When will driving lessons resume?
The 4th of July is the confirmed date.
What precautions against COVID will you and the examiners be taking?
Please bring a face covering to your lesson, our instructors will be wearing a face mask. You will also need to wear a mask on your driving test.
Please wash your hands before and after each lesson. Your instructor will also ask you to use hand sanitizer provided by us at the start of the lesson.
Your instructor will be cleaning all vehicle contact points at the start and end of every lesson.
Some instructors may use a non-contact infra-red thermometer to check your temperature at the start of a lesson
We will contact you prior to arriving at the lesson to ask if you’ve had any symptoms or been in contact with anyone with any symptoms. The lesson will not go ahead if this is the case, and no charge will be made for short notice cancellations due to these reasons.
Windows to remain partially down throughout all lessons to provide air flow. You may wish to wear warmer clothes depending on the weather conditions.
Lessons may be suspended due to a local lock down, or reported outbreaks in specific schools or workplaces, or if the instructor is advised to isolate due to the track and track system. Driving tests can currently be rescheduled at short notice at no cost due to COVID symptoms.
All test waiting rooms and toilets are closed.
You and your instructor will meet the examiner outside in the car park.
Your instructor will be unable to accompany you in the car on the actual test.
Your instructor may not be able to hear the debrief if social distancing cannot be maintained in the car park.
If you commit a serious or dangerous fault the examiner will direct you back to the test centre, terminating the test early. (Note the examiner will not tell you this until you have arrived back at the test centre)
I haven’t booked a driving test yet, should I?
You can’t. The booking system is offline to the public at the moment. When testing starts again there will be around a 3 month backlog, and depending on how late the tests start you could then be into Christmas. I also imagine that the booking system will remain closed until the majority of the existing tests in it have rescheduled. One possible situation is that testing won’t fully resume until after instructors have returned to work. After all it would be pointless offering a test immediately when many pupils won’t have driven for over 3 months! The worst case scenario we envisage is you might not get a test this year. When testing resumes we will review the situation and advise accordingly.
What is happening with my driving test?
Originally all driving tests were just moved out every three weeks. Now all rescheduled tests have been cancelled. Any test date you had is no longer valid. The DVSA will be contacting you via email to invite you to select another test date. This will be done in batches with the people that had the earliest tests in March contacted first and so on.
My theory test is about to expire?
Unfortunately the DVSA have consistently stated that theory tests will not be extended. In all likelihood this is partly because it will help reduce the waiting lists when practical tests resume. If this changes we’ll let you know. You can now book a theory test before the expiry of your current theory.
My instructor hasn’t been in contact?
We’ve generally been in contact with everyone at least once, however unless you have a test booked when we’ve been in touch to find out about the dates being moved etc, there isn’t much for us to talk about! Rest assured as soon as we get a definitive start date we’ll be in touch to book you back in, we miss you as much as you miss us!
Any news for ADIs/PDIs?
DVSA are now accepting license applications and working through the backlog and issuing either badges or emails.
What about Part 2 / 3 and Standards Check etc?
With three months of backed up L tests it obvious these will be low priority initially, certainly SC and ORDIT tests we imagine will be bottom of the pile. Logically the Part 2 and 3 will need to restart earlier as otherwise it’s preventing people entering the industry (which is likely to increase if there is an economic downturn). Part 1 tests are starting on the 4th of July, and Part 2 tests are restarting with L tests on the 22nd of July. There is no roadmap published for Part 3 or Standards Check yet.