With thanks to the MSA for this information.
Update "Find your nearest driving instructor" 12-07-2017Registrar Mark Magee has shared with NASP further updates this time on the DVSA updating of find your nearest driving instructor. Mark writes:
To help learner drivers make an informed decision about who teaches them, we’ve made some improvements to the ‘find your nearest driving instructor’ service.
We want to make sure that all learner drivers have the information they need to become a safe and responsible driver before they start driving lessons. This will help them through a lifetime of safe driving.
The improvements we’ve made also give you an opportunity to promote yourself to learner drivers and their parents, from an official source.
Making GOV.UK the first stop for learner drivers
Around 10,000 people use our service to find driving instructors every week.
Over the summer, we’ll start to:
You can now add a link to your website (including a Facebook page, if you don't have a separate website) to the service. This will show in the search results, along with your other contact details.
This will let you give learner drivers more detailed information on the services you provide – whether that’s if you provide manual or automatic lessons, your prices, and any services you offer for pupils with a disability, health condition or learning difficulty.
These are all things that learner drivers who have used the service have told us they want to see.
“Add their websites on and working pattern so I don't have to email everyone to find out when they work etc.”
“By telling you if they do manual or automatic driving lessons.”
“More info on instructors... to save time on emailing, calling or texting instructors.”
“Offer an idea to prices and more about the service.”
“Saying the driving lesson price.”
“I'm looking for an automatic driving instructor, would be helpful if it said if they were manual or automatic.”
Helping learners find the right instructor
We’ve also made it easier for learner drivers to filter their search results, so they can just see instructors who have:
How to add or update your details
1.Sign in to update your ADI registration.
2.Answer ‘Yes’ to ‘Would you like us to publish your main telephone number and email address on our website?’
3.Add the link to your website or Facebook page.
4.Tick the box to show you’re committed to a minimum period of CPD per year.
5.Tick the box to show that you follow the ADI code of practice.
6.Tick the box to publish your latest standards check grade and score.
Any updates you make will take place overnight - so you can see them on the service the next day.
You can opt back out of the service at any time.
If you haven’t had a new standards check grade yet, your previous check test grade will be shown. If someone clicks on your grade, they’ll see an explanation of what your grade means. If you failed your most recent standards check, it will show as ‘FAIL’.
It's also worth taking the opportunity to check that all your contact details are up to date. So I encourage you to put a few minutes aside to sign in and check.
We'll continue improving the service based on the feedback we receive.
Latest update - *New dates and locations added for Newport Pagnell and ScotlandThe DVSA Business Plan confirms that the change-over date, for replacing the current Part 3 test with a standards check, is October 2017. Tri-Coaching Train the Trainer courses will bring you right up to speed with the changes. Here are the dates of the next few courses:
12th and 13th July in Stoke on Trent SOLD OUT
1st and 2nd August in Sheffield LIMITED PLACES
29th and 30th August in Newport Pagnell *NEW DATE
25th and 26th September in Livingston *NEW DATE
If you are already a trainer; or you would like to start training people to be driving instructors you might be interested in one of our Train the Trainer courses. These courses are proving to be very popular and sell out fast.
The Tri-Coaching Train the Trainer course lasts two days and gives you an instructor training package that you can use for your own instructor training and also prepares you to join the ORDIT register using our materials.
Tri-Coaching Partnership has a complete online driving instructor training package with 12 in-car sessions and a Course Book, which you can sell to your trainee driving instructors and then use in conjunction with your own training programme.
When you attend the two-day Train the Trainer course you will take away a set of reference materials and a CPD certificate of attendance; and we will organise for you the Tri-Coaching Instructor Training (TCIT) Package, which:
For further information about the content of the two-day course please click here.
Some reviews -
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"I recently attended the Train the Trainer course in Newport Pagnell and I have to say that it was a revelation. The course delivered a dynamic, refreshing way of thinking and working when training people in the car. It has encouraged me to reflect on my training techniques and give me confidence to implement new ideas into my current practice and will support me to develop my instructor training for the future."
