New regulation aims to standardise instruction
THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) is the regulatory body for driving instruction in Ireland.
Tasked with improving safety on our roads in order to reduce death and injury resulting from road collisions, it is key to the successful training of new drivers through the application of strict standards governing driving instructors..
If you are thinking of learning to drive - make sure your instructor meets RSA standards and is an Approved Driving Instructor.
An objective of the RSA is to bring Ireland’s road safety record into line with ‘best practice’ countries throughout the world.
Instructors must prove, by passing the three stages of the approved examinations, that they meet the RSA required standards.
An ADI Registrar, based in the RSA, heads up the unit responsible for the registration process.
The objective of regulating the industry is to standardise instruction and give the ADI a leading role in developing better drivers. Standards are high and you can be sure that if you learn to drive with an ADI registered instructor, you will be in safe and knowledgeable hands.
Essentially, any person giving driving instruction for reward must have his/her name entered on the register of Approved Driving Instructors with the RSA.
The RSA have prepared a qualification process for persons who want to become Driving Instruct o r s . Passing/ gaining exemption from all stages of the qualification process will entitle a person to have his/her name entered on the ADI Register.
Each stage of the qualification process must be passed before going to the next stage.
Stage one is a theory test, stage two is a test of driving ability and stage three is a test of ability to instruct.
The purpose of this test is to examine knowledge of the Rules of the Road as well as general road safety and driving instruction matters.The structure of the test is similar in format to the existing theory test for learner drivers.There will be varying number of questions depending on the categories of instruction being applied for.
Having successfully completed the theory test, Stage Two will assess driving/riding ability. Driving competence will be assessed through a longer,more comprehensive,driving test than that which applies to a learner driver.The test will last approximately one to one and a half hours depending on the cate- gory being applied for and will cover 25-30 kilometres.
In order to pass the test the applicant will have to incur fewer than three driving faults under a particular heading e.g. observation, fewer than five driving faults during the entire test,and zero disqualifying faults.
Stage Three -Instruction Ability Test
Stage Three examines the ability of the ADI candidate to deliver tuition/coaching to the novice driver relevant to the level of skill and experience of the driver.
This will entail a candidate Approved Driving Instructor (cADI) being examined on their practical instruct- ing skills and abilities to structure each learning experience in the most effective manner possible.The RSA Examiner will act in the role of a learner driver,with different levels of driving ability,and ask the Driving Instructor to conduct a number of simulated lessons on areas chosen by the Examin- er.
At this point in time it is not compulsory for any Driving Instructor to participate in formal training.
Any person wishing to become an Approved Driving Instructor can apply directly for each stage of the test and does not need to participate in any formal training.
However the RSA strongly recommends that all candidate Driving Instructors, or those in the pre approval status, should participate in the RSA approved syllabus offered by training providers who are on the list of RSA approved training providers.