Barking (Tanner Street) Test Centre

Based in a converted end terrace, Barking Tanner Street may not fit the usual mould when it comes to driving test centres. Nonetheless, this unassuming building is the starting point for thousands of driving tests every year—so, it’s worth getting to know a little more about it.


84 Tanner Street
Barking And Dagenham
Greater London
IG11 8QF

Tests Offered at Barking (Tanner Street)

– Car
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

Tanner Street is a stone’s throw from central Barking, and the test centre is just three minutes’ drive from the bustling North Circular Road, making it an ideal option for learners throughout East London. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About Barking (Tanner Street)

The location of Tanner Street test centre may be unusual, but it was no accident. In fact, the test centre can be found between the A123 and a residential estate—exactly the kind of varied road conditions that will put candidates through their paces on a practical test.

What To Expect On The Day

After hours of driving lessons, your test date is finally upon you. Talk about nerve-wracking. If your confidence isn’t quite where you hoped it would be, we’d advise you to read up on our top six ways to relax before your driving test.

Before you jet out of the front door on your big day, there’s one important question you need to ask yourself: do you have your provisional licence? If the answer’s no, you can wave goodbye to taking your test. You need to have your provisional licence with you to take the driving test, otherwise you will be turned around, so double-check you’ve got it before you leave. Additionally, you’ll want to get to the test centre 10 minutes before your test is due to start.

Your driving test will consist of:

– An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
– Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
– Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
Parallel parking
Bay parking
Pulling up on the right
– Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Once you get back to the test centre and park your car, the test will officially end. The examiner will then walk you through the feedback sheet and list any driving test faults, whether they are minors or majors, that you may have accumulated. If you fail, keep hold of this sheet as it can be used to help you figure out which areas you need to improve on for your next test attempt. If you pass, you’ll also be handed a test pass certificate.

But What If I Fail?

Like any other test you take in life, if all doesn’t go according to plan with your driving test and you end up failing, it’s as simple as trying again. Of course, we don’t recommend just heading back in without any preparation. Instead, take some time to improve on the areas in which you picked up the most faults in. The best way to do this is by taking a refresher course with an instructor. They’ll be able to give you pointers to ensure you don’t trip up on them again.