Driving lessons and tests are set to resume in both England and Wales this month, in line with the government's roadmap out of lockdown.
Earlier this week, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency confirmed driving lessons will start up again on 12th April, Step 2 of the roadmap, while tests will resume on 22nd April.
Tweeting about the news, the DVSA explained all theory tests; motorcycle tests; lorry lessons and tests; car and trailer tests as well as minibus lessons and tests, will all resume on the 12th.
Alongside driving tests, ADI (approved driving instructor) parts two and three (and standards checks) are also allowed to resume 10 days later on the 22nd.
Both driving lessons and tests have been prohibited for much of the pandemic, with hundreds of thousands of people waiting to get on the road.
In fact, recent research by PA News Agency has revealed the number of young people qualified to drive has fallen to its lowest ever figure in the last 12 months.
A mere 2.97 million people aged between 16-25 hold a licence, compared to 3.32 million in March 2020.
Interim managing director of AA Driving School, Robert Cowell, has welcomed the news, revealing the school had over 26,000 requests from people wanting to be notified when lessons could resume.
"After months of uncertainty this is truly welcome news for driving instructors and pupils around the country," he said.
"More than 26,000 prospective pupils contacted us during the latest lockdown, so demand is going to skyrocket now instructors can open their books again.
"Those who started learning to drive before lockdown will now tackle the additional challenge of starting back after the long break.
"Our driving instructors are ready to help them overcome the additional challenges they have faced being a lockdown learner and we are confident many will be on the road to success very soon."
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