Learner Drivers Frustrated As Driving Lessons & Driving Tests Cancelled Again

Last Updated: 04/01/2021

Many learner drivers will be feeling very frustrated as the UK goes into another national lockdown.

The whole country has been told to stay at home as the number of covid-19 cases continues to soar.

More people are now in hospital than at any time since the virus took hold.

As pressure on the NHS increases, new restrictions have forced businesses across the country to close down again.

Everyone has been told to only leave their home if it is essential, for example to get food, medical reasons or to support a vulnerable person or for outdoor exercise.

So… where does this leave learner drivers?

Over the past year, thousands of people were unable to get their driving licence because of coronavirus.

The promise of independence that driving offers was snatched away.

All lessons and tests were halted and sadly the same thing seems to be happening again as we go into 2021 and a third national lockdown.

Until the current restrictions are lifted, all lessons and tests must be cancelled.

Driving Schools are not allowed to open and anyone who has a test booked in the next few weeks will have to rearrange their test date.

When driving schools and tests were cancelled during previous lockdowns, the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA0 issued information for those who had been affected.

An email sent to affected people stated:

“You do not need to do anything right now. We’ll automatically rebook your test, free of charge, as soon as we can. We’ll send you another email with the new date and time as soon as it’s been rebooked. It might take up to a week before we can confirm your new test date; we apologise for any inconvenience. If the new time and date you are given is not suitable, you can change your test time and date. The Government has announced that during these dates, driving lessons should not take place in England. If you want to practice driving during this time you can practice with an experienced driver from your household if travelling to work, education or for other legally permitted exemptions. Thank you for your understanding.”

It is expected that a similar email will be sent to all those affected during this recently announced lockdown.