If you’re going to be having driving lessons, you want to ensure that you are having them legally. Here are the top tips for driving lessons from the DSA:
– Paying anybody to teach you to drive is regarded as a driving lesson – it is therefore illegal for anyone to accept money to teach you to drive unless they are an ADI or a trainee driving instructor, as these are regulate by the DSA. These can be easily recognised – An ADI will display a green badge on the front of their car, a trainee instructor will display a pink one.
– Friends and/or relatives are also allowed to teach you to drive, provided they do not accept money for this. However to be legally allowed to teach someone to drive, you must:
– Be 21 years of age or over.
– Be in possession of the correct license for the vehicle they are teaching you in.
– Have owned a driving license for 3 years or more.
– If you are found to be driving without this aforementioned correct supervision, you are liable for fines of up to £1,000, and you will get 3 to 6 penalty points on your provisional license – not the best start to your driving experience.
– It is also illegal for any driving instructor – DSA regulated or not – to use a mobile phone whilst supervising you.
– You must prominently display ‘L’ plates on both the front and rear end of your vehicle. This is a ‘D’ plate in Wales.
Follow this advice, and hopefully your lessons will go by without a hitch.
Safe driving from Britannia!
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