Driving Lessons To Resume In England From 4 July

Driving lessons are to resume in England from 4 July, House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will write to driving instructors later setting out plans to restart driving tests and resume lessons safely.

Mr Rees-Mogg said he wanted to help instructors "return to life that is as close to normal as possible, as quickly and fairly as possible".

There will be a "phased approach to resuming practical testing", he added.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will set their own rules for the return of driving lessons and tests.

When asked what advice will be given to instructors on resuming work safely, the DVSA told that "more details will be provided in due course".

Speaking at Business Questions in the Commons, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "From the 4 July I am happy to say that people will be able to take driving lessons on a motorcycle, or in a car, lorry or bus and there will be a phased approach to resuming practical testing so learners have the opportunity to practice before taking a test."

He added the industry should return "in a way that avoids a second peak in infections".

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps later added: "Driving lessons and tests are vital in helping people get to work and visit loved ones, and provide the skills for a lifetime of safe driving.

"As the country recovers from Covid-19, we can now open up our services to help get the country moving again."


How will driving lessons work with social distancing?

Instructors should "thoroughly" clean vehicles before and after each lesson, "paying particular attention to areas of the car that are touch points, such as door handles." Other measures for instructors include:

  • Wearing clothes that cover arms and legs

  • Wearing face coverings and disposable gloves (to be changed after each lesson)

  • Keeping windows down throughout the lesson

Pupils will also be asked to wash their hands before each lesson and wear a face covering.

What about LDrive?

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