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The Driving Standards Agency has announced that In line with the government’s roadmap announcement, driving and theory tests will resume no earlier than 12 April

They are working closely with the government and will provide more information as soon as they are able to do so on other tests, lessons and training.

During lockdown, all driving lessons with an instructor and tests have been cancelled unless you are an emergency worker who has been able to book in an emergency driving test.

Whilst this is upsetting news for many learner drivers, the positive to come from this is that private practice is still permitted.

The DVSA advise that learners can practise driving with members of their household or support bubble as long as it's on an essential journey. 

Almost half of all drivers (47%) say they will consider buying an electric vehicle when they next change their car, according to an exclusive poll of 17,628 drivers.

Women were more likely (49%) to say they would consider an electric car than men (46%). Across age groups, respondents aged 65+ were significantly less likely (43%) to consider an electric car when they next change their car than all other age groups (18-24; 60%, 35-44; 56%, 55-64; 48%). 

Respondents living in London (56%) were most likely to consider purchasing an electric car as their next vehicle, as were AB social groups (54%).

When will driving tests resume.? - 14/02/2021

The DVSA said that the suspension on tests would remain in place until the lockdown restrictions are lifted.

England will review its rules on 15 February. All indications, however, are that lockdown is likely to continue for another three weeks.

Practically, the earliest that we can expect driving tests to resume across the UK is late February or early March. But we’ll have to wait and see.

The DVSA has said that it will be contacting those affected to give further guidelines on what to do.

If you’ve been affected, the DVSA will contact you so that you can rebook. However, bookings for new tests remain closed

DVSA cancelling more driving tests as lockdown continues - 10/02/2021

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has said that it is cancelling almost all practical and theory driving tests for at least another two weeks as England remains under lockdown conditions.

The agency first announced in January that it was suspending driving tests across England as the country entered a new six-week period of lockdown. At the time it said only that the suspension would last until restrictions were lifted.

12-month minimum learning period for new drivers.? - 04/02/2021

New research conducted by IAM RoadSmart has found “overwhelming” support for a 12-month minimum learning period for new drivers before they can take the practical driving test.

In its survey of more than 2,000 motorists, the charity found that more than two-thirds (68%) backed the suggestion that all new drivers, regardless of age, should undergo at least a year’s training and supervised practice before being allowed to take their practical test.

In 2019, the Government committed to investigating some form of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) including the possibility of a 12-month minimum learning period as a key component but have not provided any firm conclusions.

DVSA are introducing a limited theory test and practical test service for NHS health and social care workers, the emergency services and local councils. 

This will only be for those who need to drive as part of their job and respond to threats to life. 

They can only accept applications for these tests from employers, such as NHS Trusts. 

There are no plans to extend this service further at this time. 

Instructors will be able to teach candidates with a confirmed booking for a mobile emergency worker test.

350% spike in sales in December rounds off 'bumper year' for BEVs - 01/01/2021

Battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales saw significant growth in 2020, with a 343.7% increase in December 2020.

This is in comparison to December 2019, where BEVs held just 3.3% of the market share, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This soared to a 16.5% share in 2020, with 21,914 cars sold.

Overall in 2020, demand for BEVs grew by 185.9%, with 108,205 cars sold in the year. When combined with plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), the majority of the registrations (68%) were for company cars, which the SMMT said shows that private buyers “need stronger incentives to make the switch” as well as more investment in charging infrastructure, in particular on-street charging

Happy New Year - 01/01/2021

So 2021 is finally here.!

All of us at Banstead School of Mortoring wish you all a very Happy New Year.

We hope that the new year brings you all health and happyness..

Safe driving.. :o)

Driving lessons suspended in Tier 4 - 19/12/2020

Driving lessons and driving tests suspended in Tier 4 areas...

We'll be resuming as soon as it's safe and we are allowed to..

Stay safe...

Driver and rider tests suspended in November 2020 -  03/11/2020

Driver and rider tests will be suspended from November 5 until December 2, 2020, to coincide with the second lockdown period in England.

In addition, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has said that as well as examinations, driver training will be suspended over the same timeframe. It means that learners will be unable to book driving lessons with a certified instructor.

In a statement, it said: “Following the Government announcement on tougher national restrictions from Thursday, driver and rider training and tests will be suspended in England from 5 November until 2 December 2020."

Driving Theory Test to be changed from the end of September  -  28/09/2020

The DVSA is to bring in changes to the car driving theory test from Monday, September 28.

Changes were originally due to be made in March but were delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic

The updated part of the test is designed to make it more realistic and improve accessibility for all candidates.

Video clip scenarios will replace the written case study within the multiple-choice part of the current theory test. Candidates will be asked three questions based on the short video clip.

Currently, you have to read a case study and then answer 5 questions about it.

Road safety: UK set to adopt vehicle speed limiters. -  27/09/2020

Speed limiting technology looks set to become mandatory for all vehicles sold in Europe from 2022, after new rules were provisionally agreed by the EU.

