CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) STATEMENT UPDATE - DVSA EMAIL (THURSDAY 25th JUNE 2020 at 18.36)   

RESTARTING DRIVER & RIDER INSTRUCTION / DVSA THEORY & PRACTICAL TESTS.

  • The government has confirmed that driver and rider instruction can restart from 4th July 2020 in England.
  • They have confirmed that car, motorcycle and vocational tests can restart after this point.

 

UPDATE on THEORY TEST certificates

The government has considered the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the validity period of theory test certificates.

After careful consideration, the government has decided not to extend theory test certificates due to the impact on road safety.

We understand that this will be disappointing for some of your pupils. But it’s essential that your pupils have the most up to date road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills to help prepare them for their test and driving safely on their own once they’ve passed.

THEORY certificate has expired

We cannot reschedule your pupils driving test that was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic because their theory test certificate has expired.

  1. We will cancel their driving test booking.
  2. They’ll get a full refund for their driving test within the next 7 working days. It will be refunded to the card that was used to pay for the test. They do not need to do anything to get the refund.
  3. They will need to book and pass a theory test. You can do this at https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test.
  4. Revise and practise for their theory test. Check what books and software you can use at https://www.gov.uk/theory-test/revision-and-practice.
  5. They need to book and pass a driving test. They must do this within 2 years of passing their next theory test.

Your pupil can book a new theory test up to 6 months before your current theory test certificate expires, or at any time after it’s expired.

THEORY certificate is due to expire

We will email your pupils in the coming weeks to invite them to arrange a driving test. However, we cannot guarantee that they’ll be able to take their driving test before their theory test certificate expires.

If their theory test certificate expires before they can take a driving test, they will need to follow the above steps.

If they want to cancel their driving test now

They can cancel their driving test now and get a full refund. To do this, email [email protected].

Make sure they include their name and 2 of the following in their email:

  • their driving licence number
  • their theory test pass certificate number
  • their driving test booking reference

 

 

DRIVING TEST RESTART: 5 things to remember

Driving tests in England restarted on Wednesday 22 July.

To help keep you, your pupils and our examiners safe on test, here are 5 things we want you to do.

 

1. Keep your vehicle clean

You must make sure the inside of the vehicle is cleaned before the test. The examiner will also use an antiviral wipe to clean the passenger door and anything they’ll need to touch inside the vehicle.

 

2. Arrive at the right time

Do not arrive for the driving test more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.

The driving test centre waiting room will be closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but the toilets will be available on request.

 

3. Make sure your pupil wears a face covering

Your pupil must wear a face covering when they come to the test centre, unless they have a good reason not to. This includes if:

  • they have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means they cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause them severe distress
  • they need to remove it during your test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to themselves or others

Your pupil must have told us if they have a good reason not to wear a face covering when they chose a test.

It’s important that your pupil has practised driving wearing a face covering before their test.

If your pupil has a problem with their face covering during the test, their driving examiner will ask them to stop so they can adjust it. Their driving examiner will end the test early if it becomes a safety issue.

 

4. Check if your pupil should be self-isolating

Your pupil must not come to their driving test if:

  • they or someone they live with has coronavirus symptoms
  • they’ve been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that they’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
  • they have returned to the UK in the last 14 days, unless they travelled from certain countries or territories or are in other very limited situations

 

5. Check your pupil knows what happens if they make certain faults

Make sure your pupil knows that they can carry on if they make a mistake during their driving test.

If they make a serious or dangerous fault, which means they’ve failed, their driving examiner will direct them back to the driving test centre, where the test will end. This is to minimise the amount of time they need to spend in the vehicle.

 

WEARING GLASSES WITH FACE COVERINGS ON TEST

Your pupil must wear a face covering when they come for their driving test, unless they have a good reason not to.

This includes if:

  • they have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means they cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause them severe distress
  • they need to remove it during their test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to others

 

Wearing glasses does not count as a good reason not to wear a face covering.

How to help them prepare

You should practise with them driving whilst wearing a face covering before their test to help them prepare. Talk to your pupil about the best way to do this. This could include:

  • trying different types of face covering
  • making sure your face covering fits well
  • making sure the vehicle is well-ventilated

 

Watch a short video on the BBC News website with tips about how to stop your glasses steaming up when you wear a face covering.

When they arrange their test

Your pupil must tell us if they have a good reason not to wear a face covering when they arrange their test.

Their test will be cancelled if they come for their test without a face covering and they did not declare they could not wear one when they arranged their test.

Your pupil will need to remove their face covering briefly so their driving examiner can check their ID.

Find out how to wear and make a cloth face covering.

Problem with their face covering during the test

If your pupil has a problem with their face covering during the test, their driving examiner will ask them to stop so they can adjust it. Their driving examiner will end the test early if it becomes a safety issue.

 

More information

Check GOV.UK for more information about:

  • theory tests
  • driving tests
  • guidance for instructors on the restart of training and testing