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DIDU membership includes the following benefits:

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Latest DVSA official statistics published

They cover the period from 1 April to 30 June and provide the first information about the standards check (introduced on 7 April 2014).

Please note that the statistics are for the reporting period as a whole so they also include the old check test taken between 1 and 6 April.

The key points of the period between 7 April and 30 June are:

  • 2,520 standards checks carried out
  • pass rate was 81%
  • 24% of ADIs achieved Grade A, 57% achieved Grade B

Failure rate explained

The percentage of ADIs failing the standards check (19%) is slightly higher than for the check test (14%). However, this figure includes those who may have previously achieved an ‘educational’ grade.

Over half of the failures were automatic fails because the ADI scored less than 8 marks in the risk management section.

We would expect the failure rate to reduce as ADIs become more familiar with the Standards.

Read the report on GOV.UK.

Road Safety Ireland - Tom Harrington's Latest

Read the latest entertaining and informative newsletter from our colleague in Ireland:

Road Safety Ireland - Tom Harrington - August 2014

DVSA Reviews use of Cameras on Test

DVSA has concluded its review of the policy on filming driving tests. The agency has decided to maintain its general policy of not allowing the recording of theory or practical tests.

However, cameras fitted for insurance purposes will be allowed providing they:

  • are external facing and do not film the inside of the vehicle;
  • do not record audio from the inside of the vehicle.

DVSA will under no circumstances accept, comment on, or review audio or video footage provided by a test candidate or third party to facilitate a challenge to the conduct of any theory or practical test or its result. Any footage received in connection with an allegation of criminal activity or intent will be referred to the police.

Theory tests costs fall from 1 October 2014

The fee for car and motorcycle theory tests will fall to £25 for tests taken from 1 October 2014.

Theory test fees for other categories of vehicle will also be reduced at the same time.

Book tests at the new price

The changes apply to theory tests taken from 1 October 2014. You can book tests for this date onwards from 20 August 2014.

You'll have to pay the old fee if you choose a test date before 1 October 2014.

Find out more about the changes to theory test fees.

Modernising driver training: response to consultation

From the DVSA on 18-07-2014:

Following last year’s consultation on the ‘modernisation of the driver training industry’ we’ve now published its response on GOV.UK.

The main points covered are:

  • to enhance the DVSA examination process by replacing the existing test of instructional ability (ADI part 3) with one similar to the standards check
  • to work with key stakeholders to further investigate the options for reforming the trainee licence scheme in light of the above
  • not to introduce the vocational qualification route at the moment but explore it as a future option
  • to introduce an online booking system for the standards check
  • to carry out a consultation on revising the ADI fee structure later this year

As a result of the responses, we will also look to undertake the following:

  • reduce the burden on ADIs whose registration has lapsed for more than 12 months - subject to further discussion with the industry
  • seek an opportunity to amend legislation to let instructors request voluntary removal from the register of ADIs
  • extend consumer information about ADIs
  • have more discussions with the industry on how we can help top grade instructors promote their higher level of competence

We won't be proceeding with civil sanctions at this time.
Read the response to consultation on GOV.UK.

Subsidised training to help the environment

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) replaced its ‘Smarter Driving’ programme with its new Ecodriving scheme on 1 April 2014.

The aim of this scheme is to encourage fleet drivers to reduce their fuel consumption and save costs.

EST will pay a subsidy to driver training companies and independent fleet trainers to deliver this training to their required standard.

If you’re a DVSA-registered fleet driver trainer, you can receive a subsidy from EST to deliver ‘Ecodriving’ training as long as you have done their ‘Train the trainer’ course.

Course format

You may follow the format of ‘Smarter Driving’ as a guide to delivering the course (8 drivers per day, 50 minutes each). If you prefer, you can build in EST’s requirements into longer duration training.

This means you can claim as much as £200 subsidy per training day (£25 x 8). You are still free to set your own prices.

Cost of the training

Fleet trainers wishing to claim subsidy payments need to attend an EST ‘Train-the-trainer’ course. The charge for this is £100 but as a fleet trainer, you don’t need to pay anything upfront, EST will just ask you to deduct £100 from the first invoice you send to them for subsidy payments.

To find out more

Please email Bob Saynor from EST at bob.saynor@est.org.uk or call 020 7222 0101.

New Online Licence Checking Service

A new online licence checking service will launch this summer enabling insurance companies to check on motoring convictions and penalty points of drivers before insuring.

Individual driving records of all British motorists will be put online which should reduce the amount of invalid insurance policies but could also be concerning for data security. Currently insurers can check individual driving records through the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), a government body but it proves to be expensive and time-consuming, so insurers ask drivers to declare their licence history and assume some drivers will either lie or make an honest mistake about the number of points on their licence.

The data held will confirm the type of licence held by the customer and how long they have held their licence, and specify any driving offences.

The ABI said seven of the top ten motor insurers had registered for the service so far, before an expected launch on July 14. Others are sceptical about the possible savings for motorists and concerned about data security, Julie Daniels of the comparison site comparethemarket.com said "I believe that there will be little material change in premiums until the initiative is taken up across the industry.” Malcolm Maycock, director of Licence Bureau, a licence-checking company, said "the main concern with any system has to be data security."

Separate online database for consumers

The DVLA will have a separate online database for consumers to check that their details are correct as they will not have access to the MyLicence system. This system, called View Driver Record, is being piloted by the DVLA and is due to launch next month. Any drivers who do not have access to the internet will be able to use a service where telephone operators will talk them through their driving information held online. This may be helpful for many motorists as sometimes licences do not get updated when points have been added if you have forgotten to send your licence in.

The migration of driving licence data online is part of the Government's digital agenda, which has been gradually moving services on to the internet.

The paper counterpart of a driving licence is due to be phased out by 2015 in favour of a photo-card licence. Plus the paper car tax discs are due to be scrapped from October this year.

Geraldine Ashton Green
By Geraldine Ashton Green
Thu, 10 Jul 2014

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