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The K53 driving licence test - light and heavy motor vehicles and motorcycles
K53 test scoring method
K53 test - Immediate failure items
The K53 Pre-Trip Inspection Of The Vehicle
The K53 yard test manoeuvres - motor vehicles
The K53 road test - motor vehicles
K53 motorcycle riding test
K53 motorcycle test track layout

The K53 driving licence test

Light and heavy motor vehicles and motorcycle



Purpose and conditions
This is a practical driving test to determine the ability of aspirant motor vehicle drivers and motorcycle riders.

The driving test measures a driver's proficiency in:
  • handling the vehicle
  • obedience to traffic rules
  • road signs
  • traffic signals and surface markings
  • correct application of the K53 defensive driving system through all aspects of the test
  • coping with traffic problems in practical driving situations
You may not do the driving test in a light motor vehicle that is less than 3 m in length.

During the test, smoking and the use of cellular phones are not allowed.

What the test covers

Light and heavy motor vehicle test:
» A pre-trip inspection of the vehicle's roadworthiness.
» A yard test of your basic manoeuvring skills, away from traffic:
     » starting the engine;
     » moving off;
     » turning around in the road: 'three-point-turn' (light vehicles only);
     » alley docking: reversing into an alley, and driving out again;
     » parallel parking (light vehicles only);
     » stopping and moving off on an incline;
     » left turn (light vehicles if towing a trailer, and heavy vehicles); and
     » reversing in a straight line (light vehicles if towing a trailer, and heavy vehicles).
» A road test conducted on public roads carrying traffic, including the following situations where available:
     » obeying traffic signals;
     » changing lanes;
     » overtaking;
     » speed control;
     » turning left and right at intersections;
     » proceeding through an intersection;
     » uncontrolled intersections;
     » obeying yield signs and traffic lights;
     » stopping in traffic;
     » stopping at a stop sign;
     » a traffic circle;
     » a railway level crossing;
     » a pedestrian crossing;
     » entering a freeway;
     » leaving a freeway;
     » passing a freeway off-ramp and on-ramp;
     » overtaking on a freeway; and
     » an emergency stop.


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