DVSA – new face covering rules for Scotland

The Scottish Government has confirmed that from Monday 2 November 2020, by law, you and your pupils must wear a face covering during driving lessons.

This does not include motorcycle or tractor lessons.

If you do not wear a face covering, you must have a good reason, for example:
• you have a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
• wearing it would cause you severe distress
• you and the person you are teaching live in the same household

Your pupils will need to let you know before their lesson if they cannot wear a face covering.

You can be fined £60 if you do not wear a face covering during a driving lesson in Scotland. This will be reduced to £30 if you pay within 28 days.

Face coverings: practical tests

Your pupils must bring and wear a face covering for their practical test, unless they have a good reason not to. Good reasons are things like:
• having a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability
• wearing it would cause them severe distress

If they refuse to wear a face covering they will not be able to take their test.

If they do have a good reason they need to tell us when they book their test.

Face coverings: theory tests

Your pupils must bring and wear a face covering for their theory test, unless they have a good reason not to. Good reasons are things like:
• having a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability
• wearing it would cause them severe distress

They need to say if they have a good reason not to wear a face covering when they book their test.

If they already have a theory test booked and have a good reason not to wear a face covering they need to call Pearson VUE on 0300 200 1122.

More information
Check GOV.UK for the latest about:
theory tests
driving tests
instructor guidance

The Welsh Government has also published information on financial support that you can access.

 

 

 

 

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