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Petition to extend Theory Test certificates

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Chloe Martell

May 20, 2020

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Learner drivers up and down the country and seeing the effects of COVID-19 on their driving journey. Driving lessons have stopped, private practice is not as frequent as they may like, and tests – both practical and theory have been postponed. But what happens to those learner drivers who had a driving test booked in this period and their Theory Test certificate is coming close to expiring?

Currently, there are no plans in place to help these learners. If the Theory Test certificate expires during this time, they will need to take it and pass it again before they can take their practical driving test. Currently, guidelines state that driving tests will resume on June 20th for anyone who was booked in before they were postponed.

On average there are over 400,000 driving tests taken every 3 months in the UK, a number of which are learner drivers who are close to expiring their Theory Test certificates. We don’t think it’s fair that many learner drivers will have to re-sit the Theory Test due to no fault of their own.

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Petition to increase Theory Test certificate

That’s why we’re petitioning for a 3-month extension once practical driving tests resume for those certificates that have expired, who had a test booked in the period of closure. This gives learners time to take their practical driving test with a valid Theory Test Certificate and also ensures that Theory Test centres aren’t overrun once they reopen, with new drivers wanting to get on the road and those who need to re-sit their test. 

The reason for the 2-year time limit on the Theory Test is to ensure the safety of all drivers, which is paramount. However, we believe a short 3-month extension to the theory test certificate is enough time to help drivers whose test has been suspended during this extraordinary time, but not too much time so that the things they’ve learned in their theory test are forgotten.

Whether you’re a learner driver who has had a driving test cancelled during the period, a parent of a learner who is dealing with this stress or someone who can sympathise with learner drivers going through this – we ask you to sign the petition and get behind this movement to extend the time on the Theory Test certificates for those learner drivers whose tests have been postponed due to COVID-19.

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By Chloe Martell

'As a new driver, I'm so eager to share my driving journey with you all - from when I was a learner, going through my test and all the aspects of my driving life now, including my love of cars!'  See more posts by Chloe

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