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Here are ten tips that you might like to consider when training:
1. Start with the customer and never lose focus on them
2. Your training should apply to the cognitive (thinking), the affective (emotional) and the psychomotor (physical) processes
3. Invent training activities that are fun
4. Keep it simple whenever possible
5. Have great resources - the more the merrier
6. Stay in touch after training - use technology to keep connected
7. Know your facts and be able to dispel the myths
8. Telling is not training - learn to educate the person
9. Learning is the goal - reflect to evaluate your own performance
10. Work to the mantra 'Learner-centred - Performance-based'
The whole purpose of training, instruction and education is to help people learn.
The BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development will help you develop the skills to implement these top ten tips. Here's what your fellow ADIs are already saying about the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development.
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BECAUSE YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO!! Since completing my BTEC 4 in coaching just over three years' ago my training skills and business have grown beyond all my expectations.
I am now charging £32 per hour which is £5 more than my local competition. My pass rate has risen to an all time high of 90% and my reputation within the Carlisle area is out there on Google for all to see (try searching for 'Driving Lessons Carlisle')
Oh ... and I smashed the Standards Check with a Grade A too. I believe that all that I have achieved in the last three years would not have been possible without the professional help and support that Graham Hooper and Susan McCormack have given me during my studies and continue to do so as I plan to invest again in the 'Train The Trainer' course.
Call Graham or Susan today and invest in your skills and future today.'
Stephen Philipson from Carlisle'Ok, I'll admit it! I was probably the most sceptical person I knew about coaching in driver education. However after first being curious, I booked the BTEC level 3 mainly due to great recommendations about the trainer in our area. After that I could see the benefits but couldn't fit it in with what I was doing. So, convinced this was the right way to go I booked the BTEC 4. Graham and Susan are great! Very helpful but you do have to work. I'm now sold! My training is changing for the better. Don't leave it too late! Don't wait for the letter from DVSA. Book it now! It will change everything.'
Rob Sefton from York'I successfully completed my BTEC Level 4 in Coaching for Driver Development between 2012 - 2013 and found the course was extremely interesting and motivating with fantastic support from Susan and Graham at all times.
In 2016 I did the TCIT Train the Trainer course and although I have previously worked in driving instructor training it was well worth doing. On this course I got a lot of new knowledge and again support and I am pleased to be part of their instructor training team as I fully believe in their products. Susan and Graham are excellent trainers who have real passion for their subjects and create a fun, friendly learning environment at all times.'
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The question is, are you ready to develop yourself and your business and add that extra value that only self-development can bring?
Please click here for further information about the BTEC level 4 in Coaching for Driver Development.
Here are our next BTEC Level 4 courses:
Newport Pagnell 14th September
Nottingham 10th October
Gatwick 30th October
Back in April 2017, we announced that the driving test will change from 4 December 2017. The changes include:
Any test taken on or after 4 December will be the new test. So, we want to make sure you have the information you need to prepare your pupils and help them stay safe on Britain’s roads.
Following my last blog, I’ve received a number of questions about the changes so I wanted to give you more information about they’ll work during test.
We’re revising the manoeuvres so they better reflect real-life scenarios and how people drive today.
It’s vital your pupils know when it’s safe to carry out these manoeuvres, and when it isn’t.
Pulling up on the right
This manoeuvre involves pulling up on the right-hand side of the road, reversing for approximately 2 car lengths and then re-joining the traffic.
Whilst the Highway Code advises not to park against the flow of traffic, it’s a legal manoeuvre that’s carried out by a lot of drivers on today’s roads. You might use it when pulling over to nip into a shop, post a letter, deliver a parcel or even if you live on the right hand side of the road. So, it’s important learner drivers are trained to do it safely.
All your pupils will need to be prepared to pull up on the right when safe to do so, and then reverse. If a vehicle pulls in front then the exercise will continue. If a vehicle pulls in behind and stops your pupil from reversing, then the exercise will stop and another manoeuvre will be carried out later in the test.
Forward parking in a bay
An essential part of everyday driving for most people is the ability to park safely.
We know that sometimes it can be more convenient to drive forward into a parking bay, such as in a supermarket car park when loading shopping, which is why we’re adding this to the test.
We understand you’ll need to use a car park to let your pupils practice this manoeuvre. We know you’ll be considerate of the car park owners and their customers by varying the car parks you use and moving on promptly.
