COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the learning to drive industry.
All driving lessons have ground to a halt except for those driving instructors who are teaching key workers.  Please see link to the government’s page on Keyworkers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.

As most driving instructors their whole income has stopped abruptly, the government have now stepped in to help with some self employed income.

The stoppage is expected to last for at least 3 months (minimum), there is a fear that a lot of driving instructors will not come back to teach when this is all over.

List of events

  • March 22nd was when all driving lessons stopped

On this day all driving lessons stopped by order of the government, as it is impossible to teach someone to drive in a car and still be 2 meters apart. The DVSA have started re-booking theory tests for 4 weeks ahead, these theory tests may need to be moved again.

  • March 23rd

The DVSA have started to re-book practical driving tests for the end of June onwards at most driving test centres.
They have also closed down their website to stop anyone from amending their practical test or booking in a new driving test.
The DVSA website is expected to re-open soon for new bookings.

COVID-19 Theory Test Centres

COVID-19 Practical Test Centres

DVSA Online Booking Closed/Suspended

Instructors Car Hire Update

Courses On Hold

Theory Test Booking Updates

Key Worker Updates

Practical Test Dates

Theory Test updates & Key workers

Practical Test updates & Key workers

Existing Pupils Theory Test Rebooking

Updates to emergency Driving Test

Conclusion

Most driving instructors are in their 50’s and 60’s (even in their 70′) and they are in a fear that many will not return to teaching which is expected to start again in late June. In the longer term driving lessons are expected to get more expensive as there will be more people learning but fewer driving instructors to teach them.

 

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