DVSA Update 20th November: Scottish Local Protection Levels for Vocational Testing and Training

Vocational Training in Level 4 Areas

The Scottish Government has confirmed that vocational training will be suspended in areas that move into protection Level 4. If you live outside a Level 4 area you cannot provide training for pupils in a Level 4 area.

The Scottish Government announced on 17th November that 11 areas of Scotland will be moving into Level 4 restriction from 18:00 on Friday 20th November for a period of 3 weeks. This means that a series of restrictive measures will be in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You can read more about the measures and which areas this includes on the Scottish Government’s website.

All DVSA services will continue as normal in areas in protection Levels 0-3. DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) are keeping these under review in line with Scottish Government guidance.

Vocational Tests in Level 4 Areas

All vocational tests will be suspended in areas that move into protection Level 4, including Driver CPC module 4.

If you have booked a test for any of your pupils at a test centre that has moved into protection Level 4 it will be cancelled and you will be automatically refunded.

Theory Tests in Level 4 Areas

All theory tests will be suspended in areas moved into protection Level 4. DVSA will email candidates affected by this to let them know their theory test is on hold and that they will need to reschedule in on the GOV.UK website.

This is in line with Scottish Government guidance.

Travelling out of a Level 4 Area for a Test

The Scottish Government is putting travel restrictions into law on 20th November to further enforce the current guidance that restricts people who live in a Level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose.

Any of your pupils who live in an area under protection Level 4 must not travel out of the affected area to take a driving or theory test. If they do, the examiner will not be able to test them.

Level 3 Travel Restrictions

If you live or operate in a protection Level 3 area you can continue to provide driving lessons to any of your pupils as long as they don’t live in a protection Level 4 area.

If your pupil lives in a protection Level 3 area they can take a test in this area and travel out of the area to take a test as long as it isn’t in a protection Level 4 area.

Driver CPC

In-vehicle Driver CPC periodic training courses must not take place in an area moved into protection Level 4. Driver CPC training must be done remotely until the area is moved out of Level 4. This is in line with the Scottish Government guidance.

For further guidance, or if you have any questions about the Scottish level protection levels for vocational testing and training, please get in touch with us.