Remote delivery of the AFV training courses

With the continued national restrictions on travel and face-to-face training, NRI Instructors are reminded that DVSA continues to approve the remote delivery of the NRI AFV training course.  This means that NRI Instructors can continue to offer AFV training without the risks associated with face-to-face delivery.  With the importance of having all available capacity in the delivery sector and many new delivery drivers being recruited, this enables newly recruited team members to drive AFVs under the 3.5-tonne derogation.

The NRI training materials which registered Instructors are able to purchase, comprises a PowerPoint presentation that is fully compliant with the DVSA/OLEV syllabus and can be delivered using any interactive platform to groups of drivers in a meeting room or training room with appropriate ICT facilities.  This brings no additional costs for an NRI instructor who has already purchased the PowerPoint set from NRI for use in classroom training.

During the current restrictions, the NRI team are working from home, therefore, should you wish to purchase the PowerPoint presentation, please contact a member of the team on 07933 825933.

DVSA Update: Driving and Theory Tests in England

Further to the Prime Ministers’ statement on 22nd February 2021 and the publication of GOV.UK COVID-19 Response Spring 21, DVSA have issued the following statement: 

“In line with the Government’s roadmap announcement, driving and theory tests will resume no earlier than 12 April 2021. DVSA is working closely with the Government and will provide more information as soon as we are able to do so on other tests, lessons, and training.” 

We understand that NRI and other vocational driving stakeholders may receive further briefings next week. We will be sure to keep you updated with any further information we receive. 

For further guidance, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

DVSA Update: Vocational Lessons and Tests in Wales

Following the Welsh Government’s announcement on 19 February, all areas of Wales will remain in lockdown (alert level 4) and residents must stay at home to save lives.

These restrictions will remain in place until at least the next review on 12 March. Read more about the lockdown measures on GOV.WALES.

Vocational lessons and testing

Vocational lessons and tests must not take place until the restrictions are lifted. If you have booked a test for any of your pupils during this period of restrictions, it will be cancelled and you will be automatically refunded.

Vocational lessons for pupils with a confirmed mobile emergency worker test booking can continue.

Driver CPC

Driver CPC training should be delivered remotely wherever possible until restrictions in Wales are lifted. However, where necessary, essential Driver CPC periodic training can be delivered by employers to their own employees using their own trainers on their own site.

Theory tests

All theory tests will be suspended until the restrictions are lifted. DVSA will email anyone who has booked a test and is affected by this to let them know their theory test is on hold and that they will need to reschedule.

If you booked your pupil’s theory test you will need to log into the booking system and rearrange their test for a new date and time.

This does not include booked theory mobile emergency worker service tests, which will take place as arranged.

For further guidance, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

DVSA Update: Continuing National Lockdown In England

Further to guidance from government, DVSA are cancelling practical and theory tests in England up to and including 24 February 2021.

Mobile emergency worker service tests booked will take place as arranged.

You should continue to follow Government guidance to stay at home except for essential reasons.

Vocational lessons and testing

Vocational lessons and tests must not take place until the restrictions are lifted. If you have booked a test for any of your pupils during this period of restrictions, it will be cancelled and you will be automatically refunded.

Lessons for candidates with a mobile emergency worker service test booking can take place.

Practical mobile emergency worker service tests booked will take place as arranged.

Driver CPC

Driver CPC training should be delivered remotely wherever possible until restrictions in England are lifted. However, where necessary, essential Driver CPC periodic training can be delivered by employers to their own employees using their own trainers on their own site.

Theory tests

All theory tests will be suspended until the restrictions are lifted. DVSA will email anyone who has booked a test and is affected by this to let them know their theory test is on hold and that they will need to reschedule it.

If you booked your pupil’s theory test you will need to log into the booking system and rearrange their test for a new date and time.

This does not include mobile emergency worker service theory tests booked which will take place as arranged.

For further guidance, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

DVSA Update: Changes To Licenses And Tests – Give Your View

The Department for Transport is launching a consultation to get views about changes to the laws on driving licence acquisition.

The consultation is asking for views on things like:

  • Allowing candidates who pass their test in an automatic transmission vehicle to drive a manual vehicle (if they already hold a manual entitlement in another licence category)

The categories of vehicles in the first proposal affects include:

  • Medium-sized lorries (C1)
  • Medium-sized lorries towing a trailer (C1+E)

The consultation is upon from now for the next six weeks, ending on 23 March 2021.

Find out more about the consultation and give your views.

DVSA Update: Mobile Emergency Testing Service

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, routine practical driving tests have been suspended in England, Scotland and Wales.

A limited theory test and practical testing service will be introduced in England and Wales, which will be available to the following who need to drive as part of their job and respond to ‘threats to life’.

  • NHS health and social care workers
  • Emergency services
  • Local councils

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, DVSA is not able to offer a mobile emergency worker test service in Scotland.

These tests will be carried out by examiners who have volunteered to continue to test during lockdown.

DVSA will be contacting these organisations directly to explain how they can access this service.

You can teach mobile emergency workers who have a confirmed test booking even if current local or national restrictions do not allow driving and riding tests. You must not teach anyone who only has a routine driving test booked – even if they are an NHS health and social care worker, emergency service worker or local council worker. You must make sure that your pupil has the correct documentation as detailed below.

During lessons you must be sure to follow government guidance about working safely during coronavirus.

For further guidance, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

DVSA Update: Driver CPC and Carriage of Dangerous Goods (ADR)

DVSA have updated the current guidance for Driver CPC and Carriage of Dangerous Goods Training.

Driver CPC Periodic Training

Employers and training providers must reduce the spread of the virus by following Public Health England guidance/advice for employers to make sure their workplace is Covid-secure.

