Driving lessons resume from the 23rd of April.
They fall under close-contact services which will resume operating then and this will also allow the resumption of driving instruction, theory and practical tests.
Driving instruction and theory and practical driving tests remain suspended. This will be subject to a further review by the Executive on 15 April 2021.
Theory tests, booked from the 26th December 2020 to the 1st April 2021 have been rescheduled, for 60 days later, into a temporary placeholder appointment. Please check your booking urgently.
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced that existing MOT temporary exemption certificates (TECs) for some vehicle groups will be extended by a further four months.
NI Direct Motoring announcements due to Covid-19.
Information on the Driver & Vehicle Agency's (DVA) services that are affected during the pandemic.
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.
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.