The Vehicle On Road Test (VORT) allows students to do a single practical road test to be eligible for a driver’s licence.
Force Driving School recommends having some driving lessons to prepare for the VORT test, as the standard required to pass is very specific. The student must score 90% or better to pass the test. Unfortunately, many people who sit a VORT test without prior training tend to fail.
A driving instructor that trains a student cannot do the testing. The test must be done by another “Authorised” examiner.
The VORT test’s date, time and location must be registered with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) at least three days prior to the test date (we do this so you don’t have to). Please keep in mind, however that the examiner will likely need more time than that to fit your request into their schedule. We generally recommend giving at least week’s notice to improve your change of getting the time and date you want.
If you would like to book a VORT test in your own car, click here
If you would like to use an instructors’ vehicle for your VORT, click here.
If a student fails the test they must wait a prescribed number of days before they can do it again.
A learner driver must wait for 2 weeks
An overseas conversion must wait 3 days
The VORT test involves a drive of approximately 30-45 minutes and consists of three components:
- Road Law
- 5 Low Speed Manoeuvres
- A General Drive
A student must achieve a score of at least 90% to pass the test.
100% Road Law must be obeyed at all times during the general drive, and while demonstrating the low speed manoeuvres. Any breaches will result in an instant fail.
Low Speed Manoeuvres
There are five low speed manoeuvres worth 2% each for a total of 10%. The standard for these tasks is very high and they must be demonstrated as described in detail in the “Driver’s Companion” CBT&A section (yellow tab).
The low speed manoeuvres include:
(Tasks 3 & 9)
- Checks centre mirror and applies signal for 5 seconds or more
- Checks centre mirror and over the right shoulder (blind spot check) for traffic
- If safe, releases the handbrake
- Accelerates smoothly away from the kerb and cancels signal
- Selects a suitable, safe and legal position to start turn
- Complies with the moving off procedure; centre mirror, signal for 5 seconds, centre mirror, blind spot check and smooth take off (handbrake optional if required to stop rolling)
- Proceeds across the road under full control without affecting other traffic
- Steers quickly to the left (best practice – about a metre from the right kerb)
- Selects the appropriate gear for reversing
- Then uses the handbrake to avoid rolling when necessary (manual vehicles)
- Checks right, left and behind just before and while reversing (a 360-degree check)
- Proceeds across road in reverse under full control
- Steers quickly to the right and prepares to move off down the road without any additional steering (except for straightening)
- Selects first or drive gear and then uses the handbrake to avoid rolling (where necessary – manual vehicles)
- Checks left and right just before driving forward under full control
- Obstructs no other traffic unnecessarily during the turn
NOTE: The vehicle must not touch any kerb and must stay within the boundaries as stated by the examiner (e.g. Between the kerbs)
(Tasks 10 & 27)
- Selects a suitable, safe and legal location to commence the U turn
- Checks the centre mirror and signals intention in reasonable time
- 5 seconds if leaving from the left kerb
- Positions vehicle appropriately, safely and legally prior to and on completing the turn
- Does not unduly inconvenience other road users
- Checks for traffic in appropriate directions at appropriate times (E.g. Blind spot if applicable)
- Maintains full control of the vehicle throughout the turn
NOTE 1: If another vehicle pulls up behind then the driver must abandon the U-turn and just turn right, into the side road. While it is not strictly illegal to do a U-turn if there is a car behind, it can prove to be a dangerous undertaking.
NOTE 2: Also if another vehicle is waiting to turn right from a side road which will be used for the U-turn then the driver must abandon the U-turn and turn right. Apart from being a dangerous situation the driver must give way to the right turning vehicle and not cause confusion by cutting in front of them.
- Checks the centre mirror before signalling
- Positions vehicle appropriately (See note below) and wholly within the designated parking bay
- Demonstrates appropriate observation patterns
- Stops the vehicle so that the front of it is not more than 300 mm from the kerb or end of the parking bay, but not over the kerb or end of bay
- Observes left, right and behind, before moving the vehicle and during reversing
- Completes the manoeuvre in one attempt where sufficient space is available and substantially clears adjacent bays
- Reverses vehicle for only such a distance as is necessary to complete the moving off in the required direction (e.g. Approximately 45 degrees, depending on the position of adjacent obstacles)
- Positions the wheels of the vehicle at the completion of the reversing so that it can be driven in the intended direction with less than one further turn of the wheel (any straightening of the wheels is acceptable)
- Observes in the appropriate directions (behind, to the sides and forward) and signals (if appropriate) before moving off.
NOTE: Appropriately parked is defined as:
- Wholly within the parking bay
- No more than 300 mm out of parallel with the marked parking bay lines and with the wheels straight
- The front of the vehicle must be within 300 mm of the end of the bay and not over the end of the bay
- Checks right and left blind spots and behind, by turning around prior to and during reversing
- Uses the moving off procedure; centre mirror, signal for 5 seconds, centre mirror, blind spot check and smooth take off (handbrake optional if required to stop rolling) for leaving the bay
- Before reversing checks right and left blind spots and behind, by turning around prior to and during reversing
- Before turning the wheel to the left (to move around the front pole) checks left and right blind spots and forward for other road users
- Completes the parking exercise with no more than two changes of direction after commencing reversing (e.g. Backwards, forwards and then backwards)
- Does not touch any pole, allow any part of the vehicle to pass between a pole and the kerb, or touch the kerb with a wheel.
