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  1. With regards to training to become a driving instructor here are some reminders of upcoming dates
     
    From 12 April 2021 (at the earliest), you’ll be allowed to restart:
    car driving lessons
    car and trailer driving lessons
    large goods vehicle (LGV) training
    driving instructor training
     
    On the same date, the following types of tests will restart:
    theory tests
    motorcycle tests
    LGV driving tests
    car and trailer driving tests
     
    This date is subject to change and will be confirmed nearer the time.
     
    From 22 April 2021 (at the earliest):
    car driving tests will restart
    approved driving instructor (ADI) qualifying tests will restart
    ADI standards checks will restart
     
     
    If you’re qualifying to become an ADI -
    If your trainee licence was issued in January 2021
     
    You can ask for your trainee licence to be reissued when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
    Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for advice about the options available in your personal circumstances.
     
    DVSA ADI team
     
    You need to include your:
    personal reference number or driving licence number
    date of birth
    postcode
     
     
    If your trainee licence expires soon -
    Contact DVSA for advice about the options available in your personal circumstances if your trainee licence expires soon.
    DVSA ADI team
     
    You need to include your
    personal reference number or driving licence number
    date of birth
    postcode
     
     
    If you’re thinking about applying for a trainee licence -
     
    Contact DVSA for advice about the options available in your personal circumstances if you’re thinking about applying for a trainee licence.
    DVSA ADI team
     
    You need to include your:
    personal reference number or driving licence number
    date of birth
    postcode
     
     
    Taking the ADI part 3 test
     
    The law says you must book the ADI part 3 (instructional ability) test within 2 years of passing the ADI part 1 (theory) test.
     
    IMPORTANT TO PLEASE NOTE
    ****You can take the ADI part 3 test more than 2 years after you passed your ADI part 1 test, as long as you book it WITHIN the 2-year limit.****
     
    Booking your ADI part 3 test.
     
    If no appointments are available when you book, you can book an ‘on hold’ test. This means:
    you have to pay for the test
    DVSA arrange the test date when appointments become available
     
    This meets the legal requirement for you to book your test within 2 years.
     
    DVSA does not have any legal powers to extend your ADI part 1 theory test pass certificate
  2. Driving Instructor Training – Latest

    A roadmap out of lockdown in England has been announced this evening by the prime minister, with close contact services (such as driver and rider training) expected to resume from 12th April. 

    Driving Instructor Training

    This was announced this evening – Monday Feb 22nd by the Prime Minister.

    The details of today’s announcement from the PM can be found on GOV.UK ‘Covid Response – Spring 2021’, with specific reference to driver testing on page 34, item 110:

    110. Additional premises will be able to reopen but should only be visited alone or with household groups: non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers, salons and close contact services; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3). Overnight stays away from home in this country will be permitted and self-contained accommodation – those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities – can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household. The Government will open public buildings such as libraries and community centres. Activities such as driving tests may also resume.

    The overall lockdown ‘exit’ plan is divided into four stages with the promise that, after the first stage in March, further lifting of the rules will happen if certain conditions are met (i.e. if the vaccine rollout is going to plan).

    We are awaiting clarification from DVSA as to their specific plans for resuming testing services, more news on this expected some time tomorrow.

    So as long as the rates of infection etc, continue to stay steady and not rise sharply, the date of April 12th 2021 will be the date for resuming driving lessons and driving instructor training