We will be back.
Temporary closure of driving schools
Due to the Coronavirus, it is regrettable but fully understandable that the government has ordered the closure of small businesses and shops. Therefore driving schools have also been forced to close until further notice. In order the bring the spread of the virus under control all citizens have been advised to keep a safe distance of at least 2 metres from others and only to leave their homes if it is absolutely necessary. Social distancing would be impossible in the car so for everyone’s safety please be understanding at this time.
Theory & driving tests
The DVSA also took the decision to suspend all theory and practical tests shortly before the formal governments’ announcement. Therefore until further notice, there will be no theory or practical tests, however, NHS and frontline key workers could still be offered the chance to take a test if it is urgently required. If this is the case then the candidate will need to contact the DVSA by email for this to be arranged.
Any candidate that has had a test cancelled or postpone will be contacted directly by the DVSA and your tests will be rearranged free of charge. Candidates will also have the option to request a full refund if it is required.
Don’t blame your instructor
These are unprecedented times for all of us, so please do not blame your instructor – all driving instructors are self-employed and do not get paid unless they work. Myself and my colleagues are finding this situation very stressful and are waiting to hear if the government are going to do to help the self-employed. It has only been a few days where we have all been asked to self-isolate and already we are wanting to get back to work – teaching people to drive is what we all enjoy doing and we are looking forward to returning to work as soon as we possibly can.
We will be back
Once the risks of the coronavirus have passed and the government have lifted the restrictions on the movement citizens we will be back to work. It may take a while for the DVSA to get driving test up and running again so please be patient as there is nothing any of us driving instructors can do, other than to offer our learner drivers support. We will look forward to getting back in the car and teaching again as soon as we are allowed to do so.
Thank you to those amazing heroes still working
Please stay safe and well, stay indoors and follow the government’s advice. Let’s all give a loud round of applause to the NHS staff, care workers, shop assistants, delivery drivers, emergency services and all of those who are still working and putting themselves at risk to keep the country running.
From all Driving Instructors up and down the country,
Paul Loader ADI
(Paul’s Automatic Driving School)