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Change to theory driving test rules

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Changes to the format of driving theory test learning materials "will lead to better drivers and safer roads", the Government has said.

Learner drivers taking the written aspect of the test will be unable to simply memorise the multiple choice questions and answers in books.

Drivers who have successfully navigated the theory and practical tests and proudly possess a licence will probably find car insurance policies are more expensive for them than experienced drivers.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) will alter the learning materials and books to help learners get ready for their theory tests, from September next year.

Theory tests will start using questions which will not be available in books from the beginning of 2012.

Practice questions and answers, not used in theory tests, will still be available to help candidates with revision.

The DSA move follows last month's decision to stop publishing driving test routes in advance.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning, who announced the theory test changes, said: "The driving theory test should help to prepare drivers for real life on the road. Good driving is not just about vehicle-handling skills, but also about having the knowledge and understanding of safe driving theory.

"No longer publishing these questions and answers will mean that successful candidates will have to understand the theory rather than simply memorising answers.

"I believe that this - along with the other changes we are making to the driving test regime - will lead to better drivers and safer roads."

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