COVID-19 DVSA TESTS POST LOCK DOWN

TIMESCALE

  • 4th July Theory test resumes service at all test centres in England.

  • Phase 1: 6th -21st July 6th July all examiners that are able (subject to health and caring considerations) return to work to deliver emergency tests to critical workers and increasing critical worker tests across all categories.

    • DVSA are transferring all test booked between now and September to ‘on hold’.

    • Week commencing 13th July DVSA begin emailing ‘on hold’ candidates in batches, to avoid strain on the system, who will have priority to book a new test slot before opening up the booking system to the general public.

    • Candidate need to discuss with their instructor before booking a new test slot.

    • When you book your test, you’ll need to say if there’s a good reason you cannot wear a face covering when you take your test.

  • Phase 2: 22nd July onwards resume car practical driving tests for those candidates with a rescheduled booking

    • Note: Focus is ‘on hold’ candidates who have priority to book slots. The public booking system will remain closed until current candidates are rescheduled.

  • Phase 3: Date to be confirmed: Reopen public booking system.

 

THEORY TESTS

 

 

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 are 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:#

  • 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.

  • Wherever possible open driver and passenger side windows to ensure adequate ventilation.

  • 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 will not be open in exceptional circumstances for those with a disability, medical condition or pregnancy.

    • 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.

  • Candidate participation in the NHS Test & Trace initiative (see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI17-GsbGx6gIVVeDtCh2sZAziEAAYASAAEgKes_D_BwE and Page 4 below) is a mandatory requirement for taking a practical test.

    • The examiner will ask the candidate “Can you confirm that you are taking part in the Government test and trace or similar national initiative and that you are happy for your details to be passed to the relevant tracing authority if needed for Covid-19 tracing purposes?”

    • Should the candidate not be taking part in the test and trace initiative the test cannot go ahead.

  • 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 may ask the candidate to open their window, as well as their window being opened, at the start of the test to ensure adequate ventilation.

  • 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.  

 

A dedicated page will be published on gov.uk and signposted in the candidates test confirmation email, providing guidance for candidates and instructors on what to expect when they attend theory tests and driving tests, which will summarise booking their test, social distancing measures, mandatory requirements (such as wearing a face covering) and not to attend if they have symptoms or self-isolating. This page also assures candidates that they can reschedule or cancel free of charge, even at short notice (within 3 days or on the day of the test).

 

NHS TEST & TRACE

(see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI17-GsbGx6gIVVeDtCh2sZAziEAAYASAAEgKes_D_BwE)

  • Anyone can get a free "antigen" or "swab" test to check if they have the virus:

    • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste);

    • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms;

    • for yourself, if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery.

  • You can get 1 test for each person with symptoms or one for yourself if your hospital tells you that you need it.

  • You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. If you do not have symptoms, you can only get a test if your hospital has told you to.

  • If you had a test because you had symptoms, you and anyone you live with or in your "support bubble" must stay at home until you get your result.

  • You can apply online and there are 2 ways of getting a test. You can:

    • book an appointment at a drive-through or walk-through test site

    • ask for a home test kit – this will be delivered to your home

      If you get a home test kit, you will need to do the test and return the kit in the next 48    hours. You will be told how to

      do this.

  • You'll get a text or email when your result is ready. If you went to a test site for your test, it can take up to 48 hours to get your result. It may take up to 72 hours for a home test. There are 3 types of result you can get:

    • Negative - You do not need to self-isolate as long as everyone you live with or in your "support Bubble" who has symptoms tests negative, you were not told to self-isolate for 14 days by NHS Test and Trace and you feel well. 

    • Positive - You had coronavirus when the test was done and you must self-isolate. If you had a test because you had symptoms, keep self-isolating for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you had a test but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 7 days from when you had the test. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating. In England, you'll get an email, text or call from the NHS Test and Trace service if you test positive after having symptoms and you'll be asked where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with.

    • Unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive - it's not possible to say if you had coronavirus when the test was done. Get another coronavirus test as soon as possible if this happens. If you had a test because you had symptoms, you must keep self-isolating and have another test within 5 days of your symptoms starting. If you’re not able to have another test in time, you must self-isolate for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 14 days. Read more about how long to self-isolate. If you had a test but have not had any symptoms, you, people you live with, and anyone in your support bubble  do not need to self-isolate while you wait to get another test.

  • If you test Positive you’ll be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service for coronavirus by email, text or phone and be asked where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with. You'll be asked to sign in to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing website at https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk and, confidentially (nobody who's contacted will be given your identity), enter your name, date of birth and postcode; if you live with other people; any places you've been recently, such as a workplace or school; names and contact details of any people you were in close contact with (closer than 2 metres and for at least 15 minutes) in the 48 hours before your symptoms started (if you know these details). If you cannot use the contact tracing website, you'll be asked for this information over the phone. Anyone you've been in close contact with will be told to stay at home for 14 days. 

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