Managing real distractions
Our research shows that 52% of car drivers now have a sat nav so it’s important that drivers can use them safely. Using a sat nav on the test means that examiners will be able to better assess how pupils drive independently whilst dealing with distractions. Before the test starts, the examiner will secure the sat nav on the car dashboard using a special dash mat.
During the test your pupil won’t need to touch the sat nav. The sat nav screen will be on throughout the test but won’t show directions until the independent driving part of the test, when the examiner will activate the pre-loaded section of the route. The sound will be used for the independent driving part of the test unless your pupil asks for it to be turned off.
The sat nav we’re using
We’ll be using a TomTom Start 52 for the test, but I’d like to stress that it doesn’t matter what sat nav you use for lessons.
Our examiners won’t be looking at whether your pupil can set up and use a sat nav. They’ll be assessing how they manage the distraction whilst driving.
Your pupils can practice with any sat nav, including using a mobile phone as a sat nav. As long as the phone is suitably mounted and your pupil doesn’t adjust the phone whilst driving it’s not illegal.
As we’ll be using our own sat navs with stored test routes, it would help your pupil’s test run more smoothly if you remove your sat nav before their test. Leaving your sat nav in the car could create an additional distraction for your pupil or make it more difficult to set up the examiner’s sat nav.
Following road signs
Your pupils may still be asked to follow road signs during the independent drive rather than use a sat nav. It’s important your pupils are taught both methods of navigation as 1 in 5 tests will still follow road signs.
‘Show me, tell me’ questions
We’ve updated the ‘show me, tell me’ questions that your pupils will need to prepare for from 4 December. The main difference will be that one of the show me questions will be asked while your pupil is driving. But, the main topics have stayed the same.
Changing the routes - improving road safety
We’re committed to reducing the number of young drivers who are killed and seriously injured in road collisions. Most fatal collisions happen on high-speed or rural roads, so we want to make sure that everyone can use these roads safely.
Revising the manoeuvres will allow more of these high-risk roads to be included in driving test routes, as they won’t all need to be carried out on quieter side streets.
Using a sat nav on the test will also help to introduce better routes and different types of roads. Currently we carry out the independent drive on quieter side streets where there are more traffic signs for your pupil to follow. Using a sat nav means we’ll be able to conduct more of the test in more challenging driving environments such as on rural roads where there are fewer traffic signs.
How we’re assessing deaf drivers
We want everyone who's able to drive safely to be able to take and pass their driving test.
We worked closely with the British Deaf Association and showed them a demonstration of the new test when we were trialling the changes.
Their feedback was positive and they agreed to introduce a sat nav to the test made it easier for deaf drivers to have directions communicated to them, as they’ll get a visual aid.
There’s a good write-up on the British Deaf News website with more information about the impact the changes will have on deaf drivers.
Get in touch
We’re excited about introducing these changes to the test so that a new generation of drivers will have the skills and knowledge to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.
If you have any further questions about the changes, please ask them in the comments below. We want to make sure you have the information you need before the changes take effect on 4 December.
FAQs on the Part 3 changes: A NASP document
Why are DVSA making the changes?
The current low qualification rates, primarily driven by the pass rate of less than 40% for the current ADI instructional ability test, are failing many of those people who invest significant time and money in seeking to join the Register of Approved Driving instructors. Even those that are successful, often find that they have to undertake immediate additional training in order to pass the standards check and remain on the register.
Aligning the qualification and post-qualification arrangements will avoid this and provide a more level playing field that enables newly qualified instructors to compete against more experienced ADIs from day one. The changes are, therefore, very much in line with the government’s commitment to support business and reduce unnecessary regulatory burden.
When are the changes to be introduced?
The intention remains to implement the announced changes on 2nd October 2017. The format of the ADI Part 3 test is set out in regulations so a regulatory amendment is required. It is always difficult to state that this will be achieved on a certain date, but the industry, of course, needs to know and work to an implementation date, and we are on track to achieve this. The Agency has not kept its intentions to change the ADI Part 3 a secret. It was set out in our 2016/17 business plan and was reaffirmed in September after surveying the ORDIT organisations preparedness for the change. Two-thirds of the training organisations who responded said that they had already started to make changes to their training, whilst most of those who had not, had been awaiting confirmation that the changes were going ahead.
So are the core competencies and lesson themes in the existing Part 3 no longer relevant?
