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Auto experts answer the 10 most Googled questions about driving fines

Automotive experts have revealed the most searched questions on Google regarding driving fines, along with answers provided. There are a number of reasons motorists can be fined, including driving too slowly and driving with fog lights on. It can make it easy for you to forget what you can and can’t do while you’re on […]

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You Can Be Fined For Driving Too Slow – 10 Great Google Driving Answers

Drivers Driving offenses can lead to unlimited fines, 11 license points and even a complete driving ban if you are caught doing something illegal. CEO and founder of car leasing company Vanarama, Andy Alderson, commented: “There are so many myths surrounding driving fines that it can be difficult for motorists to know what is true […]

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Scarlett Moffatt to open her own driving school for BBC show despite failing 13 test

Scarlett Moffatt, star of Gogglebox and I’m A Celebrity, has failed her driving test 13 times. So she opens her own driving school for other car flops like her in an effort to help them finally succeed. That’s it for a new BBC One series called Scarlett’s Driving School. She said, “I’m over the moon. […]

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Woman who claimed to have died in an attempt to avoid driving offenses is jailed

A woman who claims to be a Grenfell survivor has been jailed after pretending to be dead in a bid to dodge punishment for driving offences. Zoe Bernard, 38, gave a false name when she was caught driving carelessly while banned and without insurance – but when her real name was discovered she asked for […]

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A convoy of driving instructors protests against DVSA plans to close South Shields testing center

Driving instructors from across the North East came out to protest the closure of a busy driving test center in South Shields. A convoy of around 40 cars arrived outside the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) practice center on Bedesway, Bede Industrial Estate, just after 10am this morning (Monday) – after launching a ‘slow […]

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50-car drive-by protest planned in response to closure of South Shields driving test center

Frustrated driving instructors stage a second protest in South Shields to highlight the impact of the closure of their local driving test centre, hoping to catalyze a U-turn by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) . The DVSA plans to close the South Shields driving test center on April 10, along with a number […]

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The exact date when the driving test backlog will finally be cleared

The backlog of driving tests caused by the coronavirus, a rapid decline in driving instructors and baby boomers around 17 years ago is not expected to clear up until January 2024, according to a new report from learner drivers insurers, Jam. Some learner drivers face a five-month wait for a test due to the backlog, […]

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Driving instructors in North Wales have their say on new rules of the road

Driving instructors reacted to the new rules of the highway code which came into force on January 29. Instructors from across North Wales shared their views on the changes affecting all road users, including motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians. The new rules mean that road users who are likely to cause the most damage – […]

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Furious driving instructors stage protest against closure of South Shields test center

Driving instructors staged a protest in South Shields on Thursday against the closure of their local driving test centre, hoping their actions will help overturn the decision. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) plans to close the South Shields driving test center on April 10, along with a number of other test centers across […]

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Driving tests could see major changes under new DVSA plans

Changes to the rules for re-booking driving tests could reduce the number of people attempting the test when they are not ready, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has said. Under new proposals put forward by the government agency, learner drivers who have failed their driving test may have to wait 28 working days […]

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Solihull driving instructor posts jaw-dropping video of horror crash that left him injured

This is the terrifying moment when a car crashes into a driving instructor’s vehicle, seriously injuring him. John Watts was incapacitated by the horrific collision and will not be able to work for at least eight weeks. The 64-year-old from Smith’s Wood, who runs his own business, will not be able to earn any money […]

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TikTok Dublin’s driving instructor goes viral with key steering safety tip few know

A driving instructor from Dublin has gone viral on TikTok with a key driving safety tip to help you protect your thumbs that few people know about. David Murphy of Drive Academy Dublin has revealed the one thing he must keep telling learner drivers to remember – don’t wrap your thumbs around the steering wheel. […]

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The fight to save Tameside’s only driving test center

The proposed closure of the only driving test center in Tameside has caused ‘tremendous anxiety’ for driving instructors and local pupils, borough MPs have said. Jonathan Reynolds, Angela Rayner and Andrew Gwynne have written a joint letter to the DVSA opposing plans to close the Hyde center in April. It comes after driving instructor Jim […]

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The ‘easiest’ places to get your driving license in Scotland

The ten “easiest” places to pass your driving test have been revealed by new data. Research by Collingwood Insurance Services, using data from the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), found that Ballater in Aberdeenshire has an 83.3% success rate. Experts have found rural Scotland to be the perfect place for budding drivers, with Rothesay […]

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Warning of over £200 fines as 11 new driving rule changes come into force in 2022

A series of new driving laws and changes to pre-existing laws are due to come into force and drivers who do not keep up to date with the rules of the road risk heavy penalties. Car tax is rising with inflation – and some motorists face further damage to their personal finances if they don’t […]

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Cleaners, Driving School Instructors and Hairdressers: Small ‘Supply Chain’ Firms Fear of Missing Covid Grants

Cleaners, driving school instructors and hairdressers are among the companies worried about missing the government’s latest Covid support. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a £ 1 billion program to support businesses hit this winter by the latest wave of coronavirus infections. But since most of these measures are expected to target pubs, restaurants and art […]

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Tributes to famed driving instructor Jim Smyth who died in the Co Down crash

