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Driving Tests: Employment

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 181313, tabled on 15 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 131307 on Driving Tests: Employment, what steps the DVSA is taking to prioritise applicants for whom a driving licence is a requirement for maintaining or taking up employment.

Answered on

20 April 2021

During the lockdown period, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has been offering a limited theory test and practical test service in England and Wales to NHS health and social care workers, emergency services and local council workers who need to both drive as part of their job and respond to 'threats to life' as part of their job. The DVSA has contacted eligible organisations, such as NHS Trusts, to explain how to nominate candidates; candidates cannot apply themselves.

Mobile emergency worker tests cannot be currently offered in Scotland due to Covid restrictions determined by the Scottish Government.

The DVSA has no current plans to expand this priority service.

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