The Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon MLA has announced today that the DVA intends to resume practical car and lorry driving tests from 1 September 2020, initially prioritising those requests from key workers followed by those customers whose tests were cancelled due to lockdown. The DVA have advised that they will contact these customers directly.
The DVA have announced that they will conducting risk assessments to determine how to carry these tests out safely and will provide an update in the coming weeks. They have also stated that an information pack for instructors and candidates is also being prepared in advance of tests resuming to help prepare for the new testing process.
The DVA also said 'We are expecting that there will be a significant demand for driving tests when all services are reinstated and, while we will endeavour to facilitate appointments at the earliest opportunity, it is likely that initial waiting times for driving tests will be longer than usual. However, the recent 8 month extension to the validity of theory test pass certificates, which expire between 1 March and 31 October 2020 and the 6 month extension to the validity of off-road motorcycle test pass certificates, which expire between 1 March 2020 and 31 August 2020, should help to mitigate the impact of this on customers..'
NIADIA will be attending a special NIAIC (Northern Ireland Approved Instructor Council) later on today to discuss this.
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