Fact of the day: 26th March

On this day in 1934 the driving test was introduced in the United Kingdom.

UK driving licences were introduced by the Motor Car Act 1903 but no test was required.

A test for disabled drivers was introduced by the Road Traffic Act 1930.

Legislation for compulsory testing was introduced for all new drivers with the Road Traffic Act 1934. The test was initially voluntary to avoid a rush of candidates until 1 June 1935 when all people who had started to drive on or after 1 April 1934 needed to have passed the test.

Testing was suspended during World War II. Testing was suspended again during the Suez Crisis in 1956 to allow examiners help to administer petrol rations.

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The driving theory test was introduced in July 1996 as a written examination which was updated to a computer-based test in 2000.

The hazard perception test was introduced in November 2002.

I’m sure I speak for thousands of British people every year who moan about driving tests. They are evil and frustrating!

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