Driving tests resumed across England and Wales today after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The wait is finally over for learner drivers across the country, with driving exams greenlighted today, April 22, after being postponed for four months.
However, getting a test slot is like gold dust with drivers allegedly waiting hours on the government website to try to book.
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Those lucky enough to get tested should be aware of some rule changes being made in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s everything you need to know about the current driving test rules:
How to book a test:
The booking site for the test drives is operational again after being blocked during the lockdown – the site is open from 6 a.m. to 11:40 p.m.
You can book a test for yourself or your instructor can book a test for you.
You will need your UK driving license number, your credit card and the driving instructor’s personal reference number before booking an exam.
You can book a test for up to 18 weeks in the future, and there is no waiting list or cancellation list.
If you would like to book your driving test, visit: www.gov.uk/book-driving-test.
Here’s what you need to know if you pass your driving test (PA)
Do you need to wear a face mask?
Yes, you must wear a face mask unless you are exempt from it.
Drivers will need to say if there is a good reason why they cannot wear a face shield during their exam.
The exemptions include:
- you have a physical or mental illness or disability, or a disability that prevents you from putting on, wearing or removing a face mask
- putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
- you must remove it during your test to avoid any damage or injury or the risk of injury to yourself or others
The government has said that wearing glasses does not count as a reason for not wearing a face mask.
If you cannot wear a mask, you may not be able to take a test at your preferred testing center.
Do you need to take a covid test?
The government requires all learner drivers to take a rapid flow test (free and available at pharmacies) before their driving test.
A quick speed test is free and can be taken up to four days before your driving test and you don’t need to show any symptoms.
However, it is not mandatory to take a coronavirus test before your driving test and you will be allowed to drive without one.
Should the windows be open?
Yes. Under the new focus, anyone participating in a driving test must have an open window on either side of the car (eg, driver and rear passenger window or any combination).
Additionally, the surfaces should be cleaned and wiped down before your test – the examiner will also wipe down the surfaces upon entering the vehicle.
Additional checks you should know:
Drivers are asked not to arrive at the exam center more than five minutes before your exam.
Most test center waiting rooms will be closed, but toilets will remain open on request.
Driving examiners will wear face covers, but they can also choose to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers.
When you don’t have to take your test:
Do not take your driving test if:
- you or someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19
- you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
- you are in quarantine because you recently entered the UK
Change your test appointment or cancel your test if you cannot attend.
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This notice was published: 2021-04-22 11:31:50