1 Jun 2015
80 years ago today, 1st June 1935, the compulsory driving test was introduced in Great Britain. Since then, it’s helped save thousands of lives.
The first car and driving licences were introduced in Great Britain in 1903, although it wasn’t until 1 June 1935 that a compulsory driving test was introduced
To mark this milestone, the UK's Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency 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 today. Celebrating 80 years of the driving test, it contains all the latest rules of the road, updated with recent legislative changes.
To find out more, please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/80th-anniversary-of-the-driving-test
Tony Thompson LLB MSc
Chair, Emergency Planning Society