Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): driver and rider trainer guidance

How driving instructors and motorcycle trainers should work safely during coronavirus (COVID-19), business support, and restrictions on driving lessons.

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This guide is for approved driving instructors (ADIs), motorcycle trainers, and lorry and bus (vocational) trainers. It explains:

  • how local restrictions and national lockdowns are affecting driving lessons and motorcycle training
  • how driving tests are affected by COVID-19
  • how ADI qualification and registration is affected by COVID-19
  • how you should work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • what financial support is available for businesses and the self-employed
Published 10 July 2020
Last updated 6 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to confirm the restart of driving lessons in England and Wales from 12 April 2021, and the restart of driving tests in England and Wales from 22 April 2021.

  2. Updated the information about supervising someone from your household or support bubble in Scotland to say that you must stay local.

  3. Updated to confirm that all types of driver and motorcycle training in Scotland will restart on 26 April 2021 at the earliest, lorry, bus and coach driving tests in Scotland will restart on 26 April 2021 at the earliest, and that car driving tests, motorcycle tests and approved driving instructor tests and standards checks in Scotland will restart on 6 May 2021 at the earliest.

  4. Updated to confirm that motorcycle training, bus training and tests, Driver CPC part 4 (practical demonstration) tests, and specialist vehicle training and tests in Wales will restart on 29 March 2021, and that motorcycle tests in Wales will restart on 12 April 2021.

  5. Updated to confirm that motorcycle training, bus training and tests, Driver CPC part 4 (practical demonstration) tests, and specialist vehicle training and tests in England will restart on 29 March 2021, and that motorcycle tests in England will restart on 12 April 2021.

  6. Updated with information about the earliest dates driver and rider training and tests will restart in Wales.

  7. Updated with information about the earliest dates driver and rider training and tests will restart in England.

  8. Added a link to the Scottish Government's Mobile and Home-Based Close Contact Services Fund.

  9. Added information and the rules about teaching mobile emergency workers with an emergency driving test booked in England and Wales. You cannot do this in Scotland.

  10. Added a new section 3 about approved driving instructor (ADI) qualification and registration. Added a link in section 5 to sign up for email alerts about new or updated business and self-employed support.

  11. Guidance has been reviewed and updated. Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can only supervise members of your household or support bubble as part of travel for work, education or other essential journeys. This applies in England, Scotland and Wales.

  12. Removed "unless it's with someone from your household during an essential journey" in England from 1. Driving lessons and motorcycle training: local restrictions.

  13. Updated to say you must not provide driving lessons or motorcycle training in England, Scotland or Wales unless it's with someone from your household during an essential journey.

  14. Added other areas that are currently in Tier 4 in England, where all driving lessons and motorcycle training are suspended.

  15. Updated the information about restrictions in Wales to confirm that motorcycle training and tractor driving lessons are not allowed in level 4 areas.

  16. Added information about the suspension of driving lessons and tests in areas in Tier 4 in England. Updated information about the suspension of driving lessons and tests in areas in alert level 4 in Wales.

  17. Updated the information about restrictions on driving lessons and driving tests in Wales.

  18. Updated to confirm driving lessons can restart in all areas in England from Wednesday 2 December, and driving tests will restart in tier 1 and 2 areas on Wednesday 2 December, and in tier 3 areas on Thursday 3 December.

  19. Added information about driving tests and lessons in Scotland being suspended in local COVID protection level 4 areas.

  20. Updated to clarify that national restrictions in England apply up to and including Wednesday 2 December 2020.

  21. Added information about the suspension of theory tests in England from 5 November 2020. They'll start again on 2 December 2020.

  22. Added information about the suspension of driving lessons and driving tests in England from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

  23. Added information about the law changing in Scotland from 2 November 2020 so that driving instructors and their pupils must wear face coverings during driving lessons and practice sessions, unless they have a good reason not to.

  24. Updated to explain that driver and rider training and tests will be suspended in Wales because of the coronavirus firebreak.

  25. Removed content about service restart dates as services now restarted.

  26. Updated to explain that the driving test booking service will be available for new bookings from 8am on 21 August 2020. Added the dates that driving lessons and tests will restart in Scotland.

  27. Updated the section on timescales for restarting driving and motorcycle tests to show that the service for critical workers to apply for an emergency test closed on 14 August 2020.

  28. Added the date that driving tests candidates who live in Wales will start to be invited by email to arrange their tests if it was cancelled because of coronavirus.

  29. Added the indicative date that driving lessons will restart in Scotland.

  30. Updated section 3 about car driving tests to confirm that the link that is emailed to pupils to arrange their test does not expire. Added information about what DVSA will do if the email address given for the booking does not work.

  31. Added the date that approved driving instructor (ADI) part 3 (instructional ability) tests and ADI standards checks restart in England and Wales.

  32. Added the dates that services will restart in Wales, and added information about car driving test candidates being emailed to choose a new test date.

  33. First published.