Should they do log book or the test?

Being the supervisory driver in most cases means you know the learner driver. For this purpose you know how they respond to learning, to stress and to tests. You also have a firsthand experience on how they are progressing with their driving. CBT or log book is very thorough and 30 tasks have to be completed before they can climb the graduate licensing scheme to their P1s. The Vehicle on Road Test is a good source if the learner driver wants to assess their abilities in everyday traffic while still maintaining law and safety. Both have their pros and their cons, it really comes down to personal choice.

Vehicle on Road Test (VORT)

The Vehicle on Road Test (VORT) is a single testing process designed to assess your ability to drive on the road with other road users to achieve your goal. That goal is to successfully show that you can drive confidently and competently or the road negotiating traffic and displaying five different slow speed manoeuvres. The test time varies according to variables like traffic, it should take somewhere between 30-45 minutes. To successfully pass the test you must gain a score of 90% or above and adhere to all road laws. Any breach of the road law will result in an immediate fail. Once you are successful you will receive a Certificate of Competency which can be taken into a Service SA Centre with you 75 hours of logged time (including 15 night hours). The Vehicle on Road Test can be undertaken before you have been on your Learner's Permit for one year and before you have completed your 75 logged hours but you would not be able to receive a Provisional Licence until these have occurred. The Vehicle on Road Test is quite achievable but would suit someone who has a number of hours of experience and confident to undertake a test environment in varied traffic.

Competency Based Training (CBT)
For many people the Competency Based Training provides a support that some feel does not come with the VORT. There is not a sense of pass or fail rather the tasks can be attempted at one's own pace. There is still a need to complete 75 hours and be on your Learner's Permit for a year. The major difference is that through the Competency Based Training a learner must complete 30 tasks, including review tasks. The tasks are:

  • Basic driving procedures
  • Slow speed manoeuvres
  • Basic road skills
  • Traffic management skills
  • Task reviews

The final task that is undertaken is designed to assess your driving confidence and competence. If you are able to display this to a satisfactory level you will be issued with a Certificate of Competency.