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Driving test changes: making sure you have everything you need

Yesterday (Monday 20 November 2017) marked 2 weeks to go until the driving test changes on 4 December 2017. In September, we sent you a copy of a handbook about the changes. Thank you to everyone who filled in in the recent survey to let us know how prepared you feel you and your pupils are for the new test. I’m really pleased that most of you found the handbook we sent you useful and felt that it helped you understand the new parts of the test. It was also really positive to hear that the majority of you felt we’d given you enough information to prepare your pupils for their test. We also asked if there was anything you needed more information on. So, I want to address these now. If you didn’t get a handbook You can now download a PDF version of the handbook. You’re also welcome…Read More

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DVSA publish risk assessments supporting L test changes

Directly refuting claims by one Examiner’s union that elements of the new driving test could put Examiners at risk, yesterday the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency published a letter of reassurance to stakeholders, accompanied by an independent risk assessment report which supports the changes. The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), one of the largest unions representing Driving Examiners, claim that changes particularly to the manoeuvres element of the test could place their Examiner members at further risk. Issues identified with the implementation of the test are amongst a number of other grievances they are currently in dispute with DVSA over. In specifically highlighting concerns about the allegedly riskier nature of the new assessment, the Union is suspected of using the new L test as a battering ram in its wider negotiations around Examiner contracts – and have already threatened strike action to disrupt the launch as a result. However, last night’s communication points to the…Read More

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Driving test changes: DT1 and DL25 updated

There’s less than one month to go until the driving test changes on Monday 4 December 2017. Today, DVSA published the updated: Driving test marking sheet (DL25) that examiners will use Guidance driving examiners follow whey they carry out driving tests (DT1) To find out more about the changes, take a look at: A summary of the changes A video playlist showing how the test will work Blog posts looking at the changes in detail

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Getting ready for the new driving test: an examiner’s view

It’s just under a month till the new driving test comes in on 4 December 2017. We’ve told you a lot about what you need to do to make sure you’re ready for it, but, how prepared are driving examiners for it? Two of DVSA’s driving test examiners give their views on the training they’ve received. Dave Wedgewood, Local Driving Test Manager In August, I attended an LDTM training course in Avonmouth, in preparation for the upcoming test changes. Even though I’d been part of the original trial, the training was really helpful and informative. I was able to pass on my training to examiners at my test centre soon after, as my test centre closed for a day while it was surrounded by the Tour of Britain cycle race! Sat nav training The first part of the training included showing the team how to set up the sat nav….Read More

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Give your feedback on DVSA’s driving test changes handbook

With only one month to go until the driving test changes are implemented, the DVSA are asking for feedback from ADIs and trainee licence holders as to whether you feel you’ve had enough information about the changes to the new driving test. The DVSA have today released a survey to help identify what further information you might need to prepare your pupils for the new test. Click to take the survey now, it should only take a few minutes to complete. The closing date for responses is 10 November 2017.

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DVSA announce new team of ADI examiners

The DVSA have announced that it is creating a new team of dedicated Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) examiners, who’ll be conducting ADI qualifying tests and standards checks 5 days a week. This will help improve test availability and as they’ll be based across the country, in time the agency will be able to offer a greater choice of location for these tests. ADI examiners will: Provide feedback on performance following practical tests, standards checks and ORDIT inspections Share good practice in line with National standards Support ADIs who have any questions or concerns about driver training Alert the Registrar’s team of non-compliance with regulations This will provide ADIs with specialist day-to-day contact with staff from DVSA, help raise standards in driver training and support people through a lifetime of safe driving. The agency said that it will keep people informed of developments, including details of your local ADI Enforcement manager.

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Latest statement from DVSA on Part 3 changes

The DVSA have issued an update on the delayed change proposal for the Part 3 test. The agency announced: “Earlier in October we updated you on the delay to the changes to the ADI Part 3 test. We wanted to let you know that we still do not have parliamentary approval to make them and that we’ve written to candidates with tests booked until 1 December to explain their options. It is important to note that this delay does not affect the changes to the driving test that are being introduced on 4 December. We’ll keep you informed of further developments and let you know when the changes will be implemented. We understand this has been frustrating, and we thank you for your patience.”

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Theresa May urged to change law to protect young people from ‘predatory driving instructors’

A Conservative MP has told Theresa May that driving instructors should be banned from having a sexual relationship with their students in the same that teachers are. Richard Graham stated that he feared young drivers might be at risk “of being groomed by predatory instructors” as he raised a case from his own Gloucester constituency that he had been made aware of. The MP told the House of Commons that instructors who are in a position of trust should not be allowed to have sex with their students – regardless of if they are over-16. The law prohibits a teacher from having sex with their pupil even if they are over the legal age of consent because they are in a position of trust. Mr Graham raised the case of a concerned father in his constituency who was concerned about the relationship between his 17-year-old daughter and her middle aged…Read More

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Have your input on road safety by helping the Road Safety Observatory

The Road Safety Observatory provides valuable information, insights and research on a diverse range of topics in road safety. To help develop this online resource we would like to hear your views on the current website and what you would like to see offered by a resource of this type in the future. Please take a few moments to complete this survey – whether you are a first time visitor to the Observatory site or a regular user. DIA is a board member of the Observatory and we’d like to get more inputs into road safety research from ADIs, as well as more ADIs tapping into road safety and driver education research to improve their (and their pupils) knowledge and understanding, so any feedback you can give is really useful.

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DVSA warns of further delays to Part 3 implementation

DVSA have warned that there may be further delays to the implementation of the new Part 3. The original target date (for the introduction of the new assessment) was October 2nd, but challenges achieving the required legal sign off of the change within that timescale meant the launch was delayed to (at that time) late October. Now the agency has cautioned that due to a new approach to legislative process, whereby secondary legislation will in future be subject to the same process as primary legislation (and will therefore have to pass through more layers of scrutiny and more gatekeepers than those needed previously for legislative change of this nature), the implementation of the new Part 3 test may be further delayed – possibly to late November. The agency is currently seeking clarity as to whether the Part 3 change falls under a new government directive which requires a ministerial triage…Read More