We are attempting to stop the examination process setting the training agenda. The changes to the practical car test are designed to broaden the training that learners receive pre-test so that they are properly prepared to become safe and responsible drivers, not just to the pass the test. The same principle very much applies here. We are not dismissing the core competencies or saying that the lesson themes covered by the current test are not important. We would still expect them to be included in training. However, the emphasis will be on moving away from ‘what’ is taught to ‘how’ and ensuring that that effective learning is taken place; all of which aligns to our evidenced based National Standard.
Similarly, we are not saying that role-play is not a valuable tool in the training environment. However, delivery of this consistently in the testing environment is more difficult and the Agency was also hearing that examiners did not always respond in the same way as a learner driver. Therefore, we successfully moved away from the role-play approach in the assessment of qualified ADIs in 2014. We have heard trainers saying that it is not right that a newly qualified ADI gives their first real lesson after qualifying.
Ending role play here will align the pre and post qualification tests, thereby providing a more level playing field that enables newly qualified instructors to compete against more experienced ADIs from day one. The changes are, therefore, very much in line with the government’s commitment to support business and reduce unnecessary regulatory burden.
Won’t the changes have an adverse impact on test validity and reliability?
Some people have alluded that some trainers will be able to offer what is described as a short cut training course. Instructor trainers must accept greater responsibility and accountability for ensuring that their trainees receive the right quality and breadth of training to obtain the range of competences that they will need to be a successful ADI, not just to pass the qualifying test. To reduce the risk, we want to enhance our ORDIT scheme so that more trainers want to join. We will ensure that consumers have access to much more information, including on performance, to enable them to make a more informed choice of trainer. Through close monitoring of training standards and performance, we will also conduct strict and prompt enforcement against those trainers who circumvent or undermine the system.
Our plans will be set out at forthcoming engagement events with the instructor training industry and our aim is to attract more organisations into the scheme. As well as improving overall standards, it will also help us to reduce the alleged risks.
Surely the changes will make the test easier?
The changes are certainly not about making the qualification process easier. This is about improving completion rates through ensuring that PDIs receive a high standard of training from the highest quality instructors.
There is always a risk in any system that someone may seek to avoid doing the training. It’s disappointing that some in the industry assume that many instructor trainers working in a supposedly professional industry, and their PDIs, will look to circumvent the training and present a false lesson at test.
How can you let the candidate set the subject for the test?
PTLLS, and other teaching qualifications, involve ‘micro-teaching’ as a means of summative assessment of the candidate's ability to ensure that learning takes place. Designed to prepare teacher candidates for the real classroom setting, this also involves the candidate picking the topic.
How will the DVSA examiner be able to identify a contrived lesson?
It’s disappointing that some trainers feel that ADI examiners will be incapable of identifying a contrived lesson or conducting a proper assessment when they do this successfully on a daily basis with the standards check itself. It is very unlikely that a trainee who attempts to conduct a one-hour lesson in a very narrow subject will be able to demonstrate that they meet all of the required competences to pass the test.
For a PDI to achieve a ‘pass’ on the new Part 3 they have to demonstrate competence in all 17 sub-competencies which underpin the 3 main competencies lesson planning, risk management and learning and teaching strategies. For that to happen they need to be skilled in identifying the pupil’s specific learning needs, which, as you can appreciate, can vary over the course of an hour, and whilst controlling any risk. In fact, we know from experience that many qualified ADIs fail the standards check because they are unable to adapt the lesson in response to the pupil’s performance, or other events, including the unpredictability of other road users.
If a pupil lets the PDI down and doesn’t turn up is that counted as an attempt?
No. The fee is lost but the attempt is not lost. As per the introduction of the standards check, the Registrar will be understanding if the pupil lets the PDI down, but we will monitor this to ensure that it isn’t a regular occurrence.
How will DVSA know the actual trainer to focus attention on if they don’t quote a PRN or PDI claims not to have a trainer as it’s not essential?
ORDIT trainers will be required to declare their PRN. If a PDI says that they do not have a trainer, no trainer PRN will be recorded. We will however be informing PDI’s that they will need to have a nominated trainer. However, the realistic chance of someone qualifying without professional guidance beforehand is very slim.
How will you know a PRN if the trainer doesn’t attend?
