If you missed Monday’s online seminar you can view it here.  We had some nice comments from members, thank you very much!

As always, thanks to the committee for another informative online seminar on behalf of Wirral APDI.  Richard Gillmore

Great yet again guys. Keep up the fantastic work.  Maxine Siddall Hatton

Thank for encouraging me and other great help.

Andrew, brilliant to see you on such a great team there…!  Sonny Hussein

Thank you for the live. Very good information.  Emma Jane

Thank you Lynn Sue Andrew and Charles.. much appreciated.  Sam Ayesha

And we really enjoyed hearing what everyone’s doing to keep motivated and energised.   Keep it up!

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At 5pm tomorrow MPs will debate the extension of driving theory test certificates during the Covid-19 outbreak.  This is an Adjournment debate, determined by the Speaker.  You can watch it live by using this link.

There’s an article on the costs to learners of cancelled theory tests.

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DVSA have today sent out an update on ADI registration and qualifications.  This reads:

Because of coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions, we’ve published advice about what to do if:

• your ADI registration expires soon
• you were issued a trainee driving instructor licence in January 2021
• your trainee driving instructor licence expires soon
• you’re thinking about applying for a trainee driving instructor licence

Check the full guidance about ADI qualification and registration on GOV.UK.

Apologies for the broken link in the earlier newsflash, this has been corrected as above.  Thanks to Nat Reed for letting me know.

 

And a few more answers on members’ questions from DVSA –

I cannot work now as I am observing the government’s social distancing advice.   Will I be given an extension to my registration?

The registration fee is £300 for a four-year period.  DVSA has no statutory power to issue partial refunds nor extend registration beyond four years

Can I pay the fee in instalments?

Legislation specifies that the fee must be paid with the application and the £300 fee is specified in regulation, so I am sorry there is no legal provision to allow payment in instalments.

My registration lapses soon, but I am observing the government’s advice on social distancing.  Do I need to renew currently?

No, regulation provides that you can apply to re-register up to a year after your registration lapses without having to undergo the qualification process again.   When you decide to return to instruction you will need to provide an application, an up-to-date DBS (no older than 6 months) and pay the £300 fee.  You will need to register before you start providing paid instruction again.

However, if you have any motoring or non-motoring convictions that have not previously been considered, the Registrar will ask you about these before accepting your application.  You will not be able to provide paid instruction before your application is accepted.

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Governing Committee member Leigh Brookes tells us that he’s noticed on some ADI forums an increase in pyramid schemes enticing people to earn money from home.  These include some pyramid schemes and various Forex and Bitcoin Trading frauds.  These might seem attractive to some, but can we emphasise to people to do some proper research into any schemes or contact the FCA before signing up to anything.  Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who will prey on those in desperate situations and sadly social media has become a tool for them to use.