MVA Drops Parallel Parking from Driver’s License Test

If you listen closely you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from 16 year olds across the state.teenagedrivingiStock_000014433188XSmall

The reason – the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration officially removed parallel parking as a required test element on the driver’s license test on a statewide basis starting today.

According to Buel Young, spokesperson for the MVA, the administration determined that completing a two-point turn and backing up are similar enough to parallel parking to eliminate the parking element from the test.

“The MVA consistently evaluates its assessments of both the knowledge and skills tests. In analyzing the skills test, it was determined that the currently used 2-point reverse turn, when combined with the on-road portions or the test, adequately assessed the individual’s ability to operate the vehicle,” Young told MYMCMedia Tuesday.

You can find out more about the MVA tests here.

Young said parallel parking is still taught in driving schools.

“We encourage everyone to know how to do it,” he said.

 
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If you listen closely you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from 16 year olds across the state. The reason – the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration officially removed parallel parking as a required test element on the driver’s license test on a statewide basis starting today. According to Buel Young, spokesperson for the […]

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22 Responses to “MVA Drops Parallel Parking from Driver’s License Test”

  1. On May 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm responded with... #

    Is the news about MVA dropping the parallel parking true? There are no other news outlets reporting this.

  2. On May 19, 2015 at 6:32 pm responded with... #

    yay

  3. On May 19, 2015 at 7:04 pm responded with... #

    That’s ridiculous!!!

  4. On May 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm responded with... #

    As an employee of MDOT that MVA falls under, I am interested in where you have gotten this information.
    Please enlighten me.

  5. On May 19, 2015 at 7:48 pm responded with... #

    Who was the clown who made this decisison

  6. On May 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm responded with... #

    Is there an available online source from mva.maryland.gov for this change?

  7. On May 19, 2015 at 10:42 pm responded with... #

    Hi,
    Could you please list your sources?
    Can’t seem to find this anywhere else on the web!
    Thank you!

  8. On May 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm responded with... #

    Ms. Brick, Can you tell what source you used for this info? I have visited the MVA website, called the MVA, and did a google search and can’t verify this information anywhere. Thanks.

  9. On May 19, 2015 at 11:01 pm responded with... #

    I forgot to mention that I saw your verbal source, but I wanted something more official than a spokesperson’s say-so. Thanks.

    • On May 20, 2015 at 10:29 am responded with... #

      Fox 5 is carrying it now

      http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/29111502/maryland-drivers-test

  10. On May 20, 2015 at 12:23 am responded with... #

    There is NOTHING on the MVA website that confirms this information. Where did you hear this??

    • On May 20, 2015 at 4:12 pm responded with... #

      If you look at the chart on the mva website, parallel parking is no longer included as a skill that is tested. http://www.mva.maryland.gov/about-mva/info/26300/26300-28T.htm, scroll to near the bottom, next to Class C- Noncommercial

  11. On May 20, 2015 at 7:21 am responded with... #

    for real?

  12. On May 20, 2015 at 7:52 am responded with... #

    I don’t care that it’s not done that often for people that don’t live in cities (I personally have only parallel parked a handful of times in the 13 years since my test), but the importance of the parallel parking test is not in parallel parking itself. It’s one of the few parts of the test that requires the driver to have spatial awareness of all four corners of the vehicle relative to the outside of the vehicle. That is a VITAL aspect of driving, and removing it from the test is endangering the public, IMO.

    • On May 20, 2015 at 9:08 am responded with... #

      I agree.

      • On May 21, 2015 at 1:43 am responded with... #

        where I totally agree with what you said, I have say I greatly enjoyed reading your comment because it’s how Sheldon Cooper would have responded! Have a nice day!!

  13. On May 20, 2015 at 10:07 am responded with... #

    As a former driving instructor, I hope the schools do still teach p/p since it does involve a series of moves that may be counterintuitive. The school I worked for had somewhat deemphasized it, just showing a video and having students practice a few times, then it was up to them to practice with others. After all some cars do it automatically now.

  14. On May 20, 2015 at 10:26 am responded with... #

    I strongly disagree that executing a 2-pt turn (anything like a 3-point turn I learned?) combined with on-road driving gives any assurance one can perform parallel parking – it is completely unlike anything else in the realm of driving and parts are almost counter-intuitive.

  15. On June 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm responded with... #

    When I was younger it seemed like all of my friends thought that parallel parking was the hardest part of our driving test. It is kind of relieving to hear that these workers have decided to remove parallel parking from the test. That will definitely be a big sigh of relief to a lot of teenagers. I can definitely see how a lot of other parts of the test help demonstrate similar skills. Although parallel parking is a good skill to have, it is nice to know that it doesn’t have to be part of your driving test.

  16. On June 29, 2015 at 9:10 am responded with... #

    I think that the decision to drop parallel parking from the driver’s license test is a bad one. In my opinion, parallel parking is essential for driving. There will be many instances in these kids lives where they will have to parallel park. That is why they need as much experience as possible before they get their license.

  17. On August 26, 2015 at 10:00 am responded with... #

    As a driving school owner and professional driving instructor, I believe it was a mistake to remove parallel parking from the driving test. It is one of the essential skills young drivers should get from the driving lessons and if that skill is not required on the driving test – driving instructors may not pay ENOUGH attention to it.

  18. On September 8, 2015 at 6:12 pm responded with... #

    I like how you said, “Young said parallel parking is still taught in driving schools”. I learned how to parallel park when I was in driving school. I still use this technique these days. It’s important to me, because I can maneuver my vehicle more efficiently. Do any driving schools teach how to park a trailer?




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