Eleven areas in Scotland to move to level 4 restrictions

Protection level 4 has the strictest restrictions in Scotland and these include no driving or motorcycle lessons.

Eleven areas in Scotland are to move to level 4 restrictions from Friday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The 11 areas are:

  • Glasgow
  • Renfrewshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • West Dunbartonshire 
  • North Lanarkshire
  • South Lanarkshire 
  • East Ayrshire
  • South Ayrshire
  • Stirling
  • West Lothian

The Scottish Government has confirmed that driving lessons will be suspended in areas that move into protection Level 4. If you live in an area under Level 4 restrictions, you must not travel out of this area to give driving lessons or to take a pupil for a test.

If you live outside a Level 4 area you cannot provide lessons for pupils in a Level 4 area.

Further guidance can be found on the Scottish Government’s website.

Your pupils can still have private practice using their own car if they and the supervising driver are from the same household and it is part of an essential journey. 

Driving tests

All car driving tests will be suspended in areas that move into protection level 4. This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.

DVSA will email pupils who are affected by this to let them know we will reschedule their test.

If you have booked a test for any of your pupils at a test centre that has moved into protection level 4, you will receive an email to let you know it will be rescheduled to a new time and date. You will need to contact your pupil to let them know.

DVSA will then send you an email with the new time and date as soon as possible; please ask your pupils to be patient.

If the new time and date isn’t suitable for you or your pupil, you can choose a different time and date on GOV.UK. 

Travelling out of a level 4 area for a test

The Scottish Government is putting travel restrictions into law on 20 November to further enforce the current guidance that restricts people who live in a Level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose.

Any of your pupils who live in an area under protection level 4 must not travel out of the affected area to take a test. If they do, the examiner will not be able to test them.

All theory tests will be suspended in areas moved into protection level 4. DVSA will email candidates affected by this to let them know their theory test is on hold and that they will need to reschedule it on GOV.UK. 

Level 3

If you live or operate in a protection level 3 area you can continue to provide driving lessons to any of your pupils as long as they don’t live in a protection level 4 area.

If your pupil lives in a protection level 3 area they can take a test in this area and travel out of the area to take a test as long as it isn’t in a protection level 4 area.

Click here for more information on level 4 restrictions.

3 thoughts on “Eleven areas in Scotland to move to level 4 restrictions”

  1. Angela Allan

    Surely as only one can be on a motorcycle whilst training and I would have thought as long as pupils and instructors stay within their own region that CBT’s, lessons and even tests (when the test centre is within) could and should still continue as a lot of people are looking to do their CBT’s etc to avoid having to go on public transport. We in the industry like other industries have spent a fortune on products to keep everyone safe when at our school, we are also fortunate in that we have 7500sq ft of a unit and 1200sq ft of a pad, so social distancing is not an issue. There has been no contact from the DVSA and they have been uncontactable and as a governing body, they should be ashamed in their lack of guidance

  2. Ok we all get that we cannot work. DVSA have still to inform us no driving tests either. Nicola Sturgeon has got it all wrong. She should of shut down schools till new year and let everyone else continue working Driving instructors are getting a raw deal. Pupils are having their confidence ruined by constant disruption I’ve a pupil had 4 tests cancelled due to mismanagement of gov. Scot
    The only good thing is that Scotland isn’t independent or we’d be on our knees financially but thanks to Boris he kept money coming to Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon would never of afforded to keep the country afloat i for one won’t ever vote for independence

  3. Billy Lochrie

    In my area, the test centre is in Level 3 but some routes go through level 4. Will this be acceptable as the journey starts and ends in level 3? For both the examiner to conduct a test and also the instructor to vary the training environment?

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