It has been weeks since the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) suspended tests for learner drivers.

Both theory and practical tests were put on hold as everyone did their bit to halt the spread of Covid-19.

Key workers have been the only learner drivers able to apply for tests amid the crisis.

Lockdown has now eased in various forms across the four nations as people cautiously try to get some normality back.

But one thing that hasn't really changed is driving lessons and tests, leaving both instructors and learners anxiously waiting for updates.

The DVSA suspended driving tests in England, Scotland and Wales for up to three months from March 20 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

And while some learner drivers are due to take their rescheduled tests in the coming weeks, they will want to start getting back on the road to build their skills and confidence for the all-important test

But the DVSA has given information on private practice and say learning with an instructor is still off the cards for most people.

A DVSA spokesman said: “Private practice should only be considered if learners are preparing for an essential driving test and the person who will supervise you has been living in the same household.

"Any practice should be in addition to previous training with a professional instructor.

"You should also check the that car is safe to drive and that appropriate insurance is in place.”

The Approved Driving Instructors National Joint Council (ADINJC) say instructors are unable to plan lessons for learner drivers because there is "no proper plan" outlined by the The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for them.

Lynne Barrie, Chair for ADINJC, explained: "We have instructors with pupils who have practical tests on June 17 and have no idea if these will take place," she said.

"There is no proper plan for us to know if we can train pupils first and then take them when they are test ready.

"The theory testing is also very uncertain," she said.

On Monday, June 1 the ADINJC say they received an email notification from DVSA that theory tests would be cancelled for two further days.

"However from June 4 we do not know if tests will be cancelled again or going ahead," she said.

"We can’t run a system on two days’ notice.

"Candidates have paid for these tests and are revising ready for them but with no certainty that they will take place, we may be in an unusual situation but this is totally unacceptable to the candidates and to their driver trainers."

She adds: "We have been calling on the DVSA to work with us to establish a way ahead, so we and our customers can plan and prepare, and we have undertaken wide ranging risk assessments and produced what we believe to be Covid secure measures in readiness.

"It's not only the theory tests that affect learner drivers but they also need practical lessons to prepare for their driving tests and enable them to avoid using public transport, in accordance with Government guidelines, and contribute to the post Covid-19 recovery.

"The longer this uncertainly continues the greater the backlog, pent up demand and waiting time for tests."

A DVSA spokesperson said they are keeping the situation under "constant review."

"We understand how challenging the current situation is for the industry but our top priority is to stop the spread of coronavirus and keep everyone safe," they said.

“We will continue to work closely with driving instructor associations on how and when we can resume driving tests and lessons.

“We’re keeping the situation under constant review, in line with government guidance, and will provide further information as soon as we can.”