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Coronavirus: Learner drivers ‘anxious’ for tests to restart

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Student drivers have been left without clear direction about when they will have the option to step through their exams, driving educators have said.

They state there has been “no correspondence” from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Ela Owen and a car with a learner plate

Steve Britton, a driving educator from Bridgend, said teachers were “disappointed”.

The DVSA said it was holding the circumstance under “steady survey” in accordance with direction.

Ela Owen, 17, of Llanrwst in Conwy, had her test dropped in March and revised for 28 July.

She said she was “frustrated” when the primary test was dropped and there remains “vulnerability” around whether she will have the option to sit the revised test.

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Rhydian Hughes at the wheel

“We don’t live in a city so there’s not the same number of transports or prepares to get to places, so requiring a vehicle in a provincial region is very critical to have that freedom,” she said.

Her driving teacher, Rhydian Hughes, said students with tests coming up were “disappointed” and “on edge”, including: “I can’t reveal to them when they can begin having exercises.”

He said a few teachers were considering introducing a plastic screen among them and their students.

However, Mr Hughes included: “I don’t locate that functional… in spite of the fact that as a driving teacher I do have double controls, at some circumstance or now and again you may need to grasp the controlling wheel.”

The DVSA, which is liable for driving tests and supporting driving teachers, has suspended tests until 20 June at the soonest, to help forestall the spread of coronavirus.

The most recent figures accessible show that among July and September 2019, 32,340 driving tests occurred in Wales.

Steve Britton

Teacher Steve Britton said the build-up could be “four, five even a half year” and he thought that it was hard to perceive how to make exercises safe.

“I have a visor and veils yet no data from anyone about how it will be utilized,” he said.

Aaron Farmer, 18, who is one of Mr Britton’s understudies, said he was trusting that his dropped test will be revised.

He said his disappointment had been expanding as lockdown measures have been facilitating.

Mr Farmer, who has not driven a vehicle for two months, stated: “It would likely take me a decent barely any weeks again to get once again into it and a great deal of hours in the driver’s seat.”

The Driving Instructors Association said it was worried at an absence of data accessible for educators and understudies.

A representative stated: “All through this emergency there has been a baffling absence of correspondence from the controller.

“We’ve pardoned a portion of that in the prior period of this emergency as we are managing an exceptional pandemic and each administration office is on the back foot somewhat as far as giving direction.

“Nonetheless, we are at a point now where direction in pivotal.”

He included: “If the controller knows since they are not in a situation to continue testing toward the finish of this current month, at that point convey that to coaches and their understudies now.”

In an announcement the DVSA stated: “We see how testing the present circumstance is for the business however our top need is to stop the spread of coronavirus and protect everybody.

“We will keep on working intimately with driving teacher relationship on how and when we can continue driving tests and exercises in Wales and different pieces of the UK.

“We’re holding the circumstance under steady audit, in accordance with UK and Welsh government direction, and will give additional data when we can.”