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One of the first things to remember is the fact that you will not get a manual driving licence if you pass your test in an automatic vehicle. As far as the good people at the DVSA are concerned, a manual vehicle is anything with three pedals – accelerator, brake and clutch. Anything with two pedals is automatic.
The rules for using your own car for a driving test
Your vehicle must:
- Have four wheels.
- Be capable of reaching speeds of at least 62.5mph.
- Be fitted with a speedometer that measures speed in mph.
- Have no warning lights illuminated (like the check engine light).
- Display L-plates (or D-plates in Wales) on the front and back without obstructing the examiner’s or your own view.
- Have a max authorised mass/gross vehicle weight of 3500kg.
By law, your vehicle requires:
- A properly-displayed and valid tax disc.
- A current MOT (if applicable).
- The vehicle should also be a smoke-free environment.
The vehicle must be fitted with the following for the examiner:
- A seatbelt.
- A passenger head restraint that forms an integral part of the seat.
- An interior rear view mirror.
You may use a hire car for your test if:
- It’s fitted with dual controls.
- It meets all of the rules stated above.
- If it has been subject to a recall and the work required has not been carried out. More information is available on Direct.gov.uk.
You may not use the following vehicles:
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- Most convertibles
- Panel vans
- BMW Mini convertible
- Ford KA convertible
- Toyota IQ
- VW Beetle convertible
If your vehicle doesn’t meet the above rules then your test will be cancelled and you will lose your fee.