When will driving lessons and tests resume?

After months of lessons and tests being put on pause, learner drivers will finally be able to get back behind the wheel.

Driving lessons

Scotland will be the final nation in the UK to ease these restrictions, lessons will resume from Monday 26th April.

In England and Wales, driving lessons are allowed to restart on 12th April.

Practical tests

In England and Wales, practical tests will resume from the 22nd April. Practical tests in Scotland will resume from 6th May. Candidates and examiners must wear face coverings, unless they have a medical condition which prevents them from wearing one. Another change is that your driving instructor or supervising driver is not allowed to sit in the back during your test. Candidates are also advised not to arrive more than five minutes before their driving test appointment time.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have a backlog to get through as all tests were cancelled during the lockdown. These candidates will have priority when rebooking a slot. So, if you didn’t book your test before the lockdown, it might be some time before you are able to.

Find out more here.

Theory tests

Theory tests in England and Wales will restart on the 12th April. Scotland will look to restart from 26th April. To keep you safe at the test centre there will be enhanced hygiene and social distancing measures in place. Face coverings should also be worn unless candidates have a valid reason that they are unable to wear one.

Get some extra practice in

Although these delays have been frustrating, this is a good time to get more driving practice. We offer dual control car hire from £15 per hour so you can safely hone your driving skills with someone who is happy to teach you.

Dual control hire will restart on Friday 2nd April. Under current restrictions, both drivers must be from the same household and you need to hire within your own local area.

To hire a dual control car, you’ll need to be over 17 with a clean provisional licence. The driver accompanying you must be aged 23 or over, and must have held a full UK or EU licence for a minimum of three years.

Find out more about our dual control cars here.

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