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Driving Lessons Resume in Scotland

Posted 21/4/2021

Restarting driving lessons and tests in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced that from 26 April, all of Scotland will be placed in local protection Level 3.

This means driver, rider and vocational lessons and tests will restart in line with the indicative dates we previously shared with you.

Driving lessons can resume on 26 April and driving tests 10 days later on 6 May to give your candidates time to have refresher practice ahead of their test.

Test ready

We'll email candidates with car practical tests booked from the 6 May to let them know their tests will go ahead.

If you have booked a test for any of your pupils from this date, please can you reassure them that their tests will go ahead as planned.

Restarting lessons 10 days ahead of tests will give you the chance to provide your pupils with professional refresher training before they take their test. We know many of you wanted the opportunity to carry out lessons and training before we restart driving tests and we agree with this, so do the National Association of Strategic Partnerships (NASP).

Instructor tests

We will restart instructor testing, ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks from 6 May. If your part 2 or 3 test or standards check is on hold, we will contact you to arrange a new time and date as soon as we are able to.

Face coverings on driving lessons

In Scotland, by law, you and your pupils must wear a face covering during driving lessons unless you have a good reason not to. Your pupils need to let you know before their lesson if they cannot wear a face covering or you can be fined.

Face coverings on driving tests

Your pupils must bring and wear a face covering for their practical test, unless they have a good reason not to. If they refuse to wear a face covering they will not be able to take their test. If they do have a good reason, they need to tell us when they book their test.

Face coverings on theory tests

Your pupils must bring and wear a face covering for their theory test, unless they have a good reason not to. They need to say if they have a good reason not to wear a face covering when they book their test.

If they already have a theory test booked and have a good reason not to wear a face covering they need to call Pearson VUE on 0300 200 1122.

Theory tests

Theory tests will restart in Scotland on 26 April 2021. We'll email all candidates with theory tests booked from this date to confirm that their test will go ahead.

Fleet tests

Fleet training and testing will also restart on 26 April.

England and Wales

Car driving tests restarted on 22 April in England and Wales, 10 days after lessons restarted on 12 April.

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