Announcement from the PCS Union this evening:

DVSA strike action suspended

Following intensive talks with senior management at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency we have suspended our planned strike action which was due to take place from Thursday to Sunday (8-11 February).”

You can read the full release by clicking here

 

Join the three heads of ADINJC, DIA and MSA, who together also form the leadership team of the National Associations Strategic Partnership (the recognised steering group for the driver and rider training industry), for a special webinar on Thursday 16th November  – and quite literally ask us anything!

When: Thursday 16th November, 18.00HWhere: Online. Click here to sign up  After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.In this session we’ll share any updates we have on how the DVSA’s efforts to deliver more driving tests is going, as well as any wider industry, road safety or motoring developments we think may be useful to driver and rider trainers to know.But more importantly, this will be a session aimed at letting our members ask us any questions about driver and rider training, testing, licensing –  or on any topic that’s relevant to the profession. Take advantage of the combined expertise, experience and insights of the NASP team, plus share your views with us and let us tap into your insights!We look forward to catching up with you all.

Scam Alert from DVLA

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is warning motorists to watch out for scam emails and tests.  Scammers impersonating the DVLA have been targeting motorists in recent weeks with attempts to gather personal and financial details from them.

Our Chair, Charles Moffat received one himself this morning.  It said -VLA.  We kindly request your cooperation in verifying your driver’s licence recrds as part of our routine check.  Complete this over at:

action.govukdvla.com.

At first glance this may look genuine, as it has govuk in the link.  BUT the official details are GOV.UK

Please be vigilant and always check before clicking on links.

planned maintenance

Some of our online services will not be available tonight (Thursday 2 November) from 6pm to midnight.

All of our driver services systems will be unavailable to staff and customers.

Holding pages will be added to each external facing system and will explain when the systems will be available again.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note – you will still be able to book and manage theory tests.

Show 217.  Please find show 217 of Dipod.  In this show we are reflecting on the ADINJC Conference & Expo ’23 with Intelligent Instructor.  As always Peter, Elliot & Nick bring the thoughts of the day, along with interviews with DVSA, TSO, Richard, and Charles Chairman of the ADINJC.

Sit back take a listen and by all means let the three of them have your feedback.

Take care out there.

What is the T in TSO again? Lol.  listen and find out.

www.dipod.co.uk

Dipod is sponsored by the ADINJC, so we thank them for that.  Do not forget to join a national ADI Association or a local one.

As one of the ADINCJ founders said 50 years ago “better to belong & not need it, than need it & not belong”

See you on the roundabout.

There will be a members’ meeting on Saturday 2 December at the Holiday Inn Coventry CV2 2HP.

We have some great guests that we are very happy to welcome – firstly James Gibson, Executive Director Road Safety GB will talk about the Road Safety GB Ageing Driver CPD course – there are some fully funded free places!

Then the popular Kev and Tracey Field will help us to understand why it’s important that ADIs take an interest in neurodiversity and its links to anxiety.

This promises to be an excellent meeting, please find the Agenda here.

You are welcome to attend but must register your interest by email to secretary@adinjc.org.uk as numbers will be limited.

From today (25 January) driving examiners will begin to wear body worn cameras to help tackle an increase in abuse.

We’ve taken this decision due to an increase in unacceptable violent and abusive incidents against driving examiners since testing restarted after the pandemic restrictions.

Although the most recent figures show incidents of abuse have dropped since, they still remain on course to be higher than before the pandemic.

When the cameras will be used

The cameras will be an essential part of uniform, for examiners’ safety.

They will only be switched on if the examiner feels threatened or to capture inappropriate behaviour. The footage, where appropriate, will be used to prosecute offenders if abuse occurs.

The cameras cannot be used to dispute a candidate’s test result.

Letting your pupils know

Please inform your pupils and candidates that they will start to see examiners wearing body cameras.

Please remind them of the serious consequences of abusing an examiner, which might include cancelled tests or even prosecution.

Body worn cameras are not new to DVSA, our enforcement examiners tackling road-side issues have worn them for several years.

There is no doubt that the cost-of-living crisis has worsened people’s experience of anxiety, and even triggered anxiety in people who are usually calm and collected. With no clear end in sight, people across the country are panicking about their finances.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to turn to healthy coping mechanisms in these times, and therefore many people have found themselves withdrawing from their loved ones, not sleeping, and using substances as a way to escape the current situation.

61% of people who are drinking more alcohol this year have admitted that the cost-of-living crisis was the main trigger for them (1). They are relying on the temporary high they get from alcohol to carry them through this challenging time, and this often results in addiction.

Very few Brits are immune to the stress caused by the cost-of-living crisis, given that it is affecting so many areas of our lives, i.e., household bills, transport, and food prices (2). Even if you try to keep your spending low, you are inevitably going to take a hit from the rising costs in the UK (3).

However, our infographic looks at who is the most concerned about this crisis. As you will see, the most vulnerable to anxiety are people on a low income, people aged between 30-69, disabled people, people with a dependent child, unemployed people, and people who are divorced or separated, and women (4).

 

 

 

 

 

References

[1] Warning of ‘human catastrophe’ as more turn to drink and drugs to ‘numb stress’ of cost of living https://news.sky.com/story/warning-of-human-catastrophe-as-more-turn-to-drink-and-drugs-to-numb-stress-of-cost-of-living-12739717[2] Cost of living: How do food prices in your shopping basket compare to last year as inflation bites? https://www.itv.com/news/2022-08-17/which-four-items-in-your-shopping-basket-are-hitting-your-wallet-hardest[3]  Read more at alcohol rehab page.[3] Women more vulnerable to cost-of-living crisis, according to new report https://group.legalandgeneral.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/women-more-vulnerable-to-cost-of-living-crisis-according-to-new-report

 

Changes to the terms and conditions for using our Online Business Service (OBS) are now live. This means that the next time you sign in to OBS, you’ll be required to agree to the terms and conditions before using the service.

To give you more insight into the updates, Lianne Parkinson, Head of Driver Policy tells you more about:

• the new terms and conditions for OBS  • our review of the test booking system • the results of the survey we ran for businesses.

Read the full blog post on Despatch.

Take control of your Standards Check or Part 3 assessment preparation.

Often people wait until they receive the email from the DVSA to drop into their inbox before they prepare for their assessment. This approach puts the DVSA in control of when your preparation starts.

You can take back control from the DVSA by attending CPD courses such as the ones below.

Start the year in control, book one of the courses below.

Tuesday 17th January 2023

Standards Check Workshop – fewer than 50% of spaces left

Holiday Inn Birmingham M6 J7 Chapel Lane, Great Barr, Birmingham, B43 7BG

The workshop will leave you feeling more confident and prepared and our expert trainers who are themselves ADIs will be there to help guide and support you throughout the day. Your workshop is an opportunity to meet fellow ADIs and take time for yourself to consider and improve your teaching ready for your standards check

£99 members £120 lite members

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Monday 13th & Monday 27th February

6-8pm online

Standards Check & Part 3 Made Easy with Lynne & Andrew

The aim of this course is to demonstrate how the 17 competencies are linked, looking at what is done at the beginning of the lesson links to the middle & end. It will be split into 2 x 2-hour sessions, delivered via Zoom.

£60 members £75 lite members

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Tuesday 28 February 2023

Standards Check Workshop

Holiday Inn Winchester Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, SO21 1HZ

The workshop will leave you feeling more confident and prepared and our expert trainers who are themselves ADIs will be there to help guide and support you throughout the day. Your workshop is an opportunity to meet fellow ADIs and take time for yourself to consider and improve your teaching ready for your standards check.

£99 premium members, £120 lite members

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Tuesday 14 March 2023

Essential Teaching Skills Workshop with Lynne Barrie & Andrew Love

Holiday Inn Corby-Kettering, Geddington Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN18 8ET

£99 premium members £120 lite members

The session is designed to enhance your teaching skills to get the best from you student. The workshop is suitable for both ADIs & PDIs

The skills that will be discussed are

Lynne Barrie & Andrew Love are the session leaders for this event, both have extensive experience delivering training to ADI & PDI’s, particularly with the SC & Part 3. Both are ORDIT trainers and well known in the industry for their knowledge in this area.

They have observed many Part 2, 3, Standards Check & ORDIT assessments carried out by the DVSA, which helps ADIs & PDIs to prepare for their test.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Feedback from previous Standards Check workshops

What did you enjoy about the session?

Gave a good overview of the SC, held in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The openness of everyone and the style of the trainer.

Friendly approach , great involvement and active my goals .

What did you learn from the session?

To ask the pupil more detailed questions and be willing to pull up more often!

To ask more about the pupil’s choice. To use more probing and funnel questions.

Risk Management and how to achieve goal of higher score .

I just wanted to say thank you for coming “up north” to run the course today. I really enjoyed it and will benefit from taking snippets to adjust my lessons and be Standards Check ready, hopefully. I thought your approach to the day with your questioning style snd coaching was very clever and informative at the same time.

It is good that you and ADINJC have listened and taken the time to come up north, as most training sessions and conferences from the 3 main associations seem to take place in the midlands or further south. I hope this is the first of many in the future.

If you register as a premium member then you will get the cheaper price for our courses – and it’s only £4 a month to be a premium member with all the benefits that brings.  Have a look at what the benefits are here.