Driving lessons and tests permitted in tiers 1, 2 and 3

Driver training and testing can continue in tiers 1, 2 and 3 in England but not in tier 4.

With the news that Greater London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire have moved into tier 3, DVSA has reiterated that driver testing and training can continue in tiers one, two and three in England.

Additional safety measures are in place for car and vocational testing in tier 3 areas. These are:

  • Reducing the number of car practical tests examiners carry out per day from six to five in tier 3 areas
  • 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. DVSA will reschedule their test if it 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 six per day per examiner.

DVSA will email everyone in Greater London and affected areas in Essex and Hertfordshire who has a test booked to let them know about the additional measures.

Driving, motorcycle and vocational lessons can continue in all tiers.

Driver CPC training can continue in all tiers. DVSA encourages 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.

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