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Tests for critical workers continued during the lockdown

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that learners can resume driving lessons and motorcycle training in England from Saturday 4 July 2020.

The rule applies to all types of driver and motorcycle training in England, including private practice with someone you live with or in your support bubble. Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive, said:

“It has been vital that lessons and tests only resume when safe to do so and in line with the government’s advice.

“We know this has been a tough time for the whole country including learners and driving instructors but I am pleased to announce the restart of lessons and tests in England.

“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.”

Theory tests will restart in England on Saturday 4 July. The tests will take place with social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Car driving tests will restart in England on Wednesday 22 July 2020. This slight delay will give learner drivers time to have refresher lessons and practice before taking their test.

When lessons and tests will restart

When services restart depends on what vehicle you’re learning to drive or ride:


Service Date
Driving lessons Saturday 4 July 2020
Theory tests Saturday 4 July 2020
 Driving tests Wednesday 22 July 2020

Motorcycle and moped

Service Date
Motorcycle and moped compulsory basic training (CBT) Saturday 4 July 2020
Motorcycle direct access scheme (DAS) training Saturday 4 July 2020
Theory tests Saturday 4 July 2020
Motorcycle and moped module 1 and module 2 tests Monday 13 July 2020

Information about other tests and lessons can be found here.