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Roadmap Out of Lockdown: Can You Start Driving Lessons?

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Yesterday’s 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 end...

Can You Learn to Drive in Your Own Car?

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Virtually all of us know the normal route to getting a driving licence. You call up an instructor (or book online), take lessons and tests in their car, and, hopefully, pass. This path is so well trodden that you may think that it’s the only option. By the same token, you could end up wondering if you’re even allowed to explore other alternatives. One top question is whether you can learn to drive in your own car. We’ll go through all...

Leicestershire Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

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We’re on the road again for another edition of our Essential Guide series! If you’re new here, this is where we introduce you to the UK’s driving test centres. Each article focuses on a different county, and today, we’re in Leicestershire. There are five test centres dotted about this East Midlands county, and plenty of info to dive into. So, whether you’re weighing up your options or just want more details on your centre of choice, we’ve got it all. Let’s get...

Meet a Booking Agent: Francis

Meet a Booking Agent: Francis

Hello there readers! It’s that time of the month where we interview a member of the PassMeFast team, giving you a unique glimpse behind the scenes. Today in our Meet a Booking Agent series, it’s Francis‘ turn to sit in the hot seat. How have things gone since he joined the team in summer 2020? Let’s find out! About Francis Age: 27 Do you have a driving licence? Yes. At what age did you pass your test? 19. How many times did...

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...

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...

Hertfordshire Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

In our Essential Guide series, we’re taking you through the driving test centres of the UK, one county at a time. This means you can get all the important details about test centres in your local area, and find out which suits you best. In this guide, we’ll be reviewing the test centres of Hertfordshire. There are no fewer than six test centres across Hertfordshire, meaning that learners here have plenty to choose from. We’ll go through each of them, providing information...

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...

Meet a Booking Agent: Jack K

Meet a Booking Agent: Jack K

Welcome back to PassMeFast’s Meet a Booking Agent series! New around here? Let us explain. In these posts, we interview a different member of our Bookings team each month. These are the staff members in charge of sorting out all the admin for our customers’ bookings, helping to ensure that things go smoothly at every step. With an ever-growing team, it was inevitable that we’d eventually stumble on two colleagues with the same name. Today, we’re saying hi to our second Jack—this...

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...