Driving Tests During Covid

Driving Tests During Covid-19

If you are taking a driving test at any point in the near future, here are a few answers to any questions you may have.

 

What do I need to know before arriving for my test?

You must ensure that your vehicle is fully cleaned prior to the driving test.

The examiner will arrive with an antiviral wipe to clean the passenger door and anything else they touch inside the vehicle.

The DVSA also advises people not to arrive more than five minutes prior to their test to avoid crowds of people loitering.

The driving test centre waiting room will also be closed, but toilets are available on request.

 

Do I need to wear a face covering?

Yes, all those with a driving test scheduled will need to arrive wearing a face covering in line with the government guidelines. Your examiner will also be wearing a face covering.

If you have a good reason for not being able to wear a face covering, such as having a physical impairment or disability, you are required to declare this prior to your test.

The list of exemptions to wearing a face covering include:

  • You have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • Putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
  • You need to remove it during your test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or other

What if I have an issue with my face covering during the test?

If you need to readjust your face covering during your test, let your driving examiner know and they will ask you to stop so you can adjust it.

If for any reason the face covering becomes a safety issue, your examiner will end the test early.

 

What if I make a mistake during my test?

Unlike in normal circumstances, when an examiner does not reveal whether or not you have passed your test until the very end, now examiners will be able to end tests early if you make a major mistake that means you have failed.

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

 

What happens at the end of the test?

You will be asked to get out of the vehicle and your examiner will give your test result and feedback there as opposed to inside the car.

Again, this is to minimise the amount of time spent in the vehicle.

 

In which circumstances should I not attend a driving test?

If you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms, you must not attend your test.

Likewise, if you’ve been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you’ve been in contact with someone with coronavirus, or have returned to the UK from a country that is not on the government’s list of countries with travel corridors.

In these instances, the DVSA advises you to self-isolate and to change your driving test appointment, which you can do free of charge within three working days of the test.

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DVSA DRIVING TEST NEWS

Read the latest driving test news

The situation with the Coronavirus is changing the way we all go about business and is affecting all of our lives.  As you will have seen in the media it has had a massive impact on driving tests across the UK.  The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency who are responsible for all the UK driving tests have been making changes to the way the driving tests are booked and managed.  The driving test has also been changed to minimise the amount of time examiners spend in cars and in an effort to keep the public and examiners safe.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and-theory-tests

In order to keep pupils and instructors informed the DSVA have provided guidance on their own website.  Please take a look at the website for all the latest information.

DVSA UPDATE 23-09-20

DVSA UPDATE 23-09-20


An update on DVSA services

Government has announced additional restrictions across Great Britain to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

You can read the respective government’s guidance on the restrictions that are being put in place in England, Scotland and Wales.

DVSA services

Currently the new restrictions do on not affect our driver and rider theory and practical test services in England and Wales. This means we can continue to provide these services as normal.

We will keep the situation under review and let you know if anything changes.

Our priority is to keep staff and customers safe and we will continue to follow the Government’s health guidance for driver and rider practical and theory tests to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Tests in Scotland

The Scottish First Minister has advised against car-sharing with people outside your own household.

Whilst there is a clear expectation that this advice does not apply to car practical driving tests and lessons, we have sought clarification from Transport Scotland and will update you as soon as possible.

Detailed guidance from representative organisations

Representative organisations have published detailed guidance about working safely during coronavirus.

You should check the detailed guidance for the type of training you provide:


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Supporting the NHS

Supporting the NHS. 

It is at times like this when the coronavirus is at pandemic levels, that amazing people up and down the country are stepping up to support the NHS and the wider community.  To date over 400,000 people have signed up online to support their communities via the government’s website.

We are also seeing the Thursday evening clap where residents are standing on their doorsteps and applauding the NHS and key workers who are working hard to keep the country moving.   This includes doctors, nurses, care and support workers, shop workers, bin men (and women), postal workers, delivery drivers, those in manufacturing and many more.  So a big well done to everyone who has stepped up to help and often putting themselves at risk in the process.

 

We all have a part to play

People right across the country are stepping up to assist others in need.  This includes volunteering to assist vulnerable people who are unable to leave their homes with things like; shopping, collecting medications, offering phone support to the lonely, etc.

Many people have had to temporarily close businesses as they are unable to leave their homes as their businesses are closed because they are classed as non-essential.  This includes driving instructors.  It is encouraging to see that a large majority of driving instructors have also offered their help by signing up for the government’s scheme.

What am I doing?

As a member of St John’s Ambulance, I have been able to sign up to assist the NHS in a more clinical way.  This could in the near future included assisting nurses and carers in the NHS hospitals as and when required. It is still early days and at the moment, I have undertaken extra training provided by St John’s Ambulance to facilitate this.  Hopefully, some shift will come through soon as I really want to play my part in offering as much assistance as I can.  Having had to close my driving school temporarily I have plenty of time to offer.

Stay save in whatever you are doing

Whatever you are doing to assist others, or even if you are forced to remain in social isolation due to ill health please stay safe and well.  Try to remember that we can all play our part by following the government’s rules and recommendations on social distancing.  Together we stand and together we can get through this.  Hopefully, we will all be able to return to some sense of normality as soon as this horrible virus has been defeated. 

Sign up for lessons

Sign up for lessons. 

During these unprecedented times where countries across the world are in total lockdown and nothing is moving you can still make plans for the future.  There are no theory tests, practical driving tests or driving schools open for lessons (except to odd few for key workers) but you can still make plans for when this is all over and the country reopens for business again.

 

Practice your theory and hazard perception

Why not make the most of all the extra time we all have by practising for your theory test.  There are many great apps that you can download that offer the complete set of DVSA questions as well as the hazard perception clips.

Even though there are currently no theory tests available due to the test centres all being closed why not get one step ahead, then when the test centres reopen you will be all set and ready to book in and take that test.

I would recommend the ‘Driving Test 2020’ app by Driving Test success £4.99

There are also many online websites where you can practice your theory and hazard perception, as well as free app to download.  However, the majority of these free apps are limited and do not contain the latest DVSA question bank, so for the sake of a few pounds it is well worth paying for the app.

 

Get booked with a driving instructor

 

Even though all driving schools are currently closed down to all business (expect key workers) it could be a good plan to get your name on a driving instructors list so that as soon as daily restrictions are lifted and business begins to return to normal you will be able to start lessons.  Some driving schools may still have a waiting list, so plan ahead and try and get as close to the top of the list as you can.  Driving schools will also give priority to their existing pupils who wish to continue with their driving lessons.

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Temporary Closure

Temporary Closure. 

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)

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