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UPDATE. Re: Driving Lessons in Bolton
Today the 22nd February 2021 HM Government published its document 'Covid-19 Response Spring 2021' which includes the following statement about driving test resumption.
"At least 5 weeks after Step One, but no earlier than 12th April, activities such as driving lessons may also resume".
Currently I am waiting for confirmation from the DVSA that driving lessons may also resume from that date. As soon as confirmation is received it will be posted above.
Once driving lessons can re-start, by attending for your lesson you are confirming that neither you nor anyone in your household has had any symptoms of COVID 19 within the last 7 days and that neither you nor anyone in your household has had contact with anyone who has had symptoms of COVID 19, within the last 14 days.
If you have exhibited any symptoms or been in contact with anyone with symptoms, then your lesson cannot go ahead, even if you feel fine as you could be Asymptomatic and not currently showing symptoms.
If you have to cancel a driving lesson due to a suspicion that you have COVID 19 symptoms, you will not be able to book another lesson for a minimum of 14 days.
Driving Lesson Safety - Instructor Precautions.
To keep lesson as safe as possible, I will only teach when I am fully well, and exhibiting no signs or symptoms of COVID 19 and have not been in contact with anyone who has displayed symptoms during the previous 14 days. I will ensure that my car has been thoroughly disinfected, before each lesson, to ensure that it’s as safe as it’s possible to make it. All the crucial surfaces inside and outside the car will have been cleaned with an anti-bacterial and virucidal cleaner prior to each lesson.
Cleaning will include all the internal and the external door handles, windows and mirror controls, seat covers, seatbelt and seat controls, gear lever, handbrake, steering wheel, indicator and wiper stalks, and keys. Additionally wind and rain deflectors have now been fitted to my car to allow the windows to remain open even in inclement weather to allow a constant air flow through the car. Additionally I have prepared a risk assessment statement which you can read by following the link.
Driving Lesson Safety - Pupil Precautions.
If the lesson can go ahead, you should look out for me arriving at your address. I will however text when I arrive, so that you can come out to the car, rather than me coming to your door. Before you get into the car, you will be asked to use an anti viral hand cleanser.
Your temperature will also be taken electronically to ensure you do not have a fever at the start of your lesson! If you are found to have a temperature, your lesson cannot go ahead.
You should wear clothing that covers as much of your body as possible, including your arms and legs.
You should also bring a towel to sit on during your driving lessons to avoid possible seat contamination.
As much as is practically possible, we will not face each other directly when we need to discuss something, as remaining face forward, is the safest option when a 2-meter gap between us cannot be maintained. Face coverings are not mandatory by law, but you should wear one as you will be required to do so on your driving test. You must provide your own face mask. You can also wear gloves if you wish and bring your own hand sanitiser. Throughout the lesson, we will regularly use hand and surface sanitiser as required.
For safety's sake, we will not shake hands either before, or after a lesson, and once you’re back home, you should wash your hands thoroughly as soon as it's possible. You may also wish to wash the clothes that you were wearing during the lesson.
Training Aids and Demonstration Drives During Lessons?
To reduce contamination risk during lessons, only I will hold any visual aids or training resources, instead of passing them between us as would be usual. If I need to give you a demonstration drive, the car controls will need to be sanitised before I drive, and then sanitised once again before you get back into the driving seat. At the conclusion of the lesson, I will type your comments into your personal reflective log for your records.
My Risk Assessment Statement here.