Instructor has to quit over ‘stupid mistake’
ASOUTHPORT driving instructor has been forced to stop giving lessons after he was found not to have the correct licence.
Mehmet Kasab, of Mem’s Driving School, suddenly stopped teaching last month after a spot check found he did not have the legal permission to be a driving instructor.
The Department of Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) refused to comment on whether he was under investigation but if it decides to take action, he could potentially face criminal charges.
Mr Kasab has since stopped teaching and said he regretted his “stupid mistake” and was prepared to face whatever consequences may follow,
Under DVSA rules, pro- spective tutors must be undertake DBS background checks and pass three assessments - theory test, driving ability and instructional ability in order to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).
They must then renew their ADI assessment every fours years at a cost of £300 to remain on the register and display their ADI badge whenever giving paid lessons.
When the allegations were put to Mr Kasab, he confirmed that he lost his instructor’s licence after receiving penalty points on his driving licence but continued to teach for “a few years”.
He said he regretted continuing to give lessons and although he had been working towards reclaiming the full licence, he now has no plans to resume the career.
Mr Kasab also said that he had refunded pupils who had paid for future lessons and told them he was no longer teaching.
He said: “It’s stupid. I should never have done it. I’ve stopped now and explained to [the pupils] that I’ve stopped.
“A lot of people had faith in me and I helped a lot of people. There’s a lot of people out there who would vouch for me and say I was a good instructor.
“I helped a lot of people. I’m not going to lie, I am a good instructor but I made a stupid mistake and I’ve got to face the consequences.
Mr Kasab described himself as an honest person and said: “I’ve left it now, I’ve walked away.
“If there’s any repercussion, I’ll face the consequences and fingers crossed they don’t affect me for the rest of my life.
“Of course I regret it, we all make mistakes and it’s the one error of judgement I’ve made but it’s done now and it is what it is.”
One Southport instructor said that although Mr Kasab had a good record of helping pupils pass their test, there could be “no excuse” if he had been giving lessons illegally.
He added: “It’s weird because I’ve sat in a coffee house with him where he’s complained about the costs. It’s unreal.”
The DVSA did not want to give any comment on the case.