Learner drivers can once again get back behind the wheel in their own vehicles as guidance surrounding ‘essential’ journeys changes, as part of the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Yesterday (Monday) marked the first stage of the easing of coronavirus restrictions and a change to the ‘stay at home’ guidance issued by the Government. The new rules mean that learner drivers are able to take private practice during non-essential journeys, as long as the person supervising them is part of the same household or support bubble.

The news is set to be a great relief to many young Islanders who have seen their hopes of taking their driving test dashed due to the limitations on practicing.

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Candidates who have already booked their theory and practical tests will be contacted by the DVSA to advise them of the changes, with driving instructors urged to contact pupils to share the news and advise them further on specific areas of motoring that would be best for them to focus on.

DVSA research shows that learners who have partaken in practice with friends and family were 1.4 times more likely to have passed their test compared to those that didn’t have private practice.

Pupils can record their private practice sessions using a free record which can be downloaded from GOV.UK.

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