(last updated 29/06/2020).
I hope this message finds you all well. On the 24th of June Jacob Rees-Mogg MP announced that driving instructors are allowed to restart teaching from the 4th of July. This is all the news we have been waiting for! The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) also announced later on that day that driving tests will also recommence on the 22nd of July, so what does that mean for you?
From today (26th June 2020) APass4U will be accepting new learner drivers for driving lessons in a manual or automatic vehicle which will be arranged by our fully qualified driving instructors with you direct. You can see all of our driving lesson prices at https://www.apass4u.co.uk/driving-lessons/
Intensive Driving Courses
Intensive courses can be requested but due to the DVSA not allowing tests to be booked at this present time, we would not be able to allocate dates. As a business customer of the DVSA, we have been advised by the DVSA that we will be able to get earlier test than the general public and/or small driving schools so will be able to get earlier tests.
You can see our intensive courses at https://www.apass4u.co.uk/intensive-driving-courses/
If you are unsure what course would be best for you please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Services Team on 03458 121 007 or you may wish to consider a 2-hour assessment lesson which costs just £50.00.
At this present time, the DVSA have removed their facility for anyone to book a driving test unless you are a Key Worker which has a different process. This has been done so that they can prioritise anyone who had a driving test booked during the initial period of the Coronavirus. They will be asking each individual or A Pass 4 U if part of an intensive driving course to rebook tests in batches but as yet this process has not started yet. The reintroduction of driving tests is likely to be in a staggered manner as not all DVSA examiners will be returning to work straight away due to shielding etc and a new protocol for attending tests will be introduced until a safe way to take driving tests is found, this has yet to be announced by the DVSA.
If you are a Keyworker you may be able to apply for an emergency driving test at the normal cost of £62.00. A Keyworker is classed as someone who works in one of the following roles:
- Health & Social Care
- Education & Childcare
- Key Public Services
- Local & National Government
- Food & other necessary goods
- Public Safety & National Security
- Utilities, Communication & Financial Services
You may find however that the DVSA do not consider your role as critical and may refuse to book a test for you. The DVSA are working on each individual case as a Keyworker applies for a practical driving test more details on this can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision#health-and-social-care. If you do wish to book a test you can apply at https://www.gov.uk/apply-emergency-driving-test but please ensure you have the following information to hand:
- UK Driving Licence No.
- Theory Certificate No.
- Full Name
- Home Address (inc postcode)
- Proof of your working role which can be a copy of your id badge, a letter from your employer or an email from your employer confirming your role (this can only be uploaded as a JPEG file).
**Please note until the 4th of July you can only take driver training if you are a Keyworker and have a practical driving test booked**
At the moment the all theory tests up to and including the 3rd of June 2020 have been suspended and at this present time, you are unable to book a theory test unless you are a Keyworker.
If you are a Key Worker you can get an emergency theory test. To book a Keyworker theory test you will need to confirm all of the details as you would with a practical test and can do this through using this link https://www.gov.uk/apply-emergency-theory-test.
Should you need any advice on studying for your theory test please do not hesitate to contact us on 03458 121 007.
Taking Driving Lessons
As always yours and our driving instructor’s health is the most important thing and to help you stay safe whilst driving, we have bought in some new measures:
- Our learner vehicles are cleaned with antibacterial fluids after every driving lesson.
- Hand sanitiser is available in every vehicle.
- Before each lesson/day please have a discussion with your driving instructor to discuss whether masks and gloves are required.
- If you are unwell in any way please contact your driving instructor and/or driving school to make them aware and your lesson will be rebooked for a different date.
Before and after your driving lesson the DVSA have suggested that you wash your hands to help stop the spread of the Corona Virus.
We are aware that learner drivers do have different views and requirements and should you have a specific request please do not hesitate to ask.
Please keep yourself safe
A M Mihill
A Pass 4 U Driving School