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, with driving lessons resuming from Monday 24th August.

In England, driving lessons were allowed to restart on 4th July, with Wales following on 27th July.

Practical tests

In England, practical tests started on 22nd July. Wales are expecting to see tests return on 17th August. 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.

At the moment, there’s no date for when practical driving tests will resume in Scotland.

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 are back up and running across the UK, with enhanced hygiene and social distancing measures in place at test centres. 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 £12 per hour so you can safely hone your driving skills with someone who is happy to teach you.

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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