The Driving Instructors Association (DIA) has met with Mike Penning, road safety minister, to discuss issues including integrating Pass Plus and motorway driving into the learning-to-drive syllabus.
The DIA is also recommending that driving tests should only be allowed once instructors are confident that candidates have sufficient experience to drive on all the types of road they could encounter when they have a full licence.
The DIA also pointed out that there is no formal training syllabus for potential ADIs to work to, and suggested that there should be a prescribed syllabus to prevent customers wasting their money.
Steve Garrod, DIA general manager, said: “Mike Penning seemed very open to the DIA’s suggestions and appreciative of the association’s desire to improve road safety through better driver training.
“We’re especially heartened with the minister’s belief that learner drivers need to be taught to drive rather than simply pass the test, and his concerns over the trainee licence scheme.”
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