The “Optimierte Praktische Fahrerlaubnisprüfung” (Optimized Practical Driving Permit Test), or OPFEP for short, has been ensuring greater road safety since January 2021. DEKRA used its many years of experience to make significant contributions to the new procedure. For the individuals taking the tests for any of the different categories of driving license, the updated content and methodology offers improved feedback and safety. This is because new drivers are at a higher risk of having an accident. In particular, drivers in the age group 18 to 24 are responsible for one in five accidents that result in personal injuries.
With the OPFEP, there are now standardized national standards across Germany. For example, which driving maneuvers must be tested? Which requirements must be met as part of the test? What are the evaluation criteria? The standardized approach increases objectivity and transparency in the test procedure. In addition, the expanded set of driving maneuvers is an important foundation for learning at driving school. “The new process is a milestone for Germany’s driving permit services,” says Dr. Roland Krause, board member at DEKRA e.V. Dresden and head of the technical test center.