Pupil safety advice
Before each lesson
Be Symptom Free
Confirm to your instructor that you are symptom free ahead of the lesson and stop the lesson if you develop symptoms during the lesson.
Wash Your Hands
Before and after each lesson (including arms if you are wearing short sleeves).
Wear a Face Mask
Throughout the lesson and take it with you afterwards.
Wear Suitable Clothing
That covers you as much as possible.
Symptom free self-declaration
You must not undertake a driving lesson if you fall into any of these categories:
- You or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms. The symptom list can be found here: GOV.UK COVID Symptoms
- You’ve been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
- You have entered or returned to the UK in the last 14 days, except in very limited situations which can be found here: travel exemptions. For more information on GOV.UK COVID border rules please see here.
Pupils and instructors must bring and wear a face covering during driving lessons, unless there is a good reason not to.
This includes if:
- You have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
- Putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
- You need to remove it during your test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
If you are not able to wear a face covering, you must inform your instructor in advance of the lesson.
Wearing the face covering:
- Put the face covering on ensuring you cover your mouth and nose, making sure there are no gaps between your face and the covering and taking care to tuck away any loose ends
- Avoid touching the covering while using it; if you do either wash your hands with soap and water, if available, or use hand sanitiser whilst on lessons
- For pupils wearing glasses and a face covering, you should be aware of the increased possibility of glasses/eye protection fogging up. Where issues arise with this on lessons, ensure you safely resolve the problem.
Further guidance on how to wear and make your own cloth face covering can be found on gov.uk here: how to wear and make your own cloth face covering.
Vehicle cleanliness and ventilation
Your vehicle will be cleaned in advance of your lesson using anti-viral spray or wipes to clean the passenger door handles inside and outside, the dashboard & any other touch points (e.g. steering wheel, sat nav, mirror).
Your instructor will ensure the vehicle is ventilated appropriately throughout the lesson.
No additional passengers will be permitted on your lessons during this time.
Disposing of PPE
Whilst not mandatory if you choose to wear single-use gloves HSE guidance on removal of single-use gloves which can be found here: HSE single use glove disposal
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves and anti-viral wipes, must be disposed of separately to general waste. PPE must be disposed of and double bagged daily.
Dispose of the PPE using normal collection methods at least 72 hours after the items were used.
For further guidance please refer to the DVSA.
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This document has been created in accordance with DVSA Standard Operating Procedure Coronavirus (COVID-19): Conducting driving tests (Car). To be used from 04/07/2020.
Last updated: 03/07/2020