After the government announcement yesterday, and the published “roadmap” back to normality, we are in a position where we can be a little clearer on when we can resume driving lessons. It is now clear that we will be included in phase 2 of restrictions being lifted. As it stands, phase 1, which includes the reopening of schools, will begin on the 8th March. There will then be a 5 week period where the numbers will be monitored to see what effect the initial lifting of restrictions has had. As long as everything goes to plan, and at the moment, the science suggests that should be the case, we will be in a position to restart from Monday 12th April.
The DVSA have confirmed that, as it stands, both theory and practical testing will also be restarting from that date. This, unfortunately, means that if you have a test booked before 12th April, then that will be cancelled and rebooked in the coming weeks. If you have a test booked in close to that date, but after it, we would advise you talk to your instructor about whether you will be in a position to sit that after a prolonged period without driving.
We know 12th April seems like it is a long way away, but it will be here before we know it, and it feels great to have a date to work towards. If you are already doing lessons with a Weelz instructor, they will contact you at some point in the coming weeks to check your situation and get you booked into the diary again. If you do have any issues or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your instructor personally, we are all eager to restart and will be very happy to help you in whatever way we can.
We are also very aware that there are a lot of people on our waiting list waiting to start lessons. Obviously a lot of you have been waiting a long time already, but whilst we have been locked down, we have not been able to make any leeway with that. We were unable to work for all of November, and then have been locked down since late December to mid-April. This has, understandably created a huge backlog of tests which will take time to get through, which will make pupil “turnover” a little slower than we would normally expect. We assure you that you are all important to us and we are striving to get everyone started as soon as we physically can. We would ask for you to be patient and to understand that the waiting times may be slightly longer than you were originally quoted, and that time will only really start once our business resumes.
Thankyou again for your patience in these trying times, as ever your safety is always our top priority, but it feels great to be able to say, we’ll see you all very soon!