To become a DVSA approved driving instructor you need to pass three tests. The first is a theory and hazard perception test, the second is a test of your driving ability and the third is a test of your instructional ability. This third part involves you teaching a real pupil for an hour with an examiner in the back to assess your performance. No one is allowed to charge for driving lessons unless they are registered with the DVSA.
Most driving instructors are either self-employed working for yourself or work under a franchise scheme. So basically if you are looking for a driving instructor job then effectively you are looking to sign up for a franchise.
What is a driving school franchise?
A franchise can operate in a number of different ways. They may be a franchise where the company (such as Red or BSM) supplies the car, the insurance, does the advertising and marketing and supplies the pupils. Other franchises may involve either you supplying your own car, or you acquiring your own pupils or any number of other variations.
With a franchise you do not get a guaranteed “wage” although the company may guarantee how many pupils they will supply. There is no such thing as a driving instructor job where everything is done for you, the pupil pays the company and you get a guaranteed wage. So effectively 99.9% of driving instructors who are teaching learners are self-employed.
By and large the people who may get a fixed wage as a qualified driving instructor are those who may be fleet trainers working for a specific organisation or those offering specific defensive driving packages.
If you think you’ve been flashed by a speed camera and are worried you will get a speeding fine, this is what happens:
– Within 14 days the owner of the speeding vehicle will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution
– There is a section on the NIP for you to complete to say who was the driver. If you do not complete this section, you will be liable to a fine and six penalty points on your licence
– If your speed is not too much above the speed limit, the driver will normally be offered a fixed penalty notice – three points on your licence and a £60 fine – see fines & penalties . Sometimes speeding drivers are offered a speed awareness course as an alternative to a fixed penalty notice. Whether these courses are offered is at the discretion of the local police force.
– If your speed is above a certain level you will not receive an offer of a fixed penalty fine but instead will receive a summons to attend court.
If you genuinely do not believe you were speeding, you may defend the case- see Common Speeding Defences. If you are going to defend the case it may be worth consulting a lawyer experienced in speeding cases.
There are several different types of speed cameras – the common ones are Gatso’s which use a film and flash and Truvelo’s which use an infra red beam. There are also spex cameras which work out your average speed over a given distance.
If you genuinely believe that you were not speeding, you are entitled to ask the police to see their evidence that you were speeding. In the case of speed cameras you are entitled to see the pictures. There have been cases where the number plate of speeding vehicles has been misread.
A speeding conviction has sometimes been avoided where the owner of the vehicle does not know who was driving. In such a case the owner must make every effort to discover who the driver was.
It is no defence to say that there were no signs warning of speed cameras. However it may be a defence if there were no speed limit signs or if they were obscured.
If the owner does not receive the Notice of intended prosecution within 14 days or if there are significant material mistakes on the NIP then this may be a defence.
If you think you may have a valid defence to a speeding ticket then you should consult a motoring lawyer for expert advice and guidance.
Figures for road deaths revealed recently show some good news with the final number of deaths on UK roads falling. However behind the figures showing the fall in road deaths there is a disturbing increase revealed in deaths among young motorists aged between 18-25 and often these deaths involve speeding.
In order to combat the issue a brand new plan that’s been effective in other areas around the world is anticipated to be brought to the United Kingdom. The brand new plan calls for adding speed monitoring products (black box) to young driver’s cars in exchange for lower cost vehicle insurance.
The plan is searching for as much as 1000 volunteers who’ll possess the products suited to their cars in exchange for approximately half cost inexpensive vehicle insurance. You can find out more at UK Speeding
The unit will record speed data like a driver travels within their vehicle and can report sustained speeding towards the inexpensive vehicle insurance provider in addition to warning the motive force via audio alerts over 30mph and 70mph. The organization will contact the motive force to warn them from the offence. The plan will allow an undisclosed quantity of speeding but persistent speeder may have the 3 strikes as well as your out rule put on them.
The plan is going to be piloted in England with the expectation for lowering the death rate for young drivers on UK roads. This might also imply that youthful motorists are able to afford to operate a vehicle using the discount rates offered giving, inexpensive vehicle insurance for that fitting the unit for your vehicle.