Driving lessons will resume on Saturday 4 July in England, says the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

You can now also go out for private practice sessions but only with someone who you live with or who is part of your social bubble.

Theory tests will also resume on 4 July with strict social distancing measures in place to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Practical driving tests will restart later in the month – on 22 July – because the DVSA wants learner drivers to have enough time for “refresher lessons and practice before taking their test.”

Official guidelines are 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’.

“It has been vital that lessons and tests only resume when safe to do so and in line with the government’s advice.

“We know this has been a tough time for the whole country including learners and driving instructors but I am pleased to announce the restart of lessons and tests in England.

“Tests for critical workers have continued during the lockdown and I would like to thank all those instructors and examiners who have continued to work to help deliver tests for those who have done so much to help us during this terrible pandemic.”

– Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive.

What about Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland?

There is no news as of yet, other than NI will restart some testing in July – but not for car drivers at this time.

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