Lockdown measures start from 00:001 on 26 December 2020, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions will be in place for six weeks, which means that driving instruction, as a close contact service, will once again be suspended until 5 February 2021.
Tougher penalties for drivers who use mobile phones at the wheel could be introduced in Northern Ireland in weeks.
The plan is to impose a fine of £200 and six penalty points, an increase from the current three penalty points and a £60 fine.
Please see email received from the DVA to Approved Driving Instructors dated 28 July 2020.
Drivers can be fined up to £1,000 if they do not tell DVA about a medical condition that affects their driving - and may be prosecuted if they’re involved in an accident as a result.
From early February 2020, driving examiners will be using a digital tablet to carry out category C, C1, and C+E practical driving tests instead of using the paper based driver test marking system.
There is no change to the driving test or to the assessment, only to the method of capturing the information during the test.
This means that candidates who provide an email address can have the test results emailed to them after the test and if they've passed the test, their licence will be issued automatically, if appropriate.
In order to take a theory or practical test in Northern Ireland, it is a legal requirement that the candidate must be normally resident in Northern Ireland (I.e. for at least 185 days in each calendar year).
Learner drivers who have a GB provisional licence and want to take a theory or practical test in Northern Ireland, will have to complete a residency declaration form.
This form can be downloaded from the following link:
The residency requirement does not apply to Driver CPC Module 2 or Module 4.
Lloyd Walker, Proprietor of Lloyds School of Motoring, had the opportunity to discuss with BBC Radio Ulster some suggestions for safe winter driving.
(Copyright and acknowledgements - BBC Radio Ulster)
Latest advice from the Education Authority to school teachers who drive a minibus.