Tributes have been paid to a popular driving instructor who died following a collision at Co Down. Jim Smyth, 49, from Ballynahinch, died following a traffic accident involving three vehicles on Belfast Road, Dundrum in the early hours of Thursday December 16. Four others were taken to hospital with serious injuries and a fifth person […]

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Nuneaton Teen Has Both Legs Amputated Weeks Before First Driving Lesson

Tragedy resulted in a teenage Nuneaton having both legs amputated – just weeks before she began her first driving lesson. Last summer, Caitlyn Astley of Stockingford, like so many others her age, was anxious to get out of confinement. She was only weeks away from having her first driving lesson when tragedy struck. Read more […]

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The shortage of driving instructors has a company offering free training

A local driving company is asking more people to train as instructors amid a shortage that has forced learners to wait nearly a month before having their first lesson. Intensive Driving UK has seen a significant drop in the number of people looking to become instructors and they say this has had a huge impact […]

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DVLA announces big changes to the driving test to simplify the exam

In a big change to their existing testing programs, the DVLA revealed new plans for motorcycles and automatic car drivers. The new updates will allow drivers of automatic cars to also drive a manual vehicle and motorcyclists to take their tests on a bike with a smaller engine size. These amendments have been recommended to […]

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Thousands of people waiting for driving test receive positive update as further steps taken to clear backlog

The Department for Transport has responded to the backlog of ongoing driving tests, with the number of applicants reaching over 66,000 through October 10, 2021. A spokesperson said they were doing everything possible to allow as many customers as possible to be tested while adhering to public health requirements. As of October 10, 2021, 66,284 […]

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Driving lessons in Edinburgh ‘most expensive’ in UK as learners shell out more

Research has found that Edinburgh is the most expensive city in the whole of the UK to learn to drive. The study, which was carried out by Veygo, an insurance company for learner drivers, looked at how difficult learning to drive is currently in some of the country’s largest cities due to waiting times and […]

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Hampshire driving instructor ‘under pressure’ after lockdown ‘frustrated’ with panic buyers of fuel as lessons are canceled

A driving instructor in Hampshire said he and his colleague are ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’ as they are forced to cancel driving lessons to buy fuel. Martin Fender and his colleague Allen Stanley run the M&A Driving School and have been teaching people in Fleet, Aldershot, Farnborough and surrounding areas of […]

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Blyth teenager’s 17th birthday driving lesson ruined by burglar who stole family car

A burglar ruined a teenager’s birthday present of a driving lesson on the day he turned 17 by stealing his family’s car. Adam McLaughlin smashed a porch window at the victims’ home and stole the keys to a £17,000 Ford Fiesta in the early hours of February 14, 2019. Newcastle Crown Court heard a teenager, […]

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Driving school instructors say they are struggling to survive and have been ‘completely ignored’ in Wales lockdown exit plan

Driving instructors in Wales have said they are struggling to make a living and have been ‘totally ignored’ in Wales’ plan to get out of lockdown. Under the current level four restrictions in Wales, driving lessons and testing are not permitted, with the exception of limited emergency testing for people who need to drive as […]

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Durham driving instructors turn to food banks after being ‘denied financial assistance’

Driving instructors in County Durham have been ‘sidelined’ and left ‘destitute’ after being denied financial aid during the pandemic, it has been claimed. Sarah Gill, 33, who runs Durham-based Driver Skills North East, said Durham County Council failed to help instructors in the area after refusing them help. The local authority told the instructors they […]

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London driving instructors denounce petition calling for learner drivers to pass without exam

A petition has been widely discussed in recent days regarding learners and their driving tests. The petition aims to get a government debate on whether driving instructors should have a mandate to pass learners who cannot take the tests due to the current lockdown. He says how “unfair” the situation is for learners who have […]

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Driving instructors say they are struggling to survive without financial support and knowing when they will be able to return to work

Driving instructors in Wales say they are struggling to survive not knowing when they will be able to return to work as calls for clarity have been made by those working in the industry. Driving lessons have been suspended since March 20, with only key workers allowed to take lessons and take tests. In England, […]

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Driving instructors feel ‘abandoned’ and ‘confused’ as they still don’t know when and how they can return to work

Driving instructors are feeling ‘abandoned’ and ‘confused’ during the Covid-19 crisis as workers are still unsure when and how they can resume teaching. This is according to the National Joint Certified Driving Instructors Council (ADINJC) who say they are unable to schedule lessons for learner drivers as there is ‘no proper plan’ set out by […]

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Driving instructors in Kent fear for the future as their profession does not allow social distancing

Driving instructors across Kent have spoken of the uncertain future of their industry post-lockdown. Chris Bensted, co-owner of West Kent-based Better Driver Training, said around 40% of instructors were not receiving any financial support amid the crisis. There are also fears that this industry could be the last to return to normal due to the […]

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Angry police fine for locked driving lesson in Camborne

Angry police officers have fined a parent for giving their daughter a driving lesson in Camborne during the coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown. In a Tweet with an ‘angry face’ emoji and sent at 2.57am this morning, officers from the Devon and Cornwall Roads Policing Alliance fumed: ‘No, taking your teenage daughter for a driving lesson is […]

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10 of Derby’s best driving instructors, according to you

Learning to drive is an essential accomplishment for many adults, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Even for those who aren’t planning on driving anytime soon, it’s a good idea to get your license as soon as possible while you have the time. But with so much on the line, choosing […]