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Record-breaking number of learner drivers in wake of lockdown – Worthing Herald

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Driving lessons resumed in England and Northern Ireland on July 6, and on July 27 in Wales. Learners in Scotland will have to wait until August 24 for lessons to restart but, unlike the rest of the UK, practical driving tests will resume there on the same day, with no gap between lessons and tests restarting.

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Record-breaking number of learner drivers in wake of lockdown – Wakefield Express

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Driving lessons resumed in England and Northern Ireland on July 6, and on July 27 in Wales. Learners in Scotland will have to wait until August 24 for lessons to restart but, unlike the rest of the UK, practical driving tests will resume there on the same day, with no gap between lessons and tests restarting.

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Coronavirus: Driving lessons in Wales can resume – BBC News

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Face coverings will be worn during driving lessons

Hygiene won’t be the only issue for driving instructors to contend with as thousands of “rusty” learners get back behind the wheel after lockdown.

Driving lessons begin again in Wales on Monday, with theory tests from 3 August and practical tests from 17 August.

After four months off the road, instructors said some learners would be starting from scratch again.

Some instructors say they were pestered for lessons when rules relaxed over the border in England on 4 July.

For some unlucky learner drivers, lockdown started just as they felt ready to take their test or had one booked. read more


Driving instructor kills wife at French holiday home and tries to hide body in gutter – Mirror.co.uk

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An American driving instructor confessed to killing his wife at their French holiday home and trying to hide her dismembered body in the gutter.

Billy Kruger, aged in his 50s, admitted killing Laure Bardina-Kruger, 52, and then trying to hide her body at the seaside village of Peyriac-de-Mer near Narbonne.

Tributes on Facebook described Mrs Bardina-Kruger as “such a lovely fun soul” who “brightened up every room.”

Entrance to Peyriac-de-Mer village near Narbonne, southern France, where Billy Kruger allegedly killed wife Laure Bardina-Kruger
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A friend of the couple said “there really weren’t any warning signs” with Kruger admitting to stabbing his wife after a heated argument. read more


Directors of multi-million pound driving school who ‘fobbed off’ hundreds of students avoid jail – Leeds Live

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A married couple behind a nationwide, multi-million pound driving school franchise that ‘fobbed off’ learners and instructors have avoided jail.

Beverley and Alistair Midgley-McDonald’s business Drive Dynamics mis-sold driving lessons to hundreds of learner drivers online.

They promised cheap lessons that were available very quickly from instructors who worked close by and who would contact them within seven working days to arrange lessons. Customers were told that their money would be refunded if no instructor could be found in their area. read more


Dundee app firm that matches driving instructors with learners receives cash injection – The Courier

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A Dundee tech firm that matches driving instructors with learners has received a cash injection.

Learner driver start-up GoRoadie has completed its seed investment funding round with Edinburgh-based Apollo Informal Investments, along with UK-based angels.

The platform allows learner drivers to search, compare and book their ideal driving instructor online.

Founders Michael Carr and Barry White describe their company as “like Airbnb for driving lessons”.

Since launching in Dundee in 2018, GoRoadie has expanded to Glasgow, Aberdeen, Nottingham and Leeds. read more


Dundee app firm GoRoadie drives forward with investment – The Courier

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A Dundee tech firm that matches driving instructors with learners has received a cash injection.

Learner driver start-up GoRoadie has completed its seed investment funding round with Edinburgh-based Apollo Informal Investments, along with UK-based angels.

The platform allows learner drivers to search, compare and book their ideal driving instructor online.

Founders Michael Carr and Barry White describe their company as “like Airbnb for driving lessons”.

Since launching in Dundee in 2018, GoRoadie has expanded to Glasgow, Aberdeen, Nottingham and Leeds. read more


Driving lessons and tests: buckle up for the ‘new normal’ – Admiral

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According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), 1,865,740 theory tests and 1,599,566 practical tests were conducted in the period April 2019 to March 2020.

However, both lessons and tests were suspended after the lockdown was announced on 23 March to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, and the impact was dramatic.

As a result, only 82,916 driving tests were taken in March 2020 – a 40% drop compared with March 2019, when 136,783 were taken.

Since the announcement that driving lessons and theory tests will resume (starting with England on 4 July), followed by practical tests (22 July), an extraordinary amount of pent-up demand has been released. read more


As driving lessons and tests restart, we find out how they’ve changed – What Car?

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Driving lessons and tests are back: The dos and don’ts – Buckinhamshire Free Press

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The move placed the country’s 40,000 driving instructors and their students in limbo, waiting for permission to resume lessons.

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When did lessons and tests resume?

As in other walks of life, new measures and precautions are being taken so here is what learners can expect as they get back behind the wheel.

What driving lessons will look like

We spoke to the team from Bill Plant Driving School to find out how driving lessons will be conducted post-lockdown. read more