Murdo Fraser asks Transport Minister when driving instructors can resume work

Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser is hopeful that driving instructors can resume work soon after raising the matter with the Transport Minister, Michael Matheson.

The politician, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, had been contacted by a constituent who is a self-employed driving instructor and like hundreds of similar people across the country, is desperate to know when it will be deemed safe to go back to work. 

Commenting, Mr Fraser said: “I submitted a written question to the Transport Minister in which I asked him when the Scottish Government expects self-employed driving instructors to be able to resume driving lessons with the general public.

“Mr Matheson replied that the Scottish Government is developing guidance for driving instructors as a matter of urgency, which I welcome. He stated that the guidance will be based on the best available public health advice in Scotland and will include clarification of what phase of the lockdown exit roadmap this will be included in.”

He continued: “There are many self-employed driving instructors who have been idle for some time now, waiting on word of when they can get back to work, and there will also be many people who are keen to learn how to drive.

“Obviously, the guidance will take into account the proximity of the driving instructor and learner driver, but it is important that the Scottish Government give businesses like driving instructors an idea of when they can resume working as soon as possible.”