This page will be regularly updated.
Latest Update: 30th July 2020
Theory tests resumed on 22nd July 2020 in Scotland. Physical distancing measures mean that less theory tests are being conducted per day. We strongly advise that anyone needing to take the theory test get one booked as soon as possible - leaving it nearer the date you wish to take it may mean all the times have been taken.
The Scottish Government today announced that they expect that driving lessons could restart on 24th August 2020. This is subject to being no significant change in the spread of the virus in Scotland. Fingers crossed that people continue to adhere to guidelines and minimise the risk.
What we know about driving tests
There will be a phased approach to driving tests.
Customers who have had tests cancelled due to COVID-19 will be given priority to rebook their driving test. This priority will be given once so we will need to choose dates carefully to ensure that our customers will be ready for the driving test. Once a new date and time is booked, it cannot be changed, only cancelled - cancelling will put you to the back of the queue with others who do not have a test booked.
Where customers did not have a driving test booked, the booking system will only be opened once all existing tests have been rebooked or cancelled. To give you an idea of the numbers, apparently there are 280,000 tests to be rescheduled (thankfully not just in Aberdeen).
People keep talking about the "new normal" and this will be the case for driving tests. Examples that have been mentioned include:
Reduction in number of tests conducted per day by each examiner from 7 to 5.
Reduction in number of examiners available due to vulnerability to COVID-19, retirement etc.
No instructor or accompanying driver will be allowed to sit in the back of a test and potentially not be allowed to be present for the debrief at the end of the test.
No access to test centres, toilet facilities will be available on request. This will be fun for instructors in winter in Aberdeen when we have to wait outside for the duration of the test!
Tests finishing early if a serious or dangerous fault has been committed or if the number of driving faults reaches 16. This is to minimise unnecessary time spent in the car for the examiner.
Once we know more information on driving tests we will update and prepare people accordingly.
What we will be doing to minimise the spread of COVID-19
There will be some changes to the way we operate once we can restart with driving lessons.
Initially the following will be in place:
No cash payments will be accepted. Payment should be made by bank transfer in advance of the lesson. If you do not currently pay using bank transfer, please contact your instructor for their account details.
Face masks will be required for both instructor and pupil. You will need to provide your own face mask, if you do not have an appropriate mask then the lesson will not proceed. Your instructor may be able to provide a face mask for your use, this will be a disposable mask and there may be a charge.
We will ask you to use hand sanitizer before getting into the car, even if you have washed your hands or used hand sanitizer before leaving the house. Your instructor will have a supply of hand sanitizer that can be used.
The car controls that you touch will be wiped down between lessons and after your instructor has arrived to pick you up for your lesson.
The minimum lesson length will be 2 hours to minimise the number of people that instructors are in contact with on a daily basis.
Nobody will be permitted to accompany you on your lesson as having a third person in the car increases the risk of catching & spreading the virus.
During your lesson, the windows will be down and air conditioning off to ensure that there is sufficient airflow front to rear to minimise recirculation of air within the car.
One of the national ADI associations is producing a Risk Assessment which is evolving over time. We will use this as the basis of what we will need to do to safely deliver driving lessons and will be producing our own in time for starting lessons.
The current version of the ADINJC Risk Assessment document is available here.
When will we be able to start lessons?
We will be guided by the Scottish Government as to when we can restart lessons. The latest update on 30th July is that driving lessons could resume on 24th August 2020.
As soon as we can get started we will be working!