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Driving Tests Resume

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.

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DVA Further Review On Tests
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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.

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Theory Tests Rescheduled Dates
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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.

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Four Month Extension for MOT
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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.

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Latest Covid-19 Motoring News
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NI Direct Motoring announcements due to Covid-19.

Information on the Driver & Vehicle Agency's (DVA) services that are affected during the pandemic. 

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DVA Latest Update
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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.

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Drivers set to be fined £200 for mobile phone use
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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.

 

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The resumption of car and lorry driving tests
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Please see email received from the DVA to Approved Driving Instructors dated 28 July 2020.

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11 medical issues you must tell the DVA about including déjà vu
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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.

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Tests Go Digital
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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. CLICK FOR DETAILS
NI Residency Requirement for Theory and Practical Tests
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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:

RESIDENCY DECLARATION FORM

Please Note:

The residency requirement does not apply to Driver CPC Module 2 or Module 4.

BBC Good Morning Ulster - Winter Driving Tips
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Lloyd Walker, Proprietor of Lloyds School of Motoring, had the opportunity to discuss with BBC Radio Ulster some suggestions for safe winter driving.

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(Copyright and acknowledgements - BBC Radio Ulster)

Teachers warned of school minibus driving licence rules
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Latest advice from the Education Authority to school teachers who drive a minibus.

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