Happy 75th Birthday Driving Test

1st March 2010

2010 is the 75th anniversary year of the driving test.

The introduction of the driving test in 1935 was radical at the time.

When an initial 250 examiners set about making the first test bookings, the norm was to pre-arrange a meeting with candidates at car parks, railway stations or other landmarks, as test centres didn't exist.

In the early days, examiners routinely conducted up to 16 tests each day!

Nowadays, 2000 examiners conduct up to seven car tests daily. Of course, there have been other updates and revisions to the test since the thirties - introduction of the theory test and hazard perception test, and the 'show me, tell me' element of the practical test, for example.

These changes have had a positive impact on our road safety, as we have the second safest roads in Europe.

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    Derek Newman retires after 39 years with Castle Driving School.

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  • 14th September 2010

    Betty Jackson Passes First Time Aged 70.

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  • 9th March 2010

    Gary Pike retires after 12 years with Castle Driving School.

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  • 1st March 2010

    Independent Driving Test.

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  • 25th November 2008

    Tribute to Kevin Mills.

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  • 12th September 2008

    Drivers Face Fines for Expired Licences.

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  • 27th March 2008

    Chris Napier passed his driving test just one week after his 17th birthday.

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  • 23rd May 2007

    Colin Diaper, from Castle Driving School, was escorted to his funeral by his own learner cars.

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