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19 June 2020, 10:29 | Updated: 21 June 2020, 17:40
Things will be very different for those taking their driving tests.
Driving instructors will face a number of changed when lessons and test can begin again after being halted due to coronavirus.
New guidance has been set by the Government ahead of test centres reopening in the coming weeks, however, there's no confirmed date set as of yet.
But a few weeks ago, government guidelines did suggest a few ways that examiners and driving instructors can keep themselves and their pupils safe, once things are back to normal and centres can reopen.
A letter written by the chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Gareth Llewellyn, to driving instructors revealed a number of things that were currently being reviewed.
Guidance for examiners and instructors is currently being reviewed which covers a number of things such as the PPE they will need to wear, how they will now greet candidates (no shaking of hands), and how they should be cleaning equipments going forwards.
The letter said masks and gloves have been ordered for all driving examiners, but there has been a delay in obtaining them because of wider shortages.
The agency, which is in charge of carrying out driving tests and approving people to be driving instructors, also warned that social distancing measures might limit the number of tests it can carry out in the coming months.
Currently all driving tests have been put on hold - meaning driving instructors, who are not employed by the government, have also been unable to work.
The Driving Instructors Association currently recommends that instructors should only give training in a car to key workers preparing for an essential driving test, such as emergency workers.