Update: Driving test centre waiting rooms


Dear Colleague,

You may have heard DVSA have released the names of the test centre waiting rooms they are opening to instructors in Scotland and Wales from this morning, the notice is below, although we think this is a step in the right direction, we and our colleagues in NASP will keep up the pressure to get as many locations as possible open as soon as possible, due to current lockdown in England, no update is available as yet, we will update you as soon as we have the list.

Please note there will be a notice at the test centre advising how many instructors will be allowed in at any one time, candidates will still be met at your vehicle.


Update: Driving test centre waiting rooms

We wrote to you recently to tell you about working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to safely re-open some driving test centre waiting rooms.

On Friday 30 October we re-opened 9 waiting rooms across England and Scotland. Driving tests were suspended in Wales at the time.

Opening more waiting rooms

Driving tests in England are currently suspended and waiting rooms are closed. This means we will not be opening up more centres in England until after testing has restarted.

We are now opening more waiting rooms in Scotland and Wales, where we are currently conducting tests.

In Scotland these include:

  • Aberdeen North, Airdrie, Elgin, Galashiels, Glasgow Ballieston, Glasgow Shieldhall MPTC, Haddington, Inverness, Inverness MPTC, Kelso, Livingston DTC & GVTS, Peterhead and Wick.

We will keep this under review in line with the Scottish government guidance on the Protection Levels.

In Wales these include:

  • Abersystwyth, Caernarfon GVTS, Newport Gwent, Newtown, Pembroke Dock and Wrexham.

What this means for you

If your local test centre is in the latest rollout, you’ll receive another email from us to explain the measures that have been put in place to help keep you, our examiners and others waiting at the site safe. These measures will include:

  • wearing face covering at all times inside the waiting room
  • recording a visit by scan the QR code and ‘check in’ or recording it on a paper log
  • asking visitors to wipe down touch points when they enter the waiting room and before they leave

We understand that you may be disappointed if your local test centre remains closed.

Your safety and that of candidates and our staff is a priority and we are working to safely open up other waiting rooms around the country.


Yours sincerely


Peter J Harvey MBE

National Chairman



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