When Will Driving Tests Resume?

Learner drivers in England will be able to take a driving test on the 12th of April 2021.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not mention driving tests in his address. However, the Government confirmed in documents that driving tests can take place again in April. The 12th of April is considered to be the earliest possible date.

As the Prime Minister stressed that lockdown will be lifted cautiously and based on data rather than dates, there’s no real guarantee of the aforementioned date.

Tests After Lockdown

If all goes according to plan and lockdown is lifted on the 12th of April, there will be covid-secure measures put in place. These measures will affect both driving tests and driving lessons.

The covid-secure measures include:

  • Instructors wearing PPE
  • Social distancing measures in test centres
  • Tablets and satellite navigation systems cleaned more frequently
  • Vulnerable driving instructors will be unable to work
  • No handshakes will be given at the end of a successful driving test

Covid-Secure Driving Tests

It’s likely that driving instructors will need to use covid-secure measures during tests. These measures could include:

  • The car being cleaned before the test
  • Closed waiting rooms
  • Having to wear a face covering
  • Driving instructors unable to be in the car during your test
  • Driving instructors unable to be in the car during your test Asking learner drivers not to attend the test if they have coronavirus symptoms

At the time of writing (February 2021), the Government has not mentioned when learner drivers will have the chance to book a practical test. At the end of the first lockdown, learner drivers who had their test postponed were offered the first slots.

As the DVSA is yet to confirm the practical test’s start dates, learner drivers will have to wait a little longer.

In the meantime, if you wish to continue to learn to drive, you can do so with a member of your household or support bubble.

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