Coronavirus guidance for ADIs

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Here is the latest guidance from the Driving Instructors Association on COVID-19.

The risk of catching coronavirus (COVID-19) is now rated as high according to the government.

The lastest government advice says to stay at home for seven days if you have either:

  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

The NHS will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.

If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Preventing spread of infection

Wash
your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot
water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or
after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand
sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

To reduce the spread
of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a
tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and
throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand
sanitising gel.

Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and
surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of
passing the infection on to other people.

Other advice:

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Face
masks for the general public are not recommended to protect from
infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside
healthcare environments.

Our advice for ADIs

You
may be receiving phone calls from students or parents that puts some
undue pressure on you to continue training in your car. We cannot advise
you to stop training altogether, that is a business decision for you to
make, but we do advise that wiping down surfaces, such as door handles,
window controls, seat adjusters, steering wheel and steering wheel
height adjuster, parking brake, gear lever, indicator and wiper stalks
and light controls with alcohol based gel at the beginning and end of
each training, would be good practice.

If you are unable to get
the alcohol gel, then a bottle containing disinfectant, mixed with
antibacterial soap and water and wiped over with kitchen paper and then
dried with a separate sheet of kitchen paper would do. Ensure to discard
the paper in the bin each time.

If you are getting phone calls that insist on you continuing to train than please accept this guidance:

Some
of your younger students may be training so that they can go to
university in September and want to cram their driving lessons into a
short space of time. The DVSA are continuing to deliver driving tests,
but there is a little uncertainty on the provision of the theory and
hazard awareness centres remaining open. This will delay the timeline
which will affect the student.

Your terms and conditions may have
to be amended. Make an agreement with the student that although they
would like to continue as normal, the Coronavirus status may inhibit the
progress of training. This is an unprecedented situation that is well
out of your control.

The DIA is getting reports of students
stating their travel plans will be taking them close to, or in known
areas of contamination. The DVSA have asked that those students do not
attend test, unless self-isolated for 14 days prior, and you should
postpone training of that student too.

Be prepared to set new,
realistic goals for the students in terms of re-appraising the timeline
that they will be able to take their test within. This is not an
indictment on you as the trainer. It is possible that you, as a parent,
guardian, or casualty of the virus, may have to self-isolate. Ask the
candidates to be flexible and realistic in the current climate.

Driving tests

DVSA has said do not bring your pupil to test in the next week if you or your pupil feel unwell.

DVSA
will rebook your pupil’s test free of charge if it has to be cancelled
or changed because of coronavirus. This includes if it’s done at short
notice (within three clear working days of the test).

Your pupil
will need to call to cancel or change on 0300 200 1122 (Monday to
Friday, 8am to 4pm). They cannot cancel or change their test online, if
it’s because of coronavirus. 

Financial concerns

People who are not eligible for sick pay, particularly the self-employed, will be able to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) from day one of ’illness‘ rather than day eight.

ESA
is paid to those who are too sick to work, provided they meet certain
conditions. It is worth £73.10 a week, or £57.90 for the under-25s. The
complexity of this benefit may mean this change is unlikely to affect a
lot of people.

Councils will also have access to a hardship fund to help vulnerable people in their area.

However,
many self-employed people face a higher tax bill from April, when the
so-called IR35 rule is extended to the private sector. That could mean
thousands of contractors and freelancers will pay more tax.

The
government is also temporarily removing the minimum income floor from
universal credit. The minimum income floor would have taken into account
how much you would normally expect to earn in a month, when calculating
your entitlement to universal credit. 

Not having the floor means they will be able to claim for time they spend off work due to sickness.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said they would not need to attend a job centre, and could apply on the phone or online instead.

The
government has also announced a new £500m fund to support economically
vulnerable people – this will be allocated by local authorities.

Further information is available on the PHE blog, GOV.UK and NHS.UK.

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