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The Voice of MSA GB

Issue 335 • December 2020

Christmas

Greetings

Best wishes to all MSA GB

members and their families,

from the Chairman and the

Board of Management.

Our head office will close on

Thursday, December 24 and

reopen on Monday, January 4.

Trainers and

testers back

on the roads

See pg 8-9

COVER STORY

The future

of testing...

As digital tech expert takes over at

DVSA, will VR transform theory tests?

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from the Chairman and the

Board of Management.

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At the end of a horrible year,

let’s hope for glad tidings in ’21

Colin Lilly

Editor, Newslink

I began writing this editorial the day after

the last issue was published (October

31). It was becoming clear then that

another national lockdown was looming

– as it proved. Deja vu for driver trainers.

I confess at that point I felt a lot of

anger towards the large number of people

who have disregarded the restrictions

simply to pursue their usual behaviour,

and in turn feel justified by the

conspiracy theorists’ statements.

Government praise for the efforts of the

‘Great British People’ are difficult to

swallow when there are clearly many

who do not follow the rules.

Two days later our fears were realised

when it was confirmed that, once again,

driver training and testing would be

suspended for at least a month.

It did seem strange that in the south

west, driver training was stopping just as

training 15 miles away across the Severn

estuary, in areas with much higher

infection rates, it was starting up again.

So much for all being in this together.

I have received a much larger than

normal number of enquiries from

potential learners recently. This indicates

the level of frustration among those

wishing to drive. What ray of hope can

we give them?

I know that most of you will have been

behaving very responsibly and if you are

following guidelines, are creating a safe

learning environment while working

under potentially risky circumstances.

Keep up the good work. I suspect there

are few other professions that can claim

to provide as safe an environment.

As I finish this piece (November 23)

the confirmation of the end of the second

lockdown has been confirmed, to be

replaced by an enhanced three tier

system. What that means to driver

training and testing remains to be seen.

Personally, I cannot wait to roll my

sleeve up for a vaccine. If it happens that

the conspiracy theorists are right, and I

am injected with a microchip, could it be

much worse?

But as we approach the end of this

horrendous year, probably the worst ever

for driver training since the Second World

War, let’s try and celebrate, but not

forget those that did not make it.

Celebrate safely and perhaps we can

look forward to next year; possibly a

holiday or a complete family Christmas

2021. Without that care, the

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The future

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COVER STORY

As digital tech expert takes over at

DVSA, will VR transform theory tests?

Christmas

Greetings

Best wishes to all MSA GB

members and their families,

Our head office will close on

Thursday, December 24 and

reopen on Monday, January 4.

Trainers and

testers back

on the roads

We work for a l Driver Trainers. Want to join? See pg 47 for a special introductory o fer

repercussions of 2020 will be felt for a

very long year.

Wishing you and your families a very

happy Christmas and an improved New

Year. Look forward with the hope of a

better year ahead.

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So long, 2020: Don’t call us, we’ll call you

Peter Harvey mbe

National Chairman

MSA GB

Well, here we are at the end of 2020,

and thank goodness for that, I hear you

all say.

This has got to have been the worst

year I have had in my 43 years in the

profession thanks to Covid-19. However,

let’s try to look on the positive side and to

the future; it seems the new vaccines to

combat the virus are going to be available

around the time you are reading this

edition so, hopefully by late spring or

early summer, we can all look forward to

fewer restrictions and consequently a

better and healthier 2021.

At the time of writing this, the leaders

of our four nations had just announced a

relaxation of rules to allow some more

contact with our families and friends

between December 23rd and 27. I am

sure that will be most welcome to most of

us, but we must still be careful and look

after each other.

I would just like to end the year by

thanking our team at head office, our area

committees, Newslink editors and, of

course, the publishing team for all their

hard work in keeping you all updated on

the many changes we have had to adjust

to this year.

I’d also like to thank you, our members,

for your continued support through a

time, which I know, has been really

challenging for most of you. We have had

many positive responses to the work we

have done during 2020, and I’m glad it

has been appreciated.

