Since the 23rd March 2020, the majority of the country has been on lock down due to the Corona virus (Covid-19). According to media sources including Wikipedia, the outbreak was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and was declared to be a public health emergency on an international concern.
I don’t want to write about how many people are dying around the world due to Corona virus related symptoms as this is too much of a delicate subject and one that I am not qualified to write about. But we do know that it’s causing stress and heartbreak throughout.
Keeping on-point and keeping my article relevant to my industry, the majority of driving instructors throughout the united kingdom stopped working on the 23rd March 2020 after listening to the advice that was coming from the government, in particular, social distancing. It’s impossible for a driving instructor to do their job in such a confined space and still adhere to the 2 meter rule.
There are however a few driving instructors still working as of today’s date although the numbers are reducing and the reason that some instructors are allowed to teach is because they are teaching key workers. Albeit the category of key worker is mainly members of the NHS and the emergency services and all driving instructors are watching the situation closely.
As with the majority of self-employed people, we have closed our business during these times and we are all experiencing financial struggles in one way or another. The government have assured the self-employed that there will be assistance in the form of 80% grant according to the last three tax years and taking an average of this. We are to believe that this scheme will be in place by June and for some of us this can’t come soon enough.
Due to driver training industry coming to a stand-still, this obviously has an impact on driving test waiting times. Those students who already had a test booked for the back end of March and April now have these dates pushed back. At the moment of writing this article, we are seeing test dates come back for the end of June and early July. Whether or not these dates change, well we can only keep an eye on what is happening and keep listening to government advice.
There’s an air of uncertainty when we do eventually go back to work in that we’re not too sure what the whole economy is going to be like. Will there be a recession? We just don’t know at this stage? Will it effect driving instructors? Again I’m unsure as to what effect the current crisis will have on our industry, especially with the social distancing rule. I suppose we just have to keep listening out for changes and take each day as it comes.