Mantra Learning News

06 Dec 21

DVSA changes to HGV testing will help ease driver shortage

On November 15, the DVSA introduced changes to the vocational licence 3a & 3b test modules, so that approved training centres and accredited assessors can now undertake the reversing for part 3a of the

The 3b part of the test still needs to be completed with a DVSA examiner and the duration of the test has increased from 50 to 60 minutes. This means that drivers cannot complete the 3b part of their driving test until they have passed the 3a part of the test.

These changes were brought into place to help tackle the national HGV driver shortage in the UK, with the new format meaning DVSA examiners can now complete five tests per day up from four per day.

My initial reaction was that I was pleased. I am a board member of the Logistics Skills Network, and this change is something we’ve been campaigning for to enable the DVSA examiners to conduct more 3b practical tests.

The changes were introduced quickly, meaning we had to change training programmes to incorporate the 3a tests before the students had their practical test. Although difficult the changes have been successful. The team in the office have done a great job ensuring all our customers had 3a tests scheduled prior to their practical 3b tests.

By limiting the number of 3a tests conducted at the DVSA test centres, this will enable the DVSA examiners to conduct more 3b practical tests. This enables more drivers to take more tests who will hopefully pass and
move into the industry. With higher pass rates being achieved, will hopefully also enable the DVSA to do more tests with fewer retests.

Reactions from our students have been good. Initially, there was a certain amount of confusion about why the changes have been made but, with a short explanation and students practically conducting 3a tests, they have
been quite receptive to the changes.

A couple of big advantages for the students is that they get to carry out the 3a reversing exercise training on the same area that they are tested on, and the students can concentrate more on the road driving when it comes to the 3b practical test.

Mantra Learning are proud to be supporting talent into the sector through The Job Gym's Fully Funded HGV Training Programme. 

Why Choose HGV?

  • Demand for drivers is at an all-time high, with improved pay, better working conditions and more flexible hours, there has never been a better time to get back on the road!
  • Increased Pay - HGV jobs are being advertised at up to 45% higher than they were pre-pandemic. You could be earning £40,000 a year!
  • Improved Working Conditions - Investment in driver facilities such as toilets, showers, and catering, cleaner trucks and company uniforms are just a few changes both Government and businesses have made to improve driver welfare.
  • Better Working Hours - The sector is providing more options to suit people’s different lifestyles including flexible working, fixed hours, fixed days, full-time and part-time roles.


Find out more about our Fully Funded HGV programme HERE. 


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