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January 2021

Continuing national lockdown in England

As a result of the national lockdown in England you should continue to follow Government guidance to stay at home except for essential reasons.
These restrictions in England will remain in place until at least the date of the next review on Monday 15 February 2021.
You can read more about the lockdown measures on
GOV.UK
Driving lessons
Driving lessons, must not take place until the restrictions are lifted. This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.
Driving tests
All driving tests are suspended in England while the restrictions are in place. 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.
If you have booked a test for any of your
pupils, you will receive an email to let you know it will be rescheduled to a new time and date. You will need to contact your pupil to let them know.
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 test
All theory tests will be suspended until the restrictions are lifted.
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 that they will need to reschedule it by visiting
https://www.gov.uk/change-theory-test.
If you booked your pupil’s theory test you will need to log into the booking system and rearrange their test for a new date and time.
More information
You can find what financial support is available to you on GOV.UK.
Check GOV.UK for the latest about:
  • theory tests
  • driving tests
  • instructor guidance

DVSA issues critical worker training update

DVSA has responded to questions regarding the training of key/critical workers during lockdown. 

DVSA said: “The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is working with its theory test contract provider, Pearson VUE, to respond to requests for theory tests from organisations such as ambulance authorities on behalf of frontline mobile emergency workers who require a driving licence to carry out duties in their employment role.

"The DVSA will also respond to requests for practical driving tests from organisations on behalf of frontline mobile emergency workers, who require a driving licence to carry out duties in their employment role. 

"This is a limited service subject to examiner resource and is restricted to candidates working in health and social care, and other public bodies involved in work responding to ‘threats to life’ such as the Environment Agency’s flood rescue staff, or local authority gritter truck drivers.

"The DVSA will contact NHS Trusts to explain how to nominate candidates; candidates cannot apply themselves. Applications from other organisations will be considered if the mobile emergency worker criteria is met.

“Approved driving instructors and trainers can return to work only for the purpose of supporting a mobile emergency worker with a booked test.”

DIA is working to reopen the Key Worker Register to support those who will be delivering essential training to pupils who can demonstrate a need for training at this time and have a test booked. Registrants will be required to complete our online COVID-19 course and theory test which is currently being updated, as well as provide evidence of the need to train in the form of an employer's letter confirming training is required and a copy of the test booking. More detail on the register coming shortly.

It is also important to carry a copy of your pupil’s confirmed test booking if training on the road.

Government has “no current plans” to extend theory test certificates
The government has said it has no current plans to lay legislation to extend theory test certificates.

Roads minister Baroness Vere responded to a letter from NASP asking if theory test certificates could be extended. She said: “I do appreciate the effect the current situation is having on learner drivers and approved driving instructors (ADI), but we have considered this matter carefully and our conclusion remains that extending the validity of theory test pass certificates would be an unacceptable risk to road safety.

“Those with theory test certificates expiring will have taken their test in early 2019. Since then, their lessons and practice sessions have been significantly curtailed and it is therefore likely that their knowledge base and hazard perception skills will have diminished. This will clearly have a negative impact on the road safety of new drivers, who are already disproportionality represented in casualty statistics.

“You have asked whether it would be possible for Government to enlist the help of Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) ADIs to ensure pupils have a good theoretical knowledge and sign off before allowing a candidate to take the practical test.

“As you know, the Road Traffic Act 1988 allows a full driving licence to be issued only if the person has passed both the theory and practical tests within two years of each other. It is not therefore possible to overlook the legal position and two-year validity period on the grounds that ADIs will vouch for their candidate’s knowledge and skills. Although ADIs are well-qualified and proficient in driving and instruction, they are not experienced assessors. This is evidenced by the current practical test pass rate of 47%.”

