A Facebook post states the government has taken reversing out of the HGV driving test, illustrated with a photo of an HGV with its backend partly submerged in a body of water.
The picture is genuine. The image is of a lorry which fell into Bristol harbour on 21 October.
However, the claim about HGV driving tests is not correct. As we have written before, a now-closed government consultation from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) did suggest that parts of driving tests for certain types of medium and large vehicles, including manoeuvres off the road, could be carried out by a third party organisation, not the DVSA.
These manoeuvres include a reversing exercise. The suggestion wasn’t to remove the reversing element of the test completely but to test it separately.
The government has since announced that it would go ahead with this change stating: “[HGV driving] Tests will also be made shorter by removing the ‘reversing exercise’ element – and for vehicles with trailers, the ‘uncoupling and recoupling’ exercise – and having it tested separately by a third party.”