The COVID rules on learner driving
6th April 2020
Got a learner driver in your family or run a driving school? Superintendent Danny Sullivan provides some clarity on that issue here.
Q: Can I take a learner driver for a lesson?
A: Under the Public Health Orders, a person cannot leave their place of residence without a reasonable excuse.
A reasonable excuse includes travelling for the purposes of work where you cannot work from home, so driving instructors can leave their house for their work – to teach people how to drive.
We consider that it would be a reasonable excuse for a person to leave their house to receive driving lessons (either from a driving instructor or a member of their family), given that this is a learning activity that cannot be done from home and is akin to the listed reasonable excuse of travelling to attend an educational institution where you cannot learn from home.
Learner drivers could also continue to drive with a supervising family member for any of the listed reasonable excuses for leaving the house – for example, driving to the supermarket