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Nevada DMV eliminates parallel parking from driving exam

Posted at 5:24 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 20:24:13-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Drivers will no longer have to worry about parallel parking when it comes to current and future driving skills tests in Nevada.

The Department of Motor Vehicles eliminated the parallel parking portion of the test on Jan. 13, according to an agency spokesperson, after determining it was an unnecessary part of the test.

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Kevin Malone, public information officer with the Nevada DMV, released the following statement about the change:

"Parallel parking was eliminated from the skills tests as of Jan. 13, 2020. The Department determined that parallel parking was an unnecessary part of the test. Testing of the parking skills needed is met by the requirements of entering, and backing out of, a perpendicular parking space and by other vehicle control requirements. The Nevada skills test meets the national standards set by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

We believe this change makes our drive tests safer and we are still able to maintain the integrity of our mission, putting safe drivers on the road. The change also eliminates the need for repeat visits by drivers who test well on everything but parallel parking.

The new technology in cars had no bearing on the decision at all. In fact, drivers are told to not rely on any assistive technology during the test, not even the backup camera."

More information on the driving test or to schedule an appointment is available here.