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  • Writer's picturePeter Ray

Burgess Hill MPTC

Meeting 18/09/23


Top ten reasons for failing at Burgess Hill

1. Junctions - Observations

2. Mirror – Change Direction

3. Judgement – Meeting

4. Move off – Safely

5. Use of Speed

6. Reverse Park – Observations

7. Position – Normal Driving

8. Response to Road Markings

9. Control – Steering

10. Junctions – Turning Right


Everything and examiner will do is recorded and monitored

Every Examiners route usage is recorded

Every manoeuvre on every route is recorded

Every safety question is recorded

Every single driving, serious, dangerous fault is recorded

Pass rates per route, per examiner

Accompanied test

Private vehicle use, Instructor vehicle use, dual controls, Vehicle registration, ADI badge number


How do examiners assess the fault

Examiners have a set of rules and tools that they use to assess any given situation:

1. Is it the only thing that they have done wrong (perfect before and after)

2. What was the risk (high or low)

3. What can be added or taken away from the situation

4. What was the defined outcome (is that how I would have done it)

5. The 16th fault

In the end it mostly comes down to one of three things

1. Was it safe

2. Was it legal

3. Was it done wrong

General updates

Driving test trials. Burgess Hill has been put forward to conduct possible trials for the Driving Test which include the whole of the test to be on Sat Nav. More news to follow.

Driving Test Anomalies

Burgess Hill does have some anomalies, namely the Tesco roundabout or some of the new ones that have been built on the edge of the town. These are not straightforward in terms of a basic roundabout. The anomalies are normally when travelling ahead, and what is deemed ahead or deemed to the right.

Using the Tesco roundabout as an example, ahead 3rd exit. This could be negotiated in the left lane or the right lane. The main area is awareness and lane discipline. If a candidate selects the left lane, then it is expected that they will keep this path throughout the roundabout. If they use the right lane, again, it is expected they keep this path, then making sure it is safe to exit.


Problems occur when candidates weave in and out of lane with no awareness of the situation around them.


More information regarding driving tests can be found in the DT1 Examiner Guidance.


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