The Department for Transport said the system would also apply in the UK, despite Brexit.

Campaigners welcomed the move, saying it would save thousands of lives.

Road safety charity Brake called it a "landmark day", but the AA said "a little speed" helped with overtaking or joining motorways.

Safety measures approved by the European Commission included intelligent speed assistance (ISA), advanced emergency braking and lane-keeping technology.

The EU says the plan could help avoid 140,000 serious injuries by 2038 and aims ultimately to cut road deaths to zero by 2050

Fully electric vehicle for under £20,000. -  24/09/2020

Tesla co-founder Elon Musk has announced plans to build a fully autonomous car that will sell for $25,000 (£19,600) during his self-proclaimed ‘Battery Day’ yesterday.

In a speech delivered in front of 240 shareholders, the eccentric CEO revealed new ‘tabless’ batteries that could drive the cost of electric vehicles down and in line with traditional diesel or petrol vehicles.

"This has always been our dream to make an affordable electric car," he said, claiming that it could become a reality by just 2023

From Monday 14 September 2020, DVSA will extend the period in which tests are available from 6 weeks to 18 weeks ahead.

This will add over 375,000 more test appointments between 14 September 2020 and the end of January 2021.

As well as making tests available to book 18 weeks ahead, DVSA plans to increase the number of car driving tests per day from 5 to 6.

DVSA can safely increase the number of tests a day as driving examiners are:

  • now familiar with how to use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face coverings and gloves
  • following the latest safety guidance when carrying out tests

From today (Friday 21 August 2020), DVSA will be reopening the online booking service from 8am for everyone to book their driving tests.

This means anyone will be able to book a driving test in England and Wales.

Test centres in Scotland remain closed, except for motorcycle tests. 

When candidates arrange a test, they will be able to see available appointments within the next 6 weeks.

The DVSA not taking bookings any further in advance at the moment. This is so they can react quickly to any changes in government guidance about coronavirus.

DVSA have comented that there has been an "unprecedented demand" and although there have been issues with their website they are working to fix the issue.

Britain's first Dutch-style roundabout prioritising cyclists and pedestrians over motorists has opened in Cambridge.

Cyclists have an outer ring on the roundabout, with cycle crossings over each of the four approach roads in a contrasting red surface.

There are also zebra crossings over each approach road for pedestrians and motorists must give way to pedestrians and to cyclists when joining and leaving the roundabout

Reduced lane widths on the roundabout and at exit and entry points have also been installed to encourage drivers to slow down.

The development comes after Cambridgeshire County Council said that the old roundabout near the city’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital “was perceived by many people to be dangerous to cycle around”.

A consultation has been launched seeking your views on proposed changes to the Highway Code. 

The review is being held by the Department for Transport, to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

  • cyclists
  • pedestrians
  • horse riders

The main changes being proposed are:

  • ensuring that road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
  • making rules on pedestrians clearer
  • providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead
  • creating guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders

After a long wait driving tests start again today in England following a postponement due to the coronavirus..

A new "Covid safe" driving test will come into effect today and is open to everyone (Not just key workers), candidates will be required to wear face coverings during the test unless they have a medical reason not to. The candidates car interior will also be required to have been cleaned prior to the tests.

Examiners will be disinfecting the test car prior to the test as well as using plastic seat covers and wearing face coverings themselves. Other changes include the driving test now being concluded early if the candidate makes is a major or serious fault. This is to limit exposure time in the car. Test centre waiting rooms will also be closed with a requirement that candidates arrive no sooner than 5 minutes before the start of their driving tests.

Good luck everyone.!! Stay Safe....

Driving Lessons commence again - 06/07/2020

We are pleased to be able to announce that we are back and open for Driving lessons.

After over 100 days of lockdown Banstead School Of Motoring are back on the road and teaching again, both Manual and Automatic Drving Lessons.

See you out and about.. :o)

Driving Lessons, theory tests and driving tests restart in England - 25/06/2020

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that learners can resume driving lessons and motorcycle training in England from Saturday 4 July 2020.

The rule applies to all types of driver and motorcycle training in England, including private practice with someone you live with or in your support bubble.

Theory tests will restart in England on Saturday 4 July. The tests will take place with social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Car driving tests will restart in England on Wednesday 22 July, which will give learner drivers time to have refresher lessons and practice before taking their test.

Number plate changes have been introduced to make it easier to identify electric cars which will help local authorities to put in place extra policies. Electric car owners could soon benefit from extra support such as cheaper parking costs and free entry into zero-emissions zone.

Introducing the green plates will help enforce these schemes as only cars with the new designs will be eligible for the rewards.  

Hybrid vehicles will not be eligible for a green number plate and the extra benefits despite their reduced pollution levels.

The AA says the new number plate designs could become a “badge of honour” for some motorists proud of embracing the new technology.

