A SELF-EMPLOYED driving instructor has welcomed confirmation that driving lessons and tests are set to resume.

Driving lessons and theory tests can resume from Saturday, while car driving tests can commence from July 22.

Mo Hussain, who runs Mo’s Driver Training, said: “Although we have been training key workers to pass their driving test during Covid-19, it is very welcome news for so many others who could not carry on with lessons due to the two metre social distancing rule that was in place.

“The past few months have been quite worrying for many pupils, who had trained hard to prepare for their test but were not able to take it.

“They are now getting behind the wheel after a break lasting a number of months, while waiting for a new test date will result in extra financial strain.

“Resuming driving lessons is very important for many people who are seeking new employment due to the coronavirus crisis and many wants to pass the test before going to university, as well as those who are worried about the risks of using public transport.”

Guidance from the DVSA about driving tests includes wearing a face covering if possible, not arriving to a test more than five minutes before the appointment time and use of DVSA waiting rooms and toilets.

Mr Hussain emphasised that instructors will carry out risk assessments and safe training practices.

He added: “Part of this would be to call pupils ahead of each lesson and ask them if they have any symptoms, or if they have been in contact with anyone with symptoms or travelled from a high-risk infectious region.

“Pupils will also be asked to wash their hands or use sanitiser gel before entering the training vehicle, which will have all the contact points wiped down using anti-bacterial wipes before each lesson, while the windows will be kept open for ventilation.”