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Key worker criteria for an emergency driving test


The key worker criteria for an emergency driving test is applied at the application stage of the process when candidates are asked to email ni.critical.worker.driving.test@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk.


The key worker definition (as defined by the Department for Health - https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/ministers-announce-extension-definition-key-workers-access-childcare-0) and the reasons why they need a driving licence for their occupation.


Applications deemed successful were progressed to the next stage.

When a candidate has successfully presented their case, their application is assessed against a dual graded system which subsequently categorises and prioritises each application depending on the vital service occupation and the level of necessity for the candidate to drive a car for work purposes.  For example, an emergency service worker who needs their licence to carry out their job would be graded as 5,5 whereas a food shop worker who needs their licence to travel for their job would be graded as 3,5.  The system would categorise the 5,5 as a higher priority than the 3,5.  Candidates are added to a waiting list in priority order and will be contacted by the DVA in due course.  

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