Lynne and Matt were both away this weekend (not together I hasten to add!), so it fell to me to be interviewed on BBC Breakfast.
If you feel the need you can view the interview on test bookings here.
We were asked about the situation regarding candidates having to adjust their masks on test. It is mandatory for candidates to wear masks, unless they are exempt and asked for an excemption at the time they make the booking. This is so that DVSA can find an examiner to volunteer to conduct that test without a mask. When this situation was first introduced, there were questions around mask wearing, and we have dug back through the files to find the following:
DVSA Q & A session on 22 July
I would like to ask as a glasses wearer I am have trouble wearing a mask without steaming my glasses up, I have tried different masks all the anti mist tricks to no avail, so my question is what will happen on test if the candidate is unable to wear a mask because they can’t see where they are going , or have to remove it, will the test continue or be abandoned.
The test should not be the first time that the candidate has driven whilst wearing a face covering and we would encourage all ADIs to read the DVSA SOPs and to follow Public Health 1m+ guidance.
Face coverings are a mandatory requirement on a driving test unless a stated exemption is declared at the time of booking.
Making sure the face covering fits securely can help, as can having a well-ventilated car.
Face coverings are now a key part of everyday life for many tasks. The candidate should practice in one that fits suitably in advance of their test. If misting becomes a road safety concern the candidate will be directed back to the test centre where the test will be terminated.
This was in a DVSA update on 24 July – Problem with their face covering during the test
If your pupil has a problem with their face covering during the test, their driving examiner will ask them to stop so they can adjust it. Their driving examiner will end the test early if it becomes a safety issue.
We have heard of situations where the message about needing a test without a mask hasn’t got through to the test centre, so a bit of belt and braces wouldn’t come amiss, and a call to your test centre a day or two before might be helpful.
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