Please see below for some of my latest news!
Due to the upward spiralling costs of fuel, coupled with the highest insurance premiums ever recorded, it has become necessary to increase the cost of my block booking discounts by 50p per hour. Although modest and unlikely to affect anyone, it does mean that all my students will continue to benefit from higher levels of service and a longer time spent actually driving. Whereas other instructors keep their costs low by ensuring their students do as little driving and as much ‘theory’ as possible, this does not give you the best chance of passing first time. Hopefully as...read more..
Ballot on industrial action by Unite fuel tanker drivers Following a ballot by the union Unite, fuel tanker drivers have voted to undertake strike action. The government has condemned this potentially disruptive action and urged both sides to negotiate a settlement to avoid strike action. Fuel supplies There is currently no problem with fuel supplies. But if a strike were to go ahead, supplies of fuel to some, but not all, forecourts across the UK could be affected. The government is able to take a number of steps to minimise disruption, in particular to make sure the emergency services...read more..
More driving test candidates to benefit from better local services Driving test candidates across the country are set to benefit from a more convenient service as the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) extends a trial exploring a new approach to test delivery. As well as using conventional driving test centres, the DSA has been looking at whether practical driving tests can be delivered from other venues such as local authority buildings, hotels or leisure centres. This new approach is currently being trialled at eight locations, and following positive feedback from candidates and instructors, the DSA now plans to extend the...read more..
A £1.2 million THINK! campaign urging drivers to see the person behind the motorcycle helmet was launched today by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning. The TV adverts will show bikers with flashing neon signs attached to their bikes. The signs show the rider’s name and information about them such as ‘shy retiring type’ or ‘new dad’. The voiceover at the end asks drivers to look out for motorcyclists next time they are out driving. The campaign was informed by research showing that drivers are more likely to notice motorcyclists on the roads if they...read more..
Take a look at early tests of computer-generated hazard perception clips The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) wants you to have a look at samples of new hazard perception clips that have been computer generated. Peter Weddell-Hall, DSA’s head of e-assessment, says: “The clips are early prototypes. DSA aims to bring these computer-generated clips into the theory test by the end of 2013. It means DSA can introduce hazards that would be hard to film safely – particularly those involving vulnerable road users.” History The current clips were introduced into the theory test in November 2002....read more..
Motorists are set for improvements in customer service from garages under a package of transparency and value-for-money measures unveiled today by Transport Secretary Justine Greening. An evaluation of existing MOT test standards and frequency took account of the views and evidence offered by a wide range of organisations. In particular, it considered data from Department for Transport executive agency VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) showing that more than a quarter (27.7 per cent) of vehicles tested in 2010-2011 had one or more car defects that were either missed by MOT test centres or incorrectly assessed. The VOSA data also showed...read more..
Just to let those interested know, the Toyota has been SOLD. Thanks to those that asked about it! CAR FOR SALE - Toyota Aygo Black Ltd Ed. 2007 Registered. 29,000 miles. 1.0 VVTi Petrol. Full Toyota Service History. Remote central locking, mp3 CD player, electric windows. Roof Spoiler. Alloys. Very clean inside and out. Those who know me well know how much I love this little car and how much I've looked after it. 12 months TAX. 12 months MOT. 12 months service left. Brand new discs and pads up front. Group 1 insurance. - Extremely cheap to insure! 65mpg combined. 78mpg on a...read more..
Better testing for better drivers From Monday 23 January, the driving theory test will no longer use pre-published questions in a move to stop candidates from learning answers by rote. Until now all the questions used in the driving theory test have been published. These changes will mean that learner drivers and riders gain a better understanding of driving theory, because they can no longer rely on simply learning which options are correct for individual questions. Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: “By bringing a stop to publication of theory test questions we aim to encourage candidates to prepare by...read more..
For all those looking to start now we're in the New Year, I am currently taking New Starters from the 9th February! If you're interested, get in touch as there are only a few slots left. With the light mornings and evenings coming in, I'm currently looking for some more early starters to start that week. Remember, training around your work or school commitments is easy, and can even save you time. Once the first couple of lessons are out of the way, we can arrange to pick up at home and finish at work / school. Or...read more..
From 23 January 2012 the theory test will be made up of multiple-choice questions which are no longer published in learning materials. The reason behind the move is to stop candidates from simply memorising theory test questions and answers and learning by rote. Revision materials still available New official driving and riding theory books were published in September 2011 to help candidates prepare for the test and for life on the road. The new books contain: new sections of text for motorcyclists, a free e-book for car drivers and full references throughout to help candidates learn and revise questions and answers...read more..