Theory tests and motorcycle training and tests to restart in Scotland

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Scottish Government have announced that from Wednesday 22 July 2020 in Scotland:

  • all types of theory tests can resume
  • motorcycle training can resume
  • tractor driving instruction can resume

Theory tests will take place with social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

From Monday 3 August 2020:

  • motorcycle module 1 and module 2 tests will restart
  • tractor and specialist vehicle driving tests will restart

Scotland’s route map through and out of the coronavirus crisis confirms that driving lessons and tests for other types of vehicles will not start before 31 July 2020. You can still apply for an emergency driving test if you’re a critical worker.

Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests are still suspended in Wales. There are different dates for England and Northern Ireland.

When lessons and tests will restart

Motorcycle and moped

Service Date
Motorcycle and moped compulsory basic training (CBT) Wednesday 22 July 2020
Motorcycle direct access scheme (DAS) training Wednesday 22 July 2020
Theory tests Wednesday 22 July 2020
Motorcycle and moped module 1 and module 2 tests Monday 3 August 2020


Service Date
Driver training Wednesday 22 July 2020
Driving tests Monday 3 August 2020

Approved driving instructor (ADI)

Service Date
ADI part 1 test (theory) Wednesday 22 July 2020

Motorcycle trainer

Service Date
DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer theory test Wednesday 22 July 2020

Helping the country to get moving again

Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive, said:

It has been vital that lessons and tests only resume when safe to do so and in line with the government’s advice.

We know this has been a tough time for the whole country including learners and instructors but I am pleased to announce the first step in restarting some of our services in Scotland.

Tests for critical workers have continued during the lockdown and I would like to thank all those instructors and examiners who have continued to work to help deliver tests for those who have done so much to help us during this terrible pandemic.

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