DVSA and NASP have put together safe working advice to stop the spread of COVID-19.
ADIs should follow these simple steps:
- Keep the inside of your car clean for lessons and sanitise it before each pupil gets in. You must make sure the inside of your vehicle is cleaned before a test.
- Keep your windows open as much as possible during lessons to let fresh air in.
- Wear a face covering during lessons. It’s been the law in Scotland since 2 November 2020 that you and your pupils must wear a face covering during driving lessons. If you do not wear a face covering, you must have a good reason. You can be fined £60 if you do not wear a face covering during a driving lesson in Scotland.
- Your pupil must bring and wear a face covering when they come for their test in England, Scotland or Wales unless they have a good reason not to and they told DVSA this when they booked their test.
- Regular rapid lateral flow tests are recommended and you should encourage their pupils to do the same.
Driving examiners are also being encouraged to do twice-weekly rapid lateral flow tests to pick up any cases quickly so they don’t spread the virus to other candidates and colleagues.
In England, you might be able to get a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 if you’ve been told to self-isolate because of COVID-19.
In Scotland, you might be eligible for the £500 self-isolation support grant.
In Wales, you might be eligible for the £500 self-isolation support scheme.
If you’ve been vaccinated
Even if you’ve received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination it is important that you continue to follow the guidance above to help protect you, your pupils and your family. Even after both doses of the vaccine you can still catch COVID-19 and pass it on to others without knowing.
As most learner drivers are under the age of 30, it is unlikely that they will have been vaccinated against COVID-19. So you should continue to take recommended precautions to stop the spread of the virus.
In their joint statement, DVSA and NASP said: “We would like to thank you for all your hard work and support in successfully and safely restarting lessons and tests last month. We also encourage you to continue to follow our simple steps to keep you and your pupils safe and avoid driving test cancellations.
“We need to do all that we can to protect the driver training industry to make sure that we can continue to offer a driving test service. If driving examiners have COVID-19 or come into contact with someone who has it, they cannot work and driving tests will be cancelled.
“Just one driving examiner who has to self-isolate as a result of testing positive or coming into close contact with someone with COVID-19 will cause 40 or more driving tests to be cancelled.
“This is why it’s vital that everyone continues to follow government guidance about protecting themselves and others from COVID-19 so we can keep training and testing on track.”