Last week – a news story broke that a learner driver’s test was stopped over their instructor’s car not being insured.
The learner driver and her examiner were pulled over during a driving test in Tile Cross – east Birmingham, last Saturday.
West Midlands police seized the car upon finding out it also had no MoT – in addition to not having insurance. The student and the examiner were then given a lift back to the test centre.
This is an extremely unfortunate story for the student, as the force’s road policing unit explained that the student would have passed the test if the vehicle hadn’t been seized.
Driving tests are tough enough without having to worry about whether you’re going to be stopped by the police and have the vehicle seized!
InsureLearnerDriver – Insurance Policies for the Driving Test
To avoid a similar thing happening to you, you could always do your driving test in the borrowed car of a friend or family member you’ve been practising in.
You can do the same if you’ve practised in a car you own. It’s much easier to ensure all the legal necessities are in place (e.g. MoT) when using a more familiar car.
You are covered on your driving test with an InsureLearnerDriver policy, if it takes place within the period of cover. In this situation, the examiner is classed as the accompanying driver.
- If you purchased a policy with a cover period of 7 days or over, the Insurance Company of those policies also covers you ‘for up to 3 hours to drive directly home to your usual home address following your Driving Test’.
- Policies with a cover period of 1-6 days do not include this, meaning that they end immediately when you pass your driving test.
If you do not pass your driving test, your policy continues as normal until the expiry date. You can purchase a further policy for the further practice, when required.
Insurance for once you’ve passed your driving test
A few days prior to your driving test, we advise contacting InsureLearnerDriver’s parent company, Sky Insurance. Their young drivers team will be able to assist in transferring your cover from provisional to full licence immediately in the result of a pass.
Sky Insurance, has an excellent Young Drivers Insurance Scheme – they offer policies to suit most newly qualified drivers, including Black Box Insurance / Telematics insurance policies.
The guide is full of tips, advice and information explaining the different types of policies available and how to reduce your insurance costs.