Coronavirus: Driving licence extensions and DVA service update

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Department for Infrastructure aims to help customers get back on track by either restoring services or extending expiry dates for driving licences

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has announced extensions for driving licences, resumption of Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) testing and other Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) services.

Driving licences
All driving licences with an expiry date between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be treated as valid for a further seven months. For some drivers this will remove the requirement to have a medical assessment conducted. The extension will be automatically applied and new licences will not be issued during this period. The new arrangements will be put in place in the coming days, as soon as a new EU Regulation becomes law

Taxi drivers
Taxi driver licences are not covered by the EU Driving Licence Directive. However, for taxi drivers who do not have a medical condition to declare, your five year taxi driver’s licence will be renewed without a medical report. In circumstances where drivers have a medical condition which requires a prior medical assessment, they will be prioritised as key workers.

Carriage of dangerous goods vehicles (ADR)
From 1 June, the DVA will introduce a statutory authorisation process that will permit the continued use of ADR vehicles on our roads, provided strict conditions and control measures are in place for these heavy vehicles, the majority of which have been fitted with specialist tanks.

Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA)
DVA plans to reinstate IVA tests from 1 June, following consultation with staff and unions. The provision of IVA tests will be prioritised for those vehicles delivering essential services.

Find more information on the Department for Infrastructure website.

First published on 27 May 2020