I will sign off by wishing you all a very

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

however you may decide to celebrate it.

Just remember: Let’s do it carefully –

and look forward to a better 2021.

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Inside this issue

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News

The waiting room is... open!

DVSA announces the re-opening of

more waiting rooms – page 6

Covid-19 update: the latest

position for ADIs

Driver training and testing is back on

the roads – page 8

Former digital tech chief to

lead the DVSA

Loveday Ryder is the DVSA’s new Chief

Executive – page 10

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PACTS report reveals biggest

danger vehicle on the roads...

... And surprisingly, it’s not a passenger

car! – page 12

Road safety updates

High-mileage drivers still happy to

speed... but the tailgating message

might be getting through – page 14

Smart motorways...

... still leave the motoring public

confused, says report – page 16

We love our cars again!

The pandemic has reinforced the UK’s

love of its cars and knocked back the

appeal of public transport – page 22

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Features

Johnson’s green agenda threatens

to melt away ICE appeal

Are you ready to ditch buying a new diesel or

petrol car as early as 2030? What impact

will the Prime Minister’s new green motoring

agenda have on ADIs? – page 18

How about a little bit of ‘R-A-R’

Steve Garrod on the wisdom of learning that

receives, apply and reuses – page 28

Time to ditch the L-test

One ADI has an interesting idea... – page 30

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Regional

Life must go on... it says so in the regs!

East Midlands – page 33

North West – and some lessons from the past – page 33

Another spanner in the works...

Scotland – page 36

Theory test certificate holders losing out

West Midlands – page 38

South East – new chair takes helm – page 39

Graduated licences: A good chance missed

Western – page 40

Q& A... with Kris Ford

A little bit of back story from Western member – page 42

Manual or automatic?

The inspiration of youth helps Rod Came

gear up to learn something new – page 32

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News

DVSA takes waiting rooms open to over 100

Following the successful reopening of 28

driving test centre waiting rooms at the

end of October and in November, the

DVSA announced a further 93 waiting

rooms will re-open on Friday, December 4.

The availability of waiting rooms will

be kept under review in line with any

further national or local restrictions.

ADIs using the waiting rooms must

follow waiting room guidance (below),

which is also on GOV.UK.

The number of people allowed in each

waiting room will depend on its size, and

the maximum number will be shown on

a sign on the door.

What are the rules for using waiting

rooms?

Pupils are not allowed in test centre

waiting rooms. However, they may still

use the toilet where provided and the

examiner will still meet you and your

pupil at the vehicle.

If your local test centre is in the latest

roll-out you will receive an email from

the DVSA to explain the measures that

have been put in place to help keep

everyone waiting at the site safe.

These measures will include:

• wearing face covering at all times

inside the waiting room

• recording a visit by scan the QR

code and ‘check in’ or recording it on a

paper log

• asking visitors to wipe down touch

points when they enter the waiting room

and before they leave

Your safety and that of candidates and

staff is a priority and the DVSA is

working to safely open up other waiting

rooms around the country. You can

provide feedback on the Covid-secure

procedures in waiting rooms at

waitingroom.feedback@dvsa.gov.uk.

