DGT resumes driving tests: these are the changes in tests

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The General Directorate of Traffic resumes the theoretical and practical exams to obtain a driving license in those provinces that are in phase II of the de-escalation, starting this Monday, May 25.

In order to preserve the health of the students, teachers and officials of the Provincial Headquarters, the General Directorate of Traffic has published an instruction that contains the specific measures and precautions necessary to minimize risks, while ensuring good public service to the citizens. The protocol established for the reactivation of the exams has been consulted and participated with all the associations in the sector, as well as with the unions, as detailed by the DGT in a statement.

Thus the examination service is maintained throughout the summer period. The examinations carried out in the displaced centers may be maintained as long as there are guarantees of compliance with the measures of cleaning and disinfection measures and social distance established in the DGT contingency plan. The Provincial Traffic Chief will analyze the situation in his province and make the decision about the advisability of referring exams to the official centers.

To avoid crowds in the examination centers, the permanence in the waiting areas of people who do not have a direct relationship with the performance of the test is prohibited. You can only be staff of the headquarters, teachers in charge of the test and applicants named at that time. The transfer of examination records from one province to another is limited as long as the Government maintains restrictions on the mobility of citizens due to health risks.

Theoretical exams
The theoretical exams will be the first to be resumed in all the Headquarters, prioritizing those referring to the loss of validity of the driving license and those for obtaining and renewing the special authorization to drive vehicles that transport dangerous goods. In the following days, the rest of the theoretical exams will be resumed progressively.

Due to the necessary separation distance between applicants, the capacity of the classrooms will be reduced, so that as far as possible, calls will be increased to respond to demand.

Applicants should always wear gloves and masks that they should bring with them and they will have a hydrogel for their use when necessary. During the entire exam the minimum distance of 2 meters between students will be guaranteed.

Track exams
The summons to carry out the aptitude and behavior tests in closed circuit, track, which must be carried out by applicants to obtain licenses and driving licenses will be carried out in stages to avoid crowds and in wide areas where the safety distance.

As in the case of theoretical exams, anyone outside the test will be prohibited from staying on the slopes and it is recommended that each student bring their own equipment.

Practical test
Carrying out this test is the one with the most changes due to the limited space of the vehicle. The first of these is the one that refers to the occupation of the passenger compartment, since only the student and teacher will go in the front of the vehicle and the examiner, alone, in the rear seats. Both students and teachers must wear gloves and a mask.

At the moment the test is declared unsuitable for accumulation of fouls or commission of an elimination fault, it will be interrupted. The examination will not continue so as not to prolong the social contact situation. The explanations about the examination will always be given outside the vehicle, keeping the recommended distance

The private schools of drivers will be responsible for the correct cleaning and disinfection of the vehicles, as well as the cleaning of the same at the end of each test and in any case before the next.

In the case of practical motorcycle exams, an effective two-way hands-free intercom will be required in the communication systems between the examiner and the student. The protection of the same against the health risk will be in charge of the school, recommending that the microphone is for individual use. Likewise, the use of equipment in which the examiner is forced to manipulate it or to have to place it in ears (headphones) or with microphones that are housed close to the mouth, will not be accepted, unless its total sanitation is guaranteed.

Both the General Directorate of Traffic and private driver schools have their own action protocols to ensure the safety of their employees and citizens.

It is recalled that the Order INT / 262/2020, of March 20, by which the Royal Decree of alarm status 463/2020, of March 14, is developed, contemplates that driving permits and licenses, as well as other authorizations administrative to drive, whose period of validity expires during the state of alarm and its subsequent extensions, will be automatically extended while it lasts and up to sixty days after its end. .


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