In major changes to the driving test, car maintenance is to become an integral part from September this year. Learner drivers will be asked a series of questions on car maintenance alongside the practical driving and written theory test.
They will need to show they understand basic procedures such as how to identify steering faults and check oil levels. Drivers may be asked to show faults and fluid levels by opening the bonnet and physically indicating them to the examiner. Alternatively, they may use the electronic indicators inside the car.
Graham Shaw, assistant chief driving examiner at the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), said fleet drivers should ensure they also had key car maintenance skills. He said: 'The changes only affect those acquiring a licence. If someone already has a full licence, then the driver has the responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is safe on the road. Fleet managers should be aware of their health and safety obligations. They need to ensure that employees have driver training so the onus is on the employer.'