Lockdown UK: When can driving lessons and tests resume?

Driving lessons and tests were banned during the third national lockdown (Picture: Getty Images)

Driving tests and lessons were some of the many things banned during the lockdowns.

Driving theory tests expire after two years, and Brits have already spend over one year in some kind of lockdown.

With lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, many are wondering when they can expect to get behind the wheel again.

Here’s all you need to know.

When can driving lessons continue?

During the latest lockdown, driving lessons and tests were banned, alongside theory tests.

Brits have only been allowed to work on their driving skills with members of their household or support bubble if it was deemed essential.

Teenager doing her driving test while wearing a face mask

There is hope on the horizon for prospective drivers (Picture: Getty Images)

Both England and Wales have been offering a limited emergency driving test service for those who need to drive as a part of their job and respond to ‘threats of life.’

Apart from those emergency tests, all types of driving tests had been suspended across the UK.

But, the roadmap out of lockdown has given prospective drivers some hope.

According to the roadmap, driving lessons are among the freedoms that will be reinstated after April 12 in England and Wales with tests starting from April 22.

In Scotland, lessons with driving instructors will be allowed to resume from April 26 at the earliest and tests from May 6.

Driving lessons and tests are currently banned in Northern Ireland and a review of these restrictions will take place on April 15.

Steps out of England’s lockdown set by Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Picture: Getty)

Am I eligible for a refund for the driving lessons or test I had already booked?

If you had a driving test booked, you are eligible for a full refund.

To cancel your test and ask for a refund, you have to have to send an email to customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk.

As for the driving lessons you may have booked, it is advised you get in touch with your instructor to find out their refund policy.

How will driving tests be Covid-secure?

When driving tests took place between last year’s lockdowns, instructors were given guidelines on how to make tests safe.

Driving tests will likely be conducted under similar rules to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

These included learners being instructed to cancel their tests if they had any coronavirus symptoms, clean their cars before their test and keeping one window open on each side of the car throughout the test.

Driving instructors weren’t allowed to sit in the car during your test and the examiner would ask the learner to get out of the car to give them the results.

Both the learner and the instructor were asked to wear a face-covering unless they had a justified reason for exemption.

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