Restarting driving lessons and tests in Wales

Following the Welsh First Minister’s review on 12 March, we have worked with the Welsh Government and stakeholders to agree restart dates of all our driver and rider services in Wales.

The dates are the same as the indicative restart dates for England and will go ahead if the public health position remains favourable in Wales.

We wanted to provide you with these dates as quickly as we possible to help you plan for reopening your businesses and to start teaching again in Wales.

Restarting driving lessons and tests

If the public health position remains favourable the proposed date for you to restart driving lessons and training is Monday 12 April 2021.

We know many of you want the opportunity to carry out lessons and training before we restart driving tests, and we agree with this.

Therefore, tests are due to restart 10 days later, on Thursday 22 April.

In the meantime, your pupils can continue to practise driving with an accompanying driver from within their household on local journeys.

We have shared our guidance for driving examiners with driver training associations and they have updated their good practice guidance for instructors. Links to good practice guidance are included in the instructor guidance on GOV.UK.

Driving test bookings

We’ll email candidates with tests booked before 22 April to let them know their test will be rescheduled. If you have booked a test for any of your pupils, you will receive an email to let you know it will be rescheduled to a new time and date. You will need to contact your pupil to let them know.

We’ll email you with the new time and date as soon as possible; please ask your pupils to bear with us.

If the new time and date is not suitable for you or your pupil, you can choose a different time and date on GOV.UK. You will need your pupil’s driving licence number to do this. Your pupil does not need to pay again to do this.

We know pupils with tests booked up to 22 April will be disappointed. But it’s important that candidates have adequate time to practise with a professional instructor before they come to test.

Restarting lessons ten days ahead of tests will give you chance to provide your pupils with professional refresher training before they take their test. This approach is supported by the National Association of Strategic Partners (NASP).

Instructor tests

If the public health position remains favourable, we intend to restart instructor testing from 22 April. Any ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks booked after testing is planned to restart will go ahead as planned.

If your part 2 or 3 test or standards check is on hold, we will contact you to arrange a new time and date as soon as we are able to.

Theory tests

Welsh Government has confirmed that theory tests can restart in Wales on 12 April 2021. We’ll email all candidates with theory tests booked before 12 April to ask them to reschedule their test.

Mobile emergency worker tests

Practical and theory tests for mobile emergency workers which have already been booked will still take place as scheduled.

England and Scotland

We’re working with both the English and Scottish Governments on restarting lessons driver and rider services. We’ll keep you updated as these plans develop.