A driving examiner carries out driving tests, to assess whether candidates can drive well enough to get a full driving licence. Driving examiners may do tests for driving cars or large goods vehicles, or riding motorcycles.
When carrying out a driving test for a car licence you would:
conduct the necessary eyesight test and ask vehicle safety check questions
check the candidate's preparation for driving, such as adjusting mirrors and seat belt
direct the candidate around a set test route, including 10 minutes of ‘independent driving’, where they have to follow traffic signs or directions from a sat nav
ask the candidate to carry out exercises in reversing the car, turning the car to face the opposite direction or parking
decide when it is safe to carry out an emergency stop and then give the candidate the signal to do so
assess how safely the candidate is driving and note down any faults, stopping the test if you feel that the driver is a danger to other road users
count up the number of faults, passing the candidate if there are no major faults and fewer than 15 minor faults
tell the candidate whether the result is a pass or a fail, hand over the pass certificate or fail sheet and offer feedback on the reasons for your decision
return to the test centre and write a short report on the test.
The DVSA is part of the Civil Service. Driving examiners are on the EO pay scale. The current starting salary is £25,915 a year, with allowances of up to £4,000 in some areas, rising to £27,116 with more experience.
You would work mainly Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm, and sometimes on Saturdays.
You would assess up to seven candidates a day.
Part time work is available.
You would spend a lot of your day sitting in a car.
You would be based at one test centre, but sometimes work from other tests centres in the local area.
The DVSA replaced the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) in April 2014. Its aim is to promote road safety through improving driving standards, testing drivers, motorcyclists and driving instructors, maintaining the registers of Approved Driving Instructors and Large Goods Vehicle Instructors and supervising training for learner motorcyclists.
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