covid 19 information

Updated 23.01.22

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Red Traffic Light level for Covid-19

NO CHANGES FOR DRIVING LESSONS from ORANGE TO RED SETTING

Only vaccinated students and vaccinated support persons (with a Vaccine Pass) can receive in car driving lessons from a driving instructor. This of course includes me as your instructor, as well as my students.

 

The same as in orange setting, in red setting effective from Sunday 23 January 2022 11.59 pm,
any in car driving instruction, assessments or driving tests cannot proceed unless both the Instructor (or Testing Officer for driving tests) and the student have had a Vaccine pass presented and able to be verified by scanning.


Ministry of Health considers driving instruction as a high risk transmission activity, due to it being conducted within a confined space (less than 1 metre distancing) for a significant time period.

 

It also means masks are still mandatory while we are together in the car.
 

You will be asked to present your proof of vaccine, either via your personal device (cell phone) or an authentic Ministry of Health Covid-19 “My Vaccine Pass” certificate.
 

If you are not vaccinated with a Vaccine Pass you cannot book a lesson. If you have already booked, you must cancel your lesson, or you will still be required to pay for your lesson. 
 

If you do not have your vaccine pass and your drivers licence with you at the beginning of our lesson, you will still be required to pay for you lesson, even though it can not go ahead.
 

It is an offence punishable by up to $15,000 if I were to conduct lessons without your vaccine pass being established. So please do not be offended when I ask you for your vaccine status

HEALTH AND SAFETY
As a result of Covid-19, we have introduced new kaupapa (protocols) to help protect you and ourselves from any potential cross infection, prior to and during our lesson.  We will explain these closer to your next appointment.

We will continue with a high level of sanitation and hygiene in-car between each client, including not having lessons with unwell people for your continued safety and ours. 

A QR code to scan for the NZ Covid Tracer App is displayed in-car for contact tracing purposes.

Our instructor is fully vaccinated and wears a mask in-car with clients in both orange and red traffic levels. Masks are required to be worn.   



 

DRIVING TESTS
Driving tests have now resumed, but there are longer waiting times NZ wide as driver testing continues to catch up delays from the first and now second lock down. 

We do offer practice driving tests which can be booked online with us, but for your actual test you need to book with NZTA/Waka Kotahi. Book your test with NZTA here (note vaccination requirements stated above) https://online.nzta.govt.nz/licence-test/
 
See this page for more handy tips https://vtnz.co.nz/getting-your-licence/car-licence/