Driving tests and training sessions are back!
From this week (week commencing 12th April) you’re able to take a car driving lesson; take a car and trailer training session or test; take a motorcycle test; take lorry training and driving tests; and take driving instructor qualifying training sessions in England.
If you’ve been paying attention to the updates to the rules, you’ll know that you’re already able to take a motorcycle training session; bus training session or test; Driver CPC part 4 test; tractor and specialist vehicle training session and test – all became available to book under government guidelines from the 29th March.
But you’ll have to wait until the 22nd April at the earliest for car driving tests and driving instructor qualifying tests.
These dates are all applicable to England only. If you’re based in Scotland, it’s likely you’ll have to wait even longer – up to the 26th April generally – although Wales is slightly more in line with England’s guidelines. For full information on when things are opening up again in terms of driving tests and training, click here.
Are you planning on taking part in some driving training, or doing a driving test in the next few months? Well, much like everything about daily life, things have changed! Don’t get caught out – read our guide to testing and training during the COVID-19 pandemic below…
Wear a face covering
Of course, like when entering any indoor space nowadays, you’ll be expected to wear a face covering while in the testing centre and the vehicle where your test is taking place.
If there is a good reason why you cannot wear a face covering, i.e. you believe you are exempt, you’ll have to mention this at the time of booking your test.
It’s important you do this because you might not be able to take your test at your preferred or nearest testing centre if you are unable to wear a mask – it might mean travelling slightly further afield.
Your driving instructor is still able to book a test on your behalf under current COVID-19 safety rules.
Don’t arrive too early
While it might be your instinct to arrive nice and early before your test begins to ensure no mishaps on the day occur, the advice from the government is to avoid doing this where possible.
The government website asks that those arriving for their tests do not arrive any more than five minutes early for their test. This is to cut down on the number of people waiting in enclosed spaces where the coronavirus could potentially spread.
Some waiting rooms at testing centres are closed altogether – ask you instructor beforehand who will be able to check and advise you on whether your testing centre’s waiting room is open under current guidelines.
Clean your vehicle
To help prevent the spread of germs, including COVID-19, you must clean the vehicle in which your test will take place prior to the test start time.
- Removing rubbish from footwells, door pockets and cup holders
- Tidying unnecessary items from the dashboard and seats
- Wiping down the dashboard, car controls and door handles
The examiner will do their own, additional clean of some surfaces before entering the vehicle too.
Ensure good ventilation
The vehicle you use for your test must have at least one window open on each side for the entire duration of the test. You’re expected to wear suitable clothing for the weather so wrap up warm if you get cold easily and it’s chilly on the day of your test!
When you shouldn’t attend your test
You should not go to your driving test if:
- You or someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms
- You’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
- You’re quarantining because you recently entered the UK from abroad
You must cancel or change your test if you’re not able to attend.