The DVSA’s Chief Executive has penned an open letter to motorcycle schools to help clear up some confusion around training and testing during the lockdown.

DVSA confirms motorcycle training and testing is STILL happening. Sort of. Here’s what YOU need to know.

They key message, is that if you need to pass your test to allow you to carry out essential work. It’s still possible. DVSA Chief Executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “As you know, we have suspended motorcycle tests to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We are continuing to provide emergency tests for those whose work is critical to the coronavirus response.”

He added: “We will continue to prioritise these and match them against 50 volunteer motorcycle examiners across Great Britain. Not all driving examiners are able to provide this service because those particularly vulnerable from coronavirus need to stay at home. However, those staying at home are helping to process requests for emergency tests.”


In the letter, Llwellyn also explains that training is taking place for key workers who need it, to allow them to pass the motorcycle test and carry out essential work.

He said: “I’m incredibly aware that some workers including our NHS staff and those on the frontline will have an urgent need to finish their motorcycle training. I’m very grateful to those of you who are able to continue providing training – including compulsory basic training (CBT) – for people those who need it.”

As the training and testing is only for key workers, the advice is that pupils bring appropriate ID to demonstrate their need. That’d be an ID badge, payslip or letter from their employer.


For more information on the specifics of the advice, and to check out the open letter in full, click HERE.

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