Leader of the House announces driver and rider training to resume from 4 July in England.
Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced in parliament that all driver and rider training can resume from 4 July.
He was responding to a question from Greg Smith, MP for Buckingham. Mr Rees-Mogg described driving instructors as the “unseen engines of the country” and said:
“From the 4th July I am happy to say that people will be able to take driving lessons on a motorcycle or in a car, lorry or bus and there will be a phased approach to resuming practical testing so learners have the opportunity to practice before taking a test.”
NASP will be briefed fully later today on plans to resume testing and a full announcement from DVSA is expected imminently.
The DVA in Northern Ireland has announced a phased return for driving tests and MOTs. We will update you with the position in Wales and Scotland as soon as the information is available.
To make it easier for drivers who need to update their photocard licence with a new photo at the end of the 10 years validity, photocard driving licences that expire between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020 will be automatically extended for 7 months from the expiry date.
Drivers do not need to take any action as the extension will be automatic and they will be sent a renewal reminder before their 7 month extension ends.
If a driver has already applied online to renew their photocard, this will be processed as normal. If they have already sent a paper application to renew their photocard there will be delays in processing, but the 7 month extension will apply in the meantime.
This extension applies to the photocard renewal date. It does not apply where a driver’s entitlement to drive is due to expire if they wish to continue to hold a valid licence – they need to renew this in the normal way.
All theory tests on Monday 1 June have been rescheduled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.Tests in Scotland and Wales will be rescheduled up to and including 21 June 2020, this is in line with government guidelines in the respective countries.We are preparing test centres for a safe return to testing for all candidates. Social distancing measures are being put in place. We will update you with a start date for England as soon as we are able.What DVSA are doingWe are emailing anyone with a test booked up to and including 21 June in Scotland and Wales to let them know it has been rescheduled. We are emailing candidates in England with a test booked on the 1 June to let them know it has been rescheduled.
COVID-19 update: theory test center locations for critical workers
To help critical workers get an emergency theory test at a location that is more suitable to them, we will be opening an additional 25 theory test centres across the UK.When applying for an emergency theory test online, candidates will be asked to select their ‘preferred’ test centre. Their theory test will then be booked at the nearest available centre if their preferred location is not available.Available theory test centre locationsCritical workers will now be able to take a theory test at:AberdeenEdinburghPlymouthBirminghamGlasgowPortsmouthBristolGuildfordSloughCambridgeIlfordSouthwarkCarlisleLeedsMile End AChelmsfordLiverpoolCardiffColchesterManchesterNewcastleEastbourneNorthampton DudleyNottingham The new locations have been chosen based on critical worker test demand. Next stepsTheory tests for anyone who is not a key worker have been cancelled up to and including 30 May 2020. We’re keeping the situation under constant review, in line with government guidance, and will provide further information on testing as soon as we can.