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Mullane School Of Motoring Cork 


Be ready for your Driving test 

Things to do and documents to bring on the day of Your Driving Test


Arrive early Be present in the test centre waiting  area before your appointed time.

Wear suitable footwear for your test. Remember,

flip-flops, sandals, backless footwear or barefoot

driving are not acceptable.

Your valid learner permit for your test category.

Your learner permit must:

 Correspond with your identity

Be in date

 Be for the correct category of vehicle for your test



Displaying vehicle documentation on your car For A Driving Test 


Be sure the following are clearly displayed on

your vehicle:

A valid, original insurance disc (white background

with a green band along the left-hand side). This

must clearly show the registration number (or fleet

name) of your vehicle and the policy dates

 A valid original motor tax disc

 A valid NCT disc or valid CVRT disc, if applicable

 L-plates on the front and rear



The information on display must clearly show all

details required by law, including the registration

number of the vehicle. If details are faded, you should

get the relevant disc replaced prior to your test. You will

be asked to read and sign a statement confirming that

your vehicle is roadworthy and the insurance cover is in

place and adequate.

Get your vehicle ready

and prepared


On your Driving  test day:

 You need to provide the vehicle for your test or Hire the School Car 


 You must be insured to drive your vehicle or use or School Car And Insurance 


 Your vehicle must be in a roadworthy condition and

you will be asked to sign a statement to this effect


If you pass your test in a vehicle with automatic

transmission, your driving licence will only allow

you to drive a vehicle with automatic transmission.


Vehicle details to check in advance of your test

 On visible inspection, your tyres should comply

with the requirements of all Road Traffic Acts.

The minimum tyre tread depth requirement is

currently 1.6 mm for a motorcar. There should

be no obvious bulges, cuts or severe uneven

wear present. Tyres should be inflated to the

correct pressure.


Please note: space saver-type spare wheels aren’t

acceptable, as their speed rating doesn’t meet

test requirements.


 Loads should be removed or properly secured.

Loose objects inside the vehicle such as

screwdrivers, knives, gas bottles etc. must be

removed or properly secured before the test.

 Your windscreen should be clean and free from

visual obstructions, including excessive cracks.

The windscreen wipers and washer fluid should

be fully operational.


 The windscreen and front side windows of the

vehicle presented for your test must have a light

transmission level of not less than 65%.

 Any vehicle modifications that pose a risk to the health

and safety of the driver tester are not permitted.

Examples include but are not limited to: unpadded

or protected internal roll-cages, modified or

lowered suspension.

Check your vehicle’s safety systems and

warning lights


Your vehicle is fitted with a number of warning lights that

let you know if certain critical safety and performance

features are not working properly. It is important that all

your vehicle’s safety systems are in working order. Not

only is this a requirement for your test, but it is also in the

interest of your safety and the safety of other road users.

Please take note of the following:


Your vehicle suspension should not be defective

d Make sure your brake and indicator lights are

working efficiently

 All indicator lights should be clearly showing amber

 Make sure your handbrake is in good working order 


Any dashboard warning lights indicating a

malfunction or a defect, which shows before or

during the test, may lead to your test not going

ahead or being cut short.

 There should be no leakage of exhaust fumes into

the vehicle

 There should be no visible or obvious defect which

would be likely to cause vehicle breakdown during

the test.


Ensure the safety and consideration

of the assigned driver tester

 Your vehicle must have a safety belt fitted to the

front passenger seat, be in good working order and

conform to the manufacturer’s specification.

Your passenger door on the tester’s side should be

working properly and should be possible to open

from both the inside and outside.

 Your vehicle should have a head restraint

fitted to the front passenger’s seat, and to the

manufacturer’s specification.


 Your front passenger seat must be securely mounted

and capable of being fully and properly adjusted.

Broken or unstable seats are not acceptable.

Visual or audio recording equipment is not

permitted during your test.


 Only you and your assigned driver tester are allowed

in the vehicle during your test. You’re not permitted

to carry any other passengers, including pets.

 During your test, your vehicle is considered an

enclosed workspace and needs to be smoke-free

in accordance with the Public Health (Tobacco) Act,

2004. Please do not smoke in your vehicle before

your test. This is to help you ensure there is no

residual smoke or smoke odour present during

your test.

 Your vehicle should have reasonably clean seating

and seat covering, i.e. free from excessive dust and

dirt, dampness or moisture.

Vehicle restrictions to be aware of

 Vehicles hired under a hire agreement are not

generally insured for a driving test.

If you plan to use such a vehicle, you must get a

note from the hire company indicating that it is

insured for your driving test. Give this note to your

driver tester on the day of the test.

 Vehicles used as taxis or hackneys are not

permitted to be used as driving test vehicles unless

the appropriate rate of Vehicle Excise Duty has

been paid, i.e. Class Private.

 Vehicles registered outside the State are not

accepted for test purposes.

Please note: outside of the requirements listed above,

there may be other elements that would lead a tester

to conclude that a vehicle is not in a suitable condition

to conduct the test. Be sure to double-check your

vehicle is in a sufficiently roadworthy condition and is

able to meet these health and safety requirements.


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