A new car has been added to the list of vehicles that cannot be used for a driving test following a revision of the DVSA test rules.

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© Dan Kenyon 2017/ Getty The instructor can still deem your car unsuitable for a driving test even if it is not on the list

Driving students are allowed to use their own car when learning to drive rather than their instructor’s if their vehicle meets a set of criteria set out by the DVSA.

Currently there are five car models which are banned from use during driving tests. The full list of banned cars include:

BMW Mini convertible

Ford KA convertible

Smart Fortwo (2-door)

Toyota iQ

VW Beetle convertible

The Smart Fortwo is the most recent addition to the list.

The five models are banned because their design obstructs either the driver’s or the instructor’s vision of the road and are deemed unsafe.

Learners are usually free to use their own vehicle if it is not on the list as long as the car is insured under their name. However, the instructor can still cancel a driving test if they consider a car to be unsuitable even if it is not on the list.

Some cars are also banned because they have been subject to a product recall, which makes them a safety hazard on the road. These include certain batches of Citroen C1, Peugeot 108, Toyota Aygo, Toyota Yaris, Vauxhall ADAM and Vauxhall Corsa D.

If you do not have your own car or your vehicle is banned then you can hire a car. However it must be fitted with dual controls and meet the DVSA standards.

The car must have:

An extra interior rear-view mirror for the examiner

L-plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) on the front and rear

A passenger seatbelt for the examiner and a proper passenger head restraint (not a slip-on type)

Other rules state that, during a test, your car must:

Be taxed

Be insured for a driving test

Be roadworthy and have a current MOT

Have no warning lights showing

Have no tyre damage and the legal tread depth on each tyre

Be smoke-free

Be able to reach at least 62mph and have an mph speedometer

Have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500 kg

If you decide to take your driving test in Scotland then make sure to clean it first because your test could also be cancelled if the vehicle is dirty.

To check if your car meets the rules, go to the DVSA site .

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