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DVSA has informed us that the National Police Chief Council cascaded the following message to all police constabularies as part of their Covid-19 weekly update.
Emergency driving tests
We are continuing to provide emergency driving tests for those whose work is critical to the coronavirus response, specifically NHS, emergency services and social care. These are being organised nationwide, via an online form. In order for a key worker to take a test they may need some final lessons and practice from a professional Approved Driving Instructor.
The Chief Executive of the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has issued the following guidance to ADIs:
Providing driving lessons for people whose work is critical to the coronavirus response
I’m aware that some of the people whose work is critical to the coronavirus response will need to finish their driving lessons and be able to use a vehicle for their test. I’m very grateful to those of you who are able to continue providing lessons for those who need them. In line with our plans to only provide tests for candidates who have an essential need, when taking lessons, we recommend that you ask candidates to bring appropriate ID with them demonstrating the need for them to take lessons – for example, an ID badge, payslip or letter from their employer.
The Registrar’s Office
As you will know DVSA has been working remotely during lockdown with reduced resources. They have been giving priority to the provision of critical services. However, some of the Registrar’s team are now back in the office and working to re-issue certificates that have been in the pipeline with access to the badge making facility. As you may expect, there is a huge backlog of applications to deal with.
If you applied and paid for your licence renewal, you will have received an email saying that you can continue to work with key workers until you get your new licence. Your name will be on the register, and you have paid for your badge. Certificates that should have been issued in April and May are now being issued, and people are beginning to receive them. People renewing in June will also be dealt with, as well as anyone who had allowed their badge to lapse but now wishes to renew.
A number of the team are still working from home. They are working as quickly as possible but ask for patience as they work through the backlog. If you have queries please do not send anything in by post, as it may take some time to start on the physical mail. Please email any enquiry to PADI@dvsa.gov.uk.
Our Scottish members can now register for the next Scottish webinar on 26 June at 11am. It would be appreciated if only people living in Scotland attend this webinar.
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The NJC continues to be dedicated to help you in these challenging times and we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. Please feel free to contact us for help and support.
ADINJC’s helpline is 0800 8202 444
The Secretary’s number is 07855 453414
HMRC Helpline: 0800 0159 559
Citizens Advice Bureau – https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/
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