Driving Test and Parking Sensors Rules

There appears to be some confusion among some driving instructors and test candidates in regards to the use of parking sensors. So let’s clear this up right away.

Can you use parking sensors on driving test?

Yes absolutely, you can use parking sensors on the driving test and there’s no need to deactivate them. With ever increasing vehicle numbers on UK roads, parking spaces are fewer and often smaller.

Parking sensors provide drivers with audible signal as to how close they are getting to a vehicle. Not all cars have parking sensors, some have reverse sensors only whilst others have sensors installed to the front and rear of the vehicle.

The DVSA takes modern technology into account, and parking sensors are no exception. You can even use the reversing camera on the driving test if you wish. Though use of this parking aid technology is permissible on the UK driving test, you must be careful not to excessively rely it – else you’ll fail.

Driving test parking sensors rules
You can use parking sensors during driving test manoeuvres

How Can You Fail?

You can fail the test by not using effective, all-round observation. When you intend on reversing, always look around before moving off to ensure it’s safe to proceed. Then ensure you look in the direction you intend on going. It might sound obvious, but many tests have been failed due to a test candidate staring at a mirror as they start reversing.

Can I Turn Off Parking Aids?

Yes you can turn off the parking sensors and/or the reversing camera if you wish, it’s really up to you. The examiner will not mind either way. There may be a button on your dashboard or an option in the vehicle settings to deactivate. Some people prefer not to use them.

3 thoughts on “Driving Test and Parking Sensors Rules”

  1. Bernie Court

    I failed my test because the examiner switched off the sensors. What can I do?

  2. Bernie

    I have removed the deactivate function. The reason why this exists is to stop the sensors when they ice up or get inundated during heavy rain.

  3. Hi Bernie,
    I don’t quite understand what you mean?
    You wouldn’t fail due to the examiner switching off the reversing sensors. If you relied only on the sensors and didn’t make appropriate observations when reversing, that would make you fail.

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