It is not uncommon for companies to use delegated driving examiners to provide driving tests for employees (e.g. haulage companies, the police service).
The information in this guide explains who can provide driving tests and how to get permission from the DVSA to appoint a delegated driving examiner.
As a rule, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) provides and regulates the different types of driving tests.
But, you can apply to the DVSA for permission to use your own staff to provide driving tests for your employees, such as if:
Note: Delegated driving examiners are company staff members that provide theory and practical driving tests on buses, coaches, lorries, and emergency service vehicles for other employees in the company.
If you are a delegated driving examiner working for a lorry, bus, or coach company, you would have permission to test their employees (and drivers employed by a sister company).
Delegated driving examiners do not have the permission or authority to test anyone that they also trained.
Most delegated examiners work for the police services and the fire and rescue services. In this case, you would be allowed to test an employee or an employee from a similar service working in a different location.
Note: The same delegated driving examiner can provide driving tests for staff members who work in the police and fire and rescue service. But, both of the two different services must appoint the examiner with the DVSA.
The DVSA will consider several factors before deciding whether to grant permission for the applicant to provide driving tests for your employees.
For example, they will check whether they hold a full driving licence for the type of vehicles they will be testing employees in, and whether they have:
As part of qualifying as a delegated examiner the applicant [your employee] would need to:
Note: The DVSA also considers if the delegated examiner is a 'fit and proper' person and passed the mandatory initial training course.
The current charges for DVSA approval and the registering of delegated examiners are as follows:
DVSA Training Academy
The DVSA will take several factors into account when considering whether a delegated examiner can retain their approval. Besides continuing to be a 'fit and proper' person, they will also check if you:
To become and remain a delegated driving examiner you would need to pass the initial training course and carry out at least forty (40) tests each year.
Note: You would get a lot more information from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency about the qualifying process when you make an application to provide driving tests.
There is a set application process to follow to get permission to provide driving tests for company employees. You would need to write or send an email to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). You must include:
Delegated Examiner Section
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
Telephone: 0115 936 6370
Email: [email protected]
As a rule, it will take around ten (10) working days to get a decision once the DVSA gets your application. They would then send you further information about:
Registered delegated driving examiners, as well as any administrators authorised by the delegated examiner, can record delegated driving test details via the Department for Transport website.
Note: The DVSA produce further guidance on how to make, change, or cancel delegated driving examiner test notifications.
There will be a fee to pay when you record Driver CPC test details. You can either pay by debit or credit card or by debit from a pre-funded account.
Note: If you use a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency pre-funded account you can deposit funds with the DVSA in advance. That means you will be able to pay the fee by debiting the amount directly from your account.
How to Appoint a Delegated Driving Examiner in the United Kingdom