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Next Zoom class to be held the weekend of August 15 and 16. Another to follow. Date to be determined.
Groupon, the Voucher company, just sent this message about voucher extensions:
"We'd like to confirm that, in order to avoid refunds for your business, and in order for customers to be able to experience your business, we have extended the expiration date on vouchers that were due to expire between July 1st and July 31st by 4 months."
So if you have a voucher, hold on to it. It will not expire soon.
Here's what you have been waiting for. Our ZOOM Drug & Alcohol class is scheduled for Saturday 7/25 and Sunday 7/26. You must attend both sections as it is a required eight hour course. 11:00am to 3:00pm each day. Watch this bulletin board for additional information. Please call to register 203-874-7167.
MORE GOOD NEWS. CONNECTICUT BEGINS PARTIALLY REOPENING SOME DMV OFFICES. On Tuesday 6/23 Connecticut partially reopened 4 branches to offer in-person licensing and new vehicle registration services by appointment only. Road testing also resumed Tuesday in partnership with private driving schools. The backlog of road tests have been rescheduled through June 30. Waterbury, Bridgeport, Enfield, and New Britain are now making appointments. Beginning June 30, Wethersfield, Willimantic, and Danbury will be open by appointment. Appointments can be made on-line. Learners Permit knowledge tests are available in Wethersfield, Cheshire, Willimantic, Old Saybrook, Norwalk, and Danbury by appointment only. The various branches should be able to start handling more walk-in traffic over the next couple of weeks. (Thanks to the Connecticut Post)
GOOD NEWS CONCERNING VOUCHERS! The voucher company, Groupon, has extended the expiration date for all vouchers for an extra 4 months. Vouchers are good for 120 days PLUS an additional 4 months. The company also said it would work with merchants to make sure vouchers did not expire for customers who cannot use the vouchers in a timely manner. Milford Driving School will honor purchased vouchers for the future as soon as classes are scheduled again, which should be soon.
Good news! The DMV has given driving schools the go-ahead to reopen classrooms and to start on-the-road lessons again. Of course, there are restrictions required by the state, but if you have been waiting for driving schools to get back in business, the start date is June 20. Vouchers will be honored; hold on to them. We will post classes soon.
We are almost halfway through May and the DMV looks as if it is getting ready to open some of its functions. Physical classes remain closed, but we are hoping that soon we will be able to have limited classroom use with proper social distancing. We have another professional meeting with other driving schools this Thursday, so let's hope that we hear some good news. The state has opened several types of businesses that require close contact (hair salons) so perhaps driving schools will soon be given the green light. Hold onto your vouchers. They will be honored.
This morning the Connecticut Driving School Professionals held its usual weekly webinar and discussed Learners Permits. What is clear is that, as usual, there is a lack of definite information from the DMV about what to tell new students who want to get a permit. We talked for an hour, but never came to a conclusion about procedures. I know this is frustrating for everyone. It is frustrating for us. Our advice is to call the DMV or go online and see what the DMV recommends at the moment. We will keep you informed about what we know.
The Connecticut Driving School Professionals had our weekly meeting this morning, and we heard from an agent at the DMV. The DMV branches are still closed. However, they may open again on May 9th. This date will be evaluated weekly and may be moved forward week to week until Gov. Lamont allows "non-essential" business to begin operations again. Tests for CDL's are currently going forward, and students can book an appointment for the knowledge test (Learner's Test) online and take the test at a branch. Everything else is currently on hold and being evaluated week by week. Stay tuned.
Today the Connecticut Driving School Professionals held a webinar through Zoom and discussed what we know about the CT DMV. Information is sparse and sometimes conflicting as the CT DMV has been slow to send out information. We don't know what they are thinking or planning. But most of their functions are still limited. On-the-road testing is suspended as are most in-person classes at driving schools. Car registrations have been extended 90 days. New care registrations are suspended until further notice. We will let everyone know as soon as anything changes. At some point the CT DMV will have to reopen, but what form that will take we will have to wait and see.
At Milford Driving School, we are committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy, and to provide services needed for our customers. Like many businesses we have been asked to close our classroom in order to protect the safety of our valued customers and staff. As soon as we are told it is safe to reopen, classes will resume. Vouchers already purchased will be honored. The expiration for vouchers has been extended to 12 months. Please be patient as we navigate through these difficult times.
(This page will be regularly updated.)