Driving Tests and Driving Lessons to restart after Coronavirus

Car driving tests will restart in England on Wednesday 22 July 2020 and Driving lessons can resume in England from 4 July 2020 with new social distancing and safety precautions in place.

Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests are still suspended in Scotland and Wales, in line with guidance from the devolved administrations.

Driving lessons and tests have been suspended since March 2020. However, there have been exceptions, with some key workers being offered both lessons and the opportunity to apply to the DVSA for an emergency test.

Learner Drivers should see some differences while taking lessons now lessons are back after lockdown restrictions lifted during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

It's very important that everyone follow current Government advice, which states you should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.

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Learner Driver Guidelines for safely returning to Driving Lessons

Guidelines when taking your Driving Test

You must not come for your driving test if:

You can change your driving test appointment if you need to self-isolate on the day of your driving test.
You can do this free of charge if you’re self-isolating, including if you do it at short notice (within 3 clear working days of the test).

Do not arrive for your driving test more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.

The driving test centre waiting room and toilets will be closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, you’ll be able to use the toilet if you have a disability or medical condition, or you’re pregnant.

At the test centre the DVSA has introduced social distancing measures and safety precautions. These include driving examiners wearing face coverings - they might also choose to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers.

They may limit the number of people arriving for a driving test at the same time.

Your driving instructor or supervising driver are No Longer allowed to sit in the back during your test.

You must bring and wear a face covering when you come for your test, unless you have a good reason not to. Your test will be cancelled if you come for your test without a face covering and you did not declare you could not wear one when you arranged your test.

You will need to remove your face covering briefly so your driving examiner can check your ID.

During your driving test, If you have a problem with your face covering during the test, your driving examiner will ask you to stop so you can adjust it. Your driving examiner will end the test early if it becomes a safety issue.
If you make a serious or dangerous fault, which means you’ve failed, your driving examiner will direct you back to the driving test centre, where the test will end. This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.

At the end of your test

Your driving examiner will:

This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.

More published guidance based on these procedures can be found at:-
National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP)
Government Guidance Coronavirus: driving tests (England)


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