Driving tests in England restart

Theory tests in all three tiers start from today. Practical tests start today in tiers one and two and tomorrow in tier three.

The government has confirmed that driver testing can safely restart as normal in areas in tier 1 and 2 today (2 December).

DVSA previously rescheduled tests booked for this day to a later date. If you or your pupil had a practical test previously scheduled for 2 December in a tier 1 or 2 area DVSA should have been in contact with you yesterday to offer the opportunity to rebook the test for 2 December.

DVSA did not want to automatically rearrange your pupils test to 2 December in case you or your pupil were no longer available or in case your pupil needs refresher lessons with you before your test.

Tier 3

Car practical tests will restart in tier 3 areas from tomorrow (3 December) with additional safety measures. These include:

  • Reducing the number of car practical tests examiners carry out per day to five in tier three areas
  • Anyone who has a car practical test booked in a tier three area who is exempt from wearing a face covering may have to delay their test until the area moves out of tier three. DVSA will reschedule their test if it cannot find a volunteer driving examiner to conduct their test without them wearing a face covering

DVSA will email everyone in a tier 3 area who has a test booked to let them know about the additional measures.

Theory tests

Theory tests restart in all tiers from today. If you or your pupil had a theory test previously scheduled for 2 December DVSA should have been in contact with you to rebook the test for today.

Waiting rooms

Following the successful reopening of waiting rooms in a number of locations, DVSA will reopen a further 94 waiting rooms in early December.

It is important that your candidates are prepared for their test before you present them. Some of your pupils might not feel ready as they have not been able to have any lessons over the last four weeks.

If your pupil feels they are not ready to take their driving test and need more time to practice they can change the date for free by visiting GOV.UK.

DVSA has said that if your pupils are unable to find a test slot at their chosen test centre, they should look further afield as they should be prepared to drive in areas they are unfamiliar with.

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