BRITS eager to get behind the wheel and learn to drive were left feeling frustrated when lessons were halted during the third lockdown.
But learner drivers will soon be able to take to the roads and complete those all important tests as coronavirus restrictions ease.
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Many Brits are wondering when they will be able to resume their driving lessonsCredit: Getty – Contributor
When can driving lessons resume?
Driving lessons and tests were not able able to go ahead during a lockdown in England, and theory tests were also banned, leaving thousands of learners in the lurch.
Brits have only been able to brush up on their driving skills with members of their household or support bubble.
But those chomping at the bit to get on the road again will be pleased to know driving lessons will definitely resume on Monday, April 12, which the government confirmed as part of its next step out of lockdown.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has said Boris Johnson’s plan of action will see lessons and some tests return on April 12 in England and Wales.
This includes driving lessons with instructors, all theory tests, motorcycle tests, lorry lessons and tests, car and trailer tests, and minibus lessons and tests.
Driving tests and instructor qualifying tests will then resume on April 22.
Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests are banned in EnglandCredit: Getty – Contributor
Am I eligible for a refund if I have a test or lessons booked?
You are eligible for a refund if you have a driving test booked before they are to resume.
To cancel your test and get a refund, you will have to email [email protected]
Alternatively, it will be re-booked for a new date, according to gov.uk
It has not been made clear if you can get a refund for lessons that you have already pre-booked, but you should contact your instructor.
How did social distancing work?
Instructors were urged to “thoroughly” clean vehicles before and after lessons and also pay “particular attention to areas of the car that are touch points” such as door handles.
Face coverings will have to be worn by instructors and learners.
Vehicles must also have at least one window open on each side and both parties are urged to wear “suitable clothing for the weather”.
Test centres will have to make sure they are Covid-secure before opening up again to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, and some will remain closed where social distancing is not possible.
Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will set their own rules regarding driving lessons.
Social distancing is difficult to implement in a car as both the instructor and learner have to be in close proximity.
Many instructors started taking contactless payments only, as it has been proven that the virus can be transferred via cash.