10th Aug, 2020

Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England

Claire Bullivant 1st Jul, 2020 Updated: 1st Jul, 2020

Driving lessons and theory tests will restart on Saturday 4 July 2020 in England, and car driving tests will restart from Wednesday 22 July 2020.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that learners can resume driving lessons and motorcycle training in England from Saturday 4 July 2020.

The rule applies to all types of driver and motorcycle training in England, including private practice with someone you live with or in your support bubble.

Theory tests will restart in England on Saturday 4 July. The tests will take place with social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Car driving tests will restart in England on Wednesday 22 July, which will give learner drivers time to have refresher lessons and practice before taking their test.

Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests are still suspended in Scotland and Wales, in line with guidance from the devolved administrations. There are different dates for Northern Ireland.

DVSA will make further announcements about the resumption of testing, training and lessons, including publishing information on how services will be restarted safely, shortly.

When lessons and tests will restart

When services restart depends on what vehicle you’re learning to drive or ride.

Car :

Driving lessons – Saturday 4 July 2020

Theory tests – Saturday 4 July 2020

Driving tests – Wednesday 22 July 2020

Motorcycle and moped:

Motorcycle and moped compulsory basic training (CBT) – Saturday 4 July 2020

Motorcycle direct access scheme (DAS) training – Saturday 4 July 2020

Theory tests – Saturday 4 July 2020

Motorcycle and moped module 1 and module 2 tests – Monday 13 July 2020

Lorry, bus and coach:

Driver training – Saturday 4 July 2020

Theory tests – Saturday 4 July 2020

Driving tests – Monday 13 July 2020

Car and trailer:

Driver training – Saturday 4 July 2020

Driving tests – Monday 13 July 2020

Tractor and specialist vehicle:

Driver training – Saturday 4 July 2020

Driving tests – Monday 6 July 2020

Approved driving instructor (ADI):

Driving instructor training – Saturday 4 July 2020

ADI part 1 test (theory) – Saturday 4 July 2020

ADI part 2 test (driving ability) – Wednesday 22 July 2020

ADI part 3 test (instructional ability) – To be confirmed

ADI standards check – To be confirmed

Motorcycle trainer:

DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer theory test – Saturday 4 July 2020

Helping the country to get moving again

Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary says: “Driving lessons and tests are vital in helping people get to work and visit loved ones, and provide the skills for a lifetime of safe driving.

“As the country recovers from COVID-19 we can now open-up our services to help get the country moving again and I am very pleased to announce the restart of driving tests and lessons in a COVID-secure way.”

Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive adds: “It has been vital that lessons and tests only resume when safe to do so and in line with the government’s advice.

“We know this has been a tough time for the whole country including learners and driving instructors but I am pleased to announce the restart of lessons and tests in England.

“Tests for critical workers have continued during the lockdown and I would like to thank all those instructors and examiners who have continued to work to help deliver tests for those who have done so much to help us during this terrible pandemic.”

More information:

Theory tests

Coronavirus: theory tests (England)

Coronavirus: theory tests (Scotland and Wales)

Driving tests

Coronavirus: driving tests (England)

Coronavirus: driving tests (Scotland and Wales)

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