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Understanding vocational driving test results

9 Aug 2021

Understanding vocational driving test results

Guidance to assist in understanding the lorry, bus or coach (including towing a trailer) driving test result.  The guidance includes information on what was assessed, what sorts of things counted as faults, and how to improve in each area.

To pass the vocational driving test, there has to be:

  • no more than 15 driving faults (sometimes called ‘minors’)
  • no serious or dangerous faults (sometimes called ‘majors’)
  • If the examiner had to tell you to do something or take control of the vehicle to avoid an accident, your result will show the ‘examiner took action (ETA)’.

Understanding the outcome can help to focus any more lessons taken on the right skills.  But a new test will have to be booked, and paid for, with at least 3 working days from the date of the last test.

Use the link below for more details: