COVID-19 DVSA TESTS POST LOCK DOWN

THEORY TESTS

  • You must not come for your theory test, you can change it free of charge including at short notice (i.e. within 3 clear working days of the test day) if self-isolating, if:

    • you or someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms

    • you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app

    • you’re quarantining because you recently entered the UK

  • Social distancing measures to help minimise any risks include:

    • Tape on floors, workstations and chairs to keep candidates two metres apart;

    • Extra cleaning of the test centres and commonly used devices;

    • Protective transparent screens at admission desks;

    • Providing candidates with hand sanitiser at the test centre;

    • Cleaning workstations before each test;

    • Candidates will be encouraged to wear a face covering but will need to remove it briefly to verify their ID;

    • Staff will wear face coverings and gloves, unless for a medical reason.

 

DRIVING TEST CENTRES & TIMES

 

  • To enable social distancing and additional precautions, extra time is allowed for tests and test times may be different to before – please check carefully.

  • DVSA may be unable to reopen all test centres and will share a list of all the affected test centres separately.

 

PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST PROCEDURE

 

  • You must not come for your practical driving test, you can change it free of charge including at short notice (i.e. within 3 clear working days of the test day) if self-isolating, if:

    • you or someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms

    • you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app

    • you’re quarantining because you recently entered the UK

  • Candidates must bring and wear a face covering.

    • A face covering is a mandatory requirement, unless the candidate states a good reason not to when booking the test including physical or mental illness, impairment or disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering or putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress. This will be outlined further on gov.uk. Driving Examiners will be carefully allocated to support those with exceptions.

    • The test will be cancelled if the candidate refuses to wear a face covering and did not give a reason at the time of booking.

    • The examiner may ask the candidate to temporarily remove their face covering so their identity can be confirmed.

    • If the candidates does not have a face covering the examiner can provide one and it must be worn for the duration of the test.

    • If the candidate has a problem with their face covering during the test, the examiner will ask you to stop so you can adjust it. The examiner will terminate the test early if it becomes a safety issue.

    • Candidates can remove the face covering during the test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others.

    • The face covering must be retained by the candidate and not left on site.

  • Do not to arrive more than 5 minutes early.

  • At least one window must be open on each side of the vehicle to ensure adequate ventilation. This can be any combination (e.g. one in the front and one in the rear).

  • Instructors must clean parts of the car which may be touched - steering wheel & stalks, gear knob, handbrake handle, interior & exterior door handles, electric window & mirror controls, heater controls & vents, sat nav, interior mirror housing, car key, seat & head restraints, seat belt & its connections, seat adjustment controls, audio controls, any training materials used.

  • Instructors and clients must clean hands with sanitiser or soap and water where possible.

  • Test centre waiting rooms and toilets may not be open although access to toilets is available on request and Chippenham DTC waiting room and toilets are open as at April 2021.

    • Accompanying drivers need to be prepared to wait outside during the test as they will not be allowed to accompany the test and maybe the debrief.

  • Examiners will wash their hands before and after each test.

  • Examiners will wear a face covering and maybe gloves throughout the test.

    • The examiner will avoid touching the face covering, but if they do they may wash their hands with soap and water, if at the test centre, or hand sanitiser whilst on test.

  • Examiners must wear suitable clothing providing as much covering as reasonable but short sleeved shirts can be worn.

  • The examiner will meet and greet the candidate in the car park.

  • Do not shake hands.

  • The examiner will provide the candidate with an insurance and residency declaration form and a pen, if they don’t have their own, and undertake the usual identity check.

    • The candidate must read the insurance and residency declaration form, tick the boxes if they agree with the statements and sign it

    • Without handling the licence the examiner will compare the signature on the form to the the licence and carry out a UV check without physically handling the licence.

    • The candidate must keep the insurance and residency declaration form.

  • Where the candidate wishes the email address to be changed, they should write the new email address on a separate piece of paper.

    • The examiner will not let the candidate touch the iPad, stylus or any paper test report form.

  • If the candidate comes to the test with clear coronavirus symptoms the test will not go ahead.

  • The examiner must be satisfied the vehicle has been recently cleaned.

  • Before entering the car, the examiner may fit a disposable seat cover to their seat.

  • The examiner should use an anti-viral wipe to clean the passenger touch points.

  • If the candidate becomes unwell or starts to cough continuously during the test, the test will be stopped.

  • Where candidates present for test wearing glasses and a face covering and issues arise with glasses fogging up on test, the examiner should offer advice and guidance to help resolve the problem.

    • The examiner will terminate the test early if it becomes a safety issue.

  • If a candidate commits a serious or dangerous fault (or 16 driving faults) resulting in a fail, they will be directed back to the Driving Test Centre.

    • Test conditions continue until they return to the centre.

  • At the end of the test, to minimise time in the car, the examiner will ask the candidate to get out of the car before giving the test result feedback and ask if they want their accompanying driver/instructor to come over to listen if safe.

  • In the event of a pass the examiner will take the candidate’s licence in the usual way, ensuring it’s only handled with gloves on.

  • Instructors must clean parts of the car which may be touched - steering wheel & stalks, gear knob, handbrake handle, interior & exterior door handles, electric window & mirror controls, heater controls & vents, sat nav, interior mirror housing, car key, seat & head restraints, seat belt & its connections, seat adjustment controls, audio controls, any training materials used.

  • Instructors and clients must clean hands with sanitiser or soap and water where possible.  

 

TAKE A RAPID LATERAL FLOW TEST BEFORE YOUR DRIVING TEST

  • It’s best to take a rapid lateral flow test before your driving test if you do not have Covid-19 symptoms. Click Here to learn more including what to do if you test positive.