You'll probably prefer to use your instructor's car for your driving test. You should discuss this with your instructor at the earliest opportunity to make sure that it is available. It is possible for you to use another car, and If you do, you will need to make sure that it conforms to the requirements set out by the DVSA.
In order to comply, your car must:
- be properly insured and it's road fund licence must be up to date
- be roadworthy and have a current MOT Certificate (unless it is exempt)
- have any known safety faults checked and fixed
- have a seatbelt for the examiner
- have an interior rear-view mirror for the examiner
- have a proper passenger head restraint
- be a smoke-free environment (you must not smoke in the vehicle just prior to or during the test)
- be a 4 wheel car
- be capable of reaching at least 62mph
- have a speedometer showing the speed in miles per hour
- have no warning lights showing - for example, the airbag warning light
- have L-plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) on the front and back
- have a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of not more than 3,500 kilograms
You may use a hire car only if it is fitted with dual controls and it meets all other requirements.
‘Space Saver’ Wheels
If your vehicle has a ‘space saver’ wheel it must not be fitted to the vehicle during the test.
Electronic Parking Brakes
Vehicles with electronic parking brakes may be used on the test.
Hill Start Assist
Vehicles with a hill start assist feature may be used on the test.
Vehicle Models NOT Permitted
There are some specific vehicle models that can not be used for the driving test because they don't give the examiner all round visibility. These are:
- BMW Mini convertible
- Ford KA convertible
- Toyota iQ
- VW Beetle convertible
This list is not exhaustive and some other cars or vans may not be suitable, if you are in any doubt, check with the DVSA before booking your test to ensure that the car you are planning to use will be acceptable.
Whilst we try to make sure that as changes are made to the requirements, we keep this information up to date, changes could be missed by us, we therefore recommend that; in order to be sure of the latest requirements you should check with the DVSA before making a booking or any other commitment.
Vehicles With Possible Safety Faults
A number of vehicles can't be used on your driving test unless you have proof that the vehicle is safe. And you must take that proof to your test.
To see the list of cars that can't be used without written proof that they are safe, please visit https://www.gov.uk/practical-driving-test-for-cars/recalled-vehicles.