In­struc­tor has to quit over ‘stupid mis­take’

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

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.

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