Martin Saari­nen

New site a wel­come step to en­sur­ing learn­ers are taught by a re­spectable in­struc­tor

Auto Express - - Watchdog - Mart­in_saari­nen@den­nis.co.uk @ Ae_­con­sumer

LEARN­ING to drive is a key mile­stone for many peo­ple, and hav­ing the right in­struc­tor can make all the dif­fer­ence as to whether you’ll be a safe driver in the fu­ture.

Hav­ing a great driv­ing in­struc­tor not only helps you pass your test first time, but will also en­sure you’ve got the right skills to be a safe driver on the road. We’ve all heard the hor­ror sto­ries where in­struc­tors have pur­pose­fully made it harder for stu­dents to pass their test so they can bill for more hours of tu­ition.

Thank­fully the Driver and Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Agency (DVSA) has now made the process of pick­ing the best in­struc­tor eas­ier. In May, the agency hinted it would pub­lish OF­STED-STYLE driv­ing in­struc­tor rank­ing ta­bles due to poor pass rates among stu­dents. In­deed, less than half of all driv­ing ex­ams are passed, with some stu­dents sit­ting the test 39 times be­fore pass­ing.

Now the agency has taken the first step to­wards trans­parency by launch­ing a new web­site called find­drivin­gin­struc­tor.di­rect.gov.uk that lists 26,000 ap­proved in­struc­tors. Those listed have agreed to dis­play the grades awarded to them by per­for­mance reg­u­la­tors, plus the codes of prac­tice to which they have signed up.

As with OF­STED school rat­ings, learn­ers can now pick and choose the best in­struc­tors in their area to en­sure they get the best driv­ing tu­ition from the very be­gin­ning.

Trans­parency is key to im­prov­ing stan­dards, es­pe­cially when the DVSA’S own fig­ures show just 30 per cent of in­struc­tors re­ceived the high­est pos­si­ble scores from reg­u­la­tors. What is needed now is for the other 14,000 Bri­tish driv­ing teach­ers to sign up.

“Those listed have agreed to dis­play the grades awarded to them by reg­u­la­tors”

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