Quail’s School of Motoring Feature on the BBC

As a highly rated driving school, Quail’s School of Motoring were delighted to be asked by the BBC to make comments on the recent announcement from the government regarding driving lessons in England. This article was subsequently published on the National BBC news site:

Driving lessons are to resume in England from 4 July, House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will write to driving instructors later setting out plans to restart driving tests and resume lessons safely.

Mr Rees-Mogg said he wanted to help instructors “return to life that is as close to normal as possible, as quickly and fairly as possible”.

There will be a “phased approach to resuming practical testing”, he added.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will set their own rules for the return of driving lessons and tests.

When asked what advice will be given to instructors on resuming work safely, the DVSA told the BBC that “more details will be provided in due course”.

‘Long overdue’

Graham Quail, 52, owner of Quail’s School of Motoring in Wirral, said the move was “fantastic news” and “long overdue”, adding that the lockdown period had been “hard” for staff.

The driving school, which employs 17 instructors providing lessons in Wirral and the surrounding areas including North Wales and Liverpool, was effectively forced to close during lockdown – bar teaching a few key worker students who needed to take a test for their jobs.

Mr Quail said the school has had systems to curb the spread of coronavirus in place “since before lockdown” – such as cleaning vehicles before and after lessons, and providing face masks and gloves for instructors and students.

But it is now “eagerly awaiting” official guidance from the DVLA for resuming lessons.

Graham Quail next to one of Quail's School of Motoring's vehicles

Graham Quail said students and instructors will be asked to let the driving school know if they feel unwell ahead of a lesson

“We’re looking forward to restarting,” said Mr Quail. “We’re going to make sure that all our students are kept safe and hopefully get people driving again.”

He added that resuming lessons would also help those looking for work amid the coronavirus crisis. “A lot of our students come to us because it’s necessary for a job so I hope it will help kickstart this for them,” he said.

Driving lessons and tests have been suspended since March. However, there have been exceptions, with some key workers being offered both lessons and the opportunity to apply to the DVSA for an emergency test.

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