Spotting Illegal Driving Instructors
Why should you be bothered about Illegal Driving Instructors?
It is important, particularly in today’s society, that you know who is teaching you, your son, daughter or loved one to drive. After all, would you get into an unlicensed taxi cab? So why take driving lessons with anyone other than a fully licensed driving instructor.
So what should you look for?
By law all licensed driving instructors have to display their personal ADI licence clearly in the front windscreen of their car, or your car if you are taking driving lessons in your own car.
The driving instructor’s licence could be either of the following:
- a pink plastic square with a triangle on it. This means that the driving instructor is a trainee driving instructor and is not yet fully qualified. This trainee licence is usually only valid for 6 months.
- a green plastic square with an octagon on it. This means that they are a fully qualified driving instructor.
The shapes should be visible from the outside of the car. The inside of the licence shows a photograph of the driving instructor and the expiry date. It will also have the driving instructor’s name and their ADI number on it.
In fact there is a fine of up to £1000 if they get caught not displaying it while giving a driving lesson for money or monies worth. Anyone can get hold of a set of dual controls, a roof sign and some training materials to make them look like a genuine driving instructor. Do not be fooled if they say they are with a local or large driving school; if you are not sure ring the school and ask questions. Since the 12th March 2007 all driving instructors have had to undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.
If you or your loved ones happen to be learning to drive with an illegal driving instructor, then you need to know the risks and ask yourself theses 10 simple questions:
- Has this person passed the DSA enhanced CRB check?
- Does this person have an undesirable history?
- Has this person got adequate car insurance?
- Has this person actually passed any driving qualifications?
- Has this person passed any teaching qualifications?
- Does this person have public liability insurance?
- Does this person have professional indemnity insurance?
- Is this person’s car fully maintained?
- Is this person teaching you the modern way to drive?
- Has this person already failed the driving instructor tests?
To sum up, here is what to look for:
Liverpool:0151 909 3474
St Helens:01744 778 544
Runcorn:01928 237 411
Wigan:01942 410 233
All Professional driving Instructors have had to go through a rigorous training and testing system and will be continually re-tested and CRB checked. They will be more than happy for you to see their ADI licence.
legally or not,
please call :The Driving Standards Agency (GB) 02920 581155
In Northern Ireland you can contact Driver & Vehicle Agency 028 905 47933
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