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 was further backed up by the following tweet reply from the DVSA:

It has already been confirmed by the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive that lessons are suspended in their respective countries. Lessons may, however, continue in certain Scottish islands under tier 3 restrictions.

In England, Scotland and Wales, you may only supervise a learner if they are in your household or support bubble, and if travelling for work, education, or another essential reason.

Theory tests

Theory tests are now suspended across the UK. The DVSA is in the process of contacting affected students. If your test is due to take place during the lockdown period, you should not attend.

Practical tests

Practical tests are suspended during the lockdowns in place across the UK. If your test is impacted by this, the DVSA will contact you in due course. For full details, see the official advice from GOV.UK.

What happens if my test is cancelled?

The DVSA will automatically rebook any cancelled tests. Note that, given the large backlog of tests due to two previous lockdowns, your assigned test may be several months in the future. It has not yet been announced when England’s lockdown will end, though the Government has set a tentative deadline of February 19th.

What is the impact on PassMeFast courses?

With lessons and tests suspended nationwide, PassMeFast courses are currently on hold. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Current and potential students can get the latest advice via our COVID-19 blog post.

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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