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The 6th United Nations Global Road Safety Week takes place from 17-23 May 2021 with the theme #StreetsforLife, #Love30.
Held every two years, UN Global Road Safety Week provides an opportunity to bring together individuals, governments, NGOs, and other organisations from around the world to increase awareness of road safety and stimulate change to reduce the number of road deaths.
The 6th Week is focusing on speed management as a key aspect of ensuring a safe transport system. The Week promotes 30 km/h (20 mph) speed limits as the norm for cities worldwide in places where people mix with traffic.
In support of UN Global Road Safety Week, eDriving is partnering with Global Road Safety Partnership to host a webinar, “Speeding and High-Risk Behaviors: Steering Drivers to Safer Actions”. Visit eDriving’s new Speeding Resource Center to register for the free webinar.
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Dear Road Safety Professional,
Ordinarily, we at FirstCar would be busy making last minute preparations for our annual pilgrimage to the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall to welcome many of you along to our Young Driver Focus conference. However, with the last 12-months being like no other sadly we’ve had to skip both this and last year’s Young Driver Focus event, now reschedules for 25th May 2022.
With so much great work going on in the important young driver road safety sector, we at FirstCar didn’t want to wait until next year to share this knowledge. That’s why with the help of our very kind supporters; GEM Motoring Assist, the RAC Foundation and Westcotec; we have produced the Young Driver Focus 2021 report, which is free for you all to read.
We’ve connected with over a dozen experts across both the public and private sector, all of whom work tirelessly and feel passionately about helping to reduce casualties within the young driver sector. They happily share their learnings, knowledge, and insight. In our ‘Road Safety Showcase’ we hear from various local authorities throughout the UK on how they approach the subject of tackling young driver road safety.
We’d appreciate any feedback you may have by emailing me – firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see as many of you in person at Young Driver Focus 2022, and for those who have yet to book you can do so by clicking here.
An interesting and engaging webinar. I found it fascinating the difference between the USA and ourselves.
Maybe there is something to learn from listening how others work.
Whether that’s what to do or what not to do or what you could change.
I hope you enjoy this.
Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency
Dear Graham Hooper,
I’m really pleased we were able to confirm this week that driving lessons and theory tests will restart on 12 April in England and Wales and driving tests will restart on 22 April.
Last week we were also able to confirm that in Scotland driving lessons could potentially restart on 26 April and driving tests on 6 May. These restart dates are subject to Scottish Government confirmation, based on the prevalence of the virus.
The UK government, Scottish Government and Welsh Government are all cautiously easing lockdown restrictions. We also need to take a cautious approach to restarting our services to help keep everyone safe and reduce the risk of future test suspensions.
The health and safety of you, your pupils and our driving examiners continues to be our top priority, so I wanted to take this opportunity to explain what we are doing to help keep you all safe and share our plans for helping you and your pupils prepare for tests.
Restarting lessonsFollowing the announcement earlier this week I imagine many of you are excited to start teaching again, and your pupils will be eager to restart their lessons to get ready for their test.
There’s a 10-day delay between the restart of lessons and tests to give you the opportunity to see your pupils and assess if they ready for their test. If they are not prepared, they can rearrange their test for another date for free on the change your driving test service on GOV.UK.
Hands, face, space, fresh airIn Scotland, it’s the law for instructors and pupils to wear a face covering during a lesson and when they arrive at the test centre.
While it’s not the law in England and Wales, I cannot emphasise enough the importance of you and your pupil wearing face coverings during lessons, unless you have a good reason not to.
This applies even if you’ve had the first dose or both doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease. You may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.
The NHS does not yet know how much it will reduce the risk of you passing on the virus. You’re also more likely to be teaching pupils in the age groups where the data shows infection rates are some of the highest.
So remember, to protect yourself and your family, friends, pupils and driving examiners, you must still:
Good practice guidance for instructorsWe previously shared our guidance for driving examiners with the driving instructors’ National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP) and they have published good practice guidance for instructors on their website.
It’s important that you review this before returning to work and check you have all the measures in place to keep you and your pupils safe.
