I thought it would be worthwhile giving a quick update on the current situation with respect to driving lessons and driving tests whilst Coronavirus is still with us.
Both Theory Tests and Practical Driving Tests are currently suspended unless you are a Critical Worker. If you are a Critical Worker then you can apply for a Theory Test here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-emergency-theory-test and you can apply for a Practical Test here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-emergency-driving-test. Note that you need to have passed your Theory Test before you can apply for your Practical Test.
There are a surprising number of people that fall into the category of Critical Workers so its worth taking a look to see if it applies to you. They include staff in the following categories of work:
- Health and social care
- Education and childcare
- Key public services
- Local and national government
- Food and other necessary goods
- Public safety and national security
- Utilities, communication and financial services
Driving Instructors have been told not to give driving lessons, except to Critical Workers who have a Practical Driving Test booked. The DVSA are keeping the situation under review and will keep driving instructors informed of any change.
If you fall into the category of Critical Workers, then the best course of action would be to take your Theory Test if you haven’t already done so, then book a Practical Test. When you have done that, you can book some driving lessons with an instructor who has agreed to teach critical workers.