In England and Wales, a limited emergency driving test service is available for some people who need to drive as part of their job and respond to ‘threats to life’ as part of their job. Only eligible employers can apply for these.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - DRIVING TESTS
WHEN DRIVING TESTS ARE RESTARTING
Car driving tests will restart in England on Wednesday 26 April 2021 with social distancing and safety precautions in place.
WHEN YOU COME FOR YOUR DRIVING TEST
Do not arrive for your driving test more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.
The driving test centre waiting room and toilets may be closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, even if waiting room is closed the toilet is available on request.
KEEPING YOU SAFE WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR TEST
DVSA has introduced social distancing measures and safety precautions.
driving examiners wearing face coverings - they might also choose to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers
limiting the number of people arriving for a driving test at the same time
not allowing your driving instructor or supervising driver to sit in the back during your test
the examiner will do an additional clean of some surfaces.
the car you use for your test must have at least one window open on each side throughout the test. Any combination of windows can be opened - for example, one from the front and one from the back. Wear clothing suitable for the weather.
WEARING A FACE COVERING
You must bring and wear a face covering when you come for your test, unless you have a good reason not to. This includes if:
you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
you need to remove it during your test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
you need to say if you have a good reason not to wear a face covering when you arrange your test.
Your test will be cancelled if you come for your test without a face covering and you did not declare you could not wear one when you arranged your test.
You will need to remove your face covering briefly so your driving examiner can check your ID.
DURING YOUR TEST
If you have a problem with your face covering during the test, your driving examiner will ask you to stop so you can adjust it. Your driving examiner will end the test early if it becomes a safety issue.
IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE
You can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test.
If you make a serious or dangerous fault, which means you’ve failed, your driving examiner will direct you back to the driving test centre, where the test will end. This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.
AT THE END OF YOUR TEST
Your driving examiner will will ask if you want your instructor to come over to listen to the feedback, but only if social distancing can be maintained.
WHEN YOU MUST NOT COME FOR YOUR TEST
Do not go to your driving test if:
you or someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms
you’ve been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you’ve been in contact with a person who has COVID-19
you’re self-isolating because you recently entered the UK
Change your test appointment or cancel your test if you’re not able to go.