PassMeFast: 2020 Year in Review

PassMeFast 2020 over background of lanterns

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!).

Helping our key workers

Trophy picture hanging from red lanyard

If there’s one positive message that we can take away from 2020, it’s that we all started to appreciate just how important our key workers are. From frontline NHS staff to delivery drivers, they’ve helped to keep Britain going through one of the toughest years in living memory.

Here at PassMeFast, we’re proud to have played a small part in giving back by helping NHS and social care staff get their licence. We worked to provide lessons and secure emergency tests during lockdown to enable them to get around safely and continue their lifesaving work.

If you’d like to meet some of the healthcare heroes who passed with us this year, then head over to our Key Worker Hall of Fame and read their stories.

Please note that the DVSA no longer offers emergency testing.

Safer lessons

PassMeFast student taking a driving test wearing a face mask

To help prevent the spread of the virus, we’ve all spent 2020 practising social distancing and staying at home wherever possible. This posed challenges to the resumption of driving lessons and tests, which began in the summer months.

PassMeFast took a number of steps to ensure that we could restart our courses safely. Our instructors have adopted extra cleaning processes before and after lessons, while ADIs and students alike are asked to wash their hands regularly and to wear face coverings where possible.

Want to know what it’s like to teach driving lessons in a pandemic? Hear from the fleet by reading our article on how our instructors coped during the pandemic.

Changing how we work

Home office setup

With the government advising us to work from home wherever possible, the PassMeFast team quickly decamped from its MediaCityUK HQ. This meant some major adjustments as we switched from a close-knit office environment to virtual communication.

It’s fair to say that there were some bumps in the road, from struggling to make space to work at home through to missing the office atmosphere. Nonetheless, our team have now been successfully working remotely for the majority of 2020, and continue to support our customers through every step of their course.

To get a better idea of what it was like to work from home, read about the PassMeFast office team’s lockdown experience.

Raising funds

PassMeFast team holding certificate from RMCH

With the usual charity marathons and bake sales suspended for 2020, charities have found it difficult to raise the funds they need. PassMeFast decided to help out one extremely deserving local organisation this year: the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

Unable to meet up together, our team individually ran, walked and cycled hundreds of kilometres across the Greater Manchester area and beyond, raising a massive £1,333 in the process. A huge thank you to everyone who donated—watch this space for more fundraising events in the future!

Breaking new ground

PassMeFast has long aspired to cover every learner driver in the UK. This year, despite the challenges posed by the global pandemic, we took some big steps towards achieving that ambition, as we launched in a staggering nineteen new counties. These included:

  • Bedfordshire
  • Bristol
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Dorset
  • East Sussex
  • Cambridgeshire
  • County Durham
  • Gloucestershire
  • Hampshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Norfolk
  • Northamptonshire
  • Somerset
  • Suffolk
  • Tyne and Wear
  • Warwickshire
  • West Sussex
  • Wiltshire
  • Worcestershire

Over 90% of England’s learners can now book with PassMeFast—and there’s more on the way! Want to know if courses are available close to you? Check out the full list of areas we cover.

Keeping you in the loop

It may be hard to believe it, but the post you’re reading right now is the 180th article we’ve published on the PassMeFast Blog this year alone. All in all, we’ve written 184,673 words—about the same number as you’d find in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations or Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

Throughout it all, we’ve strived to provide you with the information you need to know at a time when the news changes hour by hour. You can still find our coronavirus advice post right here, which we’ll update as long as restrictions remain in force. Alternatively, check out some of our most popular articles, such as how to exchange a foreign licence, information on speed awareness courses, and what to do if you lose your provisional.

That’s all from us in 2020! We’ll be back next year to bring you all the latest updates in the ever-changing world of driving. Stay safe, stay healthy, and have a very happy 2021!

By Andy Boardman

Andy has been part of the PassMeFast Blog team from the very beginning. He'll provide you with plenty of useful motoring advice, helping you to get the most out of every trip. When he's not writing here, you're most likely to find Andy on the way to his next destination.

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