AN online directory that makes it easier for learner drivers to find out about qualified instructors in their area has been welcomed by Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership.
The free directory – which has been launched by the Driving Standards Agency - is available on Directgov. It lists fully qualified driving instructors who have signed up to be listed, and allows users to search for the instructors closest to them by typing in their postcode.
Learners will also be able to see if an instructor has signed up to the DSA’s voluntary code of practice and if they are committed to continuing their professional development. The code of practice for instructors sets out the professional standards and business ethics expected of those working in the industry.
Partnership chairman Mike Ashworth said: “This new service will help parents and learner drivers who are looking for qualified instructors. We hope that it will allow people to make more informed choices about who they want to teach them to drive.”
Once qualified, approved instructors are tested regularly by DSA to ensure they are delivering the required standard of instruction, and are subject to ongoing enhanced criminal record checks. They display a green badge in their windscreen during lessons.
Trainee driving instructors are not listed in the directory. They can do a limited amount of teaching to gain experience but they must display a pink badge in their windscreen to indicate that they are not yet fully qualified.
Find driving instructors near you at www.direct.gov.uk/finddrivinginstructor