Driving instructor training key workers suffers abuse

Driving instructor training key workers suffers abuse

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:29am 22nd May 2020. (Updated at 9:28am 22nd May 2020)

Driving instructors are being subjected to abuse while legitimately teaching key workers during the lockdown.

Coronavirus may have slammed the brakes on driving tests in Dorchester, but key workers are still able to have lessons and take their tests in Poole.

The Driving Instructors' Association has an official register for approved Key Worker Trainers.

Chris Briant in Bridport is one of them. He said:

"Whilst teaching Key Workers I, and other instructors have on occasion been subject to abuse and dirty looks from members of the public. 

"Clearly they have no way of knowing the reasons for us being active."

Chris Briant driving instructor
Chris Briant, driving instructor

According to government guidance, employees in these industries can apply for an emergency driving test:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

Chris says instructors like him are trying to bring more support and care to the community through having more mobile key workers.

Chris also says he's taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while teaching. 

He told Wessex FM:

"We follow all the guidelines in terms of PPE, though getting supplies is challenging currently and precedence must go to frontline workers, but we're managing.

"My vehicle is wiped down before and after each pupil, hand sanitiser is provided, I wear a mask and also a full face covering visor if pupils feel an extra level would make them more comfortable and windows are left  slightly open to help with circulating the air."