Driving test centre waiting rooms during coronavirus
Following the successful reopening of 121 waiting rooms across Great Britain the DVSA will be opening a further 75 waiting rooms between Friday 18 December and Tuesday 29 December.
The full list of waiting rooms and their status is available on GOV.UK.
National restrictions and local lockdowns
The availability of DVSA waiting rooms will be kept under review in line with any further national or local restrictions.
Waiting room guidance
DVSA have published waiting room guidance on GOV.UK that explains rules for using them.
The number of people allowed in each waiting room will depend on its size and the maximum number will be shown on a sign on the door.
When using a waiting room you’ll need to:
• Wear a face covering unless you have a good reason not to
• Scan QR code or sign in
• Use hand sanitiser
• Wipe anything you touch before and after
• Put used wipes in the bin
• Keep at least 1m plus away from others in England or 2m in Scotland and Wales
• Do not eat or drink in the waiting room
• Email: email@example.com if you have feedback about using any of the waiting rooms
If your local waiting room has not been opened
The DVSA understand that you may be disappointed if your local test centre waiting room remains closed. The safety of customers and staff is top priority. They are working to safely open up other waiting rooms around the country. They’ll continue to work with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the trade associations and update you again when more of our waiting rooms can be made available safely.
Update on driver and rider services
On 17 December the Government announced which areas will change tier from 19 December. You can find a full list of which areas are in which tier on GOV.UK.
All practical driving, riding and instructor tests and theory tests can continue in all tiers but with additional safety measures for some tests in tier 3 areas.
Additional safety measures are in place for car and vocational testing in tier 3 areas. These are:
• reducing the number of car practical tests our examiners carry out per day from 6 to 5
• anyone who has a car or vocational practical test booked in a tier 3 area who is exempt from wearing a face covering may have to delay their test until the area moves out of tier 3. We will reschedule their test if we cannot find a volunteer driving examiner to conduct their test without them wearing a face covering
When areas come out of tier 3, the number of car tests will go back to 6 per day per examiner.
What this means to you and your pupils
The DVSA will be emailing everyone in a tier 3 area who has a test booked to let them know about the additional measures.
They will also contact everyone with a test in an area coming out of tier 3 to reassure them that their test will go ahead as planned.
Driving and riding lessons and driver CPC
Driving, motorcycle and vocational lessons can continue in all tiers.
Driver CPC training can continue in all tiers. We would encourage candidates to consider accessing the training remotely or in a social distanced classroom, however where this is not practical in-cab driver CPC training is permissible in all tiers.
Check GOV.UK for the latest about:
• theory tests
• driving tests
• instructor guidance
The NJC continues to be dedicated to help you in these challenging times and we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. Please feel free to contact them for help and support.
ADINJC’s helpline is 0800 8202 444
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