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Continue to work safely during the pandemic

As coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in Great Britain continue to ease, it’s important that we all continue to take actions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

DVSA and the driving instructors’ National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP) would like to thank you for all your hard work and support in successfully and safely restarting lessons and tests last month. We also encourage you to continue to follow some simple steps to keep you and your pupils safe and avoid driving test cancellations.

We need to do all that we can to protect the driver training industry to make sure that we can continue to offer a driving test service. If driving examiners have COVID-19 or come into contact with someone who has it, they cannot work and driving tests will be cancelled.

Just one driving examiner who has to self-isolate as a result of testing positive or coming into close contact with someone with COVID-19 will cause 40 or more driving tests to be cancelled.

This is why it’s vital that everyone continues to follow government guidance about protecting themselves and others from COVID-19 so we can keep training and testing on track.

Keep your car clean and let fresh air in

It’s important to continue to keep the inside of your car clean for lessons and sanitise it before each pupil gets in. You must make sure the inside of your vehicle is cleaned before a test.

It is also important that you continue to keep you windows open as much as possible during lessons to let fresh air in (ventilation).

Face coverings

Driving lessons
To help protect you, your pupils and their families in England and Wales, both you and your pupils should wear a face covering during lessons.

It’s been the law in Scotland since 2 November 2020 that you and your pupils must wear a face covering during driving lessons. If you do not wear a face covering, you must have a good reason. You can be fined £60 if you do not wear a face covering during a driving lesson in Scotland.

Driving tests
Your pupil must bring and wear a face covering when they come for their test in England, Scotland or Wales unless they have a good reason not to and they told us this when they booked their test.

We strongly encourage you to do the same.

Rapid lateral flow tests

It is really important that you take regular rapid lateral flow tests and encourage your pupils to do the same.

You should take a rapid lateral flow test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days).

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms. Rapid lateral flow tests help to find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.

You can access free rapid lateral flow tests and find more details about how to get them in England, Scotland and Wales by visiting your government’s website.

Driving examiners are also being encouraged to do twice-weekly rapid lateral flow tests to pick up any cases quickly so they don’t spread the virus to other candidates and colleagues.

Taking rapid lateral flow tests before a driving test

Your pupils do not need to take a rapid lateral flow test to be able to take their driving test, but by doing one, they’ll help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

If they do test positive and have to cancel their test, they can email us and we can help them look for the earliest possible appointment once they have finished self-isolating or have received a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

We’ve already contacted candidates with a driving test booked in England, Scotland and Wales about the importance of doing regular rapid lateral flow tests and where they can get them from.

We will contact candidates with theory tests shortly encouraging them to regularly use rapid lateral flow tests before lessons and their test too.

If you have to self-isolate

In England, you might be able to get a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 if you’ve been told to self-isolate because of COVID-19.

In Scotland, you might be eligible for the £500 self-isolation support grant.

In Wales, you might be eligible for the £500 self-isolation support scheme.

If you have had the vaccine

Even if you’ve received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination it is important that you continue to follow the guidance above to help protect you, your pupils and your family. Even after both doses of the vaccine you can still catch COVID-19 and pass it on to others without knowing.

As most learner drivers are under the age of 30, it is unlikely that they will have been vaccinated against COVID-19. So you should continue to take recommended precautions to stop the spread of the virus.

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OUR OPERATING PROCEDURES DURING COVID-19

We are pleased and are looking forward to receiving customers back at our training centres. In response to the governments and world health organisation’s guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that we have taken all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our staff and customers whilst at our premises and during training.

Our premises and vehicles / equipment have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before our reopening, and are cleaned before and after every customer with specific focus on areas such as door handles, light switches, vehicle hand controls doors etc.

Trailer Training UK Ltd have completed a COVID-19 safety risk assessment, if you would like to see this please ask your instructor.

If you or any member of your household has any of the COVID-19 symptoms please DO NOT attend your course, please phone the office to reschedule your training.

