Information for key workers (We are currently looking into how essential workers can book a driving test, we will publish the info here as soon as we have it )
Coronavirus driving lesson interruption.
Due to the COVID-19 problem there is going to be an interruption to our lessons. This is due to Andrew’s Driving School not wanting our instructors to risk infection, which could be passed on to their families and also because we do not wish to contribute to the spread of the disease.
Any pupils that have tests booked with us can rest assured that we will prioritise their lessons once this pandemic is over.
Some of our instructors at their own request are still continuing a limited amount of lessons, so the choice is yours if you continue during the crisis.
If you do choose to continue then we would ask that you all follow the government guidelines and lets hope that this is soon over with.
Theory tests suspended until 20th April
Practical tests suspended for up to 3 months from 20th March.
Below is some guidance issued by the government regarding driving tests for key workers. Although this was in the official guidelines it appears that it is not really feasible to get a key worker driving test at the moment. We are led to believe that this is due to the DVSA being able to get any examiner willing to conduct a test.
Driving tests for critical workers.
You can still get an emergency test during the suspension period if your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in a critical sector. These include:
- health and social care
- education and childcare
- key public services
- local and national government
- food and other necessary goods
- public safety and national security
- utilities, communication and financial services
If you are in one of the above categories then you may be eligible for a critical worker driving test.
How to book an emergency driving test
Applications need to be made by email to email@example.com
You will be asked to send a photo or a scanned image of a valid ID such as your work ID badge.
If you do not have an ID badge you can send:
- an email from a work email address
- evidence from your employer, such as an email or scanned document including company letterhead
- a scan of your payslip
You may be required to provide further information. Your application will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
For emergency theory tests the email is firstname.lastname@example.org
The same criteria applies.
Please be advised that these tests are for emergency use only and are only available to assist with defeating the virus. Our advice is that you social distance as much as possible and if you should try to avoid taking driving lessons at this time.
Once things return to normal we will help you all get your driving test passed as quickly as possible without the risk to your health.
What can I do to stay safe learning to drive during COVID-19 pandemic.
This pandemic is something which we have never seen before.
As such any information will be given out as and when we receive it
If you have any corona virus symptoms.
If you are showing any symptoms whatsoever then you need to self isolate then please follow that advice and isolate to prevent the spread of the virus. Symptons inclde a high temperature or a consistent cough. Self isolate advice can be found on the NHS website self isolation . If you are in this category then you will need to cancel your driving lessons. If you have a driving test booked this can be rescheduled at no extra cost.
Im ok I want to carry on my lessons.
If you and your instructor are not showing any symptoms and you haven’t travelled abroad recently or been in contact with people who have been abroad, and also that you do not fall into one of the higher risk categories then you may continue with your lessons. We do ask that you wash your hands prior to the lesson and we will ensure that the car is fully wiped down with anti bacterial wipes at the start and the end of the lesson.
I have a driving test coming up.
All driving tests have been cancelled for the next 3 months. There are however driving tests for critical workers.
Theory tests have been cancelled up until 20th April 2020.
Practical driving tests are suspended for up to 3 months from 20th March 2020.
If you have a driving test booked during this period it will be Rescheduled at no cost to yourself. If you are taking lessons with our driving school we will prioritise your driving once we are able to resume normal service.
High risk categories
People who should not risk driving lessons during the outbreak.
If you suffer from any of the below health conditions then the government advice strongly suggests that you should do everything possible to stay away from the virus. Which would include not taking your driving lessons.
Older people (Over 70)
On a positive note once this threat is over our instructors will all be working really hard to help you all to catch up on any driving lesson time lost and anyone who has their driving lessons disrupted or a test cancelled will be given priority treatment to get you through your driving test as quickly as possible.
Stay calm and don’t worry if you can’t do your lessons.
Importantly we also want to make it clear that none of our pupils will be penalised for being unable to attend lessons during the outbreak, once things are back to normal we will do our best to get everyone up to standard as quickly as possible.
Ask us a question about Coronavirus and its affect on your driving lessons.
Use the form opposite to ask us anything about the virus and how it will affect your learning to drive. If we can help in any way at all we will.
Or if theres anything which you think we should add to the info.