Latest Covid - 19 / DVSA Guide Lines 1st March 2022

 

LATEST COVID - 19 / DVSA GUIDE LINES

AS OF 1st MARCH 2022

 

 

 

Driver testing services in Wales – lifting of COVID-19 driving test restrictions

We are lifting COVID-19 restrictions affecting driving tests in Wales from 28 March in line with the announcement that the some of the remaining Welsh restrictions are ending from this date.

The changes in Wales include:

  • face coverings are no longer a legal requirement for your pupils to wear on driving test but the Welsh Government strongly advises that they continue to do so
  • your pupils will no longer be asked to let us know in advance of their driving test if they cannot wear a face covering.
  • instructors and accompanying drivers are able to sit in on driving tests
  • your pupils no longer have to self-isolate if they have COVID-19, but we encourage them to rearrange their test if they feel unwell for any reason
  • DVSA will no longer ask your pupils to consider doing a lateral flow test on the day of their test

The Welsh Government strongly advises learner drivers and driving instructors to continue to wear face coverings on driving lessons in Wales.

You need to make your pupils aware of these forthcoming changes, especially if you have made their test booking for them.

DVSA guidance on GOV.UK will be updated shortly.

Face coverings

From 28 March your pupils will not have to wear a face covering on a driving test but they are strongly advised to continue to do so by the Welsh Government.

Your pupils will no longer have to let us know if they cannot wear a face covering in advance of their driving test from 28 March. This also applies to bookings you make on behalf of your pupils.

Our driving examiners can make a personal choice to wear a face covering if they wish.

The Welsh Government strongly advises that you and your pupils continue to wear face coverings on driving lessons in Wales.

Pupils testing positive for COVID-19

We encourage candidates testing positive for COVID-19 up to 5 days before their driving test not to attend their test to reduce the spread of the virus.

You or your pupil should email us at customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk with the subject title ‘COVID-19 short notice cancellation’ to rearrange their test.

You or your pupil will need to include the following information in the email:

  • their driving license number
  • their driving test booking reference number

We will then contact you or your pupil to help rearrange the test. Your pupil will not have to pay again.

Taking rapid lateral flow tests

From 28 March DVSA will no longer ask your pupils to consider doing a lateral flow test on the day of their testif they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

 

 

Driver testing services – lifting of COVID-19 driving test restrictions

We are lifting COVID-19 restrictions affecting driving and theory tests in England from Tuesday 1 March in line with the government announcement that English restrictions ended on 24 February.

The changes in England are:

• face coverings will be a personal choice for practical and theory test candidates and examiners
• driving tests will no longer end early unless the candidate’s driving is so poor it is a risk to their safety and that of other road users - in line with the pre-COVID-19 policy
• instructors and accompanying drivers are able to sit in on driving tests
• you no longer have to self isolate if you have COVID-19, but we encourage you to rearrange your test if you feel unwell for any reason

You need to make your pupils aware of these forthcoming changes, especially if you have made their practical test booking for them.

The current driving and theory tests safety measures in Scotland and Wales remain in place and we will let you know of any changes.

Face coverings

Your pupil will have personal choice on whether they want to wear a face covering on their driving or theory test from 1 March in England.

Candidates will no longer have to let us know if they cannot wear a face covering in advance of their driving test from 1 March. This also applies to bookings you make on behalf of your pupils.

Our driving examiners can also make a personal choice to wear a face covering if they wish.

Face coverings continue to be a personal choice for you and your pupils during driving lessons in England.

Ending driving tests early

From 1 March, our driving examiners will no longer end tests early and they can continue after a candidate has committed a serious or dangerous fault to give them the full-test experience.

Tests will only be terminated early if the driving examiner assesses that the candidate’s driving is so poor it risks their safety and that of other road users. This is in line with our pre-COVID-19 policy.

