Please note there are amendments to the following section of the guidelines, the remainder remains the same.
Taking a client to test:
• Please arrive at the test centre no more than 5 minutes before the test time, this should allow you time to wipe down the examiners side of the vehicle, including seat adjusters and head restraint, seatbelt and its connection, the dashboard area and passenger door contact points
• Remember test times may be different to before as DVSA try to maximise social distancing and avoiding too many people gathering at once.
• It is recommended that you leave your ADI certificate in the window as you can be contacted sooner by your ADI number if an examiner tested positive for Covid19.
• The meet and greet by the examiner will be conducted in the car park or usual meeting place where tests usually begin where there is no car park
• If a driving test candidate or driving examiner develops symptoms in the days after a test, the NHS Test and Trace service will use data DVSA collects from the candidate to contact them.
We’ve updated our privacy notice published on GOV.UK to explain how we manage personal data. See section 4.1 of the following document: Book and manage your driving test: privacy notice.
• The examiner may choose to fit a disposable seat cover and must be satisfied the car has been recently cleaned. The examiner will use an anti-viral wipe to clean the passenger door and touch points.
• Candidates must bring and wear a face covering for the duration of the test, the Examiners can provide one to the candidate if needed. This is a mandatory requirement unless the DVSA is informed at the time of test booking a suitable reason for not wearing one such as a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability that means candidates cannot put one on or remove one.
• Examiners will wear a face covering.
• Not all test centres will be open straight away and this will vary from site to site. The DVSA need to ensure centres are safe before reopening after being closed for such a long time.
• Waiting room facilities will not be available for candidates. Candidates will be asked to wait outside so ensure you plan for this with suitable clothing.
• If the centre has toilet facilities for candidates, they will remain closed unless someone has a disability, a medical condition, or is pregnant.
• Explain to the client how the examiner will behave before arrival at the test centre.
• DVSA will do they we can to support an ADI attending debrief, outside the vehicle, subject to social distancing. Where this is not possible, eg due to poor weather, the ADI may not be able to join the debrief.
• If a candidate develops a cough, or becomes unwell during the test, the test will be stopped.
• If a candidate develops symptoms within the 3 days prior to a test, they can rebook to another date without losing their fee.
• If a candidate commits a serious or dangerous fault (or makes 16 driving faults) that would result in a fail, they will be directed back to the Driving Test Centre. Test conditions continue until they return to the centre, where the test will be ended and a debrief offered.
The full updated guidelines are on the NASP website.
Please keep checking the NASP website www.n-a-s-p.co.uk , individual NASP member association websites, member emails and social media for updated information. This advice is for everyone when your government say it’s safe to work.
Please remember that ADINJC, DIA and MSA are the only Tier 1 consultative stakeholder of DVSA within the ADI industry and as such receive information and communications direct from the regulator to disseminate to members. It is wise to check the source and validity of any other information you see, particularly on social media, if it does not come from a professional body within the sector.
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