Driving Lessons Can Resume On July 4th, Government Confirms
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In good news for people who have been patiently waiting to get their own wheels, it’s been announced that driving lessons can recommence in England from July 4th.
The news was revealed by House of Commons leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said that proposals are currently being set out to help driving instructors return to a life which is 'as close to normal as possible’.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will be writing to instructors in order to outline the plans that are being put in place to restart both lessons and tests - which are being resumed with a ‘phased approach’ according to Mr Rees-Mogg.
Speaking at Business Questions in the Commons, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "From 4 July I am happy to say that people will be able to take driving lessons on a motorcycle, or in a car, lorry or bus and there will be a phased approach to resuming practical testing so learners have the opportunity to practice before taking a test.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps later added: "Driving lessons and tests are vital in helping people get to work and visit loved ones, and provide the skills for a lifetime of safe driving.
"As the country recovers from Covid-19, we can now open up our services to help get the country moving again."
According to the AA Driving School, instructors have been issued with advice laying out a number of measures to help ensure both them and their students are as safe as possible.
Precautions being advised include 'thoroughly' cleaning vehicles before and after each lesson, 'paying particular attention to areas of the car that are touch points, such as door handles’, wearing clothes that cover arms and legs, wearing face coverings and disposable gloves (to be changed after every lesson and keeping windows down throughout the lesson.
The AA had reportedly considered installing plastic screens between the instructor and learner however the idea was abandoned after deciding that instructors must be able to reach the steering wheel in the event of an emergency.
Speaking to the BBC, Sarah Rees, managing director of AA Driving School, said the decision was a 'welcome relief for the thousands of people in England' wanting to learn to drive, and the beginning of the end of 'an incredibly challenging time' for instructors.
She added, however, that instructors in other parts of the UK - where a return date was yet to be set - were 'being left in limbo'.
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