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DVSA Driving Test Rules for England, Scotland and Wales

New driving test rules have been put in place in response to the easing of coronavirus restrictions in the UK. Demand for driving tests has peaked with more than half a million learners piled into a backlog, making it impossible for thousands of people to book a road test.

During the pandemic, driving lessons and routine tests had to be suspended for months due to coronavirus restrictions. But they resumed in England and Wales in April 2021, followed by Scotland a month later.

A rapid decline in driving instructors and baby boomers around 17 years ago is also responsible for the delays, reports Wales Online, with findings from learner driver insurers Marmalade indicating they do not expect this improves before January 2024.

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But now new driving test rules are being put in place in parts of the UK to reflect the response to the end of Covid restrictions. Wales has announced that people following their practice no longer need to take a coronavirus test beforehand.

But according to official guidelines, learner drivers in England and Scotland should still take a Covid-19 rapid lateral flow test (LFT) before their driving test – even if they have no symptoms. The government is also advising people with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, to get a PCR test as soon as possible.

The guidelines also state, however, that people can still take their driving test even if they are unable to pass a quick LFT and proof of a test result is not required. Covid test to a driving test. Meanwhile, in England and Wales it is not compulsory to wear a face mask during a driving test.

The gov.uk website says that in England and Wales, “you can choose whether or not to wear a face covering during your test”. However, in Scotland, learner drivers must continue to wear a face covering when taking their tests.

“If you don’t wear it, you must have a good reason, for example: you suffer from a physical or mental illness, impairment or handicap, or wearing it would cause you serious distress.” The website adds that wearing glasses does not count as a “good reason”.