The government in England have recently announced a relaxation in the rules surrounding COVID and are asking the public to now follow guidance to keep infection rates low.

DVSA has reacted accordingly and announced the following main changes:

  • you and your pupils are not legally required to wear face coverings during lessons, but government guidance suggests that you continue to do so in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet
  • Masks will still be required for practical tests
  • your pupils should take a rapid lateral flow test on the day of their driving test, before leaving home
  • your candidates no longer have to wear a face covering for their theory test, but the government guidance suggests that you continue to do so in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet

Guidance on Driving Tests

DVSA are asking you and your pupil to continue to wear a face-covering when you come for driving tests, unless you or your pupil have a good reason not to, such as:

  • having a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
  • If your pupil has a good reason not to wear a face covering, DVSA ask them, when they book their test, to tell us – if you have made the booking on behalf of your pupil you will need to do this if required.

Your pupil’s test may not take place without a face covering if they have not made DVSA aware when booking their test. The agency will be keeping this under review.

Taking rapid lateral flow tests

DVSA are asking pupils to take a rapid lateral flow test before their driving test if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Pupils are asked that they do this on the day of their driving test before they leave home.