Who’s open? Full list of DTCs

where waiting rooms are open

Test centres marked with an

asterisk* re-open on Friday,

December 4; rest are open now

Aberdeen North

Aberystwyth

Airdrie

Alness

Alnwick*

Aylesbury*

Banbury*

Barnet*

Barnstaple*

Basildon*

Berwick Upon Tweed*

Beverley*

Bletchley*

Bodmin*

Bolton*

Borehamwood*

Brentwood*

Bristol Avonmouth*

Burton On Trent*

Caernarfon GVTS

Cambridge Brookmount Court

Cambridge Hardwick*

Canterbury*

Cardington*

Chelmsford*

Chertsey*

Chesterfield

Chichester*

Chippenham*

Clacton On Sea*

Colchester*

Coventry*

Culham LGV*

Darlington LGV*

Darlington

Dudley*

Elgin

Enfield LGV*

Enfield*

Exeter LGV*

Farnborough*

Galashiels

Garretts Green

Gateshead*

Gillingham GVTS

Gillingham*

Glasgow Baillieston

Glasgow Shieldhall

Greenham*

Guildford - car testing*

Guildford - vocational building*

Haddington

Hastings*

Herne Bay*

Hexham*

High Wycombe *

Hither Green*

Hornchurch*

Inverness

Inverness

Ipswich*

Isleworth*

Kirkham LGV*

You can keep on top of

which waiting rooms are

re-opening at

Lancing*

Lee On The Solent*

Leicester Wigston*

Letchworth*

Livingston GVTS

Lowestoft*

Ludlow*

Macclesfield*

Maidstone

Melton Mowbray*

Mitcham*

Newbury*

Newport Gwent

Newtown

Norris Green *

Norwich Jupiter Road*

Nottingham Chilwell *

Oswestry *

Pembroke Dock

Peterhead

Pinner*

Portsmouth*

Preston*

Rookley LGV*

Rugby*

Salisbury*

Sevenoaks*

Sheffield Handsworth*

Shrewsbury*

DVSA DTC waiting

rooms update here

Skegness*

Slough*

South Yardley*

Southampton Botley LGV*

Speke*

St. Albans*

Stafford*

Sunderland*

Swindon LGV*

Swindon

Taunton*

Telford*

Tilbury*

Uxbridge*

Walton LGV*

Warwick *

Watford*

Wednesbury*

Weedon*

Whitby*

Wick

Widnes

Wood Green*

Worcester*

Workington*

Worksop*

Wrexham

Yeading*

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News

Covid update: the complete picture

After days of prevarication and rumours

of behind the scenes rows between the

Cabinet Office, the Health & Safety

Executive, the Department for Transport

and the DVSA, it was finally agreed just

24 hours before England’s second

lockdown officially finished that ADIs

could resume driver training, and the

DVSA to restart testing. The ruling covers

all tiers in England; the situation in

Wales and Scotland is outlined right.

The delay in informing ADIs of such a

crucial decision affecting their livelihoods

was described by MSA GB national

chairman Peter Harvey as “shocking,

unprofessional and deeply worrying.”

“The Prime Minister said that

lockdown was ending on December 2

back on November 23, so I am baffled

as to why it took the DVSA a further

week to confirm that driving tests and

training could begin again,” said Peter.

“We have sent the DVSA a number of

questions on our members’ behalf over

the delay, but the poor communication

we have all received in the last week is

top of the list.”

Peter added: “The lack of prior notice

for the recommencement of tests and

failure to build in time for learners to get

practice in before their tests makes

testing a lottery. Many of our pupils will

not be test ready after a month off the

road, unless they have been able to have

private practice as part of their usual

journeys to and from college or work.

“However, if you have pupils who have

been keeping up with private practice in

THE OFFICIAL POSITION - ENGLAND

Lockdown restrictions expired at 00.01am, December 2. After that all categories

of training can restart, in all tiers.

Driving tests recommenced on December 2 and tests are now available to book

online if an instructor feels they have candidates who are ready to take the test.

In Tier 3 areas of England the number of tests will be reduced to five tests a day

to help lessen examiners’ exposure; the first test of the day will not be available.

However, examiners in Tiers 1 & 2 will continue to conduct six tests a day.

The DVSA is looking into ways of reducing the long waiting lists at test centres

across the country and will give an update on that soon.

The updates to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all test categories

have also been published and are included below.

IN WALES

At the moment all driving lessons and motorcycle training can take place, and all

categories driving tests can be booked. However, this situation is likely to change

this week: see the MSA GB website for details.