DIA wrote to DVSA earlier this month to query why moves have not yet been made by the agency to deliver the theory test completely online, both in response to the pandemic and in terms of future proofing the test in general. DIA (as a provider of driver testing itself internationally via Diamond) has pointed to advances in online security/candidate checks for digital assessments, and the increased availability of online proctoring solutions (whereby the candidate is monitored throughout the test) which has meant many forms of assessment have gone completely online, enabling candidates to take an assessment from any location, and for providers to dispense with costly physical testing centres and staffing of such.

Coronavirus: driver and rider trainer guidance


Page summary:
How driving instructors and motorcycle trainers should work safely during coronavirus (COVID-19), business support, and restrictions on driving lessons.
Change made:
Guidance has been reviewed and updated. Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can only supervise members of your household or support bubble as part of travel for work, education or other essential journeys. This applies in England, Scotland and Wales.
Time updated:
5:45pm, 11 January 2021
Coronavirus: driver and rider trainer guidance

NASP Update on Driver & Rider Training and Testing

NASP Update on Driver & Rider Training and Testing
We are aware that the announcement of national lockdowns in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be of grave concern to the industry. As we have throughout the COVID crisis, NASP will work together to provide guidance and information to the training community as well as consulting directly with DVSA and other key stakeholders to address the concerns of the industry. Via your respective membership associations, please keep feeding in your questions and issues so we can raise them with the relevant stakeholders.
The details of how this lockdown impacts testing and training, and for each country, are detailed below with live links wherever possible, in these ever- changing times we in NASP will keep you updated as new information becomes available to us, all relevant information can also be found on the NASP
website http://www.n-a-s-p.co.uk/
This is the latest information available regarding driver training and testing in England, Scotland & Wales as of 6th January 21, we will update you as any further information becomes available.
DVSA have today issued guidance that Driving and riding lessons, including CBT must not take place until the restrictions are lifted. This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks
Country restrictions
England
You must not provide driving lessons or motorcycle training in England unless it’s with someone from your household during an essential journey because of the national lockdown.
Scotland
You must not provide driving lessons or motorcycle training in Scotland unless it’s with someone from your household during an essential journey because of the temporary lockdown.
Wales
You must not provide driving lessons or motorcycle training in Wales unless it’s with someone from your household during an essential journey because it’s in alert level 4.
Check if driving or theory tests are taking place England
All types of driving tests are suspended in England because of the national lockdown.
Scotland
All types of driving tests are suspended in Scotland because of the temporary lockdown.
Wales
All types of driving tests are suspended in Wales because it’s in alert level 4. If your driving test is affected
DVSA will email candidates who are affected by this to let them know they will reschedule their test.
If you have booked a test for any of your pupils, you will receive an email from DVSA to let you know it will be rescheduled to a new time and date. You will need to contact your pupil to let them know.
DVSA will then 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 will be suspended by DVSA until the restrictions are lifted.
DVSA will email anyone who has booked a test and is affected by this to let them know their theory test is on hold and that they will need to reschedule it by visiting https://www.gov.uk/change-theory-test.
If you booked your pupil’s theory test for them, you would need to log into the booking system and rearrange their test for a new date and time.
Find coronavirus financial support for your business
Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self- employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.
Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business: https://tinyurl.com/yd7o2p9d
If you cannot pay your tax bill on time
Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible if you are struggling to make payments. If you did not make a Self-Assessment payment on account due in July 2020, your payment deadline will have been delayed (deferred) until 31 January 2021. You do not have to contact HMRC and will not have to pay a penalty.
Contact the HMRC helpline if you cannot pay any other tax bills because of coronavirus, for more information: https://tinyurl.com/n697oe3
Some questions we have jointly already put to DVSA
Q: Some newspapers have suggested driving instruction can go ahead during this lockdown in England, is this correct? A: This was misinformation and incorrect, driver testing, or training is not allowed at this time
Q: Is key worker training or testing allowed? A: At the moment neither is allowed, however the situation is being kept under review.
Q: Is fleet driver training allowed
A: Awaiting confirmation from DVSA 6th Jan
Q: Is vocational training and rider instruction allowed?
A: We wrote to you earlier to confirm that all driver rider and vocational testing and training must stop until the restrictions are lifted.
Q: Is emergency service testing allowed?
A: During the new national lockdown we will work with ambulance trusts to provide them with essential emergency service driving tests
Q: Is driver CPC allowed?
A: Driver CPC training should be done remotely. This will be kept under review
Q: What will happen with test cancellations?
A: We will continue to reschedule tests cancelled as a result of the lockdown and candidates will be moved to the first available date. All tests will be rescheduled while the restrictions are in place and we will continue to keep the Governments guidance under review.
Q: Can delegated testing continue?
A: All vocational and car driving tests and theory tests will be suspended until the restrictions are lifted. As a result, all HGV delegated testing will be suspended whilst the restrictions remain in place. Delegated testing for those running public service vehicles may continue where necessary.
Q: Is private practise allowed?
A: Government guidance during the lockdown is to stay at home so private practice not advised until the restrictions are lifted.
http://www.n-a-s-p.co.uk/

