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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
Motorcycle lessons

Motorcycle lessons

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.

Delivering a lesson

  • prior to a lesson, instructors should ask clients if they are experiencing symptoms, self-isolating, or are awaiting test results
  • if the answer to any of the above is yes, the lesson must not go ahead and people with symptoms should remain at home and self-isolate
  • you must wear your usual motorcycle clothing, providing as much covering as reasonable
  • wash your hands and put a face covering on prior to the meet and greet and kitting up
  • ensure the covering covers your mouth and nose. Make sure there are no gaps between your face and the covering. The covering may be a neck tube often worn by motorcyclists, so long as it covers the mouth and nose
  • avoid touching the covering while using it. If you do, you should wash your hands with soap and water. If these are not available, then provide and use an alcohol based hand sanitiser
  • wear gloves as soon as your face covering is fitted and for the duration of the lesson, ensuring you wash hands or sanitise before putting gloves on
  • there will be times during a lesson when the face cannot be covered, when removing their helmet for example. The instructor should maintain at least 1m physical distance at these points and avoid being face to face with the client
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. When applying or removing the face covering, it’s important you wash your hands first and avoid touching your face
  • physical distancing guidance should be followed wherever possible

Hand and respiratory hygiene for instructors and clients

  • instructors and clients should wash hands more regularly than normal using soap and water or hand sanitiser for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing is particularly important after using the toilet, after handling money, before eating or handling food, before touching your face, and after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
  • hands should be washed by both instructors and clients prior to and following lessons
  • when hand washing facilities are not available, hand sanitiser can be used as a substitute. The use of hand sanitiser is only suitable when hands are not visibly dirty or soiled.
  • instructors should keep a bottle of hand sanitiser gel in their vehicle/possession. It is recommended this be a minimum 60-90 per cent alcohol and care should be taken that the bottle is not exposed to external heat sources. Alternatively keep a large bottle of water and a bar/bottle of soap
  • instructors are advised to avoid handling money and take alternative payment methods. If handling money cannot be avoided, drivers should wash their hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser after handling money
  • instructors and clients should carry tissues and use tissues to catch coughs or sneezes where safe to do so. Used tissues should be disposed of in a controlled manner in a bin as soon as possible. Hand sanitiser should be used after coughing or sneezing into a tissue

Face coverings

  • physical distancing, hand washing, respiratory hygiene and surface cleaning are the most important and effective measures we can all adopt to prevent the spread of coronavirus, therefore the wearing of facial coverings must not be used as an alternative to any of these other precautions
  • the following groups are exempt from the mandatory use of face covering:
    • under 5-year olds
    • those with breathing difficulties
    • those with physical conditions which make it hard to keep a mask in place
  • we recommend that members of the public wash and reuse their own face coverings
  • our guidance on face coverings states that, after each use, you must wash the face covering at 60 degrees centigrade or dispose of it safely
  • our advice is to dispose of face coverings and gloves and to do this safely in the general waste bin, if they are not going to be reused
  • read the guidance on the use of face coverings by the public

Fitting radio devices

  • the client must fit their own earpiece which should be provided by the client. If the client does not have a compatible earpiece, you can provide a cleaned earpiece
  • any earpieces should be wiped clean with anti-viral wipes after being used again. Wash your hands after wiping the earpiece clean
  • if you have any radio issues during the lesson, talk the candidate through switching it off and back on again to reset it
  • if any equipment is touched, you must sanitise it, ensuring you do not touch your face until you have washed or sanitised your hands

Physical distancing

  • politely remind clients of the requirement for physical distancing in line with government guidelines
  • do not shake the client’s hand or let them touch your own equipment
  • provide any relevant paperwork to the client, ensure that forms are signed preferably with the client’s own pen
  • ensure any licence checks, including comparing of signatures, ID etc, are completed without handling the licence


  • prior to a lesson, instructors should ask clients if they are experiencing symptoms, self-isolating, or are awaiting test results
  • if the answer to any of the above is yes, the lesson must not go ahead and people with symptoms should remain at home and self-isolate
  • if the instructor/client becomes unwell or starts to cough continuously during the lesson, you must stop the lesson
  • if someone within the household of the instructor/client develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 then the lesson must not go ahead. In the case of a positive test result, the test and trace guidance should be followed.

End of lesson

  • at the end of the lesson, ensure use of sanitiser and adequate hand hygiene
  • the client should remove their earpiece from the radio
  • wipe the radio, and if applicable, returned earpiece, with anti-viral wipes or similar
  • dispose of single use gloves and use a new pair for each lesson
  • wash or sanitise your hands
  • wipe down clothing and equipment, including helmet, frequently

Cleaning of vehicles

  • cleaning vehicles with normal household disinfectant or anti-viral wipes (beware that many household disinfectants contain bleach as an ingredient and as such may cause staining to fabrics etc.) will reduce the risk of passing coronavirus infection on to other people
  • before and after each lesson, instructors should clean all hard surfaces and touch points including any surfaces passengers/clients may have touched
  • instructors should then wash/sanitise their own hands. There should be an adequate supply of cleaning materials and means of disposal for the shift
  • a thorough clean of the vehicle with normal cleaning products should be completed at the end of each shift/working day

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