Emergency Worker Driving Lessons and Test Update

Emergency Worker Driving Lessons and Test Update

02/02/2021

Routine driving lessons and driving tests have been suspended in England, Scotland and Wales to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Limited Emergency Services Driving Lessons and Tests

However, the DVSA has just announced 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, the DVSA are not able to offer a emergency worker test service in Scotland.

These tests will be carried out by examiners who have volunteered to continue to test during lockdown. The DVSA will be contacting these organisations directly to explain how they can access this service.

Driving lessons for pupils with a confirmed test booking

Driving lessons are permitted for pupils who have a confirmed test booking even if current local or national restrictions do not allow driving and riding tests.

Lessons remain postponed for pupils who only have a routine driving test booked – even if they are an NHS health and social care worker, emergency service worker or local council worker. The pupil must ensure they have the correct documentation as detailed below.

What you need for Emergency Services Driving lessons:

The pupil must have and bring the following to every Emergency Services driving lesson:

  • a copy of your emergency test booking confirmation email
  • a copy of the application request from your employer

Your Bill Plant Driving School Instructor will require this before the start of every lesson, as this will prove they are 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 and our COVID-19 driving lessons procedures.

Book your Emergency Driving Lessons

Either visit our Emergency Services Driving Lessons page or simply call 0330 555 2254 and our Pupil Bookings Team will arrange this for you. Please note the Team are extremely busy dealing with a high volume of enquires. Please bear with us and we will get back to every enquiry.

Emergency Services Driving Lessons and Tests Q & A

Q: How do I book an Emergency Services Driving Lesson?

A: To book, simply call 0330 555 2254. Our friendly team will ensure you have the required documentation (a copy of your emergency test booking confirmation email and the application request from your employer) before matching you with one of our local Driving Instructors.

Q: Where are Emergency Services Driving Lessons and Driving Tests available?

A: The DVSA has stated due to COVID lockdown restrictions Emergency Services Driving Lessons and Driving Tests are available in England and Wales only, therefore not available in Scotland.

Q: Is this to be expanded out to Key Workers also?

A: No not currently, this is only available to NHS health and social care workers, the emergency services and those working in local councils.

Q: What is my Emergency Services employer required to do?

A: The DVSA will be contacting these organisations directly to explain how they can access this service.