- Finishes in a position with the left wheels of the vehicle within 300 mm of the kerb and the vehicle no closer than 900 mm from either pole
NOTE: For all low speed manoeuvres
- The manoeuvres must be done in the exact sequence described
- The vehicle must not roll contrary to the intended direction of movement
- The driver must give way to all road users when performing these low speed manoeuvres. This means that they must not start any manoeuvre if another road user is close enough to be affected by the driver’s vehicle (e.g. causing a change of speed or direction).
- If after commencing a manoeuvre another road users approaches from any direction the driver should allow them to pass by.
- The driver can only continue the manoeuvre when another road user is present if road user stops with the intention of forfeiting their right of way.
- The driver must be looking in the direction of travel as the car starts to move. (Yes look where you’re going)
The low speed manoeuvres should typically be performed at no more than walking speed with quick hands on the steering wheel: Roll slow, steer fast! This is harder than it sounds, requiring significant co-ordination between the hands for steering and the right foot manipulating the brake and accelerator to control the car’s speed. There are also observations, over the right/left shoulder and to the rear, to be carried out as well as the manoeuvring procedure to remember!
The General Drive
The test requires that a student achieves an overall score of at least 90% (combined score of the general drive and low speed manoeuvres). It is expected that the System of Car Control will be used consistently throughout the drive.
The student must achieve a minimum of 90% to pass. The low speed manoeuvres make up 10%, that is 2% each with no partial marks (you either get the 2% or nothing). The remaining 90% is marked on the general drive.
During the VORT the assessor will be marking a recording sheet for specific items during the drive.
Here is a list of common faults to illustrate the standard that is required to pass:
- Mirror (M)
- Signal (S)
- Approach (A)
- Position (P)
- Observation (O)
- Judgement ( J )
- Sequence (Q)
- Vehicle Control (VC)
- Safety Margin (Marg)
- Progress (Prog)
- Failing to check the centre mirror prior to signalling or braking
- Failing to signal for a reasonable time before slowing to turn
- Approaching an intersection to turn too quickly causing the vehicle to go around the corner roughly or not allowing sufficient time to make observations prior to the turn
- Approaching an intersection to stop or give way too quickly causing the car to stop abruptly or jerk unnecessarily
Incorrect positioning (too far forward/back or to the left/right)
- Prior to turning left or right at an intersection
- At a give way or stop sign
- Turning right from a laned road
- Entering a busy laned road
- Failing to look in both directions when turning at an intersection, including at traffic lights and roundabouts
- Failing to do a blind spot check before changing lanes
Missing an opportunity or choosing a gap causing minor adjustment of speed of other road users when:
- Entering a busy road
- Turning right from a busy road
- Turning right at a traffic light
Failing to follow the correct sequence for the SOCC
- Signaling before checking the mirror when turning
- Signaling after checking the blind spot during a lane change
- Unable to use all of the controls competently
- Unable to use the windscreen wipers, hazard lights and air conditioner/heater when required
- Unable to use the brakes and accelerator competently to provide a smooth ride without unnecessary jerking and jolting
- Unable to select the correct gear when required
- Traveling too close
- When following another vehicle
- When passing another road user or stationary object
- When stopping behind another vehicle
- Driving along the road and through intersections at an unreasonable speed which causes obstruction to other road users
Dealing with unusual situations inappropriately or awkwardly
- Moving around a bus at a bus stop
- Moving past a garbage truck
- Moving out to the way of an emergency vehicle
Immediate Fail Items
Any breach of road law will result in an instant fail, as will having the examiner intervene either by physically taking control of the car (brake, steering) or instructing/advising the student to avoid a dangerous or embarrassing situation (eg. to avoid being left stranded in the middle of a traffic light intersection).
Here is a list of common road law breaches that result in an immediate fail:
- Moving Off
- Stop signs
- Straddling lane lines
- Safety Margins
- Obstruction/give way
- Dangerous Driving
- Failing to Comply
- Failing to signal for five seconds when moving off from a stationary postion
- Failing to stop
- Failing to stop behind the stop line
Moving across a lane line (even just a little bit) without signaling/signaling long enough and giving way to traffic in the other lane
- When changing lanes
- When moving around parked cars on a laned road
By any amount including:
- School zones where children present
Getting too close to any object for the speed of the vehicle
- Passing parked cars closer than 1.2m when driving at 50-60 km/hr
Causing another vehicle to slow or change direction when it has the right of way
- When changing lanes
- When entering a busy road
- When turning right from a busy road or a traffic light intersection
- Failing to signal when turning
Disobeying traffic lights, signs and road markings
- Failing to give way at a give way sign
- Failing to stop behind the stop line
- Failing to proceed at a green light (including a green arrow)
- Mounting a kerb or traffic island
Driving in a manner dangerous or driving with undue care and attention
- Use your imagination here, there are so many possibilities we couldn’t possibly write them all in this small space
Failing to comply with reasonable direction:
- When asked to do a slow speed manoeuvre, given a reasonable amount of time and distance to demonstrate it
- Ignoring directions repeatedly
Intervention by the examiner either verbally or physically to:
- Prevent a collision
- Prevent a dangerous situation occurring
- Gain control of the car
- Prevent a continuing traffic offence
- Prevent confusion to other road users (often due to giving way unnecessarily)
- Assist in operating the car controls (e.g. demisters, wipers)