The Coronavirus pandemic has had massive implications on the driver training industry. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been various interruptions to driver training and testing during the lockdowns we have experienced.
Since emerging from lockdown 3.0, there has been a huge uptick in the demand for lessons which is delaying the time it takes to get started with driving lessons. There are huge delays in getting a driving test booked too due to a backlog of around 400,00 people wanting a test.
While driving lessons can go ahead and Covid-19 continues to pose a threat to health however successful the vaccine rollout is, we must take precautions during driving lessons to keep both instructors and students safe. We can never be too complacent and do all we can to keep each other safe. The precautions set out below are current following the relaxing of Coronavirus restrictions in 2021. As the Covid-19 pandemic is ever changing, these precautions may change following updated guidance from the Government or the DVSA.
Despite the Government relaxing legal rules regarding face coverings, masks MUST be worn on the car during driving lessons. This is to continue to protect you, my other pupils and others around us.
You must keep good personal hygiene. Please wash and sanitise your hands before coming to your lesson. Hand sanitiser is available in the car. It is also recommended that you wash or sanitise your hands following your driving lesson.
If you display symptoms of Covid-19, DO NOT attend your driving lesson. Inform your instructor and get a PCR test. Your lessons will not resume until you have completed the recommended period of self isolation.
It is recommended that you regularly complete a lateral flow test. You can apply for these for free on the Gov.uk website for free.
As of 16th August 2021, you will no longer be required to self isolate if you have had both doses of the vaccine unless you test positive for Covid-19. It is recommended that if you come into contact with someone who has tested positive, you do daily lateral flow tests.