If you missed last night’s training webinar on Part 3 and Standards Checks, then you can view it here.
Mention was made of DVSA’s risk assessment for conducting tests with an examiner in the back, and you can find that here. And here for our document ‘Changes to the Part 3 and Standards Check during COVID-19’.
We have received the following from DVSA after sending them the letter from HSE about waiting rooms –
Regards use of waiting rooms, many thanks for forwarding HSEs response to the recent ADINJC enquiry. Our current holding position is as follows:
DVSA’s priority is to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Following engagement with driving instructors we made toilet and handwashing facilities available for any candidate, instructor or accompanying driver if requested.
DVSA is currently in discussion with HSE about the use of waiting rooms for driving instructors.
We were made aware of tests not going out because the ADI and student arrived at the test centre without masks and examiners are refusing to take them out. This should not be happening and tests should still go ahead, as said on the DVSA/NASP webinar of 17 July.
Both DVSA and NASP strongly promote the use of face coverings during lessons and would impress on ADIs the need to ensure a safe and clean training environment. The wearing of a face covering protects others, not wearing one in a confined space risks unnecessary spreading of the virus. We would encourage all ADIs to read the DVSA SOPs, NASP advice and to follow Public Health 1m+ guidance.
That said, whilst face coverings are mandatory on test, they are not compulsory on lessons as this is a matter for the individual business.
When candidates arrive without a mask, the examiner should ask the candidate to ventilate the vehicle before completing the sign up process, eyesight test and tell me question, where possible these should be done without entering the vehicle. The test should then continue as normal. Examiners are being reminded of this procedure.
We have today asked the following questions of DVSA:
• There are numbers of test centres with test availability showing for this week, including Saturday, but no way to book them. What a waste of tests. Are there any plans to try and get these filled?
• Lots of ADIs are falling foul of the no booking rule. However, we feel this is no wonder when you see this page –