Driving tests across Britain will be cancelled on the day of the Queen’s funeral.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) said it would suspend all but “essential services” on Monday 19 September in recognition of the state funeral and bank holiday.
It confirmed that the move would mean all practical and theory driving tests booked for that date would be cancelled.
Monday 19 September has been declared a bank holiday and schools, shops and other services are expected to close.
In a statement, the DVSA, which also oversees MOTs and other vehicle testing, said: “Our thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the Royal Family at this sad time.
“In line with National Mourning guidance our services will continue during the mourning period.
“We are suspending all but our most essential services on 19 September due to the Bank Holiday and State Funeral, allowing individuals, businesses and other organisations to pay their respects to Her Majesty.
“We appreciate your patience and understanding during this period of national mourning.”
Will learners have to rebook their tests?
The agency said it would contact all learners affected by the decision regarding rebooking their test.
Anyone with a practical test appointment for 19 September will have their test automatically rebooked for the first available date after that.
Learners with a theory test booked for the 19 September will have to rebook their own test. The DVSA added: “We will be contacting all pupils who are affected to let them know how to choose a new date for their theory test.”
Those training to be driving instructors are also affected, with all ADI part 2, 3 tests and standards checks suspended as well.
Driving lessons can still go ahead, with the decision on whether to cancel them left up to individual instructors and driving schools.
Learner drivers have faced two years of disruption to testing as a result of the Covid pandemic. Tests were stopped entirely for several months in 2020, leading to a massive backlog in bookings which the DVSA has struggled to address.
The DVSA said that learners face an average wait of around 14 weeks to sit their practical tests, which it aims to reduce to nine weeks by the end of 2022. However, earlier this year some instructors were complaining that students still faced waits of up to 24 weeks.