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Changes to Driving Test 7 April 2014

Changes to driving test 2014

As of Monday 7th April it will no longer be possible to use an interpreter for your Theory or Practical driving tests.

Theory test

Pass the practical Test

I want to inform my clients that later this year they will no longer be able to take either test using there non English language. I can however offer theory test training on line which can be adjusted so that the questions can be seen in any Google language. The system will talk to you in English to help you prepare for your test.

Theory Test ProI can help you prepare for your Practical test if you want to start by bringing an interpreter with you. By the time you reach test standard you will need to be able to respond to English directions.

I also want to also want to advise my clients and friends that as from 2013 all the European Driving Licenses are being combined so that in the future there will only be one license. As this develops it will mean that if a driver is banned in one country then they will be banned in the whole of Europe.

Because of this Insurance Companies are now verifying all driving licenses. This will mean when they ask to see an European license the can now verify it in the country of origin. They are now cancelling insurances policies because the information does not validate. I would recommend people who are unsure if there license is valid to take the English Driving License while they are in this country as it is valid all over Europe.


After Test Additional Training

I am offering 1 hours Additional Training after passing your test with me

After passing you driving test with me I am now offering an additional training of up to 1 hours in car training for free

Training after your test

Additional Training after your test

Once you have been out on your own I have been told some people find they become uncertain what to do in given situation. All my students are offered an extra 6 months access to my training note website which covers many of the post test questions.

As from 2014 I am now extending my training to offer my ex students an extra hours  additional training for free.

For those who have questions but were not trained by me or who are coming back to driving after a break I am offering Refresher Training. I am happy to assess what you are capable to do and give you the additional help you feel you might need to become an a confident driver

Rules for Supervising Learner Drivers

Supervising a Learner DriverWhen Supervising Learner Drivers.

Learning to drive has never been a cheap affair and most young drivers at some point or another resort to a few unofficial driving lessons with a friend or family member to get in some extra practice.

In fact, the Driving Standards Agency recommends that the average learner driver needs 47 lessons and 22 hours of private practice, so those hours spent driving under supervision are an essential part of a young driver’s training.

However, many supervising drivers are unaware of the legal responsibilities involved when they supervise learner drivers.

This is what the law requires of supervising learner drivers:

  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • You must have held a full driving licence for at least three years and your licence must apply to the type of vehicle in which you are the supervising driver

These requirements are to ensure you have adequate experience, knowledge and driving skills to advise and supervise a learner driver.

In addition:

  • It’s the supervisor’s responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is in a safe and roadworthy condition. As a supervisor, some of the most useful information you could impart to your student is how to conduct a roadworthiness inspection on a car. Make sure they can identify key parts of the car to help them in their driving test.
  • You must meet the legal minimum eyesight standards. This involves reading an old-style number plate in good light at a distance of 20.5 metres, or a new-style number plate from 20 metres. You must wear corrective glasses or contact lenses when supervising a learner driver.
  • You must ensure the car is displaying “L” Plates
  • You are deemed to be in control of the car when you are supervising a learner driver, so the same road traffic laws apply to you as to the driver, for example, not supervising a learner driver whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


You’re not likely to charge a family member if you supervise them during their practice drives, but what if a friend offers you payment to cover your time or tuition? Unless you are licensed as an approved instructor by the Driving Standards Agency, you must not accept payment for supervising a learner driver.


Sometimes tricky situations occur and the supervisor takes over from the learner driver, or perhaps the supervisor drives the car initially until they reach a quiet area in which to practice. The supervisor must be insured to drive the learner driver’s car, and vice versa if the learner driver is driving the supervisor’s car.

The Car

As with any other vehicle used on the roads, cars used for teaching learner drivers must be taxed and have a valid MOT.

Are you supervising a learner driver in their car or yours?

For information about car insurance for learner drivers, contact us for a quote.

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