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Mounting kerb on driving test

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Danielle_1 05 Sep 2008

As from what I have been told and two of my friends have actually experienced, hitting or mounting the kerb during a turn in the road/reverse round a corner would result in an immediate fail. However a little known fact is that if the learner driver asks to repeat the failed manoeuvre, is allowed to do so and completes it succesfully second time around, they no longer fail.

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roadrunner 13 Feb 2014

Hitting the kerb on a left/right reverse is considered as a failed manoueuvre.

gices 30 Oct 2008

Danielle,

Thanks very much for your feedback. Although this has been a good thing for your 2 friends, I think it really depends on the mood of the examiner during your driving test. Some examiners will not allow you to redo the turn in the road or any other manoeuvre, so you have to get it right first time round.

Others will mark it down as a minor fault if you touch the kerb and some may fail you straight away.

Just remember that a minor fault can easily turn into a serious one depending on the circumstances. If, for example, you mount the kerb and there was a pedestrian there who you did not see because you were too busy focusing on your manoeuvre and accidentally stepped on their foot, then you surely can agree your examiner will not let you carry on with the test. I know this is a bit extreme but I've heard of quite a few cases where what would normally be considered a minor has unfortunately led to a more dangerous circumstance.

At the end of the day, it's upto the examiner to assess how serious it is and to pass/fail you.