Updates on face coverings and car sharing rules in Scotland.
DfT clarifies masks for taxi drivers not mandatory
After the announcements from government last night NJC and NASP have been asking for some clarification as members were becoming concerned about the wearing of face coverings and if it would become compulsory.
We have now had clarification from the Department for Transport that taxi drivers will not legally be required to wear coverings, despite new rules mandating passenger use.
According to DfT sources, like all transport workers, taxi drivers are not currently legally required to wear a face covering whilst in their workplace. However, licensing authorities are urging drivers to adopt all safe measures possible.
NJC and NASP have always given the advice that we strongly recommend both the ADI and pupil wears a face covering because social distancing cannot be maintained once inside the car. With Coronavirus rates rising it’s important we continue to wash hands regularly, sanitise the car well and for us not to become complacent about this. The guidelines and all our NJC advice can be reached from the home page of our website at www.adinjc.org.uk
NASP is currently seeking clear guidance from DVSA as to whether there is any intention to make the wearing of face coverings more widely mandatory in driver training, given such measures are already required on driving tests.
We will update you when we have further information.
Please remember that in Scotland ADIs and pupils MUST wear face coverings.
Do recently announced restrictions on car sharing impact testing and training in Scotland and elsewhere?
Latest announcements from the First Minister for Scotland, outlining further measures designed to curb the spread of Coronavirus, highlight the need to limit car sharing. This has obviously prompted queries from our Scottish members. In the First Minister’s speech yesterday it was stated:-
“We know, again from Test & Protect data, that sharing car journeys presents a significant risk of transmission.
We are therefore advising against car sharing with people outside your own household.”
We have contacted Transport for Scotland and DVSA for clarification on this issue.
When we receive the answers to why this was happening we will of course, let you know.
Today some members have told us that a small number of tests were cancelled this morning at some individual test centres, as test centre managers were asking for clarification themselves from DVSA on how government guidance on car sharing with anyone outside your bubble impacts testing. This seems to be a few isolated incidents in areas where local lockdowns are also in place.
DVSA have now confirmed to NJC and NASP that tests have resumed in these areas and it was in fact a misunderstanding with the guidelines being misinterpreted.
The NJC continues to be dedicated to help you in these challenging times and we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.
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