The test is conducted in one stage and as far as possible is conducted in speed zones between 50-80 km/h, with 20 minutes of driving time.
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. 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.
In Vehicle Safety Checks
The TO will check if the applicant is able to identify where the following controls are located in the vehicle:
Parking brake, Windscreen demister, Rear window demister (where fitted)If the applicant is unable to identify the items above they will be pointed out to them and the applicant will still be able to undertake the test. However if it becomes necessary to use one of the controls during the test and the applicant requires assistance to operate the control, an Immediate Failure Error will result.
While driving through each of the Assessable Tasks the applicant is required to verbally describe (in a few simple words): The hazards they detect; and the actions they would take in response to the hazards. A simple example of this would be: on detecting oncoming traffic, the applicant would then say that the oncoming traffic their response could be to say that they will keep left.
A hazard is anything moving or potentially moving that poses a clear and direct threat to the applicant in carrying out the driving manoeuvre and therefore requires a driving response from the applicant. In other words a hazard is something that the applicant could realistically have a collision with in carrying out the manoeuvre. The decision as to whether something is a hazard must be made in the context of the manoeuvre being completed.
pedestrians (from the left, right or ahead)
other motor vehicles (from the left, right, ahead, behind or oncoming)
other road users such as cyclists (to the left, right, ahead or behind or oncoming)
Hazards do not include:
static objects such as protruding hedges, road signs, parked vehicles without occupants
road features such as intersections, merge lanes etc
pedestrians walking away from the intended path of the applicants vehicle
vehicles that have cleared the intersection before the applicant arrives there.
To pass the applicant can only record one Critical error Critical Errors include:
- Driving too slow
- Driving too fast
- Failing to look
- Failing to signal
- Blocking a pedestrian crossing
- Mounting a kerb
- Stalling the vehicle
- Other illegal action
What happens at the end of the test?
The testing officer will tell you whether or not you have passed the test. They will also go over any errors you made and give you advice on what you can do to correct these errors in future.
If you pass the test, you will have earned your full licence. The testing officer will keep your restricted licence and you will be given a temporary full licence. This is valid for 21 days and must be carried with you when you drive. Your full photo driver licence will be mailed to you. If you fail the test, the testing officer will return your restricted licence to you.