(30th January 2018) BBC Good Morning Ulster – Winter Driving Tips (New)
With the recent weather conditions bringing us snow, we had the opportunity to discuss with BBC Radio Ulster some of our suggestions for handling the wintery conditions to keep safe.
Click here to listen to Lloyd offering some of his suggestions.
(Copyright and acknowledgements – BBC Radio Ulster)
(24th January 2018) NI Residency Requirement for theory and practical tests (New)
In order to take a theory test or practical test in Northern Ireland, it is a legal requirement that the candidate must be normally resident in Northern Ireland. Normally resident means that a person lives in Northern Ireland for at least 185 days in each calendar year.
Learner drivers who have a GB provisional licence and want to take a motorcycle, car, bus or lorry theory test or practical test in Northern Ireland, will first need to complete a residency declaration form and send it to DVA with proof that they are normally resident in Northern Ireland.
Guidance on acceptable documentation is included on the Residency Declaration Form. These forms can be downloaded from NI Direct and can be accessed using the following link:
The requirement has applied to theory test bookings from 1st August and will apply to practical test bookings from 16th October 2017. Candidates who already have tests booked before those dates will be able to take the test that is booked, but will have to comply with the residency requirement if they wish to book subsequent tests.
The residency requirement does not apply to Driver CPC Module 2 case studies or Driver CPC Module 4 practical demonstration test.; the ADI or AMI theory, practical or instructional ability test; or the taxi driver theory or practical test.
(24th January 2018) First MOT test to remain at 3 years to protect road safety (New)
The wait for the first MOT test on cars and motorcycles won’t be extended to 4 years due to safety concerns.
Ministers put road safety first as they today (18 January 2018) decided to maintain the period before a car’s first MOT test at 3 years.
(4th October 2017) Drivers’ hours: changes to fines for commercial drivers
Rules will be changed so lorry, bus and coach drivers who drive tired will be fined for every time they’ve done it in the last 28 days.
DVSA traffic examiners will be given new powers to issue on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days.
(22nd June 2017) Teachers warned of school minibus driving licence rules
Latest advice from the Education Authority to school teachers who drive a minibus and licensing requirements.
(22nd June 2017) ‘Not for profit’ minibus drivers could have licences rendered invalid if European Commission ruling is enforced
(22nd June 2017) Taxi Driver Periodic Training introduced in Northern Ireland
Taxi Driver Periodic Training has been introduced in Northern Ireland from the 1st September 2015. The purpose of periodic training is to raise the standards of the taxi industry and to develop the current skills of taxi drivers.
Taxi Drivers in Northern Ireland will not be able to renew their taxi driver licence until they have completed the required amount of periodic training which must include at least one Disability Awareness course of a minimum of 3.5 hours.
Find out more here: