The Infrastructure minister has announced that driving tests in Northern Ireland will be suspended for three months.
The suspension will run until Monday, June 22 but this will be kept under review, Nichola Mallon said.
"I understand that this will cause inconvenience to customers and businesses, but it is the right step to take given the public health advice concerning social distancing and given the personal nature of the driver testing service," Ms Mallon said.
"Driving examiners are in close proximity to members of the public, in a confined space, for up to 40 minutes on each driving test.
"I know this is a time of great uncertainty for people and I want to assure affected staff that they will continue to be paid a salary.
"We will also continue to engage with the local sector and keep them informed as the situation evolves."
Motorists with a driving test scheduled during this period will have the test rescheduled or may apply for a refund.