Membership Offer

Good news! You can now sample membership of the DIDU Association for three months - free of charge!

DIDU membership includes the following benefits:

  • Access to our forums
  • A monthly copy of our ePublication "Empower"
  • Representation with the DSA (during the trial period representation will be limited. Full details available upon request).

You will need a valid email address to take up this offer, and to be either a PDI or an ADI.

Apply now! Click here

Download DIDU's promotional leaflet here

New Drug-Drive Rules Come Into Force March 2nd 2015

New drug-drive legislation relating to
both illegal and prescription substances comes into force in England
and Wales on March 2nd 2015, a THINK! safety campaign has emphasised.

Purpose Of The Legislation

The purpose of the legislation is two-fold:

Firstly, it penalises those that risk lives by driving while impeded by
illegal substances such as cocaine and heroin. The Department for
Transport has stated that the legal limits are set at “very low levels”.

Secondly, it recognises that some prescription substances can – if
taken to excess or for illegitimate purposes – imped a driver's
ability. Legal limits are set to “exceed normal prescribed doses”.

Sensible Drivers Have Nothing To Fear

The Department for Transport claims there should be no legal concerns
for a motorist that takes prescription medicine “in accordance with the
advice of a healthcare professional and/or as printed in the
accompanying leaflet”. This assumes no impairment.

Driver's Record for Learner Drivers: your views needed

ADIs - we want to know what you think about this document, originally produced by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

Your comments will help us to review it and identify any areas for improvement. You have until Friday 6 March 2015 to do the survey.

Start now

If you have any problems opening the survey, please email

Abolition of the counterpart: Communications toolkit

Help support the abolition of the counterpart campaign by downloading our communications toolkit.

From 8 June 2015, the photocard licence counterpart will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.

To help raise awareness of the changes, a toolkit has been created that hosts a range of publicity materials such as web banners, an awareness video, editorial and images. If you run a website, produce a newsletter or have any other means of communicating to the public, then please feel free to download these materials and use in your communications.

Our campaign page is the main source of information for the public on abolition of the counterpart. If you choose to use the web banners then we would be grateful if you can arrange to make them link through to this page.

Industry stakeholders or commercial customers can keep up to date with the changes through our Inside DVLA blog on GOV.UK.

If you have any specific communication requirements or would like different resources please contact us at:

Go to the toolkit

Abolition of the counterpart webchat

DVLA will be hosting a webchat for stakeholders, commercial customers and suppliers on 18 February 2015 at 10.30am.

You can find more information about the webchat on our latest Inside DVLA blog post.

Theory test centres moving in Norwich and Bristol

The Norwich theory test centre will be at:
First Floor
69-75 Thorpe Road

from Wednesday 4th March 2015. The last day for tests at the old centre at St Cuthbert's house will be Wednesday 18 February

The Bristol theory test centre will be at:
Crescent Centre
Temple Back

from Monday 23 February 2015. The last day for tests at the old centre at Avonmouth will be Tuesday 17 February 2015

Improved instructor navigation on GOV.UK

From DVSA registrar Mark Magee 10-02-2015:
The navigation of services and information for instructors and trainers has been improved on GOV.UK.

Over 2,200 of you took part in an exercise to test the new navigation in November 2014. It’s helped us to refine the structure so that the services and information you need are in the places you’d expect to find it.
You can visit the new driving and motorcycle instructors section now. There’s also a link to it on the DVSA homepage.
If you have any feedback on the new navigation, use the ‘Is there anything wrong with this page?’ link on each page to send it to us.

Trade plates: a new design


Tax disc holders have been removed from trade plates

New trade plate design

If you use trade plates, please continue to display your current plate as it's still valid. You'll only need to request a new plate if it's been damaged.

DVLA will start to issue the new style trade plate once existing stock has been used.

Find out more information about trade plates.

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