The start of the coronavirus pandemic saw the closure of pubs, hairdressers and other non-essential aspects of day to day life. For thousands of nervous people waiting to take their driving test, this was also postponed. However, with the recent easing of the lockdown rules, now not only can you go for a haircut or for a pint in the pub, very soon those anxious hopefuls will be able to take their driving tests.
This week the Driver Vehicle Standard Agency announced that in England only, practical and theory driving tests will resume on 22 July 2020.
This is no doubt a huge relief to those eager to get behind the wheel and taste that first bit of real independence.
However, it will most certainly not be business as usual, with even driving tests not being able to escape the new “normal”. Safety guidelines to ensure social distancing have been set out as follows:
- Test centre waiting rooms will not be open;
- Test takers must arrive no more than 5 minutes before their allotted test time;
- Test takers must be wearing a face covering; and
- If you or someone you live with has displayed coronavirus symptoms you must not go to take your test. Stay home and self-isolate.
As is clear from the above provisions, all possible steps have been taken to ensure that driving tests can continue safely and it is wise to expect a longer wait time than usual to book in a test. However, if you are a key worker, you may be able to book in an emergency test.
Additionally, it is also important to note that the restrictions on driving tests have separate rules in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.