Our Operating Procedures

  • All our staff have completed the COVID-19 health questionnaire before returning to work.
  • All our staff are temperature tested on arrival at work every day and confirm no change to their health questionnaire.
  • We have implemented staggard training times for courses where possible, to limit the possibility of gatherings.
  • On arrival for courses all customers are asked to remain outside the building and ring doorbell or phone the office to report their arrival.
  • A register will be kept for all staff, customers and visitors for track and trace purposes.
  • Instructors will check customers temperature and read out COVID-19 check list before you start training.
  • Entry to the buildings is for use of rest areas only, and only one person at a time is allowed.
  • There is only one stairway for entry and exit of the buildings, so only one person at a time to use the stairways.
  • Sanitation stations are provided and must be used before entry to the buildings.
  • All staff and customers must always adhere to the 2m social distancing guidelines.
  • Instructors will clean before and after a customer, all vehicles controls and equipment.
  • Our classrooms are set up to accommodate social distancing, ensuring all candidates are seated 2 metres apart and not facing each other. Windows will be kept open, weather permitting, to ventilate the rooms
  • We have closed our kitchen to visitors, to accommodate the needs of our staff and keep them safe Please bring your own lunch and drinks with you each day that you are attending a course.
  • Candidates for all our courses, that involve practical driver training, must wear face coverings for the in-cab elements of the course. Our Instructors will also be wearing face coverings. Please ensure that you bring an appropriate face covering with you every day that you attend any of our practical driver training courses.
  • Driving Tests. Instructors will clean hand controls etc before examiners use. And at the end of the test before the instructor retakes over vehicle.
  • Test centres are now closed to the public, please wait in the vehicle to be greeted by the examiner.
  • Candidates will no longer have the option for their instructor to join them on test, this must be respected.
  • If a candidate fails on the reverse or commits a serious or dangerous fault, then the test will not continue to reduce the time in the vehicle.

 

If anyone becomes unwell during the course they will be asked to leaveIf you develop symptoms within 14 days of attending one of course’s, please let us know immediately so that the relevant people can be notified.

Steve Davis DVSA ADI

Managing Director

 

Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England.  

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that learners can resume driving lessons in England from Saturday 4 July 2020. 

The rule applies to all types of driver and motorcycle training in England,  

Theory Tests will restart in England on Saturday 4 July. The tests will take place with social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus. 

Driving Tests for Lorry, Car and Trailer, bus and coach will restart Monday 13 July 2020. We will be implementing measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus. 

We can trainer book driving tests again from the Monday 6th July 2020. 

Once we have booked the driving tests, we will be contacting all our customers that had their courses and tests cancelled. 

We would like to thank all our customers for being patient during this time. 

 

Steve Davis 

Managing Director. 

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New Law for Driving in France
Deadline date 31st March 2017

The French government have launched a new scheme for all cars driving in Paris and other French cities (currently Lyon and Grenoble) which will include British registered cars.
From 31/03/2017 your car needs to display an emissions sticker showing the age and cleanliness of your vehicle.
If your vehicle does not display the sticker you could face hefty on the spot fines.
The anti-pollution sticker can only be ordered on-line from the official Crit’ Air website

www.certificat-air.gouv.fr

NEW DRIVING TEST

The driving test will change from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres.

Learner driver

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.

The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

The changes will only apply to car driving tests to begin with.

The 4 driving test changes

1. Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes

The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.

This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes - roughly half of the test.

2. Following directions from a sat nav

During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.

The examiner will provide the sat nav (a TomTom Start 52) and set it up. You won’t need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.

You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test - you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.

You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.

One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.

3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed

The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.

You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:

  • parallel park at the side of the road
  • park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

4. Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving

The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

You’ll be asked the:

  • ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
  • ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving - for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers

Learner drivers will be allowed on motorways from 2018

Learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls from 2018.
Traffic sign

Allowing learner drivers to have lessons on motorways will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

At the moment, you can only have driving lessons on motorways after you’ve passed your driving test. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme.

How the change will work

The change will apply to England, Scotland and Wales.

Learner drivers will need to be:

  • accompanied by an approved driving instructor
  • driving a car fitted with dual controls

Any motorways lessons will be voluntary. It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson.

Trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.

Motorway driving will not be included in the driving test changes coming into force on 4 December 2017.

The change will only apply to learner drivers of cars - learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed to have motorway lessons.

When the change will happen

The exact date in 2018 will be confirmed nearer the time.

The change will be well-publicised so driving instructors and learner drivers are prepared for the change, and other road users know what to expect. The Highway Code rules on motorways will also be updated.

Until the law is changed, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.

 

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