Practical driving tests have restarted today in Scotland (6 May).
DVSA recommends ADIs all over the country take the following actions to work safely during the pandemic, as well as on the day of the driving test.
1. Review the guidance about working safely during the COVID-19 pandemic
NASP has produced guidance to help you work safely during the pandemic.
2. Order rapid lateral flow tests – and encourage your pupils to do the same
If you’re in Scotland, you can get regular rapid lateral flow tests. They’re free, and you can order them online, by phone or collect them from a walk-in test site.
Your pupils in Scotland can also get them.
If you’re in England, you can get twice weekly rapid lateral flow tests. They’re free, and you can order them online, or collect them from a test site and some pharmacies.
Your pupils in England can also get them.
3. Make sure you give your pupil’s email address if you book their test for them
If you use the service to book and manage driving tests for your pupils, you’ll need enter your pupil’s email address when booking their test. Your pupil’s test result will then be sent to that email address.
4. Check if the driving test centre waiting room will be open
Most waiting rooms are open, but some are closed because of COVID-19. Make sure you check if your driving test centre’s waiting room will be open.
5. Find out about the top 10 reasons people fail the driving test
The driving test pass rate was 45.9% between April 2019 and March 2020. Many people who fail the test make at least one of the top 10 faults. Use DVSA’s new guide with your pupils and their parents to help them understand if they’re ready to take their test.
6. Remind your pupils their test will end early if they make a serious or dangerous fault
If your pupil makes a serious or dangerous fault (which means they’ve failed) the driving examiner will direct them back to the driving test centre. This is to minimise the amount of time they need to spend in the vehicle.
Actions to take on the day of the test
1. Clean the inside of the car before the test and let fresh air in
You must clean the inside of your car before your test and make sure that you’ve let fresh air in. You must have at least one window open on each side throughout the test, so your pupil needs to wear clothing suitable for the weather.
2. Wear a face covering
Your pupil must bring and wear a face covering when they come for their test, unless they have a good reason not to and they told us this when they booked their test. We strongly encourage you to do the same.
3. Do not get to the driving test centre too early
You should arrive for your pupil’s driving test no more than five minutes before the appointment time.
4. Follow the rules for using the driving test centre waiting room if it’s open
There are temporary rules for using driving test centre waiting rooms during the pandemic. Make sure you’re familiar with the rules before you go.
Actions to take after the test
1. Encourage your pupil to read the new guidance to understand their test result
You and your pupils can use new guidance to better understand their test result, find out how to improve their skills, and get help them better prepare for their next test if they fail.
2. Check the appeal guidance if your pupil thinks the test did not meet the legal requirements
Your pupil can appeal their driving test if they think it did not meet the legal requirements.