On the test day itself you have the option of taking your instructor or a friend/relative
(if they are over 16) with you on the test. If you feel having your instructor in
the back will ease your nerves, by all means make this clear with your instructor
before the test day. All our instructors at Fineline Driving Academy will ask you
in plenty of time about your intended choice so to avoid any confusion on test day.
Your instructor cannot help you in any way during the test and will be present solely
at your request if you feel this may help you feel more comfortable during the test.
Use of a translator for your test
The option of taking an interpreter with you on a
driving test/theory test was stopped from the 7th April 2014, the main reason
for this new rule is that the DSA feel that drivers should be able to read and understand
traffic updates and be able to confortably speak to traffic enforcement officers after they
pass their test. Also, by providing driving tests exclusively in English and Welsh
will reduce fraud by stopping interpreters indicating the correct answers during
theory tests and giving helpful instructions during practical driving tests. More information
can be found here.
It’s worth mentioning that an examining supervisor can be present in order to watch
the examiners performance and having them present is not something you can challenge.
This is a necessary procedure practised by the DSA to ensure the constant high competence
and fairness of driving test examiners is maintained. If this happens on your test,
you will probably forget the supervisor is there after a few minutes so don’t let
it affect you too much.