LGV/PCV Part 3a Off Rd Manoeuvres Test

In November 2021 the DVSA changed the way they conduct the practical driving test for vocational drivers introducing the HGV/PCV Off Rd Manoeuvres Test

The test is now split into two parts:

  • Part 3a – Off Road Manoeuvres
  • Part 3b – On Road Driving

At KJC Driver Training we are approved by the DVSA for delivery of the new Part 3a Off Road Manoeuvres Test. We can test the following categories of vehicle:

  • C1
  • C1+E
  • C
  • C+E
  • D1
  • D1+E
  • D
  • D+E

Contact us HERE to discuss booking your Part 3a Test

You can watch a demonstration of the Category C Rigid HGV 3a Test Manoeuvre HERE

About the 3a Test

Your test will last up to 30 minutes, and includes:

  • an ‘S’ shaped reverse into a bay
  • showing the uncoupling and recoupling procedure if you’re taking a test with a trailer

During the test

  • You can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test.
  • If you’re in Scotland, your driving examiner will end the test early if you make a mistake which means you’ve failed.
  • In England and Wales, your driving examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to others.

Test result

  • If you pass the test, you’ll get a test certificate. You’ll need to take the certificate to your Driver CPC part 3b (on-road driving) test.
  • You need to pass the Driver CPC part 3b test within 6 months of getting your certificate. If you do not, you’ll need to pass part 3a again.
  • If you fail you can book another test straight away, but you must leave at least 24 hours before you take the test again.

When you attend for your test you must bring:

  • a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) or a bus or coach that meets the rules
  • your theory test pass certificate, unless you are upgrading your licence to tow heavier trailers
  • The vehicle you bring must be in the driving licence category that you want to get a licence for. For example, if you want to get a licence for an articulated lorry (category CE), you must use an articulated lorry for the test.

You must also bring one of the following:

  • a Great Britain photocard driving licence
  • a Northern Ireland photocard driving licence and paper counterpart
  • an EU photocard driving licence (and paper counterpart, if you have one)

If you do not have a photocard driving licence, bring your paper licence and a valid passport.

Your test will be cancelled, and you’ll lose your fee if you do not bring these.



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