K53 Road Test

(click here for the K53 motorcycle test overview)

The K53 road test will commence only after you have passed the yard test. You will be given the instructions for the road test before you start the engine to move off.



The road test will take at least 20 minutes, and continue up to a maximum of 45 minutes. If for any reason beyond your control the duration of the test is more than 45 minutes, no more penalty points will be recorded. However, all errors that normally lead to immediate failure will be recorded (violation of traffic law, uncontrolled/dangerous action, and collision/mechanical failure).

The stopwatch will be stopped when you have stopped the vehicle after completing the pre-established test route. However, test scoring will continue until you have closed your door from the outside.


Pass requirements

You will be allowed a maximum average of 8 penalty points per minute of the test. So, if the test took 30 minutes, you will be allowed a maximum of 240 penalty points. Once the examiner has given you the necessary instructions, the stopwatch will be started.

You will fail the road test if you:

  • have exceeded the permissible maximum penalty points allowed; or
  • failed on one of the ‘immediate failure’ items.

See also K53 Test Scoring Method


Details of each K53 manoeuvre

Every road test situation is explained in full detail (with illustrations) in the the preparation materials which include the sequences in which the K53 defensive driving actions must be carried out for each manoeuvre. These sequences are not all exactly the same for every manoeuvre, so be sure to study each one carefully. See also K53 Test or K53 Motorcycle Test.


Recommended K53 test preparation material

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These materials set out in detail all you need to know for both the learner’s licence test and the K53 driving licence test, covering heavy and light motor vehicles as well as motorcycles.


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The K53 Driving Licence
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K53 Driving Test Scoring Method
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K53 Road Test
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