• Simon Harrison

Critical Worker Update

I have just received an update from the Driving Instructor Association regarding DVSA's update to questions regarding the training of key/critical workers during lockdown.

DVSA said: “The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is working with its theory test contract provider, Pearson VUE, to respond to requests for theory tests from organisations such as ambulance authorities on behalf of frontline mobile emergency workers who require a driving licence to carry out duties in their employment role.

"The DVSA will also respond to requests for practical driving tests from organisations on behalf of frontline mobile emergency workers, who require a driving licence to carry out duties in their employment role.

"This is a limited service subject to examiner resource and is restricted to candidates working in health and social care, and other public bodies involved in work responding to ‘threats to life’ such as the Environment Agency’s flood rescue staff, or local authority gritter truck drivers.

"The DVSA will contact NHS Trusts to explain how to nominate candidates; candidates cannot apply themselves. Applications from other organisations will be considered if the mobile emergency worker criteria is met.

“Approved driving instructors and trainers can return to work only for the purpose of supporting a mobile emergency worker with a booked test.”

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