You can read this here: http://deanm17.sg-host.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/NASP-Guidelines-on-driver-trainers-safely-returning-to-work-2nd-July-2020.pdf
Restarting testsAs I mentioned above, to help protect you, your pupils and our examiners, we are being cautious as we restart our services.
Our plan is to restart at 6 tests per examiner per day in England, Wales and Scotland and our examiners will continue to direct candidates back to the test centre at the point they fail their test to reduce the amount of time spent in the vehicle.
We have shared our guidance for driving examiners with Public Health England, Scottish and Welsh Government and they are still happy with the control measures we have implemented.
Waiting roomsI know many of you were frustrated last year that we were not able to give you access to waiting rooms at driving test centres due to health and safety reasons.
Over the last year, we have worked hard to put measures in place to reopen as many waiting rooms as possible.
I’m pleased to let you know 223 waiting rooms will be open when we restart driving tests on 22 April in England and Wales and on 6 May in Scotland.
The full list of available waiting rooms and the rules on using them have been published on GOV.UK. You can view this here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/driving-test-centre-waiting-rooms-during-coronavirus
We are still working to reopen more test centres, and we’ll update you again on this when we are in a position to do so.
Vehicle cleanliness and ventilationTo help protect you and your pupils, NASP has recommended in the good practice guidance for instructors that you:
When bringing a pupil for their test, you must clean the inside of your car and make sure at least one window is open on each side before your pupil’s test starts.
You can read the full guidance on GOV.UK at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and-theory-tests
Helping you and your pupils prepare for tests and standard checksNow we’ve confirmed the restart of driving tests and standards checks in England and Wales, I want to explain what we are doing to help you and your pupils prepare for tests and checks to try to help everyone pass first time.
The top 10 reasons for failing a car driving testThe driving test pass rate was 45.9% between April 2019 and March 2020. Many people who failed their test made at least one of the top 10 common mistakes.
Before tests restart on 22 April, we will promote the latest top 10 reasons for failing a car driving test and give you and your pupils tips on how these can be avoided. This will help you to identify pupils who may need more support and practice.
It’s important that your pupils take their test only when both you and your pupil are confident they can pass. This will help them to avoid a lengthy wait for a retest and help us by not adding to the backlog of tests.
Helping you prepare for standards checksOur ADI team is planning to change the way we administer and prioritise standards checks.
We are not changing the assessment but do want to give you more help and support.
This includes a pre-engagement call ahead of your appointment.
During the call, we’ll offer you professional development support and help you identify areas for self-development as well as what actions you may need to take to meet the current standard.
We’ll tell you more about these changes in the coming weeks. They are designed to reflect the great work you already do and offer support where needed.
Keeping you updatedThere are challenging times ahead for all of us. By working together, we can help to reduce the backlog, help your industry recover and help people stay safe on Britain’s roads.
I’ll write to you again once we are in a position to share our full recovery plan and explain how you can get involved and give us feedback.
I also urge you to keep up to date with the NASP website and seek advice from a NASP member national association if you have any queries, questions or concerns about restarting training
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
I hope that you, your family and your friends remain safe and well.
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Change of DBS check contractor
From today (1 April), the company which performs DBS checks as part of your ADI registration application is rebranding.
GB Group has merged with another company to become First Advantage.
What this means for youYou can still apply for a DBS check in the usual way through https://www.gov.uk/adi-criminal-record-disclosure
You may notice that the application webpage looks different, or that the company name has changed, as a result of the merger.
Nothing else will change for you.
Get a criminal record check to continue being a driving instructor - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
DetailsThis guide is for approved driving instructors (ADIs), motorcycle trainers, and lorry and bus (vocational) trainers. It explains:
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When taking training as ADIs or PDIs there are a few resources that are recommended by the DVSAIt often helps to know that your training is based on tried and tested information. Practical Teaching Skills for Driving Instructors is listed by the DVSA as recommended reading. Co-author, Susan McCormack, is co-Managing Director of Tri-Coaching Partnership so you can be assured that our training material is in alignment with the DVSA.
Susan is also responsible for writing our Train the Trainer course, which is designed so you can deliver practical structured training to a PDI. If you are already delivering driving instructor training, or want to dip your toe in the water, find out more about our product, the Train the Trainer course here.
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