Coronavirus driving lesson advice COVID-19

What to do if your learning to drive during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Update 6th May

Driving theory tests now suspended up till and including 3oth may. Anyone who has a test booked will be emailed by the DVSA and your fee will be refunded.

Remember the rules in Wales differ from the English guidance, here is the latest guidance from the Welsh Government.

 

Key worker lessons

If you are a critical key worker We are now able to provide lessons for any key workers that meet the DVSA criteria to book a driving test.

Key worker driving lesson car

How to book an emergency driving test

Update 24th April

As of today 24th April 2020 you are able to book an emergency driving test online

The online emergency driving test can be booked on the following link.

Book an emergency driving test

When booking you will be asked a series of questions to ensure that you fit into the key worker category. If you are able to book a key worker driving test contact us and we will happily arrange the lessons with you.

If you need an emergency worker theory test this can be booked on the link below. The same rules apply for the theory test in that you have to satisfy the DVSA that you are a critical worker.

Emergency theory test

 

Lets hope that this is the start of the recovery and a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

Driving lessons during Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown.

Update as of 4th April 2020.

As we are still in the lockdown we are still unable to carry out any driving lessons other than for key workers.

Hopefully with the governments commitment to provide more testing for the virus we will be out of the lockdown before the end of April when we may be able to continue our driving lessons.

Just to reassure anyone who has a driving test booked these have all been rebooked mostly for June and our driving instructors will prioritise your driving lessons as soon as we are able to safely get back out on the road.

Meanwhile follow the advice stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. These measures will help us all to get through this as quickly as possible.

Driving theory test now suspended till 31st May

The theory test was originally suspended until today 20th April then the 8th May . I can confirm that the suspension has now been extended till 31st May.

Hopefully that is when we will start to see driving lessons and tests recommencing. Meanwhile any of our students are welcome to use our theory test practice program which can be found here.

 

Coronavirus driving school car

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.

How can I book a driving lesson during the covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

We are not taking bookings for lessons at the moment. The reason for this is that just like everybody else we don’t know exactly how long that this is going to be going on for.

We will be taking bookings as soon as we have any idea as to when we can restart our lessons.

There are some circumstances in which you may do driving lessons I.E if you are classed as a critical worker, although it appears that it is very difficult to obtain a driving test for this. This is probably due to examiners being understandably unwilling to conduct the tests.

I have put the eligibility below for key workers and critical worker tests. But as I say it is not easy to get a driving test and I really think most people would be better off waiting until things get back to normal.

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
  • transport
  • 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 critical.worker.driving.test@dvsa.gov.uk

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 critical.worker.theory.test@dvsa.gov.uk

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.

At the present time with the country in lockdown we are unable to conduct driving lessons.

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.

 

 

Life after Coronavirus

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.

covid-19 coronavirus road sign graphic

Coronavirus advice

Keep safe by following the advice, stay at home if you can, if you go out for essential shopping or excercise stay 2 metres apert at all times.

This coronavirus page will be updated as and when we get the information.