Driving lesson

Angry police fine for locked driving lesson in Camborne

Angry police officers have fined a parent for giving their daughter a driving lesson in Camborne during the coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown.

In a Tweet with an ‘angry face’ emoji and sent at 2.57am this morning, officers from the Devon and Cornwall Roads Policing Alliance fumed: ‘No, taking your teenage daughter for a driving lesson is not a essential travel and is in contravention of #COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE legislation.”

“Fine imposed for this in #Camborne area last night. Please follow government guidelines for #protectthefrontline#ProtectTheNHS

The Devon and Cornwall force has published detailed guidance on its website on how it interprets and applies lockdown laws – but this did not cover driving lessons.

The website says: “There are no specific guidelines or legislation that prohibit taking a drive. However, we ask that you only leave your home for essential travel.

“The NHS is already under extreme pressure and having fewer cars on the road will reduce the risk of serious traffic collisions.”

Reasons why you can leave your house during the coronavirus lockout

  • Purchases of basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as scarce as possible
  • One form of exercise per day, such as a run, walk or bike ride – alone or with members of your household. The police said you don’t have to drive to a place to do this

  • Any medical need, or to provide care or help a vulnerable person

  • getting to and from work, but only when it absolutely cannot be done from home

Even when doing these activities you should minimize the time spent outside the home and ensure you are two meters away from anyone outside your household, says the NHS.