New reg­u­la­tion aims to stan­dard­ise in­struc­tion

Bray People - - Learning To Drive -

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.

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