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Month: December 2015

The British government has launched a Road safety statement: working together to build a safer road system

Motorway GMThe proposals cover a wide range of road safety measures and are designed to ensure learner drivers are properly prepared before their test, including the chance to gain motorway experience with an approved driving instructor. The proposals include:

  • learners allowed to take a motorway driving lesson with an approved driving instructor in a dual controlled car – this is designed to make drivers safer once they have passed their test
  • a £2 million in-depth research programme will be launched to identify the best possible driver education, training and behaviour-change interventions for learner and novice drivers
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Cashback – or should it be a buy one, get one free offer?

MSS2.emfThe Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a new consultation document, entitled Motoring Services Strategy: a Strategic Direction 2016 to 2020.

The document concentrates on the possibilities of changes to the ways that the three motoring agencies, the DVLA, DVSA and VCA, work individually today and, perhaps, could work together in the future. The document was published before the 2015 Spending Review so does not include a formal impact assessment. DfT intends to publish a new motoring services strategy in Spring with an impact assessment.

The consultation asks a number of questions under five headings Digital; Efficiency; Agency Transformation and Deregulation. There are half a dozen questions directly related to road safety and others that are relevant to driver trainers.

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Spiralling waiting times

QueuesIt seems a little strange for DfT to release a consultation about driver testing when examiners are taking strike action and working to rule, while L-test waiting times at some test centres are stretching out towards next Easter.

The MSA is lobbying the DVSA, the DfT, the Government minister responsible for driving tests and the shadow minister for transport over this issue: we have also made contact with MPs from all parties.

The MSA has made clear that the situation regarding test waiting times is totally unacceptable, as are the differential waiting times around the country, and that this is having a huge effect on the ability of driver trainers to prepare pupils for the test.

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