The DVSA says that learner drivers will benefit from improvements to its online driving instructor search service.
The ‘find driving schools, lesson and instructors’ service, launched in 2011, has details of 26,000 DVSA approved driving instructors.
Only fully-qualified driving instructors – who have passed enhanced criminal record checks and had their ability to teach assessed to a set standard – are allowed to have their details shown on the service.
Announced yesterday (28 August), the improvements include new search filters to allow learners to find instructors who choose to display the grade awarded to them by DVSA.
Instructors can now add links to their driving school website – something the DVSA says makes it easy for learner drivers to quickly compare and check the type of car used and lesson prices.
Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.
“It’s vital to choose the best approved driving instructor for you. They’ll help you learn the essential skills, knowledge and understanding you need to drive safely once you’ve passed your driving test.
“Making sure learner drivers have access to information that helps them choose the best instructor for their needs is part of our strategy to help you stay safe on Britain’s roads.”
Carly Brookfield, chief executive of the Driving Instructors Association, said: “We’re pleased to see DVSA working to improve consumer information about the process of learning to drive.
“The latest developments to the find a driving school, lesson and instructor service will help consumers to make more informed choices – and driver trainers to promote their professionalism.”
Category: Driver training.