LOCKDOWN JANUARY 2021 - LESSONS CANCELLED
LOCKDOWN JANUARY 2021 - LESSONS CANCELLED
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
To begin with I hope you and your family are safe and well and we really do appreciate your patience and understanding over the last 3-months. The sad thing is that it is not over yet and things are changing constantly, not only daily, but hourly. This page will be updated as and when required to follow government/DVSA guidelines.
We´ll update you by text of any important changes you need to be made aware of so you can take steps to keep you and your family safe.
Due to the Coronavirus and the new standards set out by the DVSA, we have had to make a few changes to our Terms & Conditions.
All companies are now required to put in measures to ensure that the health and safety of their customers. Please read the sections below that provides details of the way we are required to operate to continue delivering driving lessons.
In line with our Terms & Conditions and so that you can continue your driving lessons, you will need to agree to changes made and sign form on your first lesson back. These terms are subject to change based on government/DVSA guidelines.
Thank you for your understanding and if you have any questions please text or call us on 07476091797.
What Are We Doing to Protect You
To ensure we protect all our students, our cars and equipment will receive a deep clean before we return to training.
Before/after each lesson/test the car will be cleaned, including:
You will be required to stand two metres away and confirm the following questions about your health:
If you or anyone you are living with have any Symptoms you MUST cancel your driving lesson before your lesson start time. Once cancelled you will not be able to restart your lessons until you have been tested negative, or follow the Government isolation recommendations (this is the same for the instructor).
WE´LL ASK YOU TO SIGN OUR IN-CAR FORM TO CONFIRM YOUR UNDERSTANDING
Thank you for your co-operation
We hope you find suitable PPE. If you can´t, we do have a small stock available for our pupils at a small cost.
DISPOSABLE FACE MASK 50p
REUSABLE FACE MASK £2
PAIR VINYL GLOVES 20p
BOTTLE HAND SANITSER GEL 100ML £2.50
COVID-19 symptoms include:
How does it spread?
Due to the lockdown, there is now a long waiting list for both Practical and Theory Test. The DVSA have released the statement below:
DVSA Chief Executive Gareth Llewellyn said:
“It has been vital that lessons and tests only resume when safe to do so and in line with the government’s advice. I am pleased to announce the restart of lessons and theory tests in England from 4 July and car practical tests will restart from 22 July.
“Tests for critical workers have continued during the lockdown and I would like to thank all those instructors and examiners who have continued to work to help deliver tests for those who have done so much to help us during this terrible pandemic.”
DVSA has continued to test critical workers during the lockdown and driving lessons have continued for these workers.
The phased restart to testing:
New candidates will be able to book driving tests once DVSA has carried out the tests reserved for critical workers and everyone with a suspended test has had the opportunity to choose a new time and date. DVSA will announce when the system opens to book tests in due course.
DVSA is contacting anyone who has a scheduled test to let them know what will happen next. DVSA will then email them at a later date to invite them to book a test at a time and location that is convenient for them. Learners should talk to their instructors and arrange refresher lessons so they can practice the skills they need to prepare for their test.
Safety measures will be put in place to protect learners and examiners from COVID-19 and information on how to implement these measures will be published in due course.
With all the above in mind, please be aware that to date there has been no confirmation of any extension to theory tests that are due to expire over the next few months. We strongly recommend that if your theory test is due to expire within the next few months, you book another date before the expiry, DVSA will allow you to do this. If it is not required then you can ask for a refund. This will cut down your waiting time which could delay your practical test. Anybody who has not yet booked a theory test we would strongly recommend that you book one as soon as possible to get a date in the diary.
With the practical test, as mentioned above, the priorities will go to Key Workers and any tests that were cancelled during the lockdown. This means that anybody who had not booked a practical test may have a long wait until dates are available.
Extra time will be made for each test
To allow the examiner to take all additional precautions as outlined in this standard operating procedure, extra time will be made for each test.
Taking the driving test
Examiners must wear suitable clothing providing as much covering as reasonable. Short sleeved shirts can be worn.
Meeting the candidate
Waiting rooms will remain closed until further notice, candidates will not be able to use the facilities at the test centre.
When leaving the building the door should be locked to prevent candidates / members of the public entering the building. Where this is not possible a local arrangement should be agreed to ensure the building is secure.
Meeting and greeting will now take place in the car park. For DTCs without car parks, the meet and greet will take place at the usual parking area the candidates use.
Candidates must wear a face covering, unless there are exceptional circumstances, which must have been pre-notified and agreed. If the candidate does not have a face covering the examiner can provide one, it must be worn for the duration of the test. The face covering
must be retained by the candidate and not left on site.
Where a candidate arrives for test wearing a face covering, you may need to ask the candidate to temporarily remove their face covering so their identity can be confirmed.
Should the candidate be wearing a niqab (full face veil worn for religious purposes), you should be sensitive in ensuring the privacy of the candidate when carrying out the identity check. You must consider the candidates wishes of their face not being seen by others
during the identity check. This may mean just asking the candidate to position with their back towards others present before removing their niqab.
In some circumstances, it may be necessary to wait for other candidates to leave the car park before the identity can be checked.
Where candidates present for test wearing glasses and a face covering, you should make them aware of the increased possibility of glasses/eye protection fogging up. Where issues arise with this on test, offer advice and guidance to help resolve the problem. If the issues continue to interfere with the safety of the test, terminate/stop the test on safety grounds.
Social distancing measures
You must politely remind the accompanying driver of the requirement for social distancing.
Do not shake the candidate’s hand.
You must not let the candidate touch the iPad, stylus or paper DL25.
Provide the candidate with an insurance and residency declaration form (Word) and a pen if they don’t have their own. The candidate must keep this form.
Ask the candidate to:
ADI’s / accompanying drivers will not be able to accompany the test.
The examiner should explain to the candidate that a debrief will be offered at the end of the test. In order to maintain social distancing, the ADI/accompanying driver will not be invited to listen in unless social distancing can be maintained. Cleaning of cars presented for test
You must be satisfied the vehicle has been recently cleaned.
Before entering the car, you may choose to fit a disposable seat cover to your seat.
Use an anti-viral wipe to clean:
Any seat covers and wipes used must be taken away and disposed of with PPE waste at the end of the test.
If the candidate comes to the test with clear symptoms the test must not go ahead.
If the candidate becomes unwell or starts to cough continuously during the test, the test must be stopped.
You must make sure the test vehicle is well ventilated. This may mean asking the candidate to open their window, as well as your window being opened at the start of the test. Make a judgement to ensure the vehicle is adequately ventilated.
Exception to conducting a test as normal
Curtailing tests when failed
Where a candidate fails the test either by committing a serious or dangerous fault or by making 16 driving faults, direct the candidate back to the test centre taking the most convenient route and do not carry out any additional test requirements.
Any faults identified on the route back to the test centre should continue to be assessed and recorded in the usual way. In many cases it’s likely this will mean arriving back at the test centre having not fully completed the test. In this case, the test will be terminated in the interest of public safety at the test centre and completed using activity code 4.
These should not be recorded on the terminated test log unless the drive was terminated and stopped on the road in the interest of public safety.
Do not alert the candidate to the outcome of the test until arriving back at the test centre.
During the debrief explain to the candidate that the test has been curtailed following the point at which the test had been failed, and that continuing the test would have made no difference to the outcome.