Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Who’s responsible for paying the vehicle excise duty (road tax)?

B. The registered keeper of the vehicle

C. The car dealer

D. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)


The registered keeper of the vehicle is responsible for paying the vehicle excise duty or making a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN) if the vehicle is to be kept untaxed and off the road.

 

What information is found on a vehicle registration document?

D. The date of the MOT


Every vehicle used on the road has a registration document. This shows the vehicle’s details, including date of first registration, registration number, registered keeper, previous keeper, make of vehicle, engine size, chassis number, year of manufacture and colour.

 

 

 

What’s the legal minimum insurance cover you must have to drive on public roads?

B. Comprehensive 

C. Third-party only 

D. Personal injury cover 


The minimum insurance required by law is third-party cover. This covers your liability to others involved in a collision but not damage to your vehicle. Basic third-party insurance also won’t cover theft or fire damage. Ask your insurance company for advice on the best cover for you and make sure that you read the policy carefully.

For how long is a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN) valid?

D. Until the vehicle is used on the road


 

A SORN allows you to keep a vehicle off-road and untaxed. SORN will end when the vehicle is taxed, sold or scrapped.

 

 

Who’s legally responsible for ensuring that a vehicle registration certificate (V5C) is updated?

D. The licensing authority


It’s your legal responsibility to keep the details on your vehicle registration certificate (V5C) up to date. You should tell the licensing authority about any changes. These include your name, address or vehicle details. If you don’t do this, you may have problems when you try to sell your vehicle.

What must you check before you drive someone else’s vehicle?


Driving a vehicle without insurance cover is illegal, so be sure that, whoever’s car you drive, you’re insured – whether on their policy or on your own. If you need to take out insurance, it’s worth comparing several quotes before you decide which insurance provider best meets your needs.

Your car needs to pass an MOT test. What may be invalidated if you drive the car without a current MOT certificate?

A. The vehicle service record

 


If your vehicle requires an MOT certificate, it’s illegal to drive it without one and your insurance may be invalid if you do so. The only exceptions are that you may drive to a pre-arranged MOT test appointment, or to a garage for repairs required for the test.

What legal requirement must be met by a newly qualified driver?

A. They must display green L plates

 


It’s your responsibility to make sure you’re properly insured for the vehicle you’re driving. This is the case regardless of whether you’re a newly qualified driver or one with more experience.

What’s covered by third-party insurance?

D. Damage to other vehicles


Third-party insurance doesn’t cover damage to your own vehicle or injury to yourself. If you have a crash and your vehicle is damaged, you might have to carry out the repairs at your own expense.

When must you contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)?


DVLA needs to keep its records up to date. It sends out a reminder when a vehicle’s tax is due for renewal. To do this, it needs to know the name and address of the registered keeper. Every vehicle in the country is registered, so it’s possible to trace its history.

What circumstances require you to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)?

A. When your health affects your driving

 


DVLA holds the records of all vehicles, drivers and riders in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They need to know if you have a medical condition that might affect your ability to drive safely. You must tell them if your health deteriorates and you become unfit to drive.

When could the cost of your insurance be reduced?

A. When you’re under 25 years old

 


The cost of insurance varies with your age and how long you’ve been driving. Usually, the younger you are, the more expensive it is, especially if you’re under 25.
Pass Plus provides additional training to newly qualified drivers. The scheme is recognised by many insurance companies, and taking this extra training could give you reduced insurance premiums, as well as improving your skills and experience.

In order to supervise a learner driver you need to have held a full driving licence for the same category of vehicle, for at least three years. What other requirement must you meet?

A. To have a car with dual controls

 


Learner drivers benefit by combining professional driving lessons with private practice. However, you need to be at least 21 years old and have held your driving licence for at least 3 years before you can supervise a learner driver.

 

 

Your car requires an MOT certificate. When is it legal to drive it without an MOT certificate?

A. Up to seven days after the old certificate has run out

 


When a car is three years old (four years old in Northern Ireland), it must pass an MOT test and have a valid MOT certificate before it can be used on the road. Exceptionally, you may
• drive to a pre-arranged test appointment or to a garage for repairs required for the test
• drive vehicles that are more than 40 years old without an MOT test, but they must be in a roadworthy condition before being used on the road. See GOV.UK for more details.

When will a new car need its first MOT test?

A. When it’s one year old

 


The vehicle you drive must be roadworthy and in good condition. If it’s over three years old, it must pass an MOT test to remain in use on the road (unless it’s exempt from the MOT test – see GOV.UK).

What does third-party insurance cover?

A. Damage to your vehicle

 


Third-party insurance cover is usually cheaper than comprehensive cover. However, it doesn’t cover any damage caused to your own vehicle or property. It only covers damage and injury you cause to others.

 

 

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