Booking for driving tests to be taken in Stornoway has restarted, with the first batch of tests due to be taken in the islands towards the end of September, according to a spokesman for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

But the DVSA website, which re-opened for booking test appointments on Monday (7 September) has already closed again until next Monday (14 September) because of the ‘exceptionally high’ level of demand for tests.

Nationally, tests are due to restart on Monday (14 September), but the Stornoway test centre, which is operated by the international testing and qualifications agency Pearson VUE, usually offers tests only during one week of the month.

All island candidates who had a test put on hold with the onset of lockdown in March have received an email inviting them to rebook their test.

The monthly appointments system is in place for tests to continue in October and November.

The restart of car driving tests across most of Scotland follows the lifting of restrictions by the Scottish Government. This follows a phased return of the driving test across the whole of Great Britain.

The DVSA spokesman said 375,000 more new and rescheduled tests would become available across the UK on 14 September to book up to 21 January 2021.

When test appointments are booked up in Stornoway, the nearest available mainland test centres are at Gairloch, Ullapool and Portree in Skye.

Safety measures have been put in place to protect learners and examiners from COVID-19 and DVSA has published information at  so that candidates know what to expect.

Picture shows Samantha Macaulay, who passed her test first time in February this year (Lewis Macleod driving school).