DVLA explain the practical driving test
The DVSA has also confirmed theory tests have also been suspended until all the current measures are lifted. The DVSA confirmed candidates who have been affected by the lockdown will be emailed as soon as possible.
Instructors will then receive an email with the new date and time for a test as soon as possible but pupils have been asked to be patient.
A spokesperson for the DVSA warned: “All driving and riding tests have been suspended from 5 January until the restrictions are lifted.
“We’ll email candidates who are affected by this to let them know we will reschedule their test.
“Driving and riding lessons must also not take place until the restrictions are lifted.”
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The announcement was met with frustration by learner drivers who have battled cancellations since the pandemic first began in March 2020.
One driver vented his anger online after revealing he has paid hundreds of periods in lessons only to have their test cancelled.
Another road user revealed they have had their test cancelled five times over the past year as a result of continued cancellations.
One young driver said their theory test would expire before they were allowed to take their driving test which has been a major concern for many learners.
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The government has failed to extend theory tests at any stage forcing many to retake this before sitting an exam.
The government said they have not extended theory tests because their road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills need to be up to date before taking a test.
Angry road users have started a petition to extend theory certificated due to expire in 2020 and 2021 for a further 12 months.
So far, just over 3,000 people have signed the petition with 10,000 needed for a government response.
RED Driving School has confirmed driving lessons would end with immediate effect during the new lockdown.
In a simple statement online, they said: “The safety of our customers, staff and driving instructors is paramount.
“Following DVSA advice we have suspended learner driving lessons during the current national lockdown.”
Bill Plant Driving School has also confirmed lessons will no longer take place for its customers.
However, they will continue taking enquiries for lessons and will simply schedule these when it is safe.
A statement said: “Based upon the restrictions imposed, and those already in place, driving lessons and tests will be postponed across all areas of England, Scotland & Wales.
“For those currently taking Driving Lessons with Bill Plant Driving School, your local Driving Instructor will be in touch shortly to postpone your next lesson and will contact you again in the future to recommence.”
The current lockdown restrictions are expected to last until the middle of February.
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