The Yard Test

During this part of the driving test, which is done in an area that is closed to normal traffic, stopping will be permitted at any stage during certain manoeuvres. Should the test be terminated at any stage, the full test must be repeated. Touching any obstacle or mounting a kerb is not allowed. The examiner will give you the instructions for each manoeuvre. The test includes the following:

Light Motor Vehicles

What test covers Motor Vehicle

  • 20 minutes for the pre-trip inspection and test.
  • Signalling and observing, as if on a public road, is required.
  • Wearing seat belts is not necessary.
  • All traffic signs, signals and markings must be obeyed .
  • No uncontrolled or dangerous actions may be made.
  • The principles of defensive driving must be applied.
  • The push-pull steering method is not required.
  • Alley docking to the left and right (2 attempts each).
  • A three-point turn in the road (1 attempt).
  • Parallel parking from the left and the right (2 attempts each).
  • An incline start (1 attempt).

Heavy Motor Vehicles or Trailer

  • 30 minutes for the pre-trip inspection and test.
  • Signalling and observing, as if on a public road, is required.
  • Wearing seat belts is not necessary.
  • All traffic signs, signals and markings must be obeyed.
  • No uncontrolled or dangerous actions may be made.
  • The principles of defensive driving must be applied.
  • The push-pull steering method is not required.
  • Alley docking is to the right (2 attempts).
  • A left turn (1 attempt).
  • Parallel parking without a trailer from the left and the right (2 attempts each) code EB only.
  • Revering in a straight line (1 attempt).
  • An incline start (1 attempt).

Immediate Failures

All of the following are immediate fails.

  • Exceeding the time limit allowed for the yard test
  • Not being able to perform a hand signal
  • Exceeding the maximum number of attempts allowed to perform a driving manoeuvre correctly Allowing your vehicle to roll (backwards OR forwards)
  • If your vehicle fails during the test
  • Using a vehicle that is unroadworthy
  • Using a vehicle that does not have a licence
  • Violating any rules of the road, road signs, or road markings
  • Performing a dangerous action
  • Having an avoidable collision
  • Mounting the kerb, bumping any obstacles, or touching boundary lines
  • Accumulating more than 50 penalty points during the yard test

 

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