People will be able to take driving lessons and tests again from July in England, it has been confirmed.
Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg told MPs earlier that plans are currently being set out to help driving instructors return to a life ‘as close to normal as possible’.
Driving lessons and theory tests will be possible from July 4, while people can take their practical test from July 22.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘Driving lessons and tests are vital in helping people get to work and visit loved ones, and provide the skills for a lifetime of safe driving.
‘As the country recovers from COVID-19 we can now open-up our services to help get the country moving again and I am very pleased to announce the restart of driving tests and lessons in a COVID-secure way.’
During Business Questions in the Commons today, Conservative MP Greg Smith had asked the Government to ensure guidance is given to allow driving instructors to get back to work.
Mr Smith said: ‘Whilst it’s right that the economy is opened cautiously and following the science, can I ask (Mr Rees-Mogg) to ensure statements are made to this House to give the thousands of driving instructors in this country the guidance they need so that they know when they’ll be able to reopen and get fully back to work?”
Mr Rees-Mogg responded: ‘Driving instructors are one of the unseen engines of the country. They train future generations of drivers and I hope they can resume their important work safely as soon as possible.
‘The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVLA) chief executive (Gareth Llewellyn) will be writing to all approved driving instructors on June 25 setting out plans to restart driver testing and to help them to return to life that is as close to normal as possible, as quickly and as fairly as possible, in a way that avoids a second peak of infections.
‘From July 4, 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 practise before taking a test.’
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