Driving instructors for the two schools will be supported through this period by a hardship fund which includes a suspension of their franchise fees for 4 weeks. In addition to this, instructors also have the opportunity to defer their franchise fees for up to 8 weeks.

Sarah Rees, managing director of AA Driving School and BSM, said: “We have taken this decision to ensure we are doing all we can to keep our instructors and their pupils safe, as well as contribute to the national efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“We know this is a worrying time for driving instructors and we have been speaking to the government to push for special measures to support ADIs through this period. We will be reviewing our support to them as the situation develops and will endeavour to do all we can to help them manage their business through this.”