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Driving instructors

England and Wales, Scotland
The law governing driving instruction is contained in Part V of the Road Traffic Act 1988, which covers the registration of driver instructors, examinations and tests of ability to give driving instruction, licences to give driving instruction, special requirements for disabled instructors and certain general provisions. See the Motor Cars (Driving Instruction) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/1902 (amended by SI 2005/2716; SI 2006/525; SI 2007/697; SI 2008/419; and SI 2009/844); and the Motor Cars (Driving Instruction) (Admission of Community Licence Holders) Regulations 1999, SI 1999/357.

Anyone who gives professional paid instruction in driving a vehicle must be registered as an Approved Driving Instructor or hold a trainee’s licence to give instruction.

Fit and proper test
An approved Driving Instructor or holder of a trainee’s licence must be fit and proper to give instruction. Decisions of the Registrar of the Driving Standards Agency to remove a person from the register of Approved Driving Instructors may be appealed to the First- tier Tribunal. Decisions of the Registrar and the Tribunal may be accessed via the Tribunals Judiciary website

The Road Safety Act 2006 made changes to the law but these provisions have not yet been brought into force.

Further information is available from the DSA approved driving instructor branch

Northern Ireland
Visit the NI Driver and Vehicle Agency



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