KEY WORKER DRIVING TESTS

Updated: May 1

Driving Tests are available for Key Workers and this blog sets out the procedure you will need to follow in order to book a Key Worker Driving or Theory Test. If you are not a Key Worker, currently you cannot take a theory or practical driving test.


Who are Key Workers?


The following categories have been listed for those who are considered Key Workers.


Health & Social Care Workers

Education & Childcare

Key Public Services

Local & National Government

Food & Medicines Production/Delivery

Public Safety & National Security?

Transport

Utilities Communications & Financial Services


What you need before you book your emergency theory test!


Before you start you will need the follow details:


You need your UK driving licence number.

You’ll also need a scanned copy or photo of at least one of the following:

  • your work ID badge

  • an email to your work address from your employer, confirming you work for them

  • a letter (on headed paper) from your employer, confirming you work for them


If your employer is paying for your theory test, you will need their:

  • company registration number

  • registered company address

  • email address


You must have lived in England, Wales or Scotland for at least 185 days in the last 12 months before the day you take your theory or driving test.


You should follow this link to book your emergency theory test.


What you need before you book your emergency practical test!


Before you start you will need the following details:


  • your UK driving licence number

  • copy of ID or documents that prove you’re a health or social care worker

  • the name, registration number and contact details of the company that will pay for your practical test - you cannot pay using your personal credit or debit card


You might need to upload an image (this must be a jpeg file) of one of these:

  • your work ID badge

  • evidence from your employer, such as an image of an email with your work email address or scanned document including the company letterhead


You must have lived in England, Wales or Scotland for at least 185 days in the last 12 months before the day you take your theory or driving test.


You should follow this link to book your practical driving test.


What happens during the driving test?


There has been some changes to the way the driving test is conducted. You may not take the test in your local area, as the test centre should have facilities to cleaning hands. The driving examiner will limit contact with the candidate and ask that you clean your hands before starting the driving test. Your instructor will not be able to accompany you during the driving test nor listen to the debrief at the end. If you are showing any signs of Covid-19 you should cancel your test as it will not go ahead.


If a candidate commits a serious/dangerous fault or accumulates more than 15 driver faults the examiner will terminate the test, although he will instruct the candidate to drive back to the test centre before giving the result.

What criteria is used for booking tests?


Priority is currently given to NHS & Social Care workers. There is a huge demand for emergency tests and the DVSA follow strict guidelines when providing this service.


How will me driving lessons be conducted?


Driving lessons will be conducted to the same high standards as you would expect from your driving coach. Your instructor will make sure their vehicle is clean and its essential that both the student and instructor wash their hands before entering the vehicle. At no time should lessons be conducted if the student or instructor is showing signs on COVID-19. If the student or instructor believes they have come into contact with someone who is showing signs on COVID-19 then they should not conduct lessons and follow the government guidelines.


If you want to see more information about driving tests and testing then follow this link to see how driving lessons and testing may be conducted.



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