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#1 Thursday 8th December 2016 16:11:54

John56
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Technology on Driving Test

I know technology has obviously been discussed but I didn't know if it had regarding the actual driving test.

I know that reversing cameras can be used on driving tests provided that good observations are done and I know that self-parking features like those that are available on the Focus and Corsa cannot be used. What about traffic sign recognition which is available now on cars like the Focus, Golf and Corsa and according to recent Ford and Nissan press releases traffic sign recognition will also be available on the new Fiesta and the new Micra when they come out in the next few months ?

Is there anywhere that lists what technology can and cannot be used on a driving test ?

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#2 Thursday 8th December 2016 19:10:10

LPOD ACADEMY
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Hi I do know that it is important not to violate data protection laws. This still operates on a driving test. Cameras are allowed, but they are only allowed with no sound, (data protection, conducting of driving tests) and the examiner has rights to protect his identity also.

A camera with sound pointing away from the vehicle is allowed. However, this is not black and white. Some examiners may be sceptical and refuse to co-operate in my experience unless you can prove the formalities.
Hope this helps

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#3 Thursday 8th December 2016 19:25:58

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Re: Technology on Driving Test

Hi
This is the current policy set out in the DT1.

DVSA  DT1 wrote:

7.34: DVSA Policy on the filming of driving tests
Filming of driving tests is limited to the following circumstances:

filming by external parties, for example TV production crews with the agency’s permission, with the agency having editorial control of the film - conducted for promotional or educational programmes
filming by DVSA officials for promotional or educational purposes for internal/external customers
DVSA does not allow the recording or filming of the conduct of any theory or practical test activity. This includes recording or filming by use of any internal facing equipment fitted to any type of test vehicle.

DVSA is aware that customers may have external facing cameras fitted to their vehicle (some for insurance purposes) and these are generally acceptable. However, external facing cameras fitted to a motorcycle instructor’s motorcycle cannot be used when they are observing an accompanied motorcycle test. Rearward facing cameras on a candidate’s motorcycle are also not acceptable. If it becomes evident that any equipment is filming an examiner conducting a test either visually or audibly, and it can’t be switched off the test will not continue.

DVSA will not under any circumstances accept, comment on, or review audio / video media provided by a test candidate or third party to facilitate a challenge to the conduct of any theory or practical test or its result. Any footage received in connection with an allegation of criminal activity or intent will immediately be referred to the police.

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#4 Thursday 8th December 2016 19:34:44

Roadmaster
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The above answers have gone off at a tangent so to answer the OP,    no there isnt a list because technology advances  so quickly and DVSA cannot keep up.   I would suggest contacting DVSA's technical standards dept for an answer, then you have it in writing, because some examiners are still in the 20th century.

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#5 Thursday 8th December 2016 20:11:04

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Hi In reply to my previous comment- this interlinks with examiners conduct on such exams throughout the UK. Last year somewhat 1000+ complaints were received at DVSA HQ, yet if there was an on-board test camera recording facility, this would dispel learner's wrongul complaints, yet ensure proper conduct by examiners is also seamless. From my experience, some examiners are in-proper to such guidelines highlighted by the regulating body.

Food for thought- but check out this article I have just read!

Using cameras on test

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#6 Thursday 8th December 2016 20:36:58

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The op didn't ask about cameras on test so not sure why replies about them are being posted.

However, cameras in car are not recording tests, they are merely recording a route. Nothing is captured which proves that the car and the driver is on a test, which is why the DVSA are currently refusing to accept any video as evidence.

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