe on the road . The compulsory driving test was introduced on 1st June 1935. Since then, it’s helped save thousands of lives.

To mark this milestone, DVSA has put together:

• an illustrated history of a driving test
• a new video about how today’s driving test works
• a list of the top 10 reasons people fail the driving test – and how to avoid them
• stories about what passing the driving test meant to people

A limited edition of The Highway Code also goes on sale celebrating 80 years of the driving test.

Find out more about the 80th anniversary of the driving test here.

A written theory test was introduced on 1 July 1996, replacing questions about The Highway Code during the driving test.

In 2002, a video hazard perception part was introduced into the car and motorcycle theory test. This element of the test has reduced young driver crashes by 11 per cent. It won the Prince Michael International Premier Award in 2014.

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