After Boris Johnson announced another nationwide lockdown, hopeful drivers want to know if driving tests will be cancelled in November 2020.
On Saturday, October 31st the Prime Minister confirmed that the UK will go into a national lockdown on Thursday, November 5th because of spiking coronavirus figures. All non-essential businesses will be expected to close their doors just as they did throughout the first lockdown.
With the DVSA managing to comply with safety measures for tests since July however, some are confused as to where the lockdown leaves driving tests and lessons.
Are driving tests cancelled in November 2020?
During the last national lockdown all driving tests and lessons were classed as non-essential and postponed until after lockdown. Unfortunately for hopeful learners, the case is the same for this lockdown period too.
When asked whether driving lessons or tests will go ahead during the announced lockdown, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “In both of those instances, the answer is no,” as reported by The Mirror.
The DVSA have also confirmed the decision to cancel November tests and lessons in a tweet: “Following the Government announcement on tougher national restrictions from Thursday, driver and rider training and tests will be suspended in England from 5 November until 2 December 2020. We will be providing further guidance and contacting those affected as soon as we can.”
Driving tests in Wales had already been suspended from October 24th to November 9th amid the coronavirus firebreak.
How were driving tests and lessons complying with guidelines before?
Driving lessons and tests resumed again in July after they were cancelled in the first lockdown, using an online booking service to book driving tests, with a lot less available due to covid-19 restrictions.
The test guidelines meant all cars had to be sanitized after each driver and tests were cut short as soon as a student had failed.
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