This section provides detailed information about the new Full Licence Test (FLT or the test) that came into effect on 27 February 2012. It is designed to inform drivers who have passed their restricted licence, about the requirements of the new FLT.
In 2010 the New Zealand Government announced a package of reforms focused on young drivers, including making the Restricted Licence Test (RLT) more difficult to encourage 120 hours of supervised driving practice. The new RLT was developed with a 45-minute drive time, to assess the higher skill levels expected of today’s more experienced licence applicants.
Because of the longer RLT where a comprehensive assessment of safe driving skills is made, the Full Licence Test (FLT) is shorter than before; it is now only 30 minutes. In the FLT applicants have to demonstrate higher order skills in hazard detection and response while at the same time maintaining safe driving behaviours across a wide range of traffic situations and road conditions, to the high standard required for the awarding of a full licence.
The test is undertaken on test routes that have been developed according to a set of standard requirements. This ensures that all test routes used are of a nationally consistent standard.
The test takes a total of 30 minutes to administer. This time allows for:
The test is conducted in one stage and, as far as possible, is conducted in speed zones between 50-80km/h.
During the test, the applicant is directed to drive around a fixed test route and asked to perform specific driving tasks (such as turns or lane changes) at various locations, while at the same time verbally describing the hazards and their driving responses to those hazards. The Testing Officer (TO) uses a set of specific assessment items to assess how well the applicant performs each task.
To pass the FLT, an applicant must demonstrate safe decision-making, observance of road rules, a high standard of car-handling skills and ability to identify and apply the correct driving response to any hazards encountered.
There are two types of driving tasks in the RLT:
There are eight assessable tasks in the FLT, which are described in the Assessable driving tasks section.
During each of the eight assessable driving tasks in the FLT, the applicant is also required to verbally describe (in a few simple words) as they undertake each assessable task:
During the test the applicant will be assessed against three different assessment criteria:
Note that this guide does not cover the number of driving faults that are permitted during the test as the pre-test preparation should not be focused around how many driving faults may be made during the test, but rather whether the novice driver has the necessary skills to be a safe driver (ie they can consistently perform the driving tasks to the required standard).
If the novice driver is making any critical errors or immediate failure errors in training then they are clearly not yet ready to attempt this test.
Last updated: 27 February 2015