Guidance for taking tests

The DVSA have given some guidance to assist/reassure people when they go to take a theory or practical test.

Theory tests

There will be 2 metre distances for floor markings, workstations and chairs

Wearing of face covering if able*

There will be extra cleaning at test centres; workstations, computers, headphones

Use of protective transparent screens at the reception desk

Cancelling theory tests within 3 days*** is not financially penalised

Hand sanitiser available

Arrival in to the centre alone

* Do not use a face covering if you may find it difficult to manage, for example, you have a respiratory condition.

(The proposed changes to the theory test that were due to start on 14/04/2020 are not currently being implemented)

Practical tests

There is the following stipulation regarding test and trace:

Candidate participation in the NHS Test & Trace initiative is a
requirement for taking a practical test.  The examiner will ask the candidate;  “Can you confirm that you are taking part in the Government test and trace or similar national initiative and that you are happy for your details to be passed to the relevant tracing authority if needed for Covid-19 tracing purposes.”
Should the candidate not be taking part in the test and trace
initiative the test cannot go ahead.

Wearing of face covering if able** (need to notify DVSA if not able when the test is initially booked)

Only arrive 5 minutes before test

Any serious/dangerous fault on test results in returning to test centre

Cancelling practical tests within 3 days*** is not financially penalised

** you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering OR

putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress OR

you need to remove it during your test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others

*** you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms OR

you’ve been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus OR

you have entered or returned to the UK in the last 14 days, except in very limited situations

You have to stay at home (self-isolate).  Change your theory/driving test appointment if you need to self-isolate on the day of your theory/driving test.

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