IN SCOTLAND

Driving lessons and motorcycle training can take place in council areas in local

Covid protection levels of 0-3. You must not carry out driving lessons or

motorcycle training in council areas in protection level 4, unless it is with

someone from your household. You must not travel out of Level 4 to teach

somewhere else. More information on the Covid-19 local protection levels and

where your authority sits in them can be found at:

www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/

Those areas currently in Level 4 will have their status revised on December 11.

lockdown and are ready for not just the

test but independent driving as a whole

and have a justifiable need to be licensed

more immediately, it is worth checking

the system to see if you can secure one

of these tests test slots for them.”

He was also concerned that the

chaotic situation would encourage pupils

who were not fully prepared for their

L-test to just turn up and have a go in

the hope of scraping a pass.

But that situation “doesn’t suggest a

very professional set-up, does it?” said

Peter. “I thought we had gone past the

days when pupils took a test hoping to

fluke a pass, but without doubt that is

what many pupils will be looking at

doing this week.”

Standard Operating Procedures... the latest guidance

Driving Test SOP

Motorcycle Test SOP

Driving test

SOP

Motorcycle

test SOP

Vocational Test SOP

Vocational

test SOP

ADI Part 2 Test

ADI Part

2 Test

ADI Part 3 Tests and Standard Checks

Part 3s,

Standard

Checks

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Examiner advice

for L-tests

The DVSA has shared with NASP the

latest advice to examiners. The

information contained here will help you

prepare your pupils for their tests

Back to work for most ADIs: but

DVSA has questions to answer

The DVSA held a webinar with

members of NASP on Wednesday, 2nd

December. During this session a

number of questions were directed to

senior DVSA staff members.

n Why has it taken so long for

communications on the ending of this

second lockdown in England taken so

long to be settled?

n The DVSA had four weeks of

lockdown during which it could

contingency plan what a tiered

approach would look like and make

provision for when this period ended:

why was this not done earlier and

communicated to ADIs?

n How are ADIs expected to be able

to manage a diary and a business on

this short a notice?

n Why ADIs weren’t allowed to go

back to work one to two weeks early to

help prepare learners for tests in early

December?

n Why has the DfT ruled it is not safe

on road safety grounds to extend theory

certificates but it’s OK to allow pupils to

go for a L-test with no period of

refresher training beforehand and

with only one day’s notice?

Wear a face covering in Scotland

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n Will DVSA offer any compensation

to people for loss of earnings due to

their failure to communicate early

enough?

n How do we manage expectations

and communication of possible test

slots available; will all the slots

available be utilised?

n Will DVSA continue to refund test

fees on short notice cancellations and

across the categories?

n Why have some test centre staff

briefed local ADIs about this situation

before it was officially released?

n Some ADIs want temperature

checks of examiners before they get in

their car. Why is this not being allowed?

n Will examiners be prioritised for

vaccinations, and what is DVSA policy

on refusal? If examiners do get priority,

will DVSA put forward a case for

instructors to be treated the same?

n What strategies do DVSA have for

catching up on the backlog of tests?

n Can we have an update on Part 2,

3 and Standards Checks, Riders &

Vocational training and testing: what’s

happening with them?

To watch the webinar, click here

In Scotland, ADIs and pupils must wear face coverings during driving lessons

and practice sessions. If you do not wear a face covering, you must have a good

reason, eg:

• you have a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability

• wearing it would cause you severe distress

• you and the person you’re teaching live in the same household

Wearing glasses does not count as a good reason. You can be fined £60 if you

do not wear a face covering.

Vehicle ventilation

n The car must have the windows open

throughout the test. Candidates are

advised to wear clothing suitable for the

weather.

n At least two windows on opposite

sides of the car must be open throughout

the test. Any combination of windows

can be opened, for example, one from

the front and back.

n In bad weather, you do not need to

open the windows so far that it makes

the inside of your car overly wet.

Vehicle cleanliness

You must clean the inside of your car

before your test. This means:

n tidying any unnecessary items away

from the dashboard, footwells, door

pockets, cup holders and seats.

n wiping down the dashboard and car

controls and touchpoints such as door

handles and seat belt controls

The examiner will do an additional clean

of some surfaces.

