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Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has had an extraordinary impact on virtually every aspect of the way we live our lives. Driving is no exception to this, and significant challenges have arisen for hopeful learners and qualified motorists alike. Adding to the complexity is the need to understand ever-changing government rules and guidance. Luckily, the PassMeFast team are here to provide you with the latest information, helping you to stay up-to-date. We’ll share the official advice that all drivers need to follow, as well as offering a few tips of our own to help make the journey from lockdown back to normality that little bit smoother.

Learning to Drive After Lockdown: Advice for 4 Types of Learner

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It’s been a really tough time for learner drivers across Britain. Driving lessons and tests have been suspended and restarted more times than we can count. This has resulted in last minute cancellations, significant delays, backlogs and lots of confusion. Basically, everything that you don’t want thrown at you when you’re trying to acquire an important life skill! Learner drivers can roughly be split into 4 categories, which you will see below. Find which one you belong to and check...

6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Private Driving Practice

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The DVSA recently announced that private driving practice is now allowed in England. What does this mean? Well, as long as it is with a member of your household or support bubble, you can hit the road and do some driving in preparation for lessons and tests starting up again. Given that it’s been over 3 months since most learners were able to get behind the wheel, this is a pretty attractive option right now! With this in mind, PassMeFast...

Roadmap Out of Lockdown: Can You Start Driving Lessons?

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The announcement of a roadmap out of lockdown brought much-needed hope to many of us. However, while the headlines revolved around schools, pubs and holidays, we wanted to know the impact on learner drivers. So, when will lessons and tests restart after lockdown? We’ve taken a closer look at the Government’s plans to bring you the latest info. Read on to see when you’ll be able to get back on the road… Steps out of lockdown The Government’s plans to...

How Many Driving Tests Were Cancelled Because of COVID-19?

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We don’t need to tell you at this point that coronavirus has turned the world upside down. All of us can tell stories of how everyday life has changed, but it can sometimes be difficult to put a number on just how big the impact has been. In the field of driving tuition, for example, learners across the UK have had their plans put on hold. It hasn’t always been clear just how many—but now, we can look into the...

Is There a Way to Get an Extension on Your Theory Test Pass Certificate?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on learner drivers across the UK. Very few people have managed to enjoy a normal, smooth-running journey to earning a licence in the 2020-21 period. Testing conditions have changed; the number of tests that can be carried out a day has been reduced; examiners and instructors are forced to quarantine at short notice; and tests and lessons have been suspended altogether for significant periods of time. The resulting delays present a particular...

Emergency Testing Returns — Are You Eligible?

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In the first lockdown, the only people able to pass their test were key workers. That’s because the DVSA made a limited number of emergency driving tests and theory tests available, with NHS and social care staff at the top of the list. This system ended when practical testing resumed for the general public in August. Since then, however, we’ve had two more lockdowns. Both of these have seen driving tests suspended nationwide—and yet, on neither occasion did the DVSA restart emergency...

Where Are You Allowed to Drive in Lockdown #3?

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We probably don’t need to tell you that England is currently experiencing its third national lockdown. What we may need to tell you, though, is the specific rules regarding driving that arrived with the latest shutdown. Yes, even though this certainly isn’t our first rodeo at this point, there is always a little bit of confusion about where you are allowed to drive in lockdown. That’s why PassMeFast is here to clear things up! Join us as we quickly run...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Update from PassMeFast

As the UK recovers from the pandemic, PassMeFast is keeping a close eye on the latest developments. In this post, we will keep you updated on PassMeFast’s response to the coronavirus, and answer some common questions you may have regarding the impact on our services. Current status Last updated: 29/07/2021 08:18 Potential customers Demand for driving lessons is still extremely high as a result of national lockdowns. At PassMeFast, we focus on the completion date of your course, not just...

How Our Driving Instructors Are Coping With The Coronavirus Pandemic

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To say that 2020 has turned out to be an unforgettable year would be an understatement. The pandemic has brought about a giant upheaval to our daily lives. From socialising to working, everything has changed. Though there’s no way of knowing when things will be “back to normal”, it’s at least reassuring to know that everyone seems to be in the same boat at the moment—as we’ve already shown with our spotlight on how PassMeFast staff have been handling the...

How Our Team Are Coping With The Coronavirus Pandemic

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No one is going to forget the year 2020 in a hurry. The coronavirus pandemic has turned everyday life completely upside-down and it’s unclear if things will ever return to what we once thought of as ‘normal’. It’s not all doom and gloom, though. If there’s one ray of light breaking through the dark cloud that is COVID-19, it’s that we really are all in this together! Now is the time to appreciate how much we have in common and...