Employers and training providers providing Driver CPC periodic training should deliver this training remotely wherever possible until restrictions in England are lifted. However, where necessary, essential Driver CPC periodic training can be delivered to their own employees using their own trainers on their own site.

Employers and training providers should not use third party trainers at their own site or arrange for their employees to be trained at a third-party site.

ADR Training and Examinations

The current ADR qualification extensions will not be extended beyond 28th February 2021.

Employers and training providers must reduce the spread of the virus by following Public Health England guidance/advice for employers to make sure their workplace and classroom is Covid-secure.

Employers and training providers can, if necessary, continue providing classroom-based dangerous goods (ADR) training to their own employees using their own trainers on their own site.

Employers and training providers should not use third party trainers at their own site or arrange for their employees to be trained at a third-party site.

Classroom based examinations can continue providing the rooms are Covid-secure.

These restrictions will remain in place until the next formal Government review.

DVSA reminds employers and training providers that: “Fleet driver training and assessment is an important part of occupational road safety.  This activity provides additional training or assessment to a qualified driver ensuring they are competent to drive a company vehicle. Such assessments are often a condition of commercial motor insurance, condition of employment and an important requirement of driver safety policy. It is for the employer to conduct their own risk assessment in line with their health and safety policies and justify any in-vehicle activity that they allow to proceed.”

For further guidance, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

DVSA Update: Scottish Vocational Tests and Lessons

The Scottish Government announced on Tuesday 19th January that mainland Scotland would remain in lockdown beyond 31 January. You should continue to follow the Scottish Government guidance to stay at home except for essential reasons.

Some of the Scottish islands will remain at Level 3. The islands of Barra & Vatersay were moved up to Level 4 on 13 January.

These restrictions in Scotland will remain in place until at least the middle of February.

Vocational lessons

All vocational lessons must not take place in mainland Scotland or on the islands of Barra & Vatersay while the current restrictions are in place. If you live or operate on an island not in temporary lockdown or protection Level 4 you can continue to provide lessons to any of your pupils as long as they do not live in an area in lockdown or protection Level 4.

You must not travel out of mainland Scotland to give training or to take a pupil for a test.

Driver CPC training should be delivered remotely wherever possible until restrictions in Scotland are lifted. However, where necessary, essential Driver CPC periodic training can be delivered by employers to their own employees using their own trainers on their own site.

Vocational tests

All vocational tests in mainland Scotland and on the islands of Barra & Vatersay will be suspended until the restrictions are lifted.

As a result of the temporary lockdown travel restrictions, DVSA examiners are unable to travel to areas in lower levels to take vocational tests. They are suspending all tests booked in a Level 3 area, where the examiner has to travel from mainland Scotland to deliver the test, until the travel restrictions are lifted.

For further guidance, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

NRI Exam Centres see significant improvement in LGV Practical Test Pass Rates

When it was established in 2017, one of the objectives set for the NRI was “to contribute to an improvement in the national pass rate of LGV vocational tests”. In this article we assess progress against that objective. 23 LGV driver training organisations have already demonstrated their commitment to professional LGV instructors by becoming an NRI examination centre and enabling LGV instructors to join the NRI by taking the LGV Instructor exam. 

New DVSA data for Great Britain* shows that in 2019/20, 40,000 LGV drivers passed their Practical Driving Test with a pass rate of 58.9%. A longer look at the data shows that national pass rates have improved in recent years, having risen from 46.3% in 2007/08.    

The data shows the pass rates at all 120 DVSA exam centres throughout the UK. While most are DVSA’s own driving test centres, twelve are driver training organisations who are both DVSA-Approved LGV Driving Test Centres and NRI Examination Centres, and this means that their Practical Driving Test pass rate is shown in this new DVSA data. The DVSA data for those twelve NRI exam centres shows that in 2019/20, eight had a pass rate above the national rate of 58.9% with the average pass rate for the twelve centres being 63%. 

NRI launched in January 2017. The DVSA data shows that improvements in pass rates among the seven current NRI centres who were operating as DVSA delegated driving test centres in 2016/17 and are one of the twelve currently operating, outstripped the modest general rise in pass rates. In 2016/17 the national LGV pass rate was 56.7% and by 2019/20 the national LGV pass rate had risen by just over two percentage points from 56.7% to 58.9%. However, in the same three year period, the average pass rate across those seven NRI centres had climbed by seven percentage points from 54.3% to reach 61.1%.

 * DVSA0501 – Practical large goods vehicle (LGV) test pass rates by gender, year and DTC published 29th October 2020 on gov.uk website.

DVSA Update: UK National Lockdown Restrictions

Following Government announcement on Monday 4th January, DVSA have provided the latest information regarding the new UK National lockdown restrictions.

  • All vocational lessons and tests will be suspended from 5th January until the restrictions are lifted.
  • All theory tests will be suspended from 5th January until the restrictions are lifted.
  • In-vehicle Driver CPC training must not take place, but remote training can continue via conferencing software, such as Zoom, Teams and Skype. Classroom training is suspended until the restrictions are lifted. 
  • In-person NRI exams will unfortunately not be able to take place and are suspended from 5th January until the restrictions are lifted.
  • Remote Driver CPC exams and Instructor and Assessor theory exams can be arranged, please do get in touch with us for further information. ​

DVSA will email anyone who has booked a test and is affected by this to let them know the theory test is on hold and that they will need to reschedule it by visiting https://www.gov.uk/change-theory-test

If you booked your pupils theory test you will need to log into the booking system and rearrange their test for a new date and time.

If you have any concerns or questions please do get in touch with us.

For further guidance, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.