Updated: Scotland extends lockdown to end of February

Driving lessons and tests in mainland Scotland are suspended at this time.

The Scottish government has announced that lockdown restrictions in the mainland will remain in place until at least the end of February.

The guidance is to stay at home except for essential reasons.

Some of the Scottish islands remain at level 3. The islands of Barra & Vatersay were moved up to level 4 on 13 January.

Driving lessons must not take place in mainland Scotland or on the islands of Barra & Vatersay while the current restrictions are in place. You must not travel out of these areas to give driving lessons.

If you live on an island not in temporary lockdown or protection level 4 you can continue to provide lessons to any of your pupils as long as they do not live in an area in lockdown or protection level 4.

All car driving tests are suspended in mainland Scotland and on the islands of Barra & Vatersay while the restrictions are in place. This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.

As a result of the temporary lockdown travel restrictions, examiners are unable to travel to areas in lower levels to take driving tests. DVSA is suspending all tests booked in level 3, where the examiner has to travel from mainland Scotland to deliver the test, until the travel restrictions are lifted.

All theory tests are suspended in mainland Scotland until the restrictions are lifted. Theory tests will go ahead on the isles of:

  • Shetland
  • Kirkwall
  • Isle of Lewis

Candidates must not travel out of mainland Scotland or from the Islands of Barra & Vatersay to take a theory test.

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