Today is so-called “Freedom Day” in England with the government dropping mandatory use of masks, social distancing and other COVID-related safety measures, and instead placing the responsibility firmly on us as individuals to keep ourselves and others safe.

That’s the theory anyway. In reality, various entities including private enterprises and public services are keeping safety measures in place – including the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the body in charge of driving tests.

The DVSA has just confirmed its policy on face coverings during the practical and theory tests:

  • You are still required to wear a face covering during your driving test in England, Scotland and Wales from today.
  • You can choose whether or not to wear a face covering during your theory test in England.
  • The expectation and recommendation is to wear a face covering in driving lessons as they are held in an enclosed space.

Remember, you can be excepted from wearing a face covering during your driving test because of a medical issue – including physical and mental – so long as you let the DVSA know when you book your test.

If you wear glasses, this will not be allowed as a reason not to wear a face covering.

Theory Test Pro’s advice remains the same as it has through out the pandemic – wear a face covering in all tests and lessons – as it helps keep you and those around you safer.

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