|From Saturday 11 December face coverings will be a legal requirement during professional car driving lessons and practical tests in Wales unless an individual is exempt.|
This follows the Welsh Government’s announcement to make face coverings a legal requirement in a range of settings in Wales.
This is one of a range of Welsh Government measures which respond to the emergence of UK cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Wearing a face covering can reduce the risk to others and yourself against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 infection (COVID-19).
Further information, including on how to safely wear a face covering can be accessed on GOV.WALES
HGV driving lessons in Wales
From tomorrow (Saturday 11 December 2021) it will be a legal requirement for you and your pupils to wear a face covering during an HGV driving lesson. You need to let your pupils know about this change.You should also ensure good ventilation during lessons and clean your vehicles before each lesson to help prevent the spread of the virus.
DVSA HGV tests in Wales
You must inform us if your pupil is exempt from wearing a face covering when you book their test. This will allow us to arrange for their test to be carried out by an examiner who has volunteered to test candidates who are exempt from wearing a face covering.
Your pupil’s test will not take place without a face covering if you or they do not tell us ahead of their test.
You need to remind your pupils of these requirements.
You must also wear a face covering when travelling with a pupil to an HGV test, unless you are exempt. We will not allow the test to take place if we see a trainer or their pupil not wearing a face covering whilst sharing a vehicle before the test. If this happens, the examiner will speak to both the instructor and pupil to determine why they were not wearing a face covering.
Public service vehicle (PSV) tests in Wales
There is not a legal requirement for face coverings to be worn during PSV driving lessons or tests in Wales.
However, DVSA continues to require candidates to wear a face covering during its PSV tests unless they are exempt.
HGV 3a off-road exercise tests with an approved testing provider in Wales
The legal requirement for face coverings to be worn during HGV tests also extends to the 3a off-road exercise test with an approved testing provider.
Approved testers and their candidates must wear a face covering during the 3a test, unless they are exempt.
If you are an approved testing provider, tests should not take place without a face covering if the candidate has not warned you in advance of their test that they are exempt under the new regulations.
Face coverings guidance in Wales
If you have a pupil who is exempt and has a 3a test booking with an approved testing provider, we advise you to let the provider know in advance of your pupil’s test.
Test centre waiting rooms
In general, the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 is higher:
in crowded spaces, where there are more people who might be infectious
in enclosed indoor spaces where there is limited fresh air
We encourage you to keep your distance and you must wear face coverings in our waiting areas in Wales, to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Taking rapid lateral flow tests
We continue to encourage your pupils to take a rapid lateral flow test in the 48 hours before their driving test.
Rapid lateral flow testing is currently being offered in Wales to people who do not have symptoms. You may wish to use regular rapid testing to help manage periods of risk such as close contact in a car or when spending prolonged time with a person at higher risk.
Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms. This means they could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Testing twice a week increases the chances of detecting COVID-19 when a person is infectious – helping to make sure you do not spread COVID-19.