Petition Allow learner drivers to go out and drive with people from their household.
The Government should dhange the rules for the lockdown to allow learner drivers to go out and drive with people from their household.
Many young people do not want to use public transport to travel to their education so want to be driving as soon as possible.
This response was given on 20 January 2021
Whilst Government guidance is clear that people should be staying at home, pupils can practise driving with members of their household or support bubble as part of an essential journey.
Read the response in full
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for us all. Our absolute priority right now is on tackling the spread of COVID-19. Following the announcement of national lockdown restrictions, all routine practical driving lessons and tests have been suspended. It is not possible to socially distance when in a confined space, such as a car, and in such close proximity to the instructor or examiner. The safety of examiners, instructors and candidates must always remain our priority.
Government guidance is very clear that people should be staying at home to save lives and protect the NHS unless the trip is essential. A journey solely for driver learning purposes is not considered essential.
However, current guidance states that pupils can practice driving with members of their household or support bubble as part of travel for work, education or other essential journeys. This position is the same in England, Scotland and Wales.
We fully appreciate the challenges this will cause learners but we need to take action to protect the NHS and save lives.
Department for Transport
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