CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) STATEMENT
- As a result of a Government measure issued at 8.30pm on Monday 23rd March 2020 by Boris Johnson (Prime Minister) announcing an immediate strict lockdown across the whole country, all driving lessons with KJT Driver Training have now been cancelled until further notice.
- Current pupils can contact me to discuss any issues arising from this situation.
- I will honour all pre-paid lessons and reschedule to a later date when normal business practice can resume.
PLEASE SEE BELOW REGARDING DVSA THEORY, PRACTICAL DRIVING TESTS & GENERAL DRIVING INFORMATION
DRIVING TESTS suspended for up to 3 months - tests for critical workers to continue and be prioritised
We are suspending driving tests for up to 3 months from Saturday 21 March 2020 as there is extended contact between candidates and examiners in vehicles. Motorcycle tests are also being suspended.
We have put in place plans to provide tests for people who provide essential services.
- car driving tests
- motorcycle tests
- ADI tests
- lorry, coach and bus driving tests
We will get in touch with everyone with a test booked during this time to let them know their test has been suspended and that we will automatically re-book them.
In addition all theory tests have been cancelled until Monday 20 April 2020 and refunds will be issued.
OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES
If a test has been suspended with less than 3 days’ notice, you and your pupils will be able to claim out-of-pocket expenses.
We will be monitoring the emerging situation and will let you know if we need to cancel any more tests.
THEORY TESTS (1). Cancelled until 8 May 2020
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, from Monday 20 April 2020, all theory tests have been cancelled until Friday 8 May 2020.
What DVSA is doing
We are emailing anyone with a test booked during this time to let them know their test has been cancelled and that they will be automatically refunded.
A theory testing service will still be available to those who have a critical need to take a test, such as NHS and front line workers.
Please do not call our customer service centre as they will not be able to help. Stay up to date on the latest information on GOV.UK.
We will be monitoring the situation and we will let you know if we need to cancel any more tests.
THEORY TESTS (2). The DVSA will not be introducing video clips in the car theory test from April.
Update: The changes to the theory test will no longer be introduced in April 2020. This is because of the coronavirus outbreak, which means that most theory tests are suspended for now.
We will make these changes to the theory test as soon as possible, as we recognise the benefits that they will bring.
You can check for updates on this change on GOV.UK.
Practising the new learning materials
To help your pupils prepare for the upcoming theory test changes, we have published the new practice video clips.
It would be great if you could encourage your pupils to use these when practising for their theory test.
GENERAL DRIVING INFORMATION
MOTs due from 30 March 2020
Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 - but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.
How the 6-month extension works
Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months if it’s eligible. This will be done just before it’s due to expire.
This means that:
- your vehicle will still have a valid MOT certificate for an extra 6 months
- you can still tax your vehicle
- your insurance will still be valid
- your vehicle’s record will be updated so the police can see you have a valid MOT
You will not get a new paper MOT certificate with the new expiry date on it.
You must still keep your vehicle safe to drive.
Example Your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 May 2020.
This will automatically be extended to 3 November 2020. You will need to get your MOT by this date.
What you need to do
Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will only be updated a few days before it was originally due to expire.
Three days before your MOT was originally due to expire, check the expiry date has been extended.
If the expiry date has not been extended 3 days before it was due to expire, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You need to include these details in the email:
- the date your MOT expired
- your vehicle registration number (number plate)
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will then:
- update your vehicle’s record
- email you to tell you this has been done
If your vehicle TAX and MOT run out in April
You cannot renew your vehicle tax until your MOT expiry date has been extended. It will be extended a few days before it was originally due to expire.
This means you might need to wait until later in April to tax your vehicle.
Check that the MOT expiry date has been extended before you tax your vehicle.
Keep your vehicle safe to drive
You must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended.
- how to check your vehicle is safe
- what rules you need to follow to maintain your vehicle
Get unsafe vehicles repaired
Take your vehicle to be repaired at the nearest open garage if it’s unsafe. These are allowed to stay open during the coronavirus outbreak.
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.