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The world of motoring is constantly changing. In recent years, we’ve seen major changes to the driving test, new rules and regulations surrounding car insurance, and the announcement of a future ban on petrol and diesel cars. Add that together with new models and emerging technologies, and there’s a lot to keep up with. That’s why we’ve created a dedicated news section to help you stay in the loop with all things driving. You’ll find all the latest news from car manufacturers, government bodies and other companies in the motoring industry, as well as useful breakdowns to show what it all means for you.

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...

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...

January 2021 News Roundup

Hey there readers! We hope you’re holding up well in these strange and difficult times. There’s certainly been plenty going on in the world of motoring—so, as always, we’re back with another monthly news roundup. So, what’s in store for January? First up, we finally have the full theory test centre pass rate data for 2019/20—in the first month of 2021. After that, we’ll be taking a look at the return of emergency testing for certain key workers, before moving on...

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...

Our Pass Photo of the Week—Sinead from Nottingham!

Howdy! We hope everyone’s hanging on in there. Lockdown is certainly no fun and we’re really missing seeing our learners hit the roads for driving lessons and tests. It’s OK though because we’re all in this together and we will get through it! As we explained last week, thanks to everything being shut down, we don’t have any hot-off-the-press pass photos. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’re all out of new pass pics to show you. Oh no! In fact,...

What Does the January 2021 Lockdown Mean for Driving Courses?

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The news we all dreaded has finally come to pass. Following announcements by Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson on January 4th, all UK nations are now under lockdown once more. With restrictions on all areas of daily life, what will the impact be on driving courses? Here’s a close look at the status of driving lessons, theory tests and practical tests under the new lockdown. Driving lessons Under official guidance from GOV.UK, driving lessons may not go ahead in England. This...

PassMeFast: 2020 Year in Review

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2020 is a year that many of us may be pleased to see the back of, with unprecedented disruption to everyday life now the norm. Nonetheless, we here at PassMeFast are taking a moment to look back on some of the positives of the year with our annual review. Join us as we show that not everything in 2020 was doom and gloom (really!)....

December 2020 News Roundup

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Welcome to the final news roundup of 2020! Before you get stuck into your New Year’s Eve celebrations, take a moment to look back on this month’s top stories. We’re featuring the latest quarterly pass rates from the DVSA, news of a potential new charge for drivers in London, an increase in BEV sales, and the year’s top personalised registration searches. We’ll round things off, as always, with a monthly Highway Code tip. Pass rates revealed for July to September...

Season’s Greetings from PassMeFast

On behalf of the PassMeFast team, I’d like to wish all of our readers a happy and peaceful Christmas. Wherever and however you’re spending the holidays, we hope that you’re able to take a well-earned break after the whirlwind year we’ve all had. Though 2020 may have been unprecedented in many ways, we’re sticking to tradition with this Christmas post. Today, we’re raising a glass to all of our learners—those who passed with us this year, and those who are...

Is My Driving Test Centre Waiting Room Open?

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In a world before COVID, it was standard to spend a few minutes before your practical waiting in your local test centre. This meant you had time for a short breather or a pep talk from your instructor before getting behind the wheel. However, safety concerns mean that many learners have had to go without a test centre waiting room, even with the resumption of testing across Britain. As the UK emerges from another national lockdown, though, the DVSA are...