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COVID-19 - Guidelines for driving lessons effective 4th July 2020

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COVID-19 - guidelines for driving lessonsGuidelines for driving lessons as a result of COVID-19 (02/07/2020)

Following the easing of restrictions imposed by the UK Government in its attempt to restrict the contagion of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), it will be necessary to implement some significant changes to how driving lessons will be conducted in the weeks and months ahead. This document will hopefully give you some reassurance with regard to the measures that I will be introducing to protect the health and well being of both you and me, and our respective families and friends, if we are to safely return to work. These are measures that are derived from the recommendations of the National Associations Strategic Partnership, a representative body formed from the three main driving instructor membership associations.

At this moment in time, the population does not have any proven immunity from COVID 19 and, as yet, we have no vaccine or nationwide tracing app (although this is in development) for the virus, so it still has the potential to spread extensively. Instructors will need to remain alert and will have to make our own risk assessments concerning the provision a safe system of work.

Each of us will need to consider:

The main symptoms of COVID 19 described by the government are (but not exclusively):

COVID-19 can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher. There are 2 levels of higher risk as described on the gov.uk website:

People at high risk from coronavirus include people who:

If you're at high risk from coronavirus, you should have received a letter from the NHS. If you're at high risk from coronavirus, you're advised to take extra steps to protect yourself. This includes not leaving your home for any reason (called shielding).

People at moderate risk from coronavirus include people who:

If you are at moderate risk from coronavirus, it's very important you follow current Government advice about staying at home to avoid getting coronavirus. This means you adhere strictly to the Social Distancing and should only leave your home for things like getting food or medicine.

If you're pregnant and worried about coronavirus, there is advice on the gov.uk website.

Government advice for employers is for those who cannot work from home to follow social distancing guidelines which suggest keeping 2 metres apart from colleagues or customers. This is impossible for driver trainers in a car. However, the current guidance does not require every workplace to have a 2 metre distance between people, it says, “Where possible” and so if it is not possible it doesn’t mean you can’t necessarily work. I have been personally advised by South Yorkshires Police’s legal services that the 2 metre guidance is not part of the law.

Recommencing Work:

When we are finally allowed to return to work and restart driving lessons, it will be necessary that you and I follow these guidelines:

Before collecting you:

I need to consider whether you or I have had any symptoms of the virus within the last 7 days or have been in contact with someone who has within the last 14 days. Therefore, before I leave to collect you for a lesson:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

During the lesson:

After the lesson:

Taking a client to test:

Terms and Conditions(T&Cs) during COVID 19:

My usual T&Cs may need to be revised during this time. An example would be for any late cancellation due to COVID-19. This could relate to the following situations:

In these situations, the usual late cancellation charge policy will not apply.

I would advise all clients to make use of the NHS Test and Trace system currently in place, and the UK track and trace app when it becomes available. To facilitate this, if I become aware of a case of coronavirus involving me, my family or any client who has had a lesson with me, it will be necessary for me to pass on your contact details to the NHS test and trace service. You could then expect to receive a text message from NHStracing or a call from 0300 0135000. This service will not:

Given the changing information from the government based upon scientific advice, these guidelines may be revised as and when official guidance is amended. Any such changes will be made available to all my drivers at that time.