The aim of the part 3 practical test for large goods vehicles is to make sure you can drive confidently and safely in a variety of road and traffic conditions, You must display a good understanding of the Highway code and be able to demonstrate that you can reverse the vehicle safely.

The practical test will last around one hour and thirty minutes and includes:

  • Practical road driving including a ten minute independent drive
  • Off-road exercises such as reversing & coupling the trailer (if required)
  • Questions on the safety of your vehicle

During your practical road driving, the examiner will want you to demonstrate how you:

Use the vehicle controls
Move the vehicle away at an angle and on an incline
Bring the vehicle to a controlled stop
Use the mirrors to aid your driving
Give the appropriate signals which enable safe turning a pulling away
Show awareness and anticipate the intentions of other road users
Manage your progress and control your vehicle speed
Make good progress and control the speed of the lorry
Identify and deal with hazards
Select a suitable place to stop

You will also be required to undertake ten minutes of independent driving. This is designed to test your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently.


After you’ve taken the practical test your examiner will immediately inform you if you have passed or failed and explain their decision.

You’ll pass your test if you make:

fewer than fifteen minor faults

No serious or dangerous faults

If you fail the part 3 practical test you must wait a minimum of three working days before you are able to make another attempt

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