South Shields Driving Test Centre

Provided are contact details for South Shields Driving Test Centre, test route tips, test booking information and help passing the driving test in Tyne and Wear.


Practical Driving Test Centre Address
Bede Industrial Estate
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE32 3EG

Test Centre Details:  Ramp access to South Shields Driving Test Centre for wheelchair users. Male, female and disabled toilets available. Car parking facilities available.
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South Shields Driving Test Centre is situated around urban town roads where the examiner will be testing your ability at various traffic systems. Expect many roundabout types, junctions and crossroads to feature.

Quieter residential roads are often used for test manoeuvres and to test your ability at meeting approaching vehicles on narrow streets (see passing parked cars for help on this). Rural roads and high speed ‘A’ roads such as the A184, A19 and A194 often feature from South Shields Driving Test Centre and also include dual carriageways.

The test will include a single manoeuvre and a 1-in-3 possibility of the emergency stop procedure being requested. Around 10 minutes of test time will be reserved for the independent driving.

The test routes are compiled by the examiners who conduct the tests at each specific test centre. Test routes are compiled to utilise as many varied road types and traffic systems as possible so to ensure the test candidate is proficient in all aspects of driving. Test routes often include difficult parts and by gaining knowledge of the routes offers valuable insight into what to expect on the test. Driving test routes may be available to view or a downloadable app for your mobile device in your area, including South Shields Driving Test Centre.


The roads in and around South Shields can get busy, particularly at peak traffic times. Booking your test so that it is conducted outside of rush hour traffic may prove beneficial. Tests run throughout the week and at busy times of the year, Saturday bookings may be possible.

Book a driving test by phone
Practical driving tests can be booked over the telephone via an automated service. To book a test at South Shields Driving Test Centre, see the book a driving test section for booking contact telephone numbers. Although this is an automated service, a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) assistant can be reached by following the prompts.

Book your driving test online
The majority of test candidates book their driving test over the internet as the available free test slots are made visible to be taken. To make a test booking at South Shields Driving Test Centre, see the book a driving test section.

Rescheduling or cancelling the driving test
Driving Tests can be rescheduled or cancelled. Changing your driving test date can be done providing three working days’ notice is given. To cancel your test and receive a full refund from DVSA bookings, three working days’ notice must also be provided. Saturdays are also classed as a working day.


Throughout the UK practical driving test centres, pass rates vary. Certain centres, often in very busy areas may have a slightly lower pass rate and in this situation, some test candidates decide to take their test at an alternative test centre. The driving test pass rates section may show driving test pass rate statistics for your practical test centre.


Please note that direct contact with driving test centres cannot be made for test booking, cancelling or rescheduling. this can only be made directly with the DVSA (see above). Practical test centres can be contacted directly (including South Shields Driving Test Centre) for reasons such as to inform the test centre manager you may be slightly late, or any issues you have with the test such as if it is still to proceed due to bad weather (see driving tests in bad weather for further information). See the driving test centre contact numbers section for further information.


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I won’t confirm what day I did my test but…previously I had a guy named Phil as my examiner on a test, I cannot fault him at all. He is totally calm, makes small talk, often reassuring and provides you with instructions in good time. You can tell he’s pretty fair with pupils on their test. Unfortunately, to my own error meant I received a serious on that occasion. But I came away satisfied I had a decent drive. On the other hand, another test I sat I had someone called Ian, again small talk, everything was ok…until there was one particular part of the test I got confused on, at this point I knew I would have failed but I should have been guided in the right direction to keep other road users safe. Now instead, I cut across someone by mistake and all he did was look around drastically behind (literally almost jumping out the chair) and made a what I would say was like a ‘tsss’ sound, as if I was about to crash into someone/near miss. Now yes, I understand it was my fault but I had put an indicator on prior to this which should have been picked up before entering the road in the wrong lane so I could come off safely, but no action was physically taken or anything actually said bar that response. After his response this totally threw me off from the test and I continued to make three other serious errors, because I was too focused on the response by him. He could have dealt with it a lot better, (like I said just promoting instructions) than making me feel like I was about to write the car off. It would have meant I’d of left the road a safer way.. Now the funny thing is I had him years ago on a test too when I was much younger and he did the exact same thing, my positioning in the road was off, and again, (jumping out the chair nearly) looking behind back and forth and making a noise. It is really off putting, given that you end up staring at him for what he is doing and it could cause a crash on a test because you’re thinking more about that than paying attention to the road. I’m not saying the outcome would have been any better but the situation was made a lot worse, I feel less confident now. I think there needs to be more verbal instructions if a learner is making an error in good time if you know if could be a serious or dangerous fault so that everyone is less at risk, rather than waiting for the mistake to happen and the response being like that as such, which literally wasn’t verbal or an action taken, just using body language to emphasis the issue alone.