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
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.