The lockdown has now lifted with driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests now restarted across England and across all tiers.
That’s great news for learners who want to get their licence but for those in Tier 3, there are two key changes that could affect your driving test. These are:
- Driving test dates could be changed as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has reduced the number of practical driving tests that an examiners can carry out in a single day down to five.
- If you are taking your test in a Tier 3 area and are exempt from wearing a face covering, you may find that your test is delayed until your area moves on to a lower tier – unless a volunteer driving examiner can be found who is prepared to a conduct a test with a learner not wearing a face covering.
• For details on how theory tests are being run during the pandemic, view our full guide here.
• For more information about how driving lessons should operate, head here.
Waiting rooms opening
While learners are still expected to show up no sooner than five minutes before the test, many more instructors now no longer need to be left out in the cold during the test itself.
While a handful of waiting rooms were opened up as part of a trial at the end of October, the DVSA has now opened a further 94 rooms. Instructors can check out the full list here as well as what precautions must be taken to ensure they are used as safely as possible.
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