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From Monday, England is set to enter stage four of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, which will see the return of many freedoms. The legal requirement to wear a mask has ended, although some places will still require them, most notably any Transport for London (TfL) services.

The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has updated its guidance relating to the changes coming into effect in England.

For driving tests, the agency still expects drivers to wear a face covering, if they can.

If a driver does want to take a test without wearing a face covering, they will need to tell the DVSA in advance.

There will also need to be a “good reason” for the driver not to wear a mask.

Medical exemptions will still apply and should be declared beforehand.

This also includes mental illnesses, impairment or disability that prevents you from wearing or removing a face mask.

If wearing a face covering causes you severe distress, you will not need to wear one.

The DVSA does not accept wearing glasses as an acceptable reason to not wear a face mask.


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It advises drivers to practice with a face covering and glasses before taking the test.

During the test, the car needs to be clean and well ventilated to ensure constant airflow.

The Government also expects and recommends people wear face coverings during driving lessons, as it is an enclosed space. 

Following the 19th of July, changes will also be made to theory tests.

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