The government has announced that VOSA and DSA will merge to form one new government agency to handle the work of both of these two agencies. This will result in some job losses and the opportunity to rationalise the real estate owned by these two departments. The aim is that in addition a new more streamlined operation for dealing with all driving matters be created. This will include driver licencing and testing as well as vehicle testing. The DSA are currently consulting on external moderation of driving instructor qualifications to further streamline its driver services.
The first step towards obtaining a full drivers licence in the UK (cat B) is to get a provisional licence this can be obtained online at http://www.direct.gov.uk or by completing a form that can be obtained from main post offices. The current provisional driving licence fee is £50.
On receipt of your licence and providing you are 17 or over you can drive on the public road while accompanied by a qualified driver aged 20 or over and with at least 3 years driving experience as a qualified driver for the category of licence relevant to the car being driven. Most people at this stage will start driving lessons with a professional driving instructor. 98% of people taking their driving test will have taken lessons with a professional instructor. Driving instructors can be self employed or may work for a driving school that has other instructors. Among the best known driving schools in the UK are Red Driving School, BSM and AA driving school.
You can find a driving school that will best suit your needs. There are many female driving schools that cater specifically for female pupils as well as driving instructors who speak other languages such as Hindi or Gujerati. ILM2Drive is a driving school that can offer multilingual female muslim driving instructors.
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