With the Government recently announcing a further lock down, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have announced that all driving tests are to be cancelled until the lockdown is lifted which is to be reviewed on the 15th of February. The DVSA has also advised that no driver training can take place in this period and all theory tests will also be cancelled.
At this present time, the DVSA have emailed their intention to cancel all tests up to the end of January and in the following few days/weeks will be reallocating new test dates for this first period. We expect to receive further cancellations once the DVSA are in a position to manage them. The DVSA will be working through these in date order and will email all new dates direct to the person/organisation that booked the test, please ensure you check your emails regularly for an update including your “Spam” filter. Once you know the new date please liaise with your driving instructor to ensure they can attend on your test date.
Please be rest assured that all of your monies paid are safe and your training/test will be honoured. Unlike previous times the Government have banned private practice even if it is with a member of your own household and if stopped you may be fined. This is of course unless it is for one of the specific reasons allowed. You can find a set of the rules for learning to drive on the following guidance here.
Should you have any questions please initially email our team at:
or call our customer services team on 01621 855870.
Getting back on the road after lockdown
To keep everyone safe, Supreme have put in place the following safeguarding measures:
Our instructors use the NHS Covid App
Before we collect pupils
- Before an Instructor leaves to collect a pupil for a lesson they will call or text and check if they have had any symptoms of the virus within the last 7 days.
- Ask if they have been in contact with anyone that is showing symptoms or has been doing so within the last 14 days
- Remind them to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, immediately before leaving the house for their lesson.
- Arrange to meet by the vehicle not at their front door.
- When an Instructor arrives to collect a pupil they will again assess whether they are well enough to start the lesson. Instructors will not let pupils get into the car straight away but have a conversation with them at least 2 metres away and ask questions to determine if they have any symptoms.
- Instructors need to be 100% happy with the pupils wellbeing and if they are not, they won’t start the lesson but will explain they need to cancel until the pupil is fully fit.
- Instructors will check that the pupil has washed their hands or provide hand sanitiser for them. If the pupil wants to wear disposable gloves they have to be unused and put on in front of the instructor.
- Instructors and pupils are required to wear masks inside the vehicle, unless they are medically exempt.
- Instructors will explain that they have also just cleaned their hands with hand sanitizer, or soap and water where possible and that both of you should avoid touching your face and hands.
- Instructors will not shake pupils hands or share visual aids, pens etc and will minimise contact with pupils for safety.
- The instructors will let the pupil know they have sanitised the car after every lesson and asks the pupil to wipe everything that they could touch before the start of the lesson.
- Instructors will explain that the windows will be open as much as possible during the lesson to allow for ventilation, and ask pupils to wrap up warm as it might be cooler in the car.
- Instructors will avoid using the air conditioning if possible, however, if it is used they will not set it to recirculate.
- Before the pupil gets out of the car the instructor and pupil will wipe everything down.