I have had a lot of phone calls over the lock down regarding cbts, renewals and bike tests so I thought I would post here as it may help someone.
We can now do cbts for all with strict guidelines in place if you require a cbt to “travel to and from work avoiding public transport”.
Originally we were only allowed todo cbts for key workers this has now been relaxed.
I am aware of some schools charging very high prices for cbts during these troubled times I can only suggest vote with your feet but please bare in mind running a cbt/bike school is expensive and cbts can only be done currently with a 2 to 1 ratio instead of the normal 4 to 1 ratio so expect to pay a bit more but not double.
And before any one goes jumping on the ratio limits in normal times 4 to 1 was allowed on parts of the cbt with 2 to 1 on other parts. Its strictly 2 to 1 start to finish at the moment.
I have also had people call me explaining after just a couple of hours of not very good instruction they were tolled they were crap and sent home by their training school and tolled to rebook and pay again. That’s not good practise are they just after more money ? Those cheap cbt online deals ain’t so cheap when they do that to you.
Now we come onto normal bike courses and tests. Well there isnt any to speak of. We can only teach key workers at the moment the dvsa is meant to supply special key worker only tests but so far everyone weve trained who has applied for their key worker test has been tolled there arnt any which is crap because iv been in touch with an examiner who has voluntered todo them. The system in place just doesn’t work.
With this in mind I have informed the other key workers who I had booked in for courses that with no possibility of getting a test from the dvsa I wasnt prepared to train them as it isnt fair on them paying for training and having no chance of getting a test so best to wait until things get back to some sort of normal.
Theory tests, well they keep changing when the theory centres will open. Shops can open DIY can open parks can open dentists can open but so far the dvsa and the theory centres cant go figure.
And finally to be clear I am not currently doing cbts or normal courses it’s not financially viable to do either at the moment . A mate of mine is running proper cbt training courses following all the strict regulations currently in place if you or any one you know needs one drop me a message. He is charging his normal pre covid rate.