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DVSA announces driving test change as pandemic restrictions ease

The DVSA has announced a change to driving tests as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease across the country. The government agency previously blocked driving instructors or other drivers from taking part in driving tests to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The rules came into force in April 2020 to prevent the unnecessary spread of the virus, which meant only those who carried out driving tests and those who passed the test could enter the car. However, the DVSA has now announced that driving instructors and licensed drivers can once again participate in the test.

Other restrictions regarding driving tests and examinations have also changed according to the DVSA. Rules regarding check-in at driving test centers have also been removed.

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Halls at driving test centers were closed during the peak of the pandemic due to the spread of the virus, but they quickly reopened and meant people taking a test had to check in. This is no longer the case according to the DVSA.

It comes as the DVLA has warned drivers of the April deadline when tax changes are made. Drivers should pay their car tax by April or they could face an increase in the price, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has warned.

The Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) will change and this will be announced in Rishi Sunak’s spring budget on March 23. The changes to the VED will be in line with the rise in inflation and a guidance document issued by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said the rise will be a ‘standard revaluation’ in line with the price index of detail.

Drivers should pay their car tax now to avoid a car tax increase that comes into effect in April this year. When car tax is due, people must pay from the beginning of the month in which they first paid it.

If a person waits until the changes take effect, they will have to pay more than they necessarily had to.

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