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Coronavirus (COVID-19): vehicle lessons

Published: 24 Aug 2020
Last updated: 16 Nov 2020 - see all updates

Guidance on the safe re-start of driving and motorcycle lessons.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): vehicle lessons


This guidance provides practical advice for vehicle lessons and should be read alongside information provided by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency which includes guidance on sitting theory and practical tests.

This document sets out the Scottish Government’s expectations on the steps that should be taken to allow businesses to safely deliver driving and motorcycle lessons under Scotland's Strategic Framework on coronavirus suppression and should be read in conjunction with that Framework.

The framework sets out our approach to outbreak management based on five levels of protection, providing graduated protections locally and/or nationally.

Guidance will be reviewed on a regular basis as our priority remains containing the spread of the virus, saving lives and safeguarding the NHS.

Check the protection level for your area at:

In areas where levels 0 to 3 restrictions have been applied under the Strategic Framework all vehicle lessons can continue to operate in line with this guidance. 

In areas where level 4 restrictions have been applied, all vehicle lessons must not proceed, unless all occupants are members of the same household. This includes: 

  • a instructor who operates from premises within a level 4 area 
  • a instructor who lives within a level 4 area
  • a client who lives within a level 4 area

Any instructor who falls under the above restrictions should not provide lessons in any other local authority area, even if they fall within level 3 restrictions or below.

This is provided as guidance only and does not amount to legal advice. Businesses and employers may wish to seek their own advice to ensure compliance with all legal requirements.

Fair work

To judge whether and when restrictions can be changed we will consider a range of evidence on the progress of the pandemic in Scotland using the principles set out in Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making and our long established commitment to fair work.

Organisations including the Institute of Directors (IoD), SCDI, STUC, COSLA and SCVO have signed a fair work statement underlining the collaborative approach needed between employers, unions and workers to ensure workplaces can operate safely.


First published: 24 Aug 2020 Last updated: 16 Nov 2020 -