Expected outcome / competence

The ability to recognise the different types of pedestrian crossings and show courtesy and consideration towards pedestrians.

At all crossings the vehicle should slow down and stop if there is anyone on the crossing. At zebra crossings the vehicle should slow down and be prepared to stop if there is anyone waiting to cross.

Ability to give way to any pedestrians on a pelican crossing when the amber lights are flashing.

Ability to give way to cyclists as well as pedestrians on a toucan crossing and act correctly at puffin crossings.

A toucan crossing

Assessment criteria (example)

Driving fault:

  • Late to react to flashing amber at a ‘pelican’ crossing.

Serious fault:

  • Failing to give way to pedestrians who had started to cross at a ‘pelican’ crossing.

Dangerous fault:

  • Any situation brought about by the above fault that resulted in actual danger to the examiner, candidate, the general public or property.

Other faults:

  • approaching too fast
  • not reacting to the lights at a pedestrian controlled crossing
  • pulling away well before the crossing is clear of pedestrians
  • not stopping when necessary
  • beckoning pedestrians to cross

The above is taken from The Driving Examiners Manual.


Where appropriate it has been reformatted and edited so it only refers to the driving of ordinary cars (class b).