Thanks to Willliam Davidson for joining our Scottish webinar last night. If you missed it you can catch it here. It was good to have William there, he is very helpful to ADIs and said some really nice things about them.

One question very much on everyone’s minds is the 16 week waiting times for theory tests. The situation from DVSA is:

We are doing all we can to offer more tests at our centres in Scotland by increasing their opening hours and running tests on extra days where possible.

However, DVSA has to deliver services within the guidance or legislation of the devolved nations. With the exception of Scotland all other nations have moved to a one metre Covid safe model allowing us to offer our customers in England and Wales more tests.

We continue to work with the Scottish Government but as a result of the 2 metre physical distancing restrictions in Scotland we are unable to increase the number of desks used to take tests.

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There will be an Association Meeting on Saturday 5 June. This will be held by Zoom and will be from 10am till 12 noon. Groups may send two representatives and platinum members may also attend. Please register in advance here. Please find the agenda for the meeting here.

We will have two speakers:

Presentation by Charles Moffat – Dealing with customer complaints

Presentation by John Rogers, Disability Driving Instructors – update on accommodating candidates with Special Needs

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Our road safety advisor, Graham Feest is now finding that a number of organisations seem to be returning to evening and weekend meetings in the autumn and his diary is beginning to fill up for that period and into next year. He is available to visit your Local Association and provide an interactive evening within the theme of Transport, Traffic, Safety and Roads and if you would like to have him attend your group then please make contact with him at graham@grahamfeest.com

Graham will attend your group and makes no charge for preparing, his travel time, any overnight accommodation which he may need or leading your evening. He does however seek to recover his travelling expenses at a mileage rate of 22p per mile (well below the recommended customs and revenue mileage rate) and will willingly give you an idea of that cost before any arrangements are made.

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Just a reminder that this is Mental Health Awareness week. There’s lots of help and information on this link.

A reminder that the fund is still open – both for donations and grant applications.

If you know someone who is struggling, please pass on the website information to them. Or they can email support@instructorfund.org for an application form. Don’t let them struggle alone!