From tomorrow (1 May 2020) DVSA is making a temporary change to car and vocational emergency driving tests, to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

What will change

Our examiners will end emergency tests early if a candidates commits:

  • a serious or dangerous fault
  • a total of 16 driver faults

This is to help reduce the amount of time the candidate and examiner spend in the vehicle, when the candidate has failed their test.

In these circumstances, the examiner will instruct the candidate to drive back to the test centre instead of continuing for the full time, before they tell the candidate they have failed.

Motorcycle module 2 tests will not be affected by this change.

Updated standard operating procedure

We’ve updated our emergency driving test standard operating procedure to include these changes.

Download coronavirus (COVID-19): conducting driving tests for key workers standard operating procedure (77.1KB)