ADINJC is very disappointed not to be able to bring you any news about the date of return to work, or how the tiers will affect lessons and tests. We expect to have further guidance by Monday. We realise how this affects our members and have expressed this to DVSA. With only a few days before lockdown ends, we appreciate that members need to know when to restart and if any restrictions will be in force in the higher tiers, and find it unacceptable not to have this information yet. We will, as always, let you know immediately we hear anything, but in the meantime we will all have to be patient, sadly.
It is now law in Scotland to wear a face covering during tests and on lessons.
If your have a candidate who cannot wear a face covering, they must let DVSA know in advance.
Examiners can refuse to carry out tests if you or your pupil are not wearing a face covering when you arrive at the test centre, and there will be no refund and the test will be lost.
Good reasons not to wear a face covering include:
• a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
• wearing a face covering would cause severe distress
And our colleagues in Northern Ireland are on a further two week lockdown from today and not permitted to work.
The restrictions state: “Close contact services, such as hairdressers, beauticians, make-up and nails, tattoo and piercing parlours, tanning shops, massage, electrolysis, well-being and holistic treatments, and driving instructors are not permitted to operate.”
If you haven’t already done so, please consider those less fortunate than yourself and donate to the fund for ADIs and PDIs unable to get financial help. Even a small donation will help others who are in need of some help because they’ve fallen through the cracks of the financial help available from the government.
If we can get it up to £12,500 then our wonderful sponsor Marmalade will add another £7,500 (that’s in addition to the £2,500 they’ve already put in).
We will shortly be publishing the rules of the scheme, including criteria for applications.
Please donate using this link.