Don’t learn to drive with an illegal driving instructor!

Thousands of learners are unknowingly paying an illegal driving instructor for driving lessons

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A recent shocking report appeared in the Sun online regarding illegal driving instructors.

These are people claiming to be driving instructors but haven’t passed the three stringent tests required to become a Driving Vehicle Standards Agency approved driving instructor.

The Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is an executive agency of the UK department for transport. They are responsible for carrying out driving tests, approve people to be driving instructors and MOT testers, carry out tests making sure lorries and buses are safe to drive, carry out roadside checks on drivers and vehicles, and monitor vehicle recalls.

There are more than 40,000 instructors registered with the DVSA in the UK, and each instructor has to display their in-date badge on their windscreen.

Section 123 of the road traffic act 1988 States Driving instruction for payment can only be given by registered or licensed persons.

There are 2 types of licences granted by the DVSA:

Green badge holders are fully qualified driving instructors who have passed the three qualifying exams.

Pink badges indicate trainee driving instructors (potential driving instructors). These are instructors registered with the DVSA who have passed the first two exams and who have been granted a licence to teach for up to six months while acquiring experience before taking the final exam.

Freedom of information data from the DVSA reveal 961 reports for illegal driving instructors were made over the last 5 years.

This indicates that thousands of learners in the UK are unknowingly paying illegal driving instructors for lessons.

Paying for lessons from illegal instructors can put learners in a particularly vulnerable position, alone in a car with a stranger for long periods of time.

If the instructor is illegally posing as a qualified instructor, what else are they not being honest about:

They won’t have the required DBS check required by the DVSA. Enhanced Disclosures are used by the DVSA Registrar as part of a ‘fit and proper’ assessment, for the roles of ADI and PDI, to ensure the integrity of the ADI Register and give members of the public reassurance of their safety when learning to drive.

Insurance: Is their vehicle insured, taxed with a current MOT, if not they are putting the learner and general public at risk.

Do they actually have a licence themselves, they may never have learnt to drive or passed the driving test.

One thing is for sure, if they have never trained to become a driving instructor then they won’t know the DVSA syllabus required to teach people to drive safely.

You might be paying these dodgy instructors a fortune to drive around without any learning strategy in place, and you can guarantee when you want to take a driving test they won’t be around to take you because that’s how they will get caught out.

Before booking driving lessons due your due diligence and make sure the driving instructor you will be using are registered with the DVSA, don’t take their word for it ask to see their badge.

The badge should include the instructors photograph, a unique DVSA reference number and an expiry date.

If in doubt you can check they are on the DVSA register here, if suspicious call the DVSA on 0300 1233248.

 

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New in Driving News

Hello everyone and Welcome to the Elite Driving School Blog’s New in Driving News!

There has been a lot of Driving News lately, mainly, revolving around the weather!

However, last week, it was announced that Learner Drivers would be allowed on the motorways, with a qualified Driving Instructor, as of the 4th June 2018!

I have both good and points for the debate of Learner Drivers being allowed on motorways…

Let’s get all the negativity out of the way, and start with the cons:

-Motorways are dangerous if going both too fast, or too slow. Going too slow on a Motorway can cause serious problems, and can be very dangerous, which is why generally, it is better to do when more competent.

-Realistically, in an average hour/hour and a half lesson, the Learner isn’t going to get very far, before having to turn around and come back home. It is going to be extremely difficult for those who don’t live anywhere near a motorway, to have a motorway lesson as a learner…right?

-Thy’re unreliable. This shouldn’t be too difficult to explain, but sometimes, for unforeseen circumstances, you can get stuck on the motorway for hours. I’m sure we have all been there. Just last week, people were stuck on the M62 for 15 hours, after a mass crash. – Could you imagine being stuck in a car for 15 hours with your instructor?

-The other road users. You can sometimes get people, who get a little ‘speed happy’ and tend to just zoom off, well over the speed limit. This of course is annoying to general road users, never mind learners, who haven’t even passed a test to determine if they are ready to drive safely or not. I can imagine it being quite scary.

-They’re unqualified. Sure, they’re with a qualified instructor, who can drive at an advanced level, and in a car with dual controls, but that doesn’t prevent the fact that they’re unqualified. And yes, I understand the point of this is to become qualified, but people generally learn or go on a motorway, after they have experienced driving on their own on A and B roads.

Okay. Now, for the Pro’s:

-It allows the learner to advance on the skills that they already have, to be able to assess the situation appropriately.

-It allows learners to be experienced on all roads, before becoming qualified.

-With the new ‘Smart Motorways’ it enables learners to be more aware of how they work, as they won’t be involved in the Theory test.

-It gives them an advanced knowledge, meaning that there could potentially be fewer ‘new driver’ accidents.

 

What do you think?

We would love to hear your thoughts on the subject, as I think it is such a controversial one.

