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How to book a driving test in the UK and what are the new rules?

DRIVING lessons and tests were put on hold during the coronavirus lockdown but are now coming back.

But as measures ease, here’s what you need to know about booking a test.

If you’re in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, yes – you can book a driving test but a spanner has been thrown in the works.

Brits will have to wait until Wednesday to be able to book a test after after millions of people forced the website to crash on the first day it reopened.

The DVSA said “essential maintenance” would be done to help the website to cope with the number of bookings.

You can book a test for:

DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: Coronavirus has severely impacted our business as usual operations, including by stopping driving tests in March. Since then DVSA have only been dealing with applications for emergency driving tests for critical workers.

“Following unprecedented demand for the driving test booking system with almost 7 million attempts to book a test when it opened, we need to carry out urgent maintenance so people can book tests.

“We have to close the booking service until Wednesday 26 August and are sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

You can book your driving test online via the Government’s website.

If you want to book a test in Northern Ireland, you’ll have to use a different service.

You’ll need your UK driving licence number, credit or debit card and driving instructor’s personal reference number (if you want to check they’re available) before you start.

You can also check how much your test will cost before you go ahead and book it.

Unfortunately, driving tests in Scotland are still on hold.

They’re set to be back on September 14.

New measures brought in in the wake of coronavirus will change how some aspects of the practical tests are conducted.

For instance, if a learner driver makes a serious or dangerous fault the test will end automatically and they will be asked to leave the vehicle.

Previously the learner had been allowed to drive back to the test centre in order to practice, but now they’ll have to exit the vehicle to minimise the amount of time spent in the car.

Ian Mcintosh, CEO of Red Driving School told Express.co.uk: “There are some differences learner drivers will need to be aware of.

“In this new era of driving tests, the examination will be stopped immediately if the candidate commits a serious or dangerous fault.

“Previously, the test would continue, which gave the candidate the benefit of a full test experience where they’d be informed at the end of the session that they hadn’t passed.

“This new measure has been introduced to limit contact time between the examiner and learner driver.

“While this makes sense from a safety perspective, it does feel like the experience of being tested is a little diminished.”

Booking a driving theory test can be done online.

However, people are warned not to attend if they show any signs of the coronavirus or have been in contact with anyone who has the virus.

It is free of charge if you need to change the date of your theory test and can also be done online.

You need your:

You must have lived in England, Wales or Scotland for at least 185 days in the last 12 months before the day you take your theory or driving test.

Car and motorcycle tests cost £23.

If you need help with your booking:

[email protected]
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
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From now on test-takers must wear a mask while driving.

If you cannot wear a mask you need to inform the DVSA when you book your test.

If you turn up for a test without a mask it will automatically be cancelled.

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