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Latest information about Driving Lessons and Practical Driving Tests in Wales
from the DVSA. (Information correct as of: 24th Feb 21)
 

Driving tests in England cancelled up to 8 March

DVSA has cancelled all practical and theory tests in England up to and including 8 March.

This follows the government’s roadmap announcement which set out that

driving tests and theory tests in England will restart no earlier than 12 April 2021.

DVSA says it is working closely with the government and the driver and rider training industry

to confirm restart plans. It will provide more information as soon as possible on motorcycle, vocational and other tests, lessons and training.

The agency will email candidates affected by test cancellations with a new date and time for their test.

DVSA’s update comes after AA announced yesterday that it had been in touch with the agency and been told: 

“It is confirmed that driving lessons can commence from 12 April and driving tests seven days later,

subject to there being no slippages in the government’s planned dates.” 

DVSA told us today that no such plans have been confirmed with anyone.

However, first tier stakeholders (which the AA is not) such as DIA

will be appraised early next week of the full plans for restarting testing and training.

We understand that the AA will be publishing a retraction of the statements it made. 

 

The Welsh Government has announced that alert level 4 coronavirus restrictions in Wales

will remain in place until at least the next formal review on 12 March 2021.

Driving lessons must not take place in alert level 4. Car driving tests are also suspended in alert level 4.

This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.

Driving lessons for pupils with a confirmed mobile emergency worker test booking can continue.

You must not travel out of an alert level 4 area to give driving lessons.

 


Driving lessons and tests: Welsh Government announcement on alert level 4
The Welsh Government has announced that everyone in Wales
must stay at home to save lives and that alert level 4
coronavirus restrictions in Wales will remain in place in
until at least the next formal review on 29 January 2021.
You can read more about the measures on GOV.Wales
Driving lessons
Driving lessons must not take place in alert level 4.
You must not travel out of an alert level 4 area to give driving lessons.
 
Driving tests
All car driving tests are suspended in alert level 4.
This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.
We'll email candidates affected by this
to let them know we will reschedule their test.

We’ll send you an email with the new time and date as soon as possible;
please ask your pupils to be patient.
If the new time and date is not suitable for you or your pupil,
you can choose a different time and date on GOV.UK.
You will need your pupil’s driving licence number to do this.
Your pupil does not need to pay again to do this.
 
Theory tests
All theory tests are suspended in alert level 4.
We will email anyone who has booked a test and is affected by this
to let them know their theory test is on hold and they need to reschedule it at
https://www.gov.uk/change-theory-test.
 
Previous news from the DVSA

When you come for your driving test

Do not arrive for your driving test more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.

The driving test centre waiting room will be closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but the toilets will be available on request.

Keeping you safe when you take your test

DVSA has introduced social distancing measures and safety precautions.

These include:

  • driving examiners wearing face coverings - they might also choose to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers
  • limiting the number of people arriving for a driving test at the same time
  • not allowing your driving instructor or supervising driver to sit in the back during your test

Wearing a face covering

You must bring and wear a face covering when you come for your test, unless you have a good reason not to. This includes if:

  • you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
  • you need to remove it during your test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others

You need to say if you have a good reason not to wear a face covering when you arrange your test.

Your test will be cancelled if you come for your test without a face covering and you did not declare you could not wear one when you arranged your test.

You will need to remove your face covering briefly so your driving examiner can check your ID.

During your driving test

If you have a problem with your face covering during the test, your driving examiner will ask you to stop so you can adjust it. Your driving examiner will end the test early if it becomes a safety issue.

If you make a mistake

You can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test.

If you make a serious or dangerous fault, which means you’ve failed, your driving examiner will direct you back to the driving test centre, where the test will end. This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.

At the end of your test

Your driving examiner will:

  • ask you to get out of your vehicle before they give you your test result feedback
  • ask if you want your instructor to come over to listen to the feedback if it’s safe to do so

This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.

 
 
 
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