14 May 2020
Coronavirus - Carcaptain - Status (Covid-19)
Theory tests have been suspended until 31 May because of coronavirus (COVID-19). You can book a driving theory test from 1 June. (https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test)
You cannot currently book a driving test, unless you’re a key worker, for example, you work in a hospital or as a carer. If you’ve booked a car driving test, you’ll be emailed with a new date. Driving tests for some Carcaptain students have been rescheduled from 19 June 2020 onwards by the DVSA. This could still change as there will probably not be enough time to prepare them for the driving test. You can get the latest information here: (https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test)
Published 22 April 2020
Letter from DVSA Chief Executive to Approved Driving Instructors (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-letter-from-dvsa-chief-executive-to-driver-and-rider-trainers/letter-from-dvsa-chief-executive-to-approved-driving-instructors-about-coronavirus-covid-19)
The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to follow government guidance and stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
1.8 Can I share a private vehicle with someone from another household? Covid-19 FAQ’s
No. You can only travel in a private vehicle alone, or with members of your household. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
Carcaptain in direct Consultation with the DVSA.
In consultation yesterday with the DVSA we were informed that they are following government guidelines in terms of COVID-19.
In terms thereof:
Theory tests have been suspended until 31 May. Theory tests can be booked from 1 June 2020.(https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test)
One cannot currently book a driving test, unless you’re a key worker, for example, you work in a hospital or as a carer. If you’ve booked a car driving test, you’ll be emailed with a new date. Driving tests have been rescheduled from 19 June 2020 onwards. (https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test)
Both theory and practical test provisions may be amended in terms of the government guidelines regarding COVID-19.
Clients who had driving tests cancelled during March due to Covid-19 would have been emailed during March with subsequent dates as made available by the DVSA.
No definitive answer has been provided in regard to the provision of driving lessons.
The government guidelines in terms of travelling in a private car.
You can only travel in a private vehicle alone, or with members of your household. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faq
It appears as if the overall message is to adhere to government guidelines on social distancing. The exception to the rule is instructors providing driving lessons to the people whose work is critical to the coronavirus response.
In terms of the Government, Guidelines Carcaptain is currently not providing normal driving lessons. The office is currently closed and the staff furloughed.
Carcaptain’s clients will be updated regarding any relevant changing in the status quo regarding driving lessons, practical and theory tests. Further information would be available on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
Taxi Drivers most at Risk from Covid-19
Recent data from the ONS (Office of National Statistics) has shown that male security guards, bus drivers and Taxi drivers are the groups of professions that are most at risk with the death rate of 45.7 deaths per hundred thousand.
This is extremely alarming! Mostly, driving lessons have not been going ahead during the lockdown. Therefore, the only inference we can draw from is the risk of exposed professions such as bus drivers and taxi drivers. For this reason, we would not consider doing or promoting driving lessons until social distancing measures have been greatly relaxed.
Currently, Carcaptain has furloughed its administrative staff and we are not recommending any driving tuition unless critically necessary. The close proximity of the driving instructor and student makes social distancing impossible.