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Coronavirus (COVID-19): vehicle lessons

Published: 24 Aug 2020
Last updated: 15 Jul 2021 - see all updates

Guidance on reducing the risks from COVID-19 when carrying out 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 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.

This document sets out the Scottish Government’s expectations on the steps that should be taken to allow businesses to safely deliver vehicle 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.

Scotland follows a COVID-19 levels system. There are 5 levels (0-4) and each has a different set of rules.

Find out the level and rules for an area using the postcode checker.

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

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

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

Where either of the first 2 points above apply, an instructor should not provide lessons in any local authority area, regardless of the level of restrictions applying in that other area. In addition, an instructor must not provide lessons to a client who lives in a level 4 area.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus)(Restrictions and Requirements)(Local Levels)(Scotland) Regulations 2020 were amended to allow vehicle lessons and tests to go ahead in Level 4 for police services, fire services and bus company employees where delegated authority has been received by DVSA.

Physical distancing in Level 0

Physical distancing measures will be slowly eased to enable us to operate in a less restricted way.

When areas move down to Level 0, the following changes will apply:

  • physical distancing of 1m in outdoor settings
  • physical distancing of 1m in indoor settings

Physical distancing requirements will be removed when all areas in Scotland move beyond Level 0.

Beyond Level 0

We have set out the vaccine milestones we hope to reach over the summer, and the plan to take us out of COVID-19 restrictions. See our proposed timetable for these changes.

Our Strategic Framework update sets out what a move beyond Level 0 may look like. We will ensure that our information is clear and accessible as we enter a period where people need to make personal judgements, rather than rules set by government.

This means everyone playing their part by:

  • maintaining good hand hygiene
  • practising respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
  • wearing face coverings
  • ensuring there is good ventilation – open windows when indoors
  • continuing to engage with Test and Protect and self-isolate when symptomatic or have tested positive

A move beyond Level 0 will be conditional on all adults over 40 protected with two doses of the vaccination and a review of the epidemic being carried out ahead of the date for that move.

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.

It will be important for you and your staff to continue working together to ensure the workplace is safe for them and your customers. The Covid-19 Fair Work Statement provides useful advice on how you can protect the health and wellbeing of your staff.


The vaccine represents an important step in our progress towards a safer return to workplaces. Evidence to date shows it will reduce both mortality and morbidity, however we do not know the extent to which the vaccine reduces transmission of the virus from an infected person to others. That is why it is important for businesses and employees to act responsibly and continue to align their approach with published guidance.

Further information and guidance available at Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.

First published: 24 Aug 2020 Last updated: 15 Jul 2021 -