When will driving tests and lessons resume in the UK?

LEARNER-drivers will soon be able to resume driving lessons and motorcycle training in England.

The DVSA's announcement is music to the ears of instructors after weeks of uncertainty.

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When can driving tests and lessons resume in the UK?

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that learners can resume driving lessons and motorcycle training in England from Saturday July 4.

The rule applies to all types of driver and motorcycle training in England, including private practice with someone you live with or in your support bubble.

Theory tests will start again in England on Saturday July 4.

The tests will take place with social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Car driving tests will resume in England on Wednesday July 22, which will give learner drivers time to have refresher lessons and practice before taking their test.

Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests are still suspended in Scotland and Wales, in line with guidance from the devolved administrations. There are different dates for Northern Ireland.

You can apply for an emergency test if you’re a critical worker.

Driving tests had been suspended from March 20, 2020, due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Am I eligible for a refund if I have a test or lessons booked?

You are eligible for a refund if you have a driving test booked.

To cancel your test and get a refund, you will have to email [email protected]

Alternatively, it will be re-booked for a new date, according to gov.uk

It has not been made clear if you can get a refund for lessons that you have already pre-booked.

Driving School Red have said that they will be prioritising the allocation of any space in its instructors’ diaries, to those Red customers who have pre-paid for lessons in advance, when they are allowed to re-open.

How will social distancing work?

The DVSA will make further announcements on the resumption of testing, training and lessons, including publishing information on how services will be restarted safely, shortly.

But current advice from the AA Driving School urges instructors to "thoroughly" clean vehicles before and after lessons and also pay "particular attention to areas of the car that are touch points" such as door handles.

They also strongly advise instructors and pupils to wear a face covering and disposable gloves.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will set their own rules regarding the resumption of driving lessons.

Social distancing will be difficult to implement in a car as both the instructor and learner have to be in close proximity.

To keep safe, it's likely that the correct PPE, such as face masks and gloves will have to be worn during lessons.

Door handles and steering wheels will have to be cleaned regularly.

Instructors may start taking contactless payments only, as it has been proven that the virus can be transferred via cash.


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