Automatic Driving School Update
It’s now a pause – not a stop!
The government are due to make an announcement at 3pm today (22nd February 2021) in the house of commons, then again in a nationwide TV address at 6pm, about the lifting of lockdown regulations in England. It is widely reported in the media that the lifting of the lockdown will begin with the opening of schools and the return of all school pupils by the 8th March 2021.
However, this does not mean that the return of driving lessons and driving tests will be immediately imminent. In previous lockdowns driving lessons and tests were not able to return until later in the gradual process of lifting the lockdown. It is more likely that we will have to wait until pubs, clubs and restaurants have been given the green light to open.
However, that fact that the government are going to make any announcement today should be seen as a positive and that there is light at the end of the tunnel for all of us. You could now view the situation we all find ourselves in as a ‘pause and not a stop’! It is now only a matter of time, providing the virus remains under control before instructors can get back to work and students can resume their driving lessons.
Taking all the necessary precautions
On the resuming of automatic driving lessons, Paul’s Automatic Driving School will undertake a risk assessment to ensure that all automatic driving lessons will be conducted in the safest possible way, following all precautions recommended by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency as well as legal requirement outlined by the government.
This is of course include the strict sanitisation of the vehicle before and after each driving lessons, the use of hand gel by instructor and students, open windows to ensure ventilation and clean airflow during lessons, temperature checks, then of course the strict use of face coverings by all.
More updates to follow
Once there is more information I will update my students as soon as possible. In the meantime, let’s sit tight.
Expect further disruption to driving tests
It is inevitable that the effect on driving tests will continue for some time. The DVSA will have a staggering amount of cancelled or postponed driving tests to rebook with students. This could take a considerable amount of time to rectify due to the logistics; the number of examiners available, limited space at driving test centres and many other factors. However, the DVSA are taking steps to increase the number of examiners and tests available to do all they can to assist students. The DVSA is also working closely with Driving Instructor organisations to find the best possible way forward. More information will be announced in the coming weeks on how this can be achieved.
In the meantime, if you have a driving test booked before the lockdown ends, the DVSA will rearrange your driving test and email you an alternative date.