Make sure to wear clothing that is suitable and covers as much of you as possible, including arms and legs.
It is imperative that both myself and my pupil feel safe in their surroundings. To limit the exposure to any infection I shall only conduct lessons in an environment that I am certain is complying with current sterilisation advice. Therefore all lessons shall be conducted in my car, although pupils shall retain the right to take their Practical Driving Test in their own vehicle should they choose. In this situation an alternative supervising driver will be required to accompany the pupil to the test.
Once I arrive to collect you I will again assess whether you are well enough to start the lesson. Do not get into the car straight away. Meet me BY the vehicle.
If not 100% happy with your condition I may take your temperature using a non-contact infrared thermometer. If still not 100% happy with your condition we will need to cancel until you have recovered fully. You will not be charged but this may mean a 14 day gap before your next lesson.
If you come to the lesson with clear symptoms the lesson must not go ahead. If you, or I, become unwell or start to cough continuously during the lesson, the lesson will be stopped. In either of these scenarios the normal government advice should be followed regarding self-isolation and testing and tracing. Full details can be found at the NHS Inform Coronavirus (COVID-19): Contact tracing website.
New students will need their licence checked electronically at GOV.UK.
I will need:
On your first lesson I will ask you to hold the licence up so I can check it. I won't touch or take the licence from you.
It should need no reminding that your own health & safety is primarily your own responsibility. You should, where possible, provide your own PPE to ensure your own confidence and satisfaction in your equipment.
You should bring and wear a face covering when you come for your lesson, unless you have a good reason not to. This includes if:
From 2 November 2020, instructors and pupils must wear face coverings during driving lessons and practice sessions.
You can be fined £60 if you do not wear a face covering during a driving lesson in Scotland. This will be reduced to £30 if you pay within 28 days.
You will need to remove your face covering briefly on your first lesson so that I can check your ID.
If required, however, I shall provide certain items of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
These will include:
It is essential that the PPE equipment you choose does not impede your ability to control the vehicle or communicate.
* Official DVSA and government advice is that visors should not be worn as they increase the risk of injury in the event of an airbag being deployed. If one is worn it should be in addition to a face mask and not as an alternative. When attending for test examiners will not prevent you from wearing a visor but they will only conduct the test if you are also wearing a face mask, unless you are in an exemption group.
Preferred method of payment, will be by bank transfer, or mobile banking, prior to or at the start of the lesson. I shall provide my bank details on request.
In the event of a cash payment (no cheques) please have the correct amount available for the lesson. Visits to banks / cash machines will be made during the lesson and not after. Acceptable coins are strictly £1 or 50p. I will not accept anything smaller.
As they have been found to be a major source of spreading infection I would advise pupils not to bring their mobile phones to the lesson. If a mobile phone must be carried then it should be set to silent and concealed in a pocket or bag. House keys and coins should also be concealed in a pocket or bag for the same reason.
Visual aids and any training resources will be held up and not passed between the two of us to hold or touch.
We should try to avoid directly facing each other when discussing scenarios as it is safer to face forwards in the vehicle as we cannot maintain being 2 metres apart.
If I give a demonstration drive, or have to drive you to the training area, I will wipe down the controls before and after the drive.
Wherever possible electronic payments should be made. Handling cash will only be considered if it is the only option available.
After we have finished the lesson I will need to repeat some of the same processes that I did at the start of the lesson.
I will again wipe down all the controls before driving you home, if required.
These conditions will be continually reviewed. I reserve the right to refuse tuition to, or cancel a lesson for, anyone who I feel may be showing any symptoms of Covid-19, Flu or even common cold like symptoms. It is again stressed that you, the pupil, have ultimate responsibility for your own health & safety.