Completing insurance and residency

declaration

n Pupils will be able to fill out an

insurance and residency declaration and

have their licence checked inside the car

in bad weather.

n Please tell your pupils to bring a pen

with them to complete the paperwork.

Examiners will only offer a pen if they do

not have one, which will be wiped with

an anti-viral wipe on return.

For more information:

NASP has all the latest and

updated guidance here

(click button right)

On theory tests

(click button right)

L- tests

(click button right)

Instructor guidance

(click button right)

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News

Former digital technology chief to head DVSA

Loveday Ryder will become the DVSA’s

Chief Executive on January 1 2021, after

current chief Gareth Llewellyn steps

down.

Department for Transport Permanent

Secretary Bernadette Kelly said: “I’m

delighted to welcome Loveday to the

department.

“The DVSA’s work affects everyone in

the country, and Loveday’s wide

range of business change

and performance

improvement experience

will be invaluable in

helping the agency

overcome the

operational challenges

created by the impact of

the coronavirus pandemic.

“I would like to express my

thanks to Gareth Llewellyn for his

immense contribution as Chief Executive,

and wish him every success for the

future.”

Ms Ryder joins from BPDTS Ltd,

where she was CEO. BPDTS provides

specialist digital technology services to

the Department for Work and Pensions.

Previously she spent 12 years in the

Ministry of Justice, where she

successfully served in several senior

roles in organisation design, change

management and programme

delivery.

Ms Ryder said: “I’m thrilled

to be joining DVSA, whose

people are so passionate about

helping everyone stay safe on

Britain’s roads.

“I want to help build on the

successes already achieved through

DVSA’s 5-year strategy. DVSA will

continue to change, improve and

modernise services for customers,

embrace smarter ways of working and

make the most of new technology while

making sure road safety remains at the

heart of everything we do.

“I’m looking forward to supporting

DVSA colleagues in the vital work they

do to help achieve the vision we all share

- safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer

journeys for all.

MSA GB chairman Peter Harvey said:

“We wish Ms Ryder every success in her

new role. Top of her priority list has to be

tackling the waiting lists that are forming

around theory and L-tests.”

He also paid tribute to outgoing Chief

Executive Gareth Llewellyn “for his hard

work in the cause of road safety and

driver improvement, and support for

driver trainers.”

ADIs asked to shape

the future of

autonomous cars

A major new survey has been

launched to assess how motorists

will accept and use connected,

co-operative and autonomous and

automated transport in the future.

IAM RoadSmart is part of this

EU-funded research project, which

is called Drive2theFuture. The

outcome of the survey will also

assist the developers of these

technologies to understand and

meet users’ needs and wants.

Driver trainers’ views are very

important to this project, and IAM

RoadSmart has asked MSA GB

members to complete a short online

survey which will allow the

consortium to consider their views

going forward. The survey is being

circulated to driver trainers and

driving schools across Europe.

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More about Drive2 the Future ....

Drive2the

Future

To take part in survey, click here

Drive2 the

Future

Survey

• Rod Came on autonomous cars:

see p18

Drivers’ smartphones may provide

information about road conditions

Research work being undertaken at the

University of Birmingham could see drivers’

smartphones providing traffic engineers

with information on the condition of roads.

‘Road roughness’ is used to measure

not only road condition but ride quality,

and this information can be gathered by

smartphones, to be passed on to

engineers to assess the need for repairs,

general maintenance or resurfacing.

Smartphones have high resolution

three-axis accelerometers and GPS

tracking built into them, as part of fitness

apps, and the data they collect offers an

up-to-date picture of traffic flow and

congestion. Using this data through a

low-cost app will also record the

movement of the vehicle in relation to the

carriageway. This ‘crowdsourced’ data

allows engineers to assess and schedule

HTML version of National Standards

available from Gov.uk

The Gov.uk website has produced a HTML version of the latest

National Standard for driver and rider training brochure.

