HGV driving tests began again this week in England, with Wales choosing to restart them on 27 July.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that as the country recovers from Covid-19 it could now open up its services to get the economy moving again.

Driver training and theory tests for HGVs in England recommenced on 4 July.

Examiners will end a vocational test early if a candidate commits either a serious or dangerous fault or a total of 16 driver faults.

They will also end the test early if the candidate fails during the reversing or uncoupling and recoupling manoeuvres.

These manoeuvres will be carried out at the start of the test where possible.

This is to help reduce the amount of time the candidate and examiner spend in the vehicle when the candidate has failed their test.

Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive, said: “Tests for critical workers have continued during the lockdown and I would like to thank all those instructors and examiners who have continued to work to help deliver tests for those who have done so much to help us during this terrible pandemic.”

Driving tests and theory tests were suspended in March to stop the spread of Covid-19.