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From spring 1999, candidates will be required to demonstrate their skills in a broader range of road and traffic conditions. Tests will have about 10 minutes more general driving. Test routes will include more higher speed dual carriageways and rural roads. The
The package also includes measures to raise training standards. We plan to introduce a voluntary log book scheme at the same time as the test is amended to aid candidates and their instructors to gauge progress towards test standard. Candidates will also be given more detailed written feedback about their performance on test by the examiner. This will advise unsuccessful candidates about the reasons they failed and provide those who passed with guidance about aspects of their driving which could still be improved.
The implementation date for these changes will be announced shortly. The longer test and the revised marking arrangements will be introduced for the motorcycle test, and the emergency stop exercise will be retained in all those tests. The revised marking arrangements will also be introduced for lorry and bus driver tests. Training logbooks for these sectors will be developed in consultation with the representative bodies.
Lord Whitty: The consortium presented its report Review of Regional Eurostar Services to my right honourable friend the Deputy Prime Minister on 13 November and a copy has been placed in the Library. The Government have noted the conclusions of the report and will be commissioning a thorough, independent review of it and of the alternative proposals put forward by the Virgin Group. The Government will also be working with the parties to seek to ensure that the regions have access to convenient, effective Channel Tunnel services.
Lord Whitty: No. The presentation material used by Railtrack at its meeting with the Minister for Transport constitutes information supplied to Ministers in confidence. It also contains commercially confidential information.
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