From May 9, you should expect to be asked to perform the reverse park into a parking bay manoeuvre in any car park, not only the test centres.
As you may know, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) only allows this manoeuvre to be performed in the parking lot of a driving test centre.
The adjustment may not seem significant, but consider this: if your driving test centre lacks a parking lot, you’d be right to believe that the manoeuvre isn’t anything you’ll have to worry about on the big day.
In other words, you have to practise enough for the manoeuvre to ensure its success.
Driving examiners can now perform the reverse park into a parking bay manoeuvre in the same car park that they use for testing the forward park, following a successful trial in February and March at 15 driving test facilities across the United Kingdom.
Examiners approved driving instructors, and candidates who participated in the experiment all agreed that it was a positive step.
Meanwhile, expect an update from your instructor regarding the adjustment, as well as more time to practise the manoeuvre so you’re test-ready.