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22 July 2020 08:41

Coronavirus Channel 4 News United Kingdom

Driving test rules change from today across England

Driving lessons and tests have resumed across England - with learners once again able to sit the theory and practical tests. The move placed the country's 40,000 driving instructors and their students in limbo, waiting for permission to resume lessons. Saturday, July 4: Lessons and theory tests resumed across England Lessons and theory tests resumed across England Wednesday, July 22: Practical tests restarted in England What driving lessons will look like All driving instructors are recommended to wear the relevant personal protective masks and gloves throughout each lesson, and pupils are also asked to wear a mask too. Air conditioning will not be used throughout lessons, but the driving instructor will at all times ensure that the car is well ventilated. All pupils will be contacted ahead of their driving lesson to ensure that they are feeling well and are symptom free.

Theory tests restarted on Saturday, July 4, with test centres configured to maintain social distancing and ensure hygiene standards are met. Workstations, including computers and headphones, will be cleaned before every test and extra cleaning of test centres is taking place. Staff will wear a face covering (unless there's a medical reason that it's not recommended for them) and gloves and candidates are also asked to wear a face mask if they can, which they will have to remove briefly for identification purposes. What practical tests will look like Practical tests resumed on Wednesday, July 22, with learners whose tests were cancelled due to lockdown given priority. Candidates are being told not to arrive for your driving test more than five minutes before your appointment time.

Driving test centre waiting rooms and toilets will be closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. During the test itself, driving examiners will face coverings and might also choose to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers. 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. 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. 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 in order to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.

For both theory and practical driving tests you must not attend your appointment if: As the lockdown continues to be eased, driving tests are due to restart across the country from TODAY. England will see budding motorists take to vehicles across the country today, as Wednesday, July 22, sees driving tests return. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has made some big changes to the way motorists are examined, though. The body is urging potential drivers to brush up on their knowledge before the test, ensuring they have "enough practice". Driving tests restart in England on Wednesday with a huge backlog after hundreds of thousands were delayed or cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) urged candidates to ensure they have "had enough practice" before taking the test. "Learners should practice driving on a variety of roads and in different driving conditions so they are well prepared for driving independently." RED Driving School chief executive Ian McIntosh said: "Nearly half a million tests have been cancelled or delayed since 20th March, and with hundreds of thousands of new 17-year-olds eager to get behind the wheel, there's a big backlog. "We all need to get used to new ways of working and travelling, and restarting driving tests is key to our new reality." Learner drivers will be able to take their tests from tomorrow, but there will be some changes. Those who commit a serious or dangerous fault which means they have failed will be immediately directed back to the test centre to minimise the amount of time they spend in the vehicle. Candidates and examiners will also wear face masks, unless there is a valid reason not to.

There is a huge backlog of tests after hundreds of thousands were delayed or cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) urged candidates to ensure they have 'had enough practice' before taking the test. This time, people will have to wear face masks (Picture: Getty) 'Learners should practice driving on a variety of roads and in different driving conditions so they are well prepared for driving independently.' RED Driving School chief executive Ian McIntosh said: 'Nearly half a million tests have been cancelled or delayed since 20th March, and with hundreds of thousands of new 17-year-olds eager to get behind the wheel, there's a big backlog. 'We all need to get used to new ways of working and travelling, and restarting driving tests is key to our new reality.' DRIVING tests will restart in England on Wednesday with a huge backlog after thousands were delayed or cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has urged candidates to ensure they have "had enough practice" before taking the test. Those learners whose tests were cancelled are being invited to re-book first when they resume in England. DVSA chief driving examiner Mark Winn said: "I know many learners are keen to take their driving test but it is vital they have the right skills and knowledge to help them through a lifetime of safe driving before attempting it. "Learners should practice driving on a variety of roads and in different driving conditions so they are well prepared for driving independently." A series of safety measures have been put in place to protect learners and examiners from Covid-19, such as mandatory face coverings unless there is a valid reason not to wear one. Candidates who commit a serious or dangerous fault which means they have failed will be immediately directed back to the test centre to minimise the amount of time they spend in the vehicle. Driving instructors reported a surge in demand when lessons were able to restart in England on July 4. RED Driving School chief executive Ian McIntosh said: "Nearly half a million tests have been cancelled or delayed since 20th March, and with hundreds of thousands of new 17-year-olds eager to get behind the wheel, there's a big backlog. "Covid-19 is likely to be with us for a long time. "We all need to get used to new ways of working and travelling, and restarting driving tests is key to our new reality." Learners in other parts of the UK will have to wait a while longer before they can attempt to get a driving licence.