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Driving test applications for critical workers

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, routine practical driving tests and theory tests have been suspended in England, Scotland and Wales.

However, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is still able to provide a theory and/or practical test service for frontline NHS health and social care workers and other frontline roles responding to ‘threat to life’ and who need to drive as part of their job.

The Trust will need to apply on behalf of colleagues who fulfil the criteria for an emergency driving test. The request must come from the colleague’s line manager and be sent to Mel Curd, Trust Secretary: melanie.curd@nhs.net, or the Deputy Trust Secretary: andrea.graham6@nhs.net

In the email to Mel, line managers should include the following information about the colleague requiring a test:

  • Employee’s name
  • Employee’s job role
  • Employee’s driving licence number
  • The type of test they require
  • Driving test booking reference number
  • Current driving test date
  • The reason why the individual requires the licence to carry out the duties of their role; this should not include commuting to work
  • Which driving test centres they would prefer to take the test from
  • Any dates when the candidate is unavailable.

You can read more about how driving tests are being affected by COVID-19 and the process for emergency driving tests for critical workers on the gov.uk website