The Transport Minister has written to MPs confirming that driving lessons, then tests, will be recommencing in the coming weeks, as will MOTs. I have posted the letter at the bottom of this page, and the key information is quoted below.
'From 4 July, people will be able to take motorcycle compulsory basic training, motorcycle lessons or driving lessons in a car, lorry or bus.
Theory tests will also be available from 4 July. Practical riding and driving tests for motorcyclists and lorry and bus drivers will be available from 13 July, and car practical driving tests from 22 July. The DVSA is introducing a phased approach to resuming practical testing so learners have the opportunity to practise before taking a test.'
'Additionally, as announced today, from 1 August we will be reinstating mandatory light vehicle MOT testing. At the start of the Covid-19 outbreak we introduced legislation which exempted vehicles from needing an MOT for 6- months. Now that the lockdown measures are being eased, we feel it is time to bring these exemptions to an end. Road safety is key and as more vehicles return to regular use, we need to ensure that they are safe on our roads. While many garages have stayed open during this period, this decision will allow them to return to business as usual and for staff to return to work.
We will stop issuing extensions to MOTs from 31 July. This means that car, motorcycle and van owners with an MOT due from 1 August will once again need get a test certificate to continue driving. This will not effect those who have already been granted an additional 6 months, they can continue to use the extended MOT date.
In announcing this well in advance we are ensuring that drivers have sufficient notice to organise an MOT test, and testing stations can prepare for an increase in business. Alongside this we will also be encouraging those who have benefited from the extension to consider taking their vehicles in for a test before the extended expiry date.'