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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 sat nav guidance: 2 months since L test changes

Almost 2 months on since the driving test changes were implemented, DVSA’s Chief Driving Examiner, Lesley Young, has published a blog post sharing some of the feedback received so far from driving examiners, learner drivers and driving instructors. Early feedback indicates that candidates feel better prepared for driving on their own as a result of the test changes. The article includes some guidance for safe and effective sat nav use. We’d like to add to this guidance with a point which has been raised a few times with our ADI Helpdesk – if the examiner places a sat nav in an area that causes restricted vision for the candidate during their test, then the candidate must tell the examiner that it is not best placed. It is important to encourage students to speak up if they can’t see clearly on their test as a result of sat nav placement. For more…Read More

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Job vacancy: DIA Training Assistant

A great opportunity to join the DIA team! DIA is the UK’s largest professional association for driver and rider trainers, and the leading provider of training events and continuing professional development (CPD) programme to the driver education profession. Our ADI helpdesk is always busy with calls from DIA members needing help, guidance and support with all aspects of their professional lives. We have a fantastic opportunity for an ADI to join our small team as a Training Assistant in the Training and Events team. Your knowledge of the industry, along with your experience as an ADI, is essential to assist members with queries on aspects of driver training, running a business and developing their skills and knowledge. You will work closely with the Head of Membership and Training as a friendly and expert voice at the end of the phone to give advice and support on any aspect of driver…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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NASP updates guidelines for training on motorways

Learners need to understand how motorways work and that they are the safest of our roads as only 4% of crashes happen on motorways and account for just 5% of all fatalities. When they do occur however they tend to be serious because of the speeds involved. There are different rules that apply on motorways. The Highway Code has specific rules (253-273) though many of the other rules apply to motorway driving too. NASP suggest an initial discussion with the learner before any practical on road motorway session begins. It is recommended that such practical training takes place near to the end of a learner’s pre-test training when they are “TEST READY” when all other aspects of driving have been covered and they are at a competent level where they can drive unaided. It is essential to ensure that any learner driving on a motorway is in full control of…Read More

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Driving test changes: how prepared were your pupils?

The DVSA are sending surveys out to anyone who has recently taken the new driving test, whether they passed or failed. The survey will include questions on how well prepared they felt for taking the new test. This feedback is essential to let DVSA know what it did well and what it could improve for the future. If any of your pupils have recently taken the new test, DVSA appreciate you encouraging them to give their feedback. Getting your feedback DVSA will be sending you a similar survey in the next few weeks asking how prepared you felt to teach your pupils the changes.

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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

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DIA Christmas opening hours

Should you need anything over the Christmas period our opening hours will be: Monday 25th December 2017: Closed (Bank Holiday) Tuesday 26th December 2017: Closed (Bank Holiday) Wednesday 27th December 2017: 10.00 – 5.00pm Thursday 28th December 2017: 10.00 – 5.00pm Friday 29th December 2017: 10.00 – 5.00pm Monday 1st January 2018: Closed (Bank Holiday) Tuesday 2nd January 2018: 8.00 – 5.00pm Wednesday 3rd January 2018: Normal opening hours (8.00 – 6.00pm)   From all of us at DIA, we hope you enjoy a well deserved break and have a safe and prosperous New Year!

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DVSA release report on recent motorcycle training consultation

Last year, between 30 December 2016 and the 17 February 2017, the DVSA held a consultation on proposals to improve the way that motorcycle training works in Great Britain. After receiving over 2,200 responses to the consultation, the DVSA have reported that the proposals were strongly supported by the motorcycle industry. The government has decided to take most of these forward as soon as its legislative programme allows, while some proposals will need further consultation before they can progress. The full report and results of the consultation on motorcycle training have now been published, and can be found here. In his latest ‘Despatch’ blog entry, Mark Winn tackles each proposal, outlining the level of support from consultation respondents and explains the next steps in achieving these proposals.