 

 

 

PREVIOUS DVSA GUIDELINES AS OF 17th FEBRUARY 2022

NASP COVID guidelines update from 17th February 2022
Home » NASP COVID guidelines update from 17th February 2022
• February 18, 2022
The government in England have recently announced a relaxation in the rules surrounding COVID and are asking the public to now follow guidance to keep infection rates low.
DVSA has reacted accordingly and announced the following main changes:
• you and your pupils are not legally required to wear face coverings during lessons, but government guidance suggests that you continue to do so in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet
• Masks will still be required for practical tests
• your pupils should take a rapid lateral flow test on the day of their driving test, before leaving home
• your candidates no longer have to wear a face covering for their theory test, but the government guidance suggests that you continue to do so in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet
Guidance on Driving Tests
DVSA are asking you and your pupil to continue to wear a face-covering when you come for driving tests, unless you or your pupil have a good reason not to, such as:
• having 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
• If your pupil has a good reason not to wear a face covering, DVSA ask them, when they book their test, to tell us – if you have made the booking on behalf of your pupil you will need to do this if required.
Your pupil’s test may not take place without a face covering if they have not made DVSA aware when booking their test. The agency will be keeping this under review.
Taking rapid lateral flow tests
DVSA are asking your pupils to take a rapid lateral flow test before their driving test if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Pupils are asked that they do this on the day of their driving test before they leave home.
Find out more about taking a rapid lateral flow test before taking a driving test.
Car cleanliness and fresh air
You must clean the inside of your car before bringing your pupil for test.
This means:
• removing any rubbish or unnecessary items from the dashboard, footwells, door pockets, cup holders and seats
• cleaning and wiping down the dashboard and car controls
• making sure the passenger seat and footwell is not dirty
The examiner will do an additional clean of some surfaces, but your test will be cancelled if the inside of your car is dirty.
The car used for the test must have at least one window open on each side throughout the test. Any combination of windows can be opened. Your pupils should wear clothing suitable for the weather.
Guidance for theory tests
It is no longer a legal requirement for your pupils to wear a face-covering whilst attending and taking their theory test.
However, DVSA are asking candidates to wear face coverings during their theory test in line with government guidance on wearing a face-covering in indoor spaces where people might come into contact with others they do not usually meet.
If your pupils wear a face covering to their theory test, they will be asked to remove it temporarily for staff to do an ID check.
Other safety measures such as the screen at reception areas and workstation dividers will remain in place.
Driving test centre waiting rooms
In general, the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 is higher:
• in crowded spaces, where there are more people who might be infectious
• in enclosed indoor spaces where there is limited fresh air
We continue to suggest you keep your distance, wear face coverings and practise good hand hygiene in waiting areas in England to help reduce the spread of the virus.
It is also important in general to wear face coverings:
• indoors, in any situation which is crowded, or where people are close together
• if asked to by any “competent authority”
• if someone else was uncomfortable, as a “common courtesy”

Why are these measures still important?
Given the close proximity and enclosed environment in which driver training takes place, NASP advises trainers to still take every sensible precaution regardless of any relaxation of wider rules surrounding COVID.
• Evidence suggests transmission is mostly happening in indoor spaces where people are in close proximity.
• Face coverings worn over the nose and mouth reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking.
• The main purpose is to protect others from Covid, rather than yourself. If everyone wears face coverings, the risks drop for all.
• Masks can also help reduce virus spread from people who may be contagious but have no symptoms.
• Cutting virus transmission is important because many people are still not yet fully vaccinated.
• Some new virus variants appear more transmissible than earlier Covid strains.
NASP recommend that:
• You continue to wear a face covering to protect you and others on all lessons unless a valid exemption is provided, and ask your pupils to do the same
• You continue to sanitise the car as we have been doing during Covid and to continue to use hand sanitiser
• You take regular lateral flow tests and ask your clients to do the same before attending driving lessons and that you continue to follow guidance should you or your pupil test positive for COVID (see latest guidance here).
• We advise trainers to continue to regularly undertake refreshed risk assessments for themselves on individual basis, and similarly for each individual client.