DVSA Update – Update on driver and rider services in tier 3

Dear Colleague,

Please see below the latest update from the DVSA.


Update on driver and rider services in tier 3

On 14 December the government announced that Greater London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will move into tier 3 from 00:01 on Wednesday 16 December.

You can find a full list of which areas are included on GOV.UK.

All practical driving, riding and instructor tests and theory tests can continue in all tiers but with additional safety measures for some tests in tier 3 areas.

Practical tests

Additional safety measures are in place for car and vocational testing in tier 3 areas. These are:

  • reducing the number of car practical tests our examiners carry out per day from 6 to 5 in tier 3 areas
  • anyone who has a car or vocational practical test booked in a tier 3 area who is exempt from wearing a face covering may have to delay their test until the area moves out of tier 3. We will reschedule their test if we cannot find a volunteer driving examiner to conduct their test without them wearing a face covering

When areas come out of tier 3, the number of car tests will go back to 6 per day per examiner.

What this means to you and your pupils

We’ll be emailing everyone in Greater London and affected areas in Essex and Hertfordshire who has a test booked to let them know about the additional measures.

Driving and riding lessons and driver CPC

Driving, motorcycle and vocational lessons can continue in all tiers.

Driver CPC training can continue in all tiers. We would encourage candidates to consider accessing the training remotely or in a social distanced classroom, however where this is not practical in-cab driver CPC training is permissible in all tiers.

More information

Yours sincerely

Peter Harvey

Peter Harvey
National Chair


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