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Driving instructors apply for license extensions

Driving instructors whose licenses will soon expire will be forgotten, along with their learner drivers, if the Road Safety Authority does not grant them an extension. They are asking for temporary extensions of licenses that are about to expire, because there is a three-month waiting period for the control tests, which instructors must pass to […]

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Learners can get points on their license BEFORE their driving test – here are 3 ways to avoid them

LEARNING to drive is widely considered a nerve-wracking rite of passage. And in addition to road signs, parallel parking lots and roundabouts, budding motorists also risk penalty points before they even pass their tests. 1 Learner drivers can get penalty points before taking their testsCredit: Alamy Learner drivers can have up to 11 points on […]

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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 have a say in the rules of the road – ‘a recipe for disaster’ or ‘no big deal’?; Should the helmet be compulsory? ; Pidcock heading for 2023?; Bernal’s ‘second chance’ and more on the live blog

It seems like everyone has had a say in recent traffic updates over the past month (and when I say everyone, I mean every right-wing columnist who works for a national newspaper ). But what about the opinion of driving instructors, those responsible for shaping the habits and behaviors of the next generation of motorists? […]

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Driving instructors blast new traffic laws as ‘recipe for disaster’ with new cycling rules causing ‘chaos’

DRIVING instructors have slammed the new traffic laws – calling it a ‘recipe for disaster’. The new set of rules considers road users who can do the most harm, with their vehicle bearing the greatest responsibility in a bid to reduce the danger to others. 2 Driving instructors say new cycling rules will cause chaosCredit: […]

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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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Girl, 17, is left in ‘floods of tears’ after failing her driving test BEFORE it started

Driving examiners have been criticized for failing learner drivers before they even start their tests because their cars are deemed too dirty. A 17-year-old was ‘distraught’ when her examiner dropped her for having tiny rubber deposits on the carpet under the passenger seat of her instructor’s car. She had been waiting for months for the […]

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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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Driving instructors torn over DVSA plan to make learners wait longer for new test

DRIVING instructors in Worcester are torn between a new DVSA policy that would require learners to wait 28 days to book a test after failing. The recent change is said to be aimed at encouraging learner drivers to ‘think twice’ before attempting the test unprepared. Gary Gough, owner of Worcester-based driving school No Gears No […]

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Driving instructors slammed for charging learners up to £300 for last minute test slots

A driving instructor has been criticized for advertising last-minute driving test slots of up to five times the price for desperate learner drivers looking to avoid six-month long queues. Steve Cogan says he’s “just trying to do good” when he announces test dates given to him by an anonymous reviewer, which is currently being investigated […]

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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 ‘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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Driving license: Motorists may have to wait until 2024 to pass test after Covid delay

New data has revealed that the average learner driver will take 17 months to pass their driving test, due to a backlog caused by the coronavirus, with some potentially even waiting until 2024. Three-month wait this year as an influx of young people turn 17 and pick up their provisional permits. He said: “Wait times […]

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Letter from the Director General of the DVSA to driving school instructors: reducing wait times for driving exams and making every exam count

Dear Colleague, As the year draws to a close, I want to thank you for your resilience, patience and support over the past year. In particular, I want to thank you for all you have done to help put newly qualified drivers on the road. By doing this, you have given them access to employment, […]

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From Morris Minors to the Covid checklist: driving lessons in Aberdeen

A typical lesson cost £1.50 and fuel was 34p a gallon when the Aberdeen and District Driving Schools Association started in 1971. At this time the Morris Minor or Triumph Herald were popular among Aberdeen instructors and learner drivers still had to demonstrate arm signals. The first ADDSA meeting was held with 18 instructors in […]

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Over half a million learners waiting for driving test

M More than half a million learner drivers are waiting to take their test amid a huge backlog, the figures reveal. AA Driving School, which obtained data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), said the queue for testing was “too long” and called for a “clear plan” to resolve the problem. Driving tests […]

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Driving test backlog has QUADRUPLED in one year

The backlog for driving test bookings in the UK has quadrupled in a year due to the pandemic, This is Money can exclusively reveal. Lockdowns, restrictions and delays in returning practical driving tests caused the backlog of eager learners to soar from 147,716 to 592,987 when comparing Aug. 31, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021, according […]

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South Tyneside driving test center is set to close – campaigners say the loss would ‘cost £2m’ and cause ‘huge disruption’

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the Bede Industrial Estate center in Jarrow is being “assessed”, with officials saying any effect on learner drivers and instructors will be “minimised”. Full details have yet to be revealed, but the closure of the South Tyneside test center would make Gateshead and Sunderland the […]

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Letter from the Director General of the DVSA to driving school instructors regarding the resumption of driving test services

Dear Colleague, Following my recent letter which I sent you on October 15th, I would like to inform you of the latest developments regarding the driving tests. Further progress was made with the industrial action talks with the public and commercial service (PCS), which I will detail in this letter. We are also launching our […]

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Driving school instructors protest against ‘degrading’ test center lockdown

The driving school instructors accused the RSA (Route Safety Authority) of treating them in a “degrading” manner by denying them access to examination centers. Instructors held a protest outside the RSA Driving Test Center office on Jamestown Road in Finglas, Dublin on Thursday. They have been denied access to the testing center facilities since the […]

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Driving tests: Learners spend around £4,600 on lessons after lockdown backlog

Only 12% of experienced drivers think they wouldn’t pass either test the first time. Another 15% think they would pass the practice, but not the theory. Following the latest coronavirus lockdown, many driving instructors have started offering lessons again, but with fewer hours and more safety precautions. A huge backlog of driving lessons and tests […]

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Driving school seeks to recruit hundreds of new instructors to reduce backlog of tests

One of Britain’s largest driving schools is looking to recruit 400 new instructors as the backlog of tests continues, more than a year after lessons ended by the pandemic. The RED driving school said it has a crash course for those looking to enter the industry with the aim of helping the thousands of waiting […]

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Letter from DVSA Managing Director to Driving Instructors Regarding Reduced Wait Times for Driving Tests and Suspension of Industrial Actions

Dear Colleague, I am writing to update you on our driver testing work during these challenging times. I’ll cover the strike situation, explain what we’re doing to increase the availability of car testing for your students, as well as clarify how we prioritize standards checks, and describe our work on truck testing. Strike The Public […]

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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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Call for new driving instructors to clear the backlog of Covid learners

UK adults with full driving licenses are encouraged to train as licensed driving instructors to help clear a huge backlog of driving exams linked to the pandemic. The industry is currently suffering from a backlog of 420,000 driving test bookings – a number that is increasing as more young adults reach the age of 17. […]

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ICBC is investigating allegations that driving school owner Steve Wallace sexually harassed students

The Insurance Corporation of BC is investigating Victoria driving school owner Steve Wallace’s allegations of sexual harassment of female students. The Insurance Corporation of BC is investigating Victoria driving school owner Steve Wallace’s allegations of sexual harassment of female students. “This is a very serious matter and we urge anyone with concerns to report them […]

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West Lothian driving instructors denounce the Spaces for People program

The spaces for people make it “impossible” to teach learner drivers safely and create more dangers on city roads, instructors said. Large swathes of West Lothian are now covered by a reduced speed limit of 20 mph, put in place as part of emergency measures as part of the response to the covid pandemic last […]

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Bathurst driving instructor Kyla Scanlon cancels driving lessons during lockdown | western avocado

community, The brakes were on for a number of local learner drivers who were eagerly awaiting a taste of freedom when they got their driving license. Due to the current lockdown, Bathurst driving instructor Kyla Scanlon and her husband John have canceled all driving lessons at their company Jylas Driving School indefinitely. While Service NSW […]

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“The roads are literally crumbling on us …” Caithness driving instructors have expressed concern

Wick-based driving instructors Adam Hendry (left) and Gary Sinclair visited some of the worst affected areas with activists from Caithness Roads Recovery. Caithness driving instructors have revealed how potholes have a serious impact on their job, with one calling it a “soul destroyer” and another declaring: “The roads are literally crumbling on we.” The owners […]

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Driving instructors in Kent unite to help learners take lessons through the Rated Driving Instructors site and app

Tired of trying to find a driving instructor since the easing of lockdown restrictions? Then a new app and website could help you kick things into high gear and hit the road. After driving lessons were able to resume in April, there was a huge demand for lessons and tests – many had to wait […]

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Driving instructors and learners left ‘frustrated’ by lack of driving tests

Three nationwide lockdowns resulted in a large backlog of driving tests, with one instructor saying the system was almost “completely complete”. This means that learner drivers cannot take their driving test, which means that driving instructors cannot take more students. Heads of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) say they are doing everything to […]

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Letter from the Director General of the DVSA to driving school instructors on the future request for driving exams

Dear Colleague, I am really delighted that driving lessons and testing have now resumed in England, Scotland and Wales. On Friday May 28, we sent you a joint message with the Strategic Partnership of National Associations of Driving School Instructors (NASP) to remind you of the importance for you and your students of wearing face […]

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Increase in driving school reservations as pandemic restrictions ease | Connecticut News

ROCKY HILL (WFSB) – You may have noticed more student drivers on the road lately. With the rollout of the vaccine and the end of school, teenagers are driving again. As you can imagine—it’s a very strange time for a new driver—these kids are pretty nervous. Driving schools have advice for them, and for adults […]

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NJ driving school instructor charged with sexually assaulting students

A 59-year-old former Somerset County driving instructor has been arrested for sexually assaulting two learner drivers during driving sessions, authorities said. Steven Collucci, who previously worked for Dill Driving School, is charged with sexually assaulting two alleged 16-year-old victims, Somerset County District Attorney Michael H. Robertson said. The first alleged victim said she was sexually […]

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Hank investigates: MA attorney general seeks driving school refunds – Boston News, Weather, Sports

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. (WHDH) – Parents have paid a North Andover company to teach their children to drive. But after a shocking drug bust, the driving school was shut down. Now the mass attorney general’s office is trying to get the money back from those parents. Hank investigates. When Salima paid for driving lessons, she […]

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Driving lesson changes: learners may be forced to practice for a year under new proposals

The new proposals have been supported by more than a thousand drivers as a way to increase safety on UK roads. More than two-thirds of 2,000 drivers said they support the new IAMRoadSmart proposals. “Even the government’s own statistics show that one in five new drivers have an accident during their first year on the […]

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Brake! 2 in 3 Americans say giving a driving lesson is much scarier than learning to drive

NEW YORK – If your own experience learning to drive a car was terrifying, you might not want to teach someone else. A new survey reveals that the average driving lesson will consist of five shouts to “brake!” by the instructor, four attempts to grab the steering wheel and six attempts to press a non-existent […]

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The petition to allow driving school instructors to pass students collects nearly 20,000 signatures

“It requires more accidents! Petition to allow driving instructors to pass students unable to book test during Covid wins 27,000 signatures – but critics say it will put ‘dangerous’ drivers on the road Petition to allow UK driving instructors to pass students has 27,000 signatures Critics say campaign would increase number of ‘dangerous’ drivers Others […]

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AA Driving Instructors Suffer “Anxiety And In Debt” Over Deductible Payments During Coronavirus

Driving instructors working with AA driving school franchises threaten to cancel pre-authorized debits at the company after insisting they should defer payments and use government income support while it there is no prospect of work. Some instructors say they will end up with “no money” because they do not qualify for state aid. Under the […]

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Driving lesson canceled: apprentice drivers banned from exercising in their own vehicle

An update to the DVSA guidelines now says learner drivers cannot practice driving in their own vehicles unless they have a valid excuse to be on the roads. Learners can practice in England, Wales and Scotland, but this should only be done with members of your household or supportive bubble. However, the RED driving school […]

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Driving instructors in Holland said it was legal to offer driving lessons

Driving instructors in Holland have said it’s legal to offer lessons in exchange for sex. picture: satisfaction Driving instructors in Holland say it’s legal to offer lessons in exchange for sex, as long as the student is 18 The Dutch government, during a parliamentary session, was asked a question by Gert-Jan Segers, for the Christian […]

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Newport has 20% fewer driving instructors than in 2012

NEWPORT has lost one in five driving instructors over the past eight years, figures show. The National Joint Council of Certified Driving Instructors has said the reasons for the more than 10% drop in the number of instructors in Britain can be traced back to the last recession. Figures from the Department for Transport and […]

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Milton Keynes loses one in seven driving instructors

The National Joint Council of Certified Driving Instructors has said the reasons for the more than 10% drop in the number of instructors in Britain can be traced back to the last recession. Figures from the Department for Transport and the Driver and Vehicles Standard Agency show there were 385 approved driving instructors in the […]

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Bradford loses one in six driving instructors

BRADFORD has lost one in six driving instructors over the past eight years, figures show. The National Joint Council of Certified Driving Instructors has said the reasons for the more than 10% decline in the number of instructors in Britain can be traced back to the last recession. Figures from the Department for Transport and […]

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Moray driving instructors prepare for lessons to restart

LOCAL driving instructors prepared for the return of regular driving lessons with a rally in Elgin over the weekend. As Certified Driving Instructors (ADIs) were given the green light to resume lessons from today, August 24, around half of Moray’s local instructors gathered at Elgin’s Lossie Green parking lot on Sunday afternoon August 23 for […]

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How driving instructors in the North East are getting back on the road after the Covid-19 lockdown

Learner drivers will discover new health and safety rules during their driving lesson The safety of driving instructors and their students remains a top priority as they return to work on the roads after all lessons were suspended in March during the unprecedented Covid-19 lockdown in the UK. Many small independent driving schools are gradually […]

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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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Brighton driving instructors divided over resumption of lessons

DRIVING instructors are divided on whether it is safe to resume lessons this weekend. On Thursday, the government made a late addition to the list of businesses allowed to restart from Saturday. Driving lessons have been given the green light and there will be “a phased approach to resuming practical testing”. Instructors should keep windows […]

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Coronavirus in Ireland – Irish driving instructors prepare for return after Covid lockdown with new safety measures

IRISH driving instructors are preparing for a return to the roads after the Covid-19 lockdown – with a rake of new safety measures. Instructors hope to start classes from July 20, with some plans for steam cars, installing protective screens and using gloves and masks to resume their activities. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog […]

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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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Birmingham driving instructors face ruin as pandemic keeps them off the roads

Driving instructors are driven to despair – because they can’t drive. Now they face an agonizing choice thanks to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Do they keep teaching when the UK lockdown lifts – or do they turn their careers around at the next crossroads and try to find another job? One of the leaders of […]

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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 […]