To help you and your candidates prepare for vocational lessons and tests post lockdown 2.0, DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) has shared latest Government guidance about:
- how local alert tiers affect vocational training and testing
- waiting rooms
How local restriction tiers affect vocational lessons and tests
The Government has confirmed that vocational lessons and tests can safely restart as normal in areas in Tier 1 and 2 when the current national restrictions end on 2nd December 2020.
The Government has also confirmed that driving lessons can restart in all tiers when the current national restrictions end on 2nd December 2020.
Additional measures in Tier 3 areas
As well as DVSA, our top priority is to keep you, your pupils and our staff safe. To allow practical testing in Tier 3 areas from 3rd December 2020, anyone who has a practical vocational test booked in a Tier 3 area who is exempt from wearing a face covering may have to delay their test until the area moves out of Tier 3. DVSA will reschedule tests if they cannot find a volunteer driving examiner to conduct the test without the candidate wearing a face covering.
The only exception to this is for vocational passenger vehicle practical testing that can resume in all areas from 3rd December 2020 without mandatory face coverings because social distancing can be achieved on tests with existing measures in place.
What this means to you and your pupils
DVSA will be emailing everyone in a Tier 3 area who is affected by the face covering measure to let them know what will happen next.
2nd December tests
The Government has clarified that all vocational practical and theory testing can resume on 2nd December in Tier 1 and 2 areas.
DVSA emailed everyone with a practical vocational test booked in a Tier 1 and 2 area via Online Booking Service for 2nd December 2020 to let them know that they opened up test slots on 1st December 2020.
Following the successful reopening of waiting rooms in a number of locations, DVSA are able to reopen a further 94 waiting rooms in early December.
For further guidance, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.