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**COVID 19 UPDATE **

  Monday, June 15, 2020 by sharon dearing | Uncategorized

Hi guys and gals


a further update - unfortunately it looks like NO LESSONS until we get the nod from either the DVSA OR GOVERNMENT 

I have included a response from the DVSA 


Dear Sharon,

I wrote to you on 22 April 2020 to set out the steps that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has taken to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and what support the government has put in place for you.

I now want to update you on the planning we’re doing to help return to life that is as close to normal as possible, as quickly and fairly as possible, in a way that avoids a second peak of infections.


The plan to rebuild: the UK government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

On 11 May 2020, the government published its COVID-19 recovery strategy which:

  • sets out the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus outbreak
  • explains the plans for moving to the next phase of the response to the virus

Our priority remains to protect the public and save lives. That’s why any easing of measures must meet the government’s 5 tests. These are:

  1. Protect the NHS’s ability to cope.
  2. A sustained and consistent fall in the daily death rates from COVID-19.
  3. Reliable data showing that the rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels across the board.
  4. Be confident that the range of operational challenges, including testing capacity and PPE, are in hand, with supply able to meet future demand.
  5. Be confident that any adjustments to the current measures will not risk a second peak of infections that overwhelms the NHS.

Driving instruction and driving tests

Other than emergency training and tests for critical workers, driving instruction and driving tests have not yet been able to restart because the risk of transmission of the virus in vehicles is higher.

In his statement on 10 June, the Prime Minister reiterated that the government will remain cautious and measure the effect of the changes it makes. The Prime Minister explained this means moving slower than we’d have liked in some areas.

Driving instruction and tests will only restart when the government is confident that the assessment of risk warrants it, subject to the 5 tests and further detailed scientific advice.

In the meantime, I want to re-emphasise that you should continue to limit driving lessons to critical workers who are preparing for an emergency driving test.

Once again, I would like to thank those of you who have been able to offer driving lessons to critical workers during these unprecedented times.

We will, of course, share more information with you as soon as it’s available – including the dates that driving instruction and driving tests can restart.