As above, ORDIT trainers will be required to declare their PRN. A logbook will be requested and recorded on the assessment form. If no logbook or trainer is recorded, questions would be asked and, again, we would suggest that the chance of qualifying without prior training is very slim.
Re monitoring trainers – what if no trainer accompanies PDI and PDI doesn’t identify trainer or another trainer in same organisation?
If you can’t regulate the training what sanctions have the DVSA got to challenge those who you don’t believe reach the standard?
The same as now: no difference with the current Part 3. However, we are looking to raise standards so why would a trainer try and ‘buck’ the process. We will look to cover this off in new conditions relating to ORDIT. We want more trainers to join ORDIT and intend significant promotion of the register to consumers.
What sanctions have you got if the trainer isn’t an ADI as they don’t have to be currently?
There are very few who are not ADIs. For any training to take place in a car the trainer must be an ADI. The above response re ORDIT is relevant here. The new test will make all ADI trainers more accountable for the quality. They too need to upskill and take ownership. We will specifically be monitoring the first 2500 tests to gather meaningful MI so that we can target those in need of development.
What is DVSAs view on the possibility that they have breached government codes of practice on consultations?
The 2014 response to the Modernising Driver Training consultation was shown as interim as it was not possible, at the time, to say for definite when certain initiatives, such as the changes to the ADI Part 3, would be implemented. No commitment was made to publish a further final report.
Our subsequent collaboration has focused on the National Association Strategic Partnership, which brings together the three largest national associations with a combined membership of over 26,000 (covering both ADIs and instructor trainers), and those on ORDIT that we know deliver the current process and will, therefore, be directly impacted by the changes. We are also in the process of further surveying instructor trainers, PDIs and ADIs who qualified since the introduction of the standards check in 2014.
Re tribunal “fit and proper”- what if PDIs are happy with training received?
The Registrar has wide discretion over what constitutes fit and proper and it is anything that undermines the integrity of the Register of Approved Driving Instructors. We would also add that if the PDI is happy with inadequate training and/or failing the qualifying process, or then failing to demonstrate the level of competence required to pass the standards check, then he/she was obviously attempting to enter the wrong industry.
Where will monitoring staff come from as it is not done now?
DVSA will have a dedicated team of ADI examiners who will solely be responsible for all that is ADI and in addition, suitably skilled senior managers. The ADI team also carry out greater scrutiny than previously of submitted forms and will continue to do so.
When DVSA say PDIs learn PST subjects and routes – doesn’t the examiner set the route on Part 3 and PDI able to focus totally on subject used on PST day and probably a low risk group of topics (e.g. controls, TIR first time, FLH on motorway)?
At present yes. However, with the new exam the responsibility for lesson planning, risk management and learning / teaching strategies will fall to the PDI. As you know the lesson starts at the DTC and the PDI will be responsible for demonstrating suitable teaching skills for the three main competencies.
To achieve a satisfactory outcome on the new test will be extremely challenging for an inexperienced PDI.
“How to Teach” – why not include 17 competencies in Part 3 marking as was indicated in consultations and surveys to date?
The assessment will mirror the standards check so the 17 sub-competencies will form part of the new test. The surveys were/are about informing the ADI training industry of DVSA’s intention to align the Part 3 with the National Driver and Rider Training Standards, and their preparedness for the changes.
Why is there no requirement for learning logs to provide evidence of competency?
The Road Traffic Act 1988 doesn’t allow for the mandatory use of logbooks. We can however make it a requirement for ORDIT trainers as this is a voluntary scheme.
Many PDIs come to meet me from outside of my area so booking a time and test that is mutual can be difficult. What is your view if the trainer cannot necessarily sit in? There may also be 2 people in the back anyway examiner and a supervising one.
t is important regardless of the outcome that the trainer plays a key role and witnesses the positive aspects of the PDI’s performance as well as any negative so that a training plan can be devised. If the trainer doesn’t accompany or makes no attempt to listen to the debrief: this suggests that they are not taking ownership of their standard of their PDI.
A lot of full time trainers don’t teach learners so what advice do you have for us?
They need to know ‘how’ to teach a learner, or any level of driver requiring development, to be in a position to train. One of the important skills a PDI must know is how to source business if they qualify to be an ADI. We would recommend that you make this a priority early on so that your PDI has a pupil for the Part 3. It is all about planning.
