Driving instructors in England prepare to return to work!
Check out the latest guidelines and operating procedures from the DVSA & NASP
As many driving instructors in Scotland & Wales await a date to resume lessons, driving instructors in England (except in Leicester) are going to be hitting the road Saturday the 4th of July.
It’s a much needed shot in the arm for the industry and hopefully, we can return to a new normal, whilst all staying safe and protected from Coronavirus.
The ADINJC, have been doing a great job sharing the latest updates from NASP and the DVSA in regards to the new processes the DVSA have put in place and what driving instructors should be doing to protect themselves and their learners.
What are the DVSA doing?
As with many other industries face masks will become the norm for both examiners and candidates. Extra time will be allocated to each test, to allow additional procedures to happen. Examiners will also be wearing gloves.
Examiners will also be checking each car pre-test to ensure it’s recently been cleaned and will be using anti-bacterial wipes to clean any touchpoints they may come into contact with before conducting the test.
What should driving instructors be doing?
NASP appreciates the huge impact on the business of driver and rider trainers due to Coronavirus (COVID 19). Primarily we encourage you to follow all Government and Health and Safety advice. As we start to go back to work the priority must be the health of your clients, yourself and the population at large.
NASP have pulled together some really good points to cover off both before you take someone on a lesson and some additional procedures you may want to put in place to stay safe. PPE has been a hot topic of conversation and NASP guidelines have given some steer on this also.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
• It is essential you have hand sanitiser and wash your hands as frequently as you can.
• Antibacterial wipes or spray (check they also say virus) should be used to clean down the car
between lessons. Household disinfectant can also be used.
• Public Health England (PHE) household guidance on the disposal of waste that could be
infected with COVID-19 states that you must securely store the PPE waste in disposal rubbish bags.
You must place these bags in another bag. You must tie this bag securely and keep it separate from other waste. This waste must be set aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the usual external household bin for non-recyclable waste.