Vehicle On Road Test (VORT)

VORT stands for The Vehicle On Road Test. This form of license testing will test your driving skills and knowledge as a safe and competent driver. Throughout the 45 minute test you will be required to demonstrate five low speed manoeuvres, ( angle park, U-turn, reverse parallel park, 3-point turn and move off on a hill) as well as undergoing a general drive.

Throughout the general driving component, your basic driving skills will be tested. Instructors look out for your ability in changing lanes, turning at traffic lights, stop and give way signs, turning onto busy roads, interaction with other road users and your system of car control.

In order to pass the VORT test, you must successfully demonstrate the five slow-speed maneuvers in conjunction with a general driving score of at least 90% while not breaching any South Australian road law throughout the drive. The breach of any road law will result in an immediate fail and the remainder of your test will be terminated.

In the instance that you are unsuccessful with your VORT test, our instructors will provide you with a debriefing as to why. You will also receive a copy of the marking sheet detailing your performance.

Choosing The VORT Test Offers The Following:

The ability to undertake your VORT driving test at any time except the following:

  • Christmas Day and Good Friday;
  • before 7.30 am or after 6.30 pm from 1 September to 31 March
  • before 7.30 am or after 4.15 pm from 1 April to 31 August
  • before 10 a.m. on Public Holidays or Sundays for class car

The VORT test is conducted on a driving test route that has been set by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Each certified VORT driving route has been designed in a way that allows you to demonstrate the safe operation of a motor vehicle and interaction with other road users in a range of different situations.

A VORT driving test is an objective testing system that is based on your correct responses to road and traffic conditions, resulting in either a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.

When undertaking your VORT driving test, you are only permitted to undertake the test by an Authorised Examiner who has contributed to your training. Your driving instructor will book in your VORT test with an authorised examiner at least 2 days before the day of your test.

In the event that you fail your VORT driving test, it is compulsory that you wait at least 14 days before attempting the VORT again.

VORT Recording Sheet

Throughout your VORT test, your Authorised Examiner will record your performance on a performance sheet like the one below:

The VORT testing sheet is broken up into four sections.

Section 1 looks at the breaches of any road laws throughout your driving test. If this is the case your test will be immediately terminated and you will be redirected back to the test starting point.

Section 2 looks at your ability to demonstrate each of the following slow speed maneuvers. Each of these driving maneuvers make up 2 percent of your total test score:

  • 3 Point-Turn
  • Moving Off
  • U-Turn
  • Parallel Parking
  • Angle Parking

Section 3 lists comments your examiner details about your general driving.

Section 4 details how well you can drive and any faults will be detailed in the general drive comments. 90 percent is the maximum you may score for your general driving ability. The remaining 10 percent is made up from your ability to perform each of the slow speed maneuvers. In the event that you receive an immediate fail two horizontal lines will be placed in this section.

At the end of your test you will be provided with a copy of your test sheet for your own safekeeping. This is done regardless of whether you pass or fail.

Conditions Applying To The VORT Test

When applying for the VORT test you must comply with the following conditions:

  • You MUST comply with all South Australian Learner’s Permit conditions
  • Your current permit must be presented to your VORT motor driving instructor at the beginning of every VORT test. Should your permit fail to have a photograph, additional forms of identification such as a passport must be presented. 
  • Punctuality is important. Fail to be on time can result in a forfeited test.
  • Authorised Persons must be allowed to observe from within a test vehicle if requested. You will need to show the authorised person your learner’s permit.
  • Passengers and animals are NOT permitted throughout your VORT test.
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times throughout your VORT test. No shoes with heels thicker than 3cm, shoes without heel support, thongs or bare feet are permitted.

Notes:

  1. Your VORT test must not be taken any earlier than 5 minutes before or later than 15 minutes after your appointed test time.
  2. Interpreters are not permitted to ride within the vehicle during a VORT test. If you require an interpreter, your instructor should explain the meaning of any hand signals with the help of your interpreter. At the end of your VORT test, your instructor may communicate your test results with the assistance of your interpreter.
  3. If you do not accept the above conditions, it is required that an Accreditation Auditor must connect the VORT.
  4. Until the appropriate license has been obtained from a Service SA centre, Learner Permit conditions still apply. This still remains true even when the VORT has been passed and a Certificate of Competency has been issued.
  5. The VORT test is an overview of your driving knowledge and skills. The VORT motor driving instructor’s role is to observe and record. They are only permitted to give directions and parameters as required. The ability to perform general driving and slow speed maneuvers are the testee’s own responsibility.
  6. In the event that you are using your own Vehicle for your VORT test, you MUST provide evidence that it is registered. You can check your vehicle registration the following ways:

    • by telephoning 13 10 84 between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday
    • by going to ezyreg.sa.gov.au; or
    • by using an EzyReg smartphone app.