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Notice to pupils re new guidelines post Covid-19

There are additional instructions and guidelines from the Driver Training Industry for pupil lessons post Covid-19 and these include the following, as many learner drivers will not have been behind the wheel for over three months.

Our instructor will need to check your provisional driving and you will be asked to read a number plate at a distance of 20.5 m with or without eyesight correction when you have your first driving lesson since the lockdown.

Driving lessons pupil guidance before every session:

  1. Your instructor will call you to check if you have any symptoms of coronavirus such as a cough or high temperature or any of the other Covid-19 symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who is showing symptoms or, have travelled back from a high-risk region.
    We do not wish for our instructor or any other pupils to be put at risk unnecessarily. We hope you will be honest. If the instructor feels that you are not well enough during the lesson, it will be at his discretion to cancel the lesson – even if it has started.
  2. The instructor will request you wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds before leaving your home or place of work.
  3. There will be no handshakes.
  4. Windows will be kept open.
  5. The car will be sanitized before you get in and after you leave.
  6. Pupils are requested to wear long sleeves and trousers. Open-toed shoes/sandals are not allowed.
  7. Cash payments will not be accepted. We use other methods such as a bank transfer.
  8. The instructor will only arrive to your lesson if he is happy with your responses.
  9. At the car, a conversation will be had prior to getting in the car from a distance of 2 metres.
  10. Any outwear or bags must be placed in a plastic bag in the boot to reduce any risk of infection.
  11. Mobile phones are not allowed on the dashboard or the side pocket of the vehicle. If you do not have a pocket in your clothes, the mobile phone will be placed in the plastic bag in the boot of the car.
  12. Water bottles can be brought with you but must be kept in the car boot. Pupils can request time to stop and take a drink when it is safe to do so.
  13. Any writing during the lesson will be undertaken by the instructor. Pens will not be shared.
  14. Training resources will be held up and not shared between pupil and instructor.
  15. When discussing scenarios, these may take place outside of the car or, when within the car, facing forward. Only essential conversation to training and instruction will be spoken inside of the car.
  16. Please bring your own well-fitting disposable gloves and a face mask. Both gloves and masks need to be work throughout the lesson.
  17. Plastic shields must not be worn due to injury if an airbag was to detonate.

Driving Test instructions post Covid-19

  • A practical test will not go ahead if the candidate arrives showing any possible symptoms of the Coronavirus.
  • If you or someone you live with has Coronvirus symptoms, you must NOT come for your driving test.
  • If you have been informed by the NHS Test & Trace service that you have been in contact with a person who has coronavirus you must NOT come in for your test.
  • If you have entered or returned to the UK in the last 14 days, except in very limited situations – from 10 July you will not have to self-isolate if you’re arriving in England from a country or territory on the travel corridors list
  • If your driving test appointment is on a day when you are self-isolating, you can change your appointment free of charge including if you do it at short notice (within 3 clear working days of the test).
  • If a candidate commences the test and starts to cough continuously or becomes unwell, the test will be stopped.
  • If a candidate commits a serious or dangerous fault (or makes 16 driving faults) that would result in a fail, they will be directed back to the Driving Test Centre. Test conditions continue until they return to the centre, where the test will be ended and a debrief offered.
  • We have been informed that candidate participation in the NHS Test & Trace initiative is a requirement for taking a practical driving test.
  • The examiner will ask the candidate; ‘Can you confirm that you are taking part in the Government test and trace or similar national initiative and that you are happy for your details to be passed to the relevant tracing authority if needed for Covid-19 tracing purposes.
  • Candidates will be unable to take part in a practical driving test without signing up for the Test and Trace App
  • It is likely that your instructor may not be able to accompany you on the test.
  • We have been advised that toilets will not be available at Test Centres unless you are pregnant.
  • If you make a mistake on the driving test you will be allowed to carry on but if you have a serious or dangerous fault (which means a fail) you will be directed back to the test centre where the test will end. *

This is a link to the government website that gives you the full details regarding booking your driving test.

*Please note that our car has been booked out for a 3-hour test slot and should the test end early, we will be unable to refund any money under this latest rule.

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