Relief for learners as driving tests resume
First car tests start today following suspension because of COVID-19
Car driving tests have restarted in England after being suspended since 20 March because of coronavirus.
The first driving tests are being taken today – 22 July. They will restart in Wales on 17 August, but are still suspended in Scotland, Northern Ireland and in areas under local lockdown. Theory tests have restarted in England and Scotland and will restart in Wales on 3 August.
Currently, driving tests are only for people who had their test cancelled because of coronavirus.
Driving lessons and motorcycle training were allowed to resume in England on 4 July with social distancing measures in place. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) said this would give learner drivers time to have refresher lessons and practice before taking their test.
Jobs at stake
The suspension of driving tests has had a big impact on learners, for whom driving isn’t just a matter of convenience.
Dan Hutson, head of motor insurance, comparethemarket.com said: “The restarting of driving tests today will be welcome news to those who have had to bear the frustration of delaying their tests due to the pandemic. For many, passing a driving test is about more than just getting around town, as cars are essential to secure and maintain some jobs. Our research found that over half (56%) of young people actively trying to pass their test during the pandemic said that not being able to progress with their test would negatively impact their chances of securing employment.
“However, a number of drivers, whether they have passed or not, are worried about their recent lack of practice. One in three drivers are nervous about the driving ability of their fellow road users after a period of absence off the road. It is essential that people feel confident in their own abilities before properly returning to the road.”