Monday, 30 November 2009

Driving lessons all Portsmouth to Petersfield Gosport Fareham

Driving School Manual & Automatic Driving Lessons in all Portsmouth areas to Petersield including Havant, Emsworth, Rowlands Castle, Chichester, Bognor Regis, Gosport, Fareham, Lee on Solent. Male and Female Qualified Driving Instructors who cover all Portsmouth areas for your 1-1 driving lesson from home work or college. Check out our website for our recent passes via the Facebook link.
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Saturday, 28 November 2009

Polish Driving Lessons Instructor Portsmouth

We welcome Anna to 1st Top Gear Driving School our fully Qualified ADI Driving Instructor who covers all Portsmouth areas for your 1-1 driving lesson from home work or college. If you are looking for a Polish driving Instructor call us.

Witamy Anna do 1 Top Gear Driving School nasze pełne kwalifikacje ADI Driving Instructor, który obejmuje wszystkie obszary Portsmouth za 1/1 lekcji jazdy do domu z pracy lub uczelni. Jeśli szukasz polskiego instruktora jazdy zadzwoń do nas.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

New Powers To Suspend Driving Instructors

New powers to suspend driving instructors

• Legislation receives Royal Assent

• Closes loophole in existing law

• Immediate suspension possible

Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) who pose a significant threat to the safety of the public will face immediate suspension under new legislation which gained Royal Assent today.

The Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Act 2009 will close a loophole in existing law by allowing the Registrar of ADIs to immediately suspend ADIs who pose a threat to learner drivers and other road users while they are removed from the register permanently.

It currently takes 45 days to remove instructors from the register of Approved Driving Instructors, during which time they can continue to give driving instruction.

The new law originated as a Private Member's Bill introduced by Willie Rennie MP and was supported by the Department for Transport and Driving Standards Agency who also provided technical and organisational assistance.

Transport Minister Paul Clark said: “The Government has been pleased to support Mr Rennie’s Bill.

"The overwhelming majority of driving instructors provide tuition in a professional manner but a small number fail to maintain these standards.

"These new suspension powers will allow the Registrar to protect the public in those few instances where there is a need to take immediate action to prevent an instructor from working with learner drivers.”

Willie Rennie MP (Dunfermline and West Fife) said: “I am delighted that this Private Members Bill has reached the statute book, and I would like to offer my thanks to all of those who have supported me throughout this process. It will send a strong message to those driving instructors who are guilty of an offence and present a danger to the public that they will no longer be able to carry on as normal.

"This will improve the safety of learner drivers and will also offer support to the vast majority of instructors who conduct themselves quite properly in carrying out the valuable role of teaching young people to drive.”

It is anticipated that the Registrar will use the suspension power only in exceptional circumstances.

The Driving Standards Agency intends to consult early next year on the detailed arrangements for implementation of the Act.

The new suspension power will also apply to Potential Driving Instructors, who are authorised to provide instruction using a trainee licence.

New requirements to improve safety

New requirements to improve safety for motorcyclists and lorry and bus drivers

Proposals to improve skills and safety for new motorcycle riders, drivers of lorries and buses and new drivers who want to tow medium sized trailers were published today by the Department for Transport (DfT) in conjunction with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

The measures are contained in a consultation on the implementation of new European requirements on driver testing, training, examination and licensing which come into force in 2013. Other motorists will not be affected.

The main aspects of the new requirements are:

  • Motorcyclists – The current two categories of motorbike will be replaced with three – A1 (up to 125cc), A2 (up to 35Kw) and A (above 35Kw) - and new rules introduced for riders of larger bikes. Riders wanting to progress to larger categories of motorbikes will have to take additional training or a further test and there will be a rise in the minimum age from 21 to 24 for those wishing to start riding larger bikes without previous experience.

  • Trailer towing - New car and light van drivers wanting to tow trailers may also be affected. The consultation proposes that drivers will be able to tow a slightly larger trailer on a normal car driving licence (category B), if they take a further test or undertake training. There will also be a restriction on the overall size of the vehicle/trailer combination that can be driven on a category B+E licence entitlement (car/light van plus trailer).

  • Licence renewals for bus and lorry drivers – at present, drivers of medium-sized and large buses and lorries need to renew their licences every five years once they reach the age of 45. Over-45s also need to demonstrate their fitness to drive through a full medical report. From 2013, under-45s who drive these vehicles will also need to confirm medical fitness and renew their licence every five years. However, under-45s will not require a full medical report and will still only need to renew their photograph every 10 years. All other drivers and riders will continue to renew their driving licences every 10 years as is currently the case.

  • Driving examiners – Compulsory initial qualification, periodic training and quality assurance checks for driving examiners will be required for driving examiners. The DSA already fulfils most of these requirements but the introduction of periodic training will enhance these existing arrangements.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Uturn for mandatory sitting in on test

Plans to force driving instructors to sit in on their pupils L tests have been put into reverse according to a report in the daily mail on the 12th October.
The controversial plan introduced by the Government's much hyped Learning to Drive consultation has now been dropped according to the mail. The Department for Transport has now ruled that Candidates will be encouraged to take an observer who could be a parent, friend or an Instructor to help them understand feedback from the examiner and tailor further learning.

Toyota iQ banned on test by the DSA

The DSA has announced that the Toyota iQ is not being accepted for driving tests with an immediate effect. According to the DSAs technical standards department the thick B and Cs pillars and rear porthole windows prevent the examiner from being able to see clearly at angled junctions.

Their advice to any instructors who owns an iQ needs to part exchange it for another car should contact their local Toyota dealer