R is for the Road Ahead


As lockdown continues for a further three weeks, it’s time for another update on how this affects driving lessons and tests.


We are currently not allowed to provide lessons unless the learner is a keyworker with a confirmed driving test booking.

Theory Tests

Theory tests are suspended until 8th May 2020. If you had a theory test booked, it will not be rescheduled automatically. Your test will be cancelled and a refund issued.

If your theory certificate expires (or has expired already) then, unfortunately, there are no extensions beyond the two years. (Personally, I think that if MOTs can be extended by six months, then why not Theory Certificates?)

Practical Tests

Practical tests are slowly being rebooked. If your test was booked by me, then new dates will come to me. I will let you know the new date.

If you booked your own test then the new date will be sent to you. Please contact me as soon as possible with the new date.

Please note that rebooked test dates are subject to my availability and your availability. It is also possible that dates may be changed again if government policy changes and the lockdown is extended again.

Also, please remember that your test date may need to be moved again if the interruption in lessons means that you have not yet reached the required standard to be presented for the test.

Telling you off!

I also need to give you all a telling off as almost nobody has logged in to Driving Test Success! Remember that it is important to keep up your theory practice so that when theory tests restart, you will be ready to go!

Driving Test Success also provides valuable practical videos to help you prepare for driving lessons when we restart. This could actually reduce the number of lessons you ultimately need! And I’m providing it for free! If you need your subscription resetting then please let me know.

Driver Active

We are also grateful to John Farlam from Driver Active who has made access to www.driveractive.com free! This is another set of online practical videos.

Please, please make use of these free resources.

I wish you all the best and thank you for your understanding.

Richard Bates

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