The Scottish Government announced on 19 December that mainland Scotland will be moving into level 4 restrictions from 00:01 on 26 December for a period of 3 weeks.
This means that a series of restrictive measures will be in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You can read more about the measures on the Scottish Government’s website.
Driving lessons in level 4 areas
The Scottish Government has confirmed that driving lessons will be suspended in all areas that move into protection level 4.
If you live in an area under level 4 restrictions, you must not travel out of this area to give driving lessons or to take a pupil for a test.
Further guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-vehicle-lessons/pages/lessons/
Your pupils can still have private practise using their own car if they and the supervising driver are from the same household and it is part of an essential journey.
Lower level area travel restrictions
If you live or operate in a protection levels 0-3 you can continue to provide driving lessons to any of your pupils as long as they don’t live in a protection level 4 area.
Driving tests in level 4 areas
All car driving tests will be suspended in protection level 4 areas. This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.
We’ll email pupils who are affected by this to let them know we will reschedule their test for the first available date.
If you have booked a test for any of your pupils at a test centre that has moved into protection level 4, 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 then send you an email with the new time and date as soon as possible; please ask your pupils to be patient.
If the new time and date isn’t 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.
Travelling out of a level 4 area for a test
The Scottish Government is putting travel restrictions into law to further enforce the current guidance that restricts people who live in a level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose.
Any of your pupils who live in an area under protection level 4 must not travel out of the affected area to take a test. If they do, the examiner will not be able to test them.
Driving Tests in other level areas
As a result of level 4 travel restrictions our examiners are unable to travel to other areas in lower levels to take driving tests.
We are therefore suspending all tests booked in protection levels 0-3, where the examiner is coming from level 4, until the travel restrictions are lifted. This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.
Theory tests in level 4 areas
All theory tests will be suspended in areas moved into protection level 4. We will email candidates affected by this to let them know their theory test is on hold and that they will need to reschedule it by visiting https://www.gov.uk/change-theory-test.
This is in line with the Scottish Government guidance.
Theory Tests in other level areas
As a result of level 4 travel restrictions theory tests in some protection level 0-3 areas levels will not take place as examiners are unable to travel from level 4 areas. We will email candidates affected by this to let them know their theory test is on hold and that they will need to reschedule it by visiting https://www.gov.uk/change-theory-test.
Theory Tests will go ahead in:
All other Theory Tests will be suspended until the travel restrictions are lifted. We will email those candidates affected.