Update on Theory Tests for Critical Workers  -  28/05/2020

To help critical workers get an emergency theory test at a location that is more suitable to them, the DVSA will be opening an additional 25 theory test centres across the UK.

When applying for an emergency theory test online, candidates will be asked to select their 'preferred' test centre. Their theory test will then be booked at the nearest available centre if their preferred location is not available.

Theory tests for anyone who is not a key worker have been cancelled up to and including 30 May 2020.

Driving Test update (rescheduling)   -  16/05/2020

We are aware that some of our students have been given new driving test dates in June and July for the tests that were cancelled by the DVSA due to Corona Virus in March & April 2020.

We anticipate that it is possible thst these may be rescheduled again but are monitoring the situation closely.

We have reached out to the DVSA regarding this as students with test will require training in the run up to the tests themselves and are awaiting a response.

Corona Virus update  -  13/05/2020

We are monitoring the current situation closely, At present the advice from the Driving and Vehicle Standards agency is still that driving instructors should not be teaching unless instructing a critical worker.

Practical and theory driving tests are still suspended at present.

We hope to restart lessons as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please feel free to reach out to us for any enquiries and future lessons as we are still here to respond to enquiries.

Take care and we'll see you soon

MOT Testing  -  25/03/2020

The Government has moved to exempt all cars, vans and motorcycles from needing an MOT test for six months from 30 March. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.

Legislation will be introduced on March 30 and will come into immediate effect for 12 months, following a short consultation with key organisations. Drivers will still need to get their vehicle tested until the new regulations come into place, if they need to use it.

Driving lessons suspended  -  18/03/2020

In line with DVSA guidelines on Corona Virus, We at Banstead School Of Motoring have made the decision suspending driving lessons.

The DVSA have advised that driving instructors should not be teaching at present and we completely suport this decision, We feel that it is the best interest of our instructors, our sutdents and public health that this is the right decision at the present time.

We hope to return to teaching as soon as possibe and we will keep you updated as and when further information arrives with us.

Stay home, Stay Safe, Save lives.

Driving Test Centres close due to Corona Virus  -  17/03/2020

The DVSA have announced that they are closing Driving test centres and have suspended driving tests for up to 3 months due to the Corona Virus.

Driving tests are still available for critical worker.

We are monitoring the situation closely.

Driving in the dark? -  02/03/2020

The DVSA is encouraging learner drivers to take lessons in the dark, in a bid to cut the ‘high proportion’ of night-time collisions involving young drivers.

Research shows that up to 100,000 candidates may be taking their driving test each year without having practised driving in the dark.

This is despite the fact that 35% of collisions involving young drivers between 2014-18 happened at night.

The DVSA is highlighting the issue as part of a new campaign – and is calling on learners to gain the ‘essential’ experience of driving in the dark, whether with their driving instructor or through private practice

Changes to the Theory Test  -  18/02/2020

From 14 April 2020, the car theory test will be modified so that the case studies will be substituted with a short video clip and 3 multiple-choice questions based on the video.

This change will be introduced to make the theory test more accessible to people with reading difficulty, learning disability or developmental condition (like autism).

Bad weather warning  -  03/02/2020

The DVSA are reporting that some driving tests are being effected due to bad weather around the country, this is mainly due to the heavy rain that some areas are experiencing.

More information is available on the DVSA test website and Twitter feed and we will be monitoring the situation for our students who have upcoming driving tests.

Merry Christmas  -  01/12/2019

At Banstead School Of Motoring we'd like to wish eveyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..

It's been an exciting ans scusessfull ear for us here at Banstead School Of Motoring. We wish all of our students current and forthcoming al of the best at this time.

Drive safe, and we'll see you soon

DVSA Examiners say goodbye to clipboards  -  28/11/2019

Successful learners will receive their full driving licences quicker as driving examiners start marking the car driving test digitally, DVSA has announced today.

Driving examiners are using tablets to mark the driving test digitally as part of a phased roll out. A specially developed app is replacing the clipboard and pen. 

Shifting to the paperless test report will mean learners will receive an electronic summary report of their test that they can review with their instructor, pass or fail, to discuss which areas of their driving could be further improved.

Driving in the cold this winter  -  19/11/2019

Driving in the ice and snow this winter.? Here's some great advice from the Met Office:…/season…/travel/winter-car-kit

DVSA Motorway survey for new drivers  -  09/10/2019

From January 2020, DVSA plans to survey newly qualified drivers to find out:

  • If they took motorway driving lessons
  • Whether practising on motorways helped to prepare them for a lifetime of safe driving

We do offer Motorway lessons at Banstead School Of Motoring, just ask one of our instructors for details.

Learn in a Manual or Auto  -  01/10/2019

Should i learn to drive in a manual or Automatic Car? See this interesting article from Admiral Insurance.…/should-i-learn-to-drive-in-a-manu…