DIA warns pupils – leap too soon and fail to prepare for rescheduled tests

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DIA has today warned that pupils who fail their rescheduled tests should expect a long wait to book a retest.

Currently the priority for driver and rider testing is to deal with the huge backlog of rescheduled tests. This means it may be some time before new slots for tests or retests will be available. Students who fail their rescheduled tests cannot expect to be a priority when the booking system reopens.

DIA CEO Carly Brookfield said: “I’m sure professional trainers are constantly highlighting to their pupils the need to be thoroughly prepared to take their test and be test ready at all times. This has become particularly crucial given that pupils who fail their rescheduled test now will face a much longer wait than normal to be able to book a retest.

“That’s why it’s important, as we’ve mentioned before, for trainers to impress upon their pupils that, when they receive their invite to book a rescheduled test, they should discuss a suitable date to allow sufficient refresher training and preparation. This is especially important after a period of no training or practice in lockdown.”

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24/07/2021


Certificate of Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance

 
On behalf of all current DIA members and only in so far as they individually continue to subscribe in full their annual payment the DIA has corporately arranged the following exclusive insurance cover, for which the required premiums have been paid in full:-
 
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This policy provides protection for DIA members against claims by third parties for legal liabilities following bodily injury or damage to property while they are carrying out their instructional activities, subject to policy terms and conditions including a policy excess of £500. This can be in the classroom or vehicle, or on private property, if you are deemed to be responsible.
 
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The above policies are renewable by the DIA on 26 June 2022.
 
It is the responsibility of the individual DIA members to ensure that they have their own motor insurance, appropriate to the nature of training they provide, in place which complies with the Road Traffic Act or equivalent, as it is this motor policy that will provide the cover whilst the vehicle is in use at any location where the Road Traffic Act or equivalent applies.
 
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Chief Executive Officer

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