At last! If you have been patiently waiting for driving lessons to resume, July 4 is the day, said Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg in parliament this afternoon:

“The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVLA) chief executive will be writing to all approved driving instructors on June 25, setting out plans to restart driver testing and to help them to return to life that is as close to normal as possible, as quickly and as fairly as possible, in a way that avoids a second peak of infections. From July 4, I am happy to say that people will be able to take driving lessons on a motorcycle or in a car, lorry or bus.”

Mogg explained that official guidelines were being drawn up to ensure the maximum possible safety during lessons. To see what they will most likely look like, check out our extensive guide here: ‘Here’s How Your Driving Lessons Will Change as the Lockdown is Eased’.

What about the tests?

As for when driving tests can restart, Mogg would only say that “there will be a phased approach to resuming practical testing so learners have the opportunity to practise before taking a test.”

As for theory tests, there was no news, nor was there about Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland’s driving lesson policies at this time, other than NI will restart some testing in July – but not for car drivers at this time. We will keep you informed of any new updates as and when they happen.

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