The document outlines what you must be able to do and

what you must know and understand to provide training to

drivers and riders.

The HTML version offers more connectivity and ease of

access.

It can be found on the UK Gov.uk

website – here...

National

Standards

carriageway repairs.

The most accurate method of assessing

road roughness currently is to use vehicles

fitted with lasers. However, this is costly

when assessing a large network. Roads

that are maintained to a good standard

encourage economic development and

minimise road use costs such as travel

time, fuel efficiency, repairs and accidents.

It also provides social benefit and reduces

the environmental impact of transport.

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A highly respected road safety academic

has strongly criticised the ongoing

Transport Committee Young Driver Inquiry,

describing it as ‘not an impartial review’.

Dr Neale Kinnear, who is head of

transport safety at TRL, made his

comments in a keynote presentation,

published on November 2 as part of the

Festival of Road Safety.

In his presentation, he describes the

Transport Committee inquiry as ‘not an

impartial review’, in which ‘anecdote,

personal preference and poorly gathered

opinion are given equal weight to

overwhelming scientific evidence’. He also

says the inquiry ‘mistakenly trades off

safety with freedom’.

Dr Kinnear is particularly critical of the

Government’s decision not to progress

with the introduction of a graduated driver

licensing (GDL) scheme – as announced

to the Transport Committee by the roads

minister Baroness Vere of Norbiton on

October 22.

He states that GDL was supported by

the majority of people and organisations

who submitted a written response to the

inquiry, and goes on to describe GDL as

‘the only evidenced approach to

significantly improve young driver safety’.

Dr Kinnear is also very critical of an

online survey of young drivers carried out

as part of the inquiry, describing some of

the questions as ‘surprising’.

He highlights one question in particular

which asks young drivers whether GDL

‘would be unfair in any respect’ – likening

it to asking turkeys whether they think

Christmas is unfair in any respect.

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Government slammed for ditching GDL: ‘it is

only evidenced approach to improve safety’

Dr Kinnear says implementing GDL is

about providing a supportive framework

for developing safe new drivers. Rather

than being an alternative to other

interventions, he calls on the road safety

community to come together to support

improving education, training, testing and

telematics within a GDL system.

You can watch

Neale Kinnear’s

presentation here

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PACTS report highlight risks caused by LCVs

A major report from the Parliamentary

Advisory Council for Transport Safety

(PACTS) has challenged the orthodoxy of

traditional road casualty analysis by

asking ‘what kills whom’ rather than

stressing the most vulnerable road user

groups.

The result is a surprising statistic that,

contrary to popular opinion, cars do not

pose the greatest danger to other road

users: light vans do, followed by HGVs.

While more car occupants die, a

comparison based on number of vehicles

and miles travelled highlights the

propensity of LCVs to be involved in road

traffic fatalities and suggests that more

work needs to be done to improve safety

of these vehicles. That this conclusion

comes at a time of huge growth in LCV

traffic to accommodate the rise in

demand for home deliveries, makes it all

the more pressing that action is taken.

It is particularly interesting when you

consider that the vast majority of the new

breed of drivers getting behind the wheel

of an LCV are armed only with a car

licence and driving experience; perhaps

the time has come for a fresh look at the

licensing rules around smaller vans which

are popular with home courier firms.

This sort of analysis, which places an

emphasis on danger rather than

vulnerability, puts PACTS’ findings more

in keeping with ‘Vision Zero’ and road

danger reduction strategies, such as those

being followed by Transport for London.

The report calls for a new transport

agenda to be created that puts safety at

its heart, rather than considering cost,

congestion reduction or convenience. It

also says that while the Government

wishes to promote healthy, sustainable

active travel, such as walking and cycling,

such initiatives will struggle unless the

public feels safe doing so.

As the Minister for Road Safety

commented last year, while road traffic

casualty statistics highlight how much

work has been done to improve road

safety, it does not necessarily always feel

safe out on the road.

The graphs below offer a snapshot of

the overall