Will the new mark sheet be exactly the same?
Yes, the form will mirror the SC1 with a few administrative differences. We will capture the following after the initial identification checks;
· Logbook used?
· Trainer/ORDIT PRN?
· Test accompanied?
· Whether trainer listened to debrief?
How long after I qualify will I have another standards check?
It depends on the grade achieved during the Part 3. However the Registrar can and will call a newly qualified (or experienced ADI) for an earlier Standards Check should we have intelligence of poor performance or mal practice.
Can I use any type of lesson?
The choice of lesson is down to the PDI but should be client centred linked. In other words: appropriately pitched to meet the needs of the pupil. It would be unwise to deliver any of the lessons listed below because you would struggle as an ADI or PDI to evidence competency in all 17 sub-competencies. I would suggest you study the Standard Operating Procedure for ADI Examiners which is available on DVSA net. This doc defines each of the sub competencies.
· a controls lesson
· an assessment lesson
· conduct a mock test
My trainer says some pupils can only concentrate for about 40 minutes; will I be able to do a 40-minute lesson & spend the remaining time with visual aids?
Yes, but you wouldn’t achieve a positive outcome on a Standards Check or Part 3. The lesson can be in micro sessions if there is evidence that a different teaching technique is needed for the pupil. However the lesson overall must last about an hour.
Can I charge for the lesson? Yes if you are on a trainee license.
If the examiner fails to attend; will my pupil and I be able to reclaim any costs incurred?
As it is currently, the DVSA will consider any out of pocket expenses if we fail to provide the service.
Can I use a car that has?
· Automatic transmission? Yes
· Hill start assist? Yes
· Has been described as a convertible like a BMW Mini as there are no H &S issues for examiners?
There is ‘no’ change to the vehicles that are unacceptable for Standards Check or Driving Test.
Will DVSA insist the trainer has his training certificate displayed on the Part 3 test?
It will be made a condition of ORDIT that trainers display their certificate - they should do so with pride
Will the mark sheet be the same?
The marking sheet will be the same apart from some administrative additions. For example, PDI signature, ORDIT trainer number. The form will also clearly define the difference between a S/C and Part 3.
Will there be any change in fees from the existing assessment/will there be any cost implications to the change?
We have not been led to believe there will be a change to the current fees and, during the consultation process, an economic impact assessment will have been carried out to understand any additional cost implications. We do not anticipate, at this time, that there will be any unnecessary additional cost burden to the individual candidate.
What will stop PDI's only learning one subject just for the test purpose?
The DVSA has said that it is easy to identify a lesson that has been rehearsed. If the examiner believes that this is the case during a Part 3, they will ask the driver to pull over and terminate the session. It is also their belief that even though a lesson can be rehearsed; the PDI cannot legislate for the context of the live traffic situation around them as this is constantly changing. A pre-rehearsed lesson cannot cater for the changes in road and traffic conditions.
Can I do a controls lesson?
You need to consider whether a controls lesson will allow you to demonstrate competence in all 17 areas on the marking form. The straight answer is you won’t be able to achieve this as you won’t be able to meet a lot of the criteria on the marking form by being stationary.
What type of log book or training record should I keep?
DVSA is also promoting the use of a Trainer/Trainee log book in which trainers and trainees can record subjects covered, different levels of instruction given and overall progress. This will help to make sure trainees obtain the required range of skills, knowledge and understanding to deliver effective training from day one.
The trainee record will become an essential document for instructor trainers and its use will be closely monitored. Most, if not all instructor trainers already record progress like this and DVSA are happy for them to continue to use or adapt their existing processes. The DVSA are not being too prescriptive in terms of what the log book should look like and what format it is in, i.e. paper or electronic. This will be down to the individual training organisations to prepare something that works for them and their learners.
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The driving test will change from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.
The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.
The changes will only apply to car driving tests to begin with.
The 4 driving test changes1. Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutesThe independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.
This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes - roughly half of the test.
2. Following directions from a sat navDuring the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.
The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up. You won’t need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.
You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test - you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.
You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.
One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.
3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changedThe ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.
You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:
You’ll be asked the:
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Pass mark, length of test and cost not changingThe pass mark is staying the same. So, you’ll pass your test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.
The examiner will still mark the test in the same way, and the same things will still count as faults.
