OPTIMUS SCHOOL OF MOTORING
SUPPORTING GOVERNMENT & DVSA ADVICE
SAFETY GUIDANCE FOR PUPILS & INSTRUCTORS
The Government and The DVSA made an announcement on 25th June regarding their plans for relaxing the lockdown, especially regarding Driving Lessons, Practical and Theory Tests.
Driving Lessons will be allowed from Saturday 4th July, Theory Tests will be available on the same date and Practical Tests will be available from Wednesday July 22nd.
However, at this time the population does not have any proven immunity from COVID-19 and, as yet, we have no vaccine or nationwide tracing app for the virus so it still has the potential to spread extensively.
All Driving Instructors, therefore, will need to remain alert and make their own risk assessments concerning the provision of a safe system of work. The health and wellbeing of pupils, ourselves and those closest to us must be our primary consideration if we are able to safely return to work.
I fully support the government and the DVSA and I will follow all advice given when I return to work on Tuesday July 7th.
RESUMING DRIVING LESSONS
To get the country up and running again after the lockdown, the situation will need to be well managed. This will take the full commitment of everyone concerned, and for everyone to take as much time and care as possible to prevent any further spread of the Covid-19 virus.
It could be a very long time before all businesses and life return to normal. Please be patient with me as I try to get my business running again during this ‘New Normal’.
In evaluating my return to training on-road, I also have to be alert to the risks to my pupils, myself, vehicle insurance, public indemnity, and public liability insurance. Failure to follow Government and HSE Guidance to provide a safe environment for pupils may breach HSE Regulations.
Therefore, all lessons will be conducted with both pupils and myself wearing PPE, face masks and disposable gloves, if necessary. Stringent cleaning procedures will be implemented before and after each lesson, and pupils will have to confirm that they are well and healthy before any lesson begins.
PRECAUTIONS DURING DRIVING LESSONS
Please wash your hands before entering the car
Please use your own PPE (face mask) and disposable gloves if necessary
Use hand sanitiser which I will make available
Avoid touching your face or eyes at all times
Only attend lessons if you and your household are well
Leave a window open during all lessons
Cancel immediately if you or anyone in your household show any signs of the virus
Cancel immediately if you have a temperature above 37.5c
Do not close any windows that have been left open for ventilation
Always sneeze or cough into your arm or a tissue - do not sneeze or cough into your hand
Learners with underlying health conditions should not take lessons at this stage.
INSTRUCTORS MAY WITHHOLD LESSONS
All driving instructors will reserve the right to withhold any driving lessons with students if they feel it is not safe. Lessons will not begin or continue should the pupil show signs of the virus. This could include terminating a lesson partway through should I believe there is a substantial risk.
If a student also believes that they could be at risk from any instructor that begins to show any signs of the virus, then they can also request that the lesson be terminated at any time. This could also mean that the pupil will lose their lesson fee if I believe that I am well and that there is no risk.
Following advice from the DVSA, instructors will be encouraged to sanitise the vehicle in-between lessons, and I intend to ensure that all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned before and after each lesson.
This will include cleaning the door handles, steering wheel, switches, gear stick and handbrake – as well as any other surfaces.
Please only touch the controls as required during your lessons. Try to avoid any unnecessary contact with other surfaces if this is possible.
DRIVING TEST CHANGES
The DVSA has temporarily changed the way it conducts driving tests. This has been done to ensure the safety of all members of its staff during this time. These changes are beyond my control.
This could now mean that should a candidate make a serious or dangerous fault or accumulate more than 15 minor faults, the examiner will ask them to drive directly back to the test centre early, where they will be advised of the test result.
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