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Driving Lessons and Tests to Return

Posted in General News on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

The government has announced that driving lessons will resume from 4th July. However, the government has also stated that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will be required to adopt a “phased approach” to the return of practical driving tests and it has been suggested that this will start on 22nd July. House of Commons Leader, Jacob Rees Mogg said: “From the 4th 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." The health of the nation remains a top priority for the government and it has been stated that driving lessons and tests should return in a manner which doesn’t cause a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The AA Driving School, the organisation which also runs the British School of Motoring has been advising its instructors to clean their vehicles thoroughly before and after each lesson while paying particular attention to the various contact points of the car, such as the door handles. The instructors will also be wearing face coverings and disposable gloves and asking pupils to wash their hands prior to their lesson and wear a face covering throughout.

DMUK is pleased to see that action is being taken in this area as driving is the only transport option available to many disabled people and therefore it is a crucial aspect of achieving independent mobility for these people. Being able to resume driving lessons and testing will help them make progress towards this goal.

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