Driving and riding lessons and tests – National lockdown

On 4 January, the government announced a new national lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus.
You can read more about the lockdown measures on
GOV.UK
Driving and riding lessons
Driving and riding lessons, including CBT must not take place until the restrictions are lifted. This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.
Driving and riding tests
All driving and riding tests have been suspended from 5 January until the restrictions are lifted.
We'll email candidates who are affected by this to let them know we will reschedule their test.
If you have booked a test for any of your pupils you will receive an email to let you know it will be rescheduled to a new time and date. You will need to contact your pupil to let them know.
We’ll then 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 will be suspended until the restrictions are lifted.
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 that they will need to reschedule it by visiting
https://www.gov.uk/change-theory-test.
If you booked your pupil’s theory test you will need to log into the booking system and rearrange their test for a new date and time.
More information
You can find what financial support is available to you on GOV.UK.
Check GOV.UK for the latest about:
theory tests
driving tests
instructor guidance

Changes to tiers in England

The government has announced changes to the tiers from 12:01am on 31 December to control the spread of coronavirus.

These will remain in place until at least the next formal government review.

You can read more about what areas will move tiers and the measures on GOV.UK

Driving lessons
Driving lessons can continue in Tiers 1 to 3.

Driving lessons must not take place in Tier 4 areas until the restrictions are lifted.

You must not travel out of a Tier 4 area to give driving lessons or to take a pupil for a test.

Driving tests
Driving tests can continue in Tiers 1 to 3.

Areas in Tier 3

Additional safety measures are in place for car driving tests in Tier 3 areas. These are:

reducing the number of car practical tests our examiners carry out per day from 6 to 5
anyone who has a car driving test booked in a Tier 3 area who is exempt from wearing a face covering may have to delay their test until the area moves out of Tier 3. We will reschedule their test if we cannot find a volunteer driving examiner to conduct their test without them wearing a face covering
When areas go into Tier 1 or 2, the number of car tests will go back to 6 per day per examiner. We’ll be emailing everyone in a Tier 3 area who has a test booked during the period of the restrictions to let them know about the additional measures.

Areas in Tier 4

All car driving tests are suspended in Tier 4 areas until the restrictions are lifted. This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.

We'll email candidates who are affected by this to let them know we will reschedule their test.

If you have booked a test for any of your pupils you will receive an email to let you know it will be rescheduled to a new time and date. You will need to contact your pupil to let them know.

We’ll then 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
Theory tests can continue in Tiers 1 to 3.

All theory tests will be suspended in Tier 4 areas until restrictions are lifted.

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 that they will need to reschedule it by visiting
https://www.gov.uk/change-theory-test.

If you booked your pupil’s theory test you will need to log into the booking system and rearrange their test for a new date and time.

More information
You can find what financial support is available to you on
GOV.UK.

Check GOV.UK for the latest about:

theory tests
driving tests
instructor guidance