– The Elite Team

 

How the New iPhone 8 is Trying to Save Your Life

Apple recently released the iPhone 8, along with IOS 11, which is trying to save your life whilst driving.

The update allows the phone to sense when you’re driving, meaning that it will automate itself to ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, so the notifications don’t distract you whilst driving, meaning that there is a lack of temptation to use your phone.

The software picks up when you’re in a car, so if you’re a passenger, you can turn off the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode in settings, so you can still use your phone in the car.

You can find the original article about the new update here: https://www.carthrottle.com/post/soon-your-iphone-wont-work-while-youre-driving/

Why Learning to Drive at the Age of 17 is Better

It’s quite normal now for the younger generation to learn to drive as soon as they can. It is actually a really good idea. So, if you are 17, or are wanting to get someone driving lessons, here are some reasons why learning to drive when your younger, is easier. It has been found in…

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Driving Test Changes You Need to Know About

If you didn’t know already, the UK driving test is changing from the 4th December 2017 (not a very nice Christmas present, is it?). We are updating you with the most recent changes made by the DVSA. It was released on the 13th September 2017, that there would be revised changes to the ‘Show me’…

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New driving laws you should know…

Do you know what new driving laws have been introduced since 2015?

 

There’s been a number of changes to the motoring law in the past few years, which motorist need to know about.

 

  • Driving Licences

The paper counter part of the driving licence has been scrapped, and your plastic photo card is your only proof of your entitlement to drive.

But if you intend to start driving lessons, driving schools and instructors may need to know if you have any penalty points on your licence which might effect their insurance.

Before you start lessons you should visit the DVLA website CLICK HERE which will allow you to get a special code that can be used bby the driving school to check your details online. You can also get the code by calling 0300 083 0013.

The code only lasts 21 days, so make sure it will be valid when you decide to book your driving lessons.

  • Tax Disc’s

From the first of October 2014, drivers no longer need to display a tax disc in the windscreen of their car. You still have to pay vehicle tax, so make a note of when it’s due for renewal, just in case you forget.

  • Selling a secondhand car

New rules from 2015 means that if you sell your car you must cash it the vehicle tax, leaving the new owner to buy their own.

The DVLA will refund you for any credit left on your tax disc as soon as they receive your completed V5  (vehicle registration document) telling them you have sold, scrapped, exported or declared SORN (Statutory off road notification) on your car.

  • Lane Lane Hog Fine:

It is an offence to sit in a middle lane or any other lane if the left hand lane is available for the route you are travelling.

In the example of a motorway you should only use the lane to the right for overtaking, and return to the left hand lane when safe to do so.

The new legislation brings big penalties for careless and inconsiderate drivers who hog lanes, holding up other drivers and causing danger.

  • Drug Driving

It has been an offence since 2015 to drive under the influence of drugs. The law also includes some prescribed drugs such as diazeqpam, methadone and morphine.

If your worried whether your medication fall under the new law, contact your doctor to seek advice.

  • Smoking

It is an offence in England for a driver to smoke in a vehicle with passengers under 18 years old. If a passenger passenger is smoking in a car with under 18’s both he and the driver could face a fine.

  • Speed Limits

The new speed limit for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in England and Wales has recently been raised from 40 to 50mph on single carriageways and from 50 to 60MPH on dual carriageways.

  • Drink Driving Laws in Scotland

The blood alcohol limit for drink driving in Scotland was lowered to 50mg per 100ml of blood, bringing it in line with most of Europe. The rest of the UK stayed at 80mg per 100ml.

 

 

App released by AA to help drivers understand dashboard warning lights

AA has released an app that aids motorists decipher dashboard warning lights, following researching showing 1 in 8 drivers do not have a manual in their vehicle.

Drivers have been advised to use the helpful app that has been released by the AA. They disclosed that they receive approximately 17,000 calls about warning lights per month.

This actually peaked in the week succeeding the launch of new reg plates on the 1st of March and September each year, thus leading to a boost in the used car market.

Max Holdstock, AA mechanic, spoke about the app release: “We often find that used cars don’t have a handbook and even if there is one, many drivers never look at it. The AA app is a quicker and smarter way for drivers to check what their warning lights mean.

Although most warning light symbols are standardised, many are not, and with some car dashboards resembling the Starship Enterprise, it’s no wonder that some drivers are left bewildered.

AA commissioned a poll of 21,000 of its members and found that 13% either hadn’t gotten their car handbook when they bought their vehicle, or didn’t keep the book in their car.

The survey continued to find that 4% of drivers would carry on driving regardless of the appearance of a red warning light. The AA has urged motorists to stop in a safe place as soon as they can if a red warning light appears.

The motoring groups’ warning light feature is available for access on the app by the organisation’s 14 million members.

Do you keep your car handbook in your vehicle?

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