Mobile emergency testing service | Current Advice for Driving Instructors

To help stop the spread of coronavirus, routine practical driving tests have been suspended in England, Scotland and Wales. A limited theory test and practical testing service will be introduced in England and Wales.

This will be available to:

  • NHS health and social care workers
  • the emergency services
  • local councils

Who need to both:

  • drive as part of their job
  • respond to ‘threats to life’ as part of their job

Because of the current COVID restrictions, we are not able to offer a mobile emergency worker test service in Scotland.

These tests will be carried out by examiners who have volunteered to continue to test during lockdown.

We will be contacting these organisations directly to explain how they can access this service.

Teaching someone with a confirmed test booking

You can teach mobile emergency workers who have a confirmed test booking even if current local or national restrictions do not allow driving and riding tests.

You must not teach anyone who only has a routine driving test booked – even if they are an NHS health and social care worker, emergency service worker or local council worker.

You must make sure that your pupil has the correct documentation as detailed below.

What you need during lessons

You must not take any pupils out unless you have both:

– a copy of your pupil’s emergency test booking confirmation email
– a copy of the application request from their employer

You can use these to prove you’re allowed to teach during current restrictions if you’re stopped by the police. During lessons you must be sure to follow government guidance about working safely during coronavirus.

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