The overall time of the driving test won’t change. You’ll still drive for around 40 minutes.
The driving test cost will also stay the same.
Why the changes are being madeRoad collisions are the biggest killer of young people. They account for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19.
DVSA wants to make sure that training and the driving test reduce the number of young people being killed in collisions.
These changes are being made because:
Our roads are among the safest in the world. However, road collisions are the biggest killer of young people.
These changes will help us to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads and equip new drivers with the skill they need to use our roads safely.
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said:
DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.
Making sure the driving test better assesses a driver’s ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help you stay safe on Britain’s roads.
It’s vital that the driving test keeps up to date with new vehicle technology and the areas where new drivers face the greatest risk once they’ve passed their test
POLICE OFFICERS across Europe are making ready for their latest "Speed Enforcement Marathon", taking place from 0600 on Wednesday 19 April to 0600 on Thursday 20 April. The 24-hour initiative forms part of TISPOL’s week-long speed enforcement operation, running from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 April.
Figures from 2016 show that 95 per cent of drivers observed by police officers during the 24 hours of the Speed Marathon were using legal speeds.
The Speed Marathon concept was devised three years ago in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Here, members of the public have once again been invited to vote on the locations where they would like speed enforcement measures to take place.
The German concept has been enthusiastically adapted and this year is scheduled to be used in all TISPOL member countries.
Quick facts about the 2016 Speed Marathon (21 and 22 April)
Countries involved: 22
Control sites: 12,706
Vehicles checked: 2,463,622
Officers participating: 12,906
Offences detected: 122,508
Percentage: 4.97% of vehicles checked were speeding
Or, to put another way, the results show that 19 out of every 20 drivers checked were within legal limits.
Last September, I told you about the proposed changes we’re making to the ADI part 3 test. I explained why we wanted to make these changes and the main differences in the test.
In summary, it will more closely reflect the ADI standards check to give a better assessment of the trainee instructor’s ability.
We've been busy since September, and in this short blog post, I want to tell you about what's happened and what you can do to prepare.
When we plan to make the changeWe're still on track to introduce the changes in autumn 2017 as we'd previously set out.
We're aiming to introduce the changes for the start of October, following further discussion with the industry.
Ahead of that, we’ll publish the new assessment form and accompanying guidance.
Providing quality trainingMany official register of driving instructor training (ORDIT) organisations have told us they’ve already started to change their processes for the new test. You can read more about this in a research report we recently published about the impact of replacing the ADI part 3 test.
It'll be up to trainers to decide what the change means for trainee instructors based on their progress to date.
I’d also like to encourage trainers to keep a record of their trainees’ progress and subjects covered. This will help develop the range of skills and knowledge required to provide effective training.
This record will also be essential for giving evidence of progress and subjects covered when applying for a trainee licence.
Keep up to dateWe’ll keep you updated on this blog and confirm the date as things progress.
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Introducing Project EDWARD 2017
After just one year, Project Edward has earned its place on Europe’s road safety calendar. The 2017 European Day without a Road Death takes place on Thursday 21 September. We’ll be coordinating events, initiatives and promotional activity right across Europe.
There will be a brand new dedicated Project EDWARD website with:
So - please spread the word. Tell your colleagues and contacts. Follow @ProjectEDWARD on Twitter. Tell everyone, and let's make Project EDWARD 2017 as successful as possible.
Many thanks for your support.
Ruth Purdie, TISPOL General Secretary
Please follow @ProjectEDWARD on Twitter right now!
What Project EDWARD achieved in 2016...
Project EDWARD 2016 proved to be a brilliant road safety awareness-raiser:
Please make sure you play your part. If we encourage everyone to make small changes, the overall effect will be massive and Project EDWARD really can be more than a target.
Could you support Project EDWARD financially?
We're delighted to acknowledge the generous assistance of Road Safety Support and Westcotec in making Project EDWARD happen this year. We have some exciting packages for supporters, sponsors and partners, so if you may be able to get involved in this way, do please take a look at the support packages on offer... or contact us to discuss a plan tailored to your budget.
Introducing the 2017 video pledge
We'll soon be inviting individuals, groups and organisations to record and send their video pledges, which we'll share on the website and across social media. We may even find some prizes for the ones we like best!
How it works: