Rod Came Driving instructor
I have been an instructor since 1981, when I left Sussex Police. I stopped teaching learner car drivers about 14 years ago and now specialise in assessing and training minibus drivers for independent schools. As these schools have been shut down for more than three months, I have carried out no work at all.
The Driving &
Vehicles Standards Agency, which is responsible for providing theory and practical driving tests for learner car drivers, shut down these operations at the start of the outbreak and has not resumed even a skeleton service for most learner drivers since then. This has resulted in an estimated backlog of 400,000 tests. Driving lessons for other than essential clients were also terminated. The resumption of such lessons is of course welcome news to all. However, pre-lockdown, there were about 40,000 instructors – I expect up to 25pc may have left the industry. Even a 10pc drop would hit learner drivers.
Instructors must keep themselves and their clients safe from infection. Before each client enters the car, it will have to be sanitised after the previous driver. These precautions will result in fewer lessons per day, with added expense. Many instructors will find that it is financially not worthwhile.