England has begun a strict national lockdown. You must not leave or be outside your home except where necessary.
Wales is at alert level 4.
Mainland Scotland is in lockdown. You may not leave your home except for essential purposes.
Northern Ireland began a six-week lockdown on 26 December. This has been extended to 5 March.
Driver and rider training
Driver and rider training is not permitted in England. Tests are also suspended.
Driver and rider training is not permitted in Wales at this time. Tests have been suspended.
Driver and rider training is not permitted in mainland Scotland. Tests have been suspended.
Driver training is not permitted in Northern Ireland. Tests have been suspended. Rider training is permitted.
At this time, driver and rider key worker training is not permitted.
HMRC Helpline: 0800 0159 559 (a lot of the benefits and business support will be channeled through HMRC)
Business advice and financial concerns
The National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP) has offered the following guidance for driver and rider trainers:
Try not to panic. Easy to say, but set aside some time, sit down calmly with a clear head and look at your business. There will be a way through this if it becomes difficult, you are planning ahead and it hasn’t actually happened yet.
Look at your variable costs in the business you have control over, can any of those cost be cut back for a short time?
Do not stick your head in the sand. If you’re looking at bills coming in and you’re not going to be able to cover them, contact the companies concerned. Be proactive – businesses are all in this situation together and it is in the interest of everyone to work together. For example; can they help by extending the time you have to pay?
Can you cut back on your day-to-day living costs? You know you best and know what you could cut back on if needs be.
Unfortunately this situation will get worse before it gets better, so our advice would be to immediately cut down on your outgoings.
Preventing spread of infection
Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Avoid direct contact with fuel pumps and/or air pressure pumps at the petrol station, and also pay and display ticket machines. If your car is going in/coming out of a garage, others will have been using the controls, so make sure you throughly disinfect. Avoid handling cash and get a contactless payment system or use bank transfers.
With thanks to colleagues within NASP and DVSA for their contributions to this information. We will continue to exchange advice and information with these partners to help get as much guidance out to the industry as possible.
Last updated: Tuesday 5 January 2021, 08:50