NRI Guide to Covid-Safe LGV Instruction

With LGV training and testing planned to restart in April 2021, it’s time to make sure you have all the resources and procedures in place to ensure that your customers and instructors are kept as safe as possible.

We have put together a free and simple checklist, with advice drawn on best practice that NRI too will adopt for our examinations when they restart and on the standard operating procedures (SOP) which DVSA will use for all LGV driving tests.

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DVSA Update: Restart of lessons and tests in England

We have received an update from DVSA announcing the restart of lessons and tests in England. We can confirm that from the 12th April 2021:

  • LGV lessons and testing, and in-vehicle and third-party classroom-based Driver CPC training can restart if government guidance allows.
  • NRI will plan to restart practical examinations for LGV Instructors, Assessors, and Driver CPC Instructors.  

Please note, this is subject to restrictions being eased as part of the Government roadmap. 

DVSA will email all those with tests booked before the proposed restart dates to let them know these won’t go ahead and it will be automatically rebooked. 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. 

We’re currently awaiting guidance from the Scottish Government and Welsh Government, who are setting out similar plans to the UK Government. 

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

DVSA Update: Give Your Reviews On Changes To The Highway Code

On 1st March 2021, Highways England launched a review of the Highway Code to improve road safety on motorways and high-speed roads.

The consultation will run for four weeks and closes at 23:59 on 29 March 2021.

What’s happening?

The Highway Code is regularly updated to improve safety for all road users.

Highways England is asking for your views on updated safety information for high-speed dual carriageways and motorways.

Proposed changes include updating information on the use of variable speed limits to manage congestion, the use of red X signs to close lanes, and what to do in the event of a breakdown.

You can read full details of the proposed updates, and give your views, on GOV.UK

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.