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Why is it Cheaper to Book a Practical Driving Test in Guernsey than the UK?
Why is it Cheaper to Book a Practical Driving Test in Guernsey than the UK?

If you book a practical driving test in Guernsey,

it’s cheaper than booking on the UK mainland.

That’s not fair, right? Book Your British Isles Driving Test explains why it costs less…


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 Learner drivers in the UK could be forgiven for thinking that they’re hard done by when it comes to practical driving test fees. The UK driving test is one of the mostly costly in the world, not to mention all the fees you have to pay just to get to the practical test stage. There’s the provisional licence, the lessons and the theory test to pay for too!

 Perhaps UK learners are getting a raw deal. Guernsey is one such place where it’s cheaper to book a practical driving test than on the UK mainland.

 Why? Guernsey is part of the UK, isn’t it?

No, Guernsey is not part of the UK, which explains why practical driving test fees on the island are cheaper. It’s a common misconception that Guernsey is part of the UK, when in fact it’s a self-governing dependency of the British Crown.

 This means Guernsey’s legal system and courts of law for instance, operate independently of the UK mainland. Guernsey also has its own driving agency, the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency, which sets practical driving test fees.

 Guernsey also has its own supplement to the UK’s Highway Code, which has different road rules to those on the mainland. Equally, you’re required to book a theory test in Guernsey, and pass it, before you can apply for a provisional driving licence.

 So, although it may be more expensive to book a practical test on the UK mainland, the route to taking a practical test in Guernsey is a little tougher. After all, you can’t get behind the wheel until you have a theory test pass certificate.

 What’s the difference in fees?

In Guernsey, practical driving test fees for a car were increased by the island’s environment department on 20 April, 2015, rising from £35 to £50 for tests taken on any day, at any time.

On the UK mainland, to book a practical driving test, it costs £62 on a weekday within ‘operating hours’, but £75 to take a test in the evening or on weekends.

 According to an environment department spokesman, the cost to book a practical test in Guernsey was increased because, at the time, test fees only brought in £65,000 in revenue compared with the £110,000 it costs to run the tests. More than 2,000 practical driving tests are conducted in Guernsey each year.

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 Book Your British Isles Driving Test offers an intermediary service assisting clients with booking a theory test, or practical test, at Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey test centres. The service also supplies resources to help you prepare for your theory test – Ready to take your theory test? Book your theory test online today…

 No. We’re not affiliated with any Guernsey, Isle of Man or Jersey government agencies or any of their websites, but that does not make us a scam. You’re charged an admin fee to cover our staff costs and the process of booking a theory test or practical exam on your behalf. 

First Ever Isle of Man Driver Passes Advanced Driving Test
Need inspiration to book and pass your British Isles driving test? Here’s some motivation for you…

Meet Mike Dunn, the first driver ever from the Isle of Man to pass an advanced driving test. Mr Dunn, from Onchan, passed the recently introduced IAM Road Smart’s Master Driving Test after travelling to Blackpool and the Flyde to complete the exam, which takes 150 minutes (2 and a half hours).

The test saw Mr Dunn drive approximately 50 miles in total, requiring him to be aware of the possible motivations of drivers around him and his own driving motivations. Mr Dunn considers himself to be an experienced motorist having been a part of the Isle of Man Advanced Motorists and Motorcyclists branch for many years.

He has helped many drivers over the years, assisting them with passing their Advanced Driving Tests and he’s delighted to have successfully completed the exam himself. Describing the experience, he said that: “Driving through the Peak District was ‘much more pleasurable’ than other parts of the route.”  



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 He said that passing the test took 100 per cent concentration in order to make decent progress and maintain safety. He identified road positioning, selecting the right gears and driving in accordance with a planned system as the keys to completing the exam successfully.

Institute of Advanced Motorists

The IAM masters test is the next level up from the Institute of Advanced Motorists’ Advanced Driving Test, which around 200 drivers from the Isle of Man have passed. The masters exam is a test in applying ‘emotional intelligence’ when it comes to making driving decisions.

This requires drivers to understand what motivates them and other road users to make those split-second decisions when driving and to be aware of their own mistakes and those of other drivers.
The test builds existing skills, particularly cornering principles, safe overtaking and advancing safely in accordance with speed limits, while making good judgement calls in terms of speed and distance.

Following successful completion of the test, Mike wants to mentor others on the Isle of Man who want to take the masters’ test. It’s hoped that Mike has now paved the way for an instructor to conduct masters’ tests on the island in the future.

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Book Your British Isles Driving Test offers an intermediary service assisting clients with booking a theory test, or practical test, at Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey test centres. The service also supplies resources to help you prepare for your theory test – Ready to take your theory test? Book your theory test online today…

No. We’re not affiliated with any Guernsey, Isle of Man or Jersey government agencies or any of their websites, but that does not make us a scam. You’re charged an admin fee to cover our staff costs and the process of booking a theory test or practical exam on your behalf.
UK Driving Theory Test Celebrates 20th Anniversary
 UK Driving Theory Test Celebrates 20th Anniversary

July 2016 is the 20th anniversary of the UK driving theory test. To mark the occasion,

Book Your British Isles Driving Test looks at some of the facts and figures that have made the

theory test what it is today.

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 UK Driving Theory Test – the Early Years

The driving theory test was introduced on 1 July, 1996, starting out as a written exam. The theory test replaced questions asked about the Highway Code during the practical driving test. After just three months, the pass mark for the theory test was raised from 26 out of 35 to 30 out of 35.

 On 4 January, 2000, the theory test was computerized thanks to the introduction of a touchscreen system and two years later, in 2002, the hazard perception part appeared. However, the Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey theory test centres didn’t introduce the hazard perception element of the test for another 12 years!

 How are Learner Drivers Getting on with the Theory Test?

The latest figures, published by the UK’s DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) for 2015-16, show that the current pass rate for car theory test drivers is 49.3%. Learners tend to get questions wrong in the following categories:

* Attitude

* Documents

* Road and Traffic Signs

* Rules of the Road

* Safety Margins

* Safety and Your Vehicle

 Changes to Theory Test Fees

On 1 October, 2014, the government reduced the UK driving test fee from £31 to £25, and again in October 2015, from £25 to £23. It’s estimated that this has saved learner drivers approximately £11.6 million over the last two years. Over the next nine years, learners are expected to save £100 million.

What the Authorities have to say

Commenting on the theory test turning 20, Lord Ahmad, the UK’s Transport Minister, said: “We are determined to deliver safer roads and cut the number of people who are killed and seriously injured. The theory test is an important check so that new drivers know the rules of the roads and they can spot potential hazards before they develop.”

 Meanwhile, Gareth Llewellyn, the DVSA’s Chief Executive, said: “The test is kept under constant review to ensure it continues to prepare candidates for a lifetime of safe driving.”

 The most recent change to the theory test occurred on 12 January, 2015, when old film clips – used as part of the hazard perception test – were replaced by state-of-the-art, CGI (computer-generated imagery) clips.

 What Does the Future Hold for the Driving Theory Test in the UK?

Ministers say that there is a lot more in store for the theory test, especially since driving is evolving. Ministers want to ensure the exam ‘best reflects’ modern motoring and poses questions that are relevant to what’s happening on Britain’s highways.

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 Book Your British Isles Driving Test offers an intermediary service assisting clients with booking a theory test, or practical test, at Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey test centres. The service also supplies resources to help you prepare for your theory test – Ready to take your theory test? Book your theory test online today…

 No. We’re not affiliated with any Guernsey, Isle of Man or Jersey government agencies or any of their websites, but that does not make us a scam. You’re charged an admin fee to cover our staff costs and the process of booking a theory test or practical exam on your behalf.

 
Guernsey Driving Theory Test: Key Road Rules You Need to Know
 

Some road rules on the Island of Guernsey are different to those on the UK mainland.

Knowing the different rules will be handy for your Guernsey driving theory test.

Book Your British Isles Driving Test highlights some of key road rules you need to know.

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 Stop Signs

On the UK mainland, when you’re required to stop at a junction, you’re greeted by a hexagonal ‘STOP’ sign. There’s also a bold white line, accompanied by the word STOP, marked out on the road too.

On the island of Guernsey, the STOP junction is identified differently. There is no hexagonal ‘STOP’ sign and the bold white line is replaced by a wide yellow line that’s transversely painted across the exit of a minor road, indicating that a driver is required to give way to traffic on a major road.

On the approach to a STOP junction, a yellow arrow is marked out on the road warning of an upcoming wide yellow line. Meanwhile, a single yellow line painted at the side of the road on approaching a STOP junction indicates that vehicles are prohibited from parking, waiting or being left unattended at any time.

Speed Limit

If you’re asked a question on speed limits when taking your Guernsey driving theory test, you only need to remember two. The maximum speed limit on the island is 35 mph on ‘open roads.’ Around the island’s villages and other built up areas, the maximum speed limit drops to 25 mph.

In comparison, the UK mainland has variable speed limits for different road types. On motorways and dual carriageways, the maximum speed limit is 70 mph. Meanwhile, speed limits on other road types vary, ranging from 60 mph down to 20 mph in some built up areas.

Traffic Lights

On the UK mainland, traffic lights always follow the sequence of changing from RED, to AMBER and then GREEN. However, if you’re asked a question on traffic lights when taking

your Guernsey driving theory test, be aware that a minority of traffic lights on the island change from RED to GREEN and skip the AMBER.

Filter in Turn Junctions

Filter in turn junctions on the Island of Guernsey are signposted and painted on the road. They’re similar to box junctions on the UK mainland, but with one slight difference, which you will need to know if you want to book a theory test in Guernsey.

Whereas most box junctions on the UK mainland are controlled by traffic lights, with priority given to one stream of traffic, filter in turn junctions give equal priority to traffic from all directions, which means vehicles – one turning left and one turning right – can both enter the box provided their exits are clear. On the UK mainland, you can only enter the box if your exit is clear.

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To pass a theory test in Guernsey, you will need to familiarise yourself with the different road rules as test questions will be slightly different to those on the UK mainland. Ready to book a theory test? Book Your British Isles Theory Test with us now…

Book Your British Isles Driving Test offers an intermediary service assisting clients with booking a theory test, or practical test, at Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey test centres. The service also supplies resources to help you prepare for your theory test.

No. We’re not affiliated with any Guernsey, Isle of Man or Jersey government agencies or any of their websites, but that does not make us a scam. You’re charged an admin fee to cover our staff costs and the process of booking a theory test or practical exam on your behalf.
Jersey Driving Theory Test: Learning the Jersey Highway Code.
 Jersey has its own Highway Code, which is different to the more familiar,

‘Official Highway Code’ used on the UK mainland. Book Your British Isles Driving Test identifies 3 of the key differences in Jersey’s Highway Code

that you need to know in preparation for your Jersey driving theory test.



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  1. The National Speed Limit  
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In the States of Jersey, the national speed limit is set at 40 mph for cars, vans and motorcycles. The national speed limit then varies depending on the vehicle type. 
For instance: 
  • The national speed limit in Jersey for cars towing a boat, caravan or trailer is 30 mph 
  • For buses and coaches, the national speed limit is 30 mph  
  • For goods vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes in laden weight, the national speed limit is 30 mph 
 
On the UK mainland, the maximum national speed limit is set at 70 mph for motorways, while dual carriageways and some single carriageways have a national speed limit of 60 mph. Like Jersey, the UK mainland does have a staggered speed limit system depending on the type of vehicle. 
  1. Green Lanes 
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If a question on Green Lanes comes up during your Jersey driving theory test, you need to know that they’re similar to cycle routes or pedestrian walkways on the UK mainland. Green Lanes are intended for use by cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians. 
 
However, unlike the UK mainland where access to such routes is forbidden for motor vehicles, Green Lanes can be used by cars and motorcycles when absolutely necessary. The key rule to know here for your Jersey driving theory test is that the speed limit for motor vehicles using these routes is restricted to 15 mph. 
 
Road Markings  
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A number of road markings in Jersey do not appear in the Official Highway Code. It’s recommended that you get a copy of Jersey’s Highway Code if you plan to book a theory test in Jersey. 
 
One of the key road marking differences in Jersey includes bus stops, which are identified by a solid yellow line surrounded by staggered white lines. On the UK mainland, the solid yellow line is replaced by a solid white line.  
 
 
Isle of Man Driving Test Waiting Times Challenged by Driving Instructor

The Isle of Man government claims that processing times for driving tests on the island are approximately 10 days. However, one driving instructor disagrees, saying that the truth about Isle of Man Driving Test waiting times is very different to what the government is saying. So, how long are the waiting times? Book Your British Isles Driving Test investigates. 

 Meet Chris Stewart of Mannin Driving School. A recent statement issued by the Isle of Man’s Department of Infrastructure claimed that waiting times for a driving test on the island were as little as 10 days. Mr Stewart says that’s ‘an absolute load of rubbish.’

According to Mr Stewart, the Vehicle and Driving Test Centre in the village of Tromode is severely understaffed and lacks resources. It’s likely that Isle of Man theory test waiting times will be impacted by similar shortages.

 

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Isle of Man driving test waiting times more like nine weeks 

 

Mr Stewart said: ‘In my 32 years as a driving instructor I have never known it so badly organised,’ he said. ‘You have got to wait three to four weeks before you get a reply and then you have to wait a further four to five weeks for the test so it works out to be an eight or nine week wait. It’s a disgrace. I feel sorry for the people up at the Test Centre.’ 

 

Nine week processing times have been happening for about 12 months now, the instructor stated. A number of his students have been affected. He said: “At the end of the day Phil Gawne [Head of the Department of Infrastructure on the Isle of Man] and the directors are just not backing the Isle of Man’s Driving Test Centre.  

 

Stewart added: “They don’t care about what [the staff] are doing and they’re leaving everyone to do it themselves. I would like to see improvements to start on the administrative side, there needs to be another member of staff. We also need another part-time examiner, or even full-time examiner.” 

 

A statement from the Department of Infrastructure admitted that the waiting time for an Isle of Man driving test is around 10 and a half weeks. Mr Gawne said: The Department has been achieving the 10-day waiting time for applications in recent years with ‘very few exceptions.  

 

He did go on to add that he was aware of the recent delay in processing applications due to a staff resource issue and an ‘unusual surge’ in applications. 

 

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure, said: “The waiting time has grown significantly since previous information was provided to the House of Keys [on June 21] and follows a further influx of applications.  

 

Historically the department has achieved its target of 10 working days for the processing of applications, with few exceptions. More recently processing times have fluctuated due to a range of issues including increased demand, staff sickness, an inability to fill staff vacancies and other competing demands on the same small group of employees.” 

 

The Department has moved to introduce additional weekly driving test slots to combat the backlog, which they say will result in an ‘immediate reduction’ in waiting times. The service is also understood to be hiring more administrative personnel as well as modifying its online service. 

 

Need to book an Isle of Man practical driving test?  

Don’t worry about the waiting times, we can monitor cancellations and book an Isle of Man driving test on your behalf. Book Your British Isles Driving Test offers an intermediary service assisting clients with booking a theory test, or practical test, at Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey test centres.  

 

The service also supplies resources to help you prepare for your theory and practical tests. 

 

No. We’re not affiliated with any Guernsey, Isle of Man or Jersey government agencies or any of their websites, but that does not make us a scam. You’re charged an admin fee to cover our staff costs and the process of booking a theory test or practical exam on your behalf.  
New Driving Theory Test Questions for the British Isles....
New driving theory test questions have been announced for the British Isles. What are the new questions and when will they be introduced? Book Your British Isles Driving Test reveals all…

Learner drivers across Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and the rest of the British Isles will face new driving theory test questions in relation to drink-driving as of 10 October, 2016. The changes will see 17 new questions introduced to the driving theory test as part of a new alcohol and drugs module.

Theory test applicants across Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and the wider British Isles will be expected to answer two questions about alcohol and drugs as part of every test. The introduction of questions relating to drink, drugs and driving comes as a response to a Road Safety Authority (RSA) report issued in June.

Findings of the Road Safety Authority report

According to the RSA report, 38% of fatal accidents on roads throughout the British Isles occurred because alcohol was a factor, claiming 286 lives between 2008 and 2012. Of the 286 drivers killed who had consumed alcohol, 43% were aged between 16 and 24, while 57% of motorcyclists killed who had consumed alcohol were aged between 25 and 34.

Chief executive of the RSA, Moyagh Murdock, said: “The report issued by the RSA earlier this year dispels the myth that this killer behaviour is a thing of the past. It’s not - it is very much still present in communities throughout the UK. We need to use every opportunity we can to help new drivers to understand the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.”
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 Theory test format will not change

Despite new driving theory test questions being introduced, theory test applicants across Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and the wider British Isles, can rest assured that the overall format of the driver theory test will not be altered.

Shane Ross, the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport in Ireland, said: “It's critical that we reinforce key road safety behaviours at every stage of the learning to drive process, from theory to practice.”

“The addition of drink driving as a subject area in the first stage, the Driver Theory Test, will help to remind learner drivers that this behaviour is unsafe, irresponsible and destroys lives,” he added.

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To pass a theory test in Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man, especially in light of the new questions. You will need to familiarise yourself with the different road rules as test questions will be slightly different to those across the rest of the British Isles. Ready to book a theory test? Book Your British Isles Theory Test with us now… 

Book Your British Isles Driving Test offers an intermediary service assisting clients with booking a theory test, or practical test, at Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey test centres. The service also supplies resources to help you prepare for your theory test.

No. We’re not affiliated with any Guernsey, Isle of Man or Jersey government agencies or any of their websites, but that does not make us a scam. You’re charged an admin fee to cover our staff costs and the process of booking a theory test or practical exam on your behalf.
18 Penalty Points for Isle of Man ‘driver’ who had ‘Driving Theory Test Issues’
Tempted to con authorities by claiming to have passed your driving theory test and practical exam? You’ll pay the price, just like this ‘driver’ from the Isle of Man. Book Your Theory Test, otherwise you’ll be made to look a fool…

Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is the definition of insanity. It’s true of driving theory test cheats. Every day, check out Google News to catch up on the latest car theory test stories and you’ll find a couple about test cheats getting caught. These people never learn. Take this ‘driver’ from the Isle of Man…

…52-year-old, Daniel Coran Taylor, was hit with 18 penalty points and a nine month driving ban after telling authorities that he had passed the Isle of Man theory test and had a full licence to drive.

But get this, when police stopped Coran Taylor on March 19, he could only produce a provisional driving licence. That’s not the worst of it, he had three passengers in the car he could’ve killed or seriously injured.

The police allowed Coran Taylor to carry on driving because he was essentially ‘supervised’ by his passengers. However, he was asked to display ‘L’ plates on his Citroen Picasso. Did he listen? No he didn’t.

Just hours later, minus his passengers and any sign of ‘L’ plates, Coran Taylor was spotted by an off-duty police officer and caught on CCTV. No, he had not gained his full driving licence in those few short hours, so he was still driving illegally.  



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Attended police headquarters
As a result of his driving misdemeanours, Coran Taylor agreed to a voluntary interview at police headquarters on the Isle of Man on March 23, and guess what - he drove there, telling police that he had been supervised by a gentleman named ‘Sam Smith!’ However, it later transpired that he had made up the name.

During the interview, he went on to admit that he had never passed the Isle of Man driving theory test and as a result, he hadn’t passed a practical test, despite telling police he had passed one on the UK mainland. However, no records of a test pass were found.

Defending Coran Taylor in court, his lawyer, Darren Taubitz, said: ‘My client obviously appreciates he should have been supervised. He has struggled with theory test issues as he suffers from dyslexia. His actions have been foolish. The vehicle has been put up for sale.’

He gets the bus every day. When he was pulled over he was using it to ferry family members and friends around. On the second occasion his girlfriend was ill. ‘On the last occasion he couldn’t get to work on time. It’s hard to understand why he’s acted like this when you look at his record. He accepts what he’s done is foolish,’ Taubitz added.

Hammering the message home
If you think you can cheat on your driving theory test or simply not take one and decide to drive anyway, you’re sadly mistaken. Many learner drivers have attempted to ‘get away with it,’ but there are repercussions when you’re caught, and you will be. Don’t risk it, book an Isle of Man driving theory test and take to the roads legitimately and safely. No excuses.

Book a Practical Driving Test With Us, Now

Book Your British Isles Driving Test offers an intermediary service assisting clients with booking a theory test, or practical test, at Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey test centres. The service also supplies resources to help you prepare for your theory test – Ready to take your theory test? Book your theory test online today…

No. We’re not affiliated with any Guernsey, Isle of Man or Jersey government agencies or any of their websites, but that does not make us a scam. You’re charged an admin fee to cover our staff costs and the process of booking a theory test or practical exam on your behalf.   
Guernsey Driving Theory Test: More Key Road Rules You Need to Know
 Following on from our recent - Guernsey Driving Theory Test: Key Road Rules You Need to Know – blog post, Book Your British Isles Driving Test highlights more motoring rules you’re likely to be quizzed about during your Guernsey driving theory test.

Drink-Driving Laws

Drink-driving laws in Guernsey are not too dissimilar to those on the UK mainland. The legal limit is no more than 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. You’re more likely to get caught if you break the island’s laws though, as Guernsey has much more efficient and effective police patrols.

Must-Have Documentation

Drivers in Guernsey are required to hold an international driving licence, unless you’re from the UK mainland. UK licences are valid on the island of Guernsey. However, you must keep a valid certificate of insurance in your vehicle at all times.

Driving Fines

Unlike the UK mainland, authorities do not have the power to issue on the spot fines. However, they can issue fixed-penalty notices for minor offences or hand out a court summons for more serious infractions.

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Speed Traps

If you’re asked a question on speed traps during your Guernsey driving theory test, you should know that static speed cameras are not in use on the island. However, that doesn’t mean your speed isn’t monitored. Regular speed traps are in operation to catch those drivers exceeding Guernsey’s speed limits.

Motorway Signs
A trick question if this pops up while taking a theory test in Guernsey… the island has no motorways and therefore, no motorway signs!

Night Time Parking
On the UK mainland, you can park on a public road facing any direction you wish at night. That’s not the case in Guernsey! It might sound a little bizarre, but you’re not allowed to park facing the direction of traffic at night. Equally, you’re required to have your parking lights switched on if you’re not parked in a designated parking bay.

Disabled Parking
Despite a loose affiliation with Europe, Guernsey does acknowledge the Blue Badge System. However, it’s not just a case of being able to park on double yellow or in designated bays, disabled badge holders do need to check the road for signs to ensure that they are entitled to park.

Toll Roads

Another trick question should one on toll roads pop up. Like motorways, Guernsey has no toll roads.

Travelling with Children
Children under the age of 12 are prohibited from travelling in the front passenger seat of a vehicle in Guernsey. Instead, they need to be secured in a rear seat of the vehicle.

Book Your British Isles Theory Test with us and Pass

To pass a theory test in Guernsey, you will need to familiarise yourself with the different road rules as test questions will be slightly different to those on the UK mainland. Ready to book a theory test? Book Your British Isles Theory Test with us now…

Book Your British Isles Driving Test offers an intermediary service assisting clients with booking a theory test, or practical test, at Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey test centres. The service also supplies resources to help you prepare for your theory test.

No. We’re not affiliated with any Guernsey, Isle of Man or Jersey government agencies or any of their websites, but that does not make us a scam. You’re charged an admin fee to cover our staff costs and the process of booking a theory test or practical exam on your behalf.