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Online hub to help learner drivers ahead of law change

Learning to drive and want to boost your confidence and driving skills on a motorway? Then why not prove it by testing your skills on a free online driving hub. The DrivingHub is being launched to help people improve learner drivers’ safety awareness in the run up to a law change on June 4. The law change will mean that for the first time learner drivers that are ready to take their test will be allowed to have motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor using a dual controlled car displaying L plates. Any motorways lessons will be voluntary and it will be up to the instructor to decide when the learner is ready to drive on a motorway. On behalf of Highways England, DIA designed the branding, website and e-learning platform for the project, as well as developing learning content for pupils, trainers and anyone supporting the learning…Read More

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DIA GDPR Guide 2018

Data protection law has changed. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU). Any company, big or small, will need to be aware of the new regulations regarding the secure collection, storage and usage of personal information and how they relate to their business. But the good news is that the GDPR recognises that smaller businesses require different treatment to large or public enterprises. Read our GDPR Guide to help you get your head around all of the updates made. We have also compiled a list of some useful links from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for you to look at. While this is not an exhaustive list, the aim is to point you in the right…Read More

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How MOT changes will affect the driving test

From Monday 4 June 2018 you won’t be able to use vehicles (except motorcycles) for practical driving tests if they: are displaying an engine malfunction indicator lamp (MIL), or a MIL that doesn’t work, or have inoperative reversing lights (if the vehicle was first used after 1 September 2009) This is in line with the changes to the MOT test introduced on 20 May 2018 when any inoperative MIL or MIL that shows there is a malfunction is now classed as a major defect. If the MIL illuminates part-way through a test and the vehicle appears to be performing normally with no obvious signs of malfunction, then the test should continue. The driving instructor or accompanying driver should then be informed upon return to the test centre. Inoperative reversing lights have also been added to the reasons for a MOT failure for vehicles first used after 1 September 2009.

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Changes to the Theory Test to be introduced

The driving Theory Test questions are changing to make the test more accessible for everyone, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced. The agency have teamed up with the British Dyslexia Association, the British Deaf Association and other stakeholders to make the test more accessible for candidates. The revised questions in the theory test will be introduced on 1 May 2018 and will be in plainer English. DVSA believe this will give everyone who is capable of being a safe and responsible driver the opportunity to pass their driving tests – both theory and practical. DVSA has rephrased all of the ‘continuation’ questions in the test. This type of question asks the candidate to choose an answer from a list, to complete a sentence. The DVSA are changing the wording so that the candidate has to pick a statement to answer the question instead, which will make it…Read More

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Sign up to the new trainer booking agreement

In the latest DVSA blog post, Mark Winn informed you about the changes coming to the trainer booking service, from 3 April 2018. To make sure you can continue to book tests using the service, you’ll need to sign up to the new agreement on GOV.UK. You’ll need to do this after 2pm on 3 April 2018. If you haven’t signed up by 11:59pm 7 April 2018, you won’t be able to book anymore tests until you sign up. If you have any questions, then contact customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk.

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Date announced for Learners on motorways

The UK’s largest representative body for driving instructors, Driving Instructors Association (DIA), has today welcomed the news that Learners will be allowed on motorways from June this year – particularly welcoming the caveat that training can only take place in a dual control car under the strict supervision of an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). A press release issued by the Department for Transport today announced that from 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be allowed to drive on motorways. This is set to be one of the biggest shake ups in driver training in years and comes nearly 60 years after the first stretch of motorway opened in the UK. The changes will allow learner drivers to: get broader driving experience before taking their driving test get training on how to join and leave the motorway, overtake and use lanes correctly practise driving at higher speeds put their theoretical knowledge into…Read More

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EXCLUSIVE: DVSA responds to DIA concerns on safeguarding sanctions announcement

In response to widespread concern within the ADI community in reaction to the announcement last weekend of new sanctions for ADIs found to be engaged in sexually inappropriate relationship, (or found guilty of other serious safeguarding breaches), DIA has urged DVSA to address the lack of balance in their original press announcement and to reassure the industry that henceforth a more concerted effort will be made to further engage with the profession on this topic and support the development of more safeguarding knowledge and guidance for trainers. DIA has today received the following statement in response from DVSA: “DVSA Head of Policy and Chief Driving Examiner Lesley Young said: “Following our recent announcement about driving instructor conduct, we’re aware that some members of the driver training sector have expressed concerns about the approach the ADI Registrar will take in dealing with the small minority of driving instructors whose actions bring…Read More

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DIA challenges DVSA single track tack on safeguarding issues

The Driving Instructors Association has expressed concern at DVSA’s handling of the communication of a new policy focused on safeguarding in the sector – and is furthermore challenging the agency on whether an enforcement only approach, predominantly focused on one single element of safeguarding, is the most effective way of ‘stepping up’ safeguards for pupils across the board. The regulator issued a press release over the weekend, which centred on the agency’s decision to allow the Registrar the right to remove ADIs from the register who were found to be engaged in a sexual relationship with a 16 or 17 year old pupil. Following on from Prime Minister Theresa May’s call in the House of Commons last October to look at ways to protect learner drivers,  DVSA confirmed to the driver training industry that they will treat any sexual relationship with pupils under the age of 18, even if consensual, as…Read More

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DVSA survey: national standards for driving and riding

The DVSA need your help to improve how easy it is to find and use the national standards for driving and riding. You just need to fill in a short survey – it takes around 5 minutes to do. The survey will ask you questions about how aware you are of the national standards for driving and riding, and how easy they are to use. Fill in the survey – it closes on 2 February 2018

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Consultation on remote control parking and motorway assist

On 19 December 2017, the Department for Transport launched a consultation on plans to amend regulations and the Highway Code. The consultation asks for your views on proposed changes to the Highway Code, which would allow the use of remote control parking and motorway assist. These changes will help us safely take advantage of the benefits of automated vehicles. Give your view by 30 January 2018