For learner drivers in England, the anxious wait for driving lessons to re-start may soon be over. Today, the Government has announced that driving lessons and Theory tests can resume from 4th July 2020 and car driving tests will re-start from 22nd July.
There’s limited information at this stage as to how it will work, so we don’t recommend contacting your driving instructor to get booked in just yet! The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will be writing to driving instructors shortly to set out plans to restart driving tests and resume lessons safely.
House of Commons Leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has said:
“From the 4 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.”
For many learner drivers, their driving journey has been on hold since lessons and driving tests were suspended for everyone, except critical works, who have had the opportunity to continue lessons and apply for emergency driving tests.
Here at Marmalade, we’re delighted to hear that learner drivers will soon be able to get back in the driving seat with their instructor and look forward to hearing the new measures that will be in place to keep both pupils and instructors safe, whilst allowing life to get a step closer to normal. Why not bookmark our Learning to Drive in a Pandemic – your questions answered blog, which we regularly update with new developments as they are announced!
If you’re a learner driver, you’re bound to be excited about lessons starting again (if a little nervous), your instructor will soon be receiving advice about how lessons can resume. We recommend bearing with your instructor whilst they make appropriate arrangements. We’re sure they’ll be in touch as soon as they are ready to start lessons again!
Crispin Moger, CEO of Marmalade, and father of young driver, Ella (18), shares his advice:
“We would urge learner drivers and their parents to be patient and understanding with their driving instructors when lessons resume, while remaining considerate of fellow learners. The demand is going to be huge, so driving lessons may be spread further apart – in these instances we would encourage families to work with the learner driver and the driving instructor to facilitate private practice where they can between lessons.”
There’s still no guidance as to when driving lessons will resume in the rest of the UK. In the meantime, learner drivers can continue with private driving practice in a friend’s or family member’s car with Marmalade’s Learner Driver Insurance – which will also be handy to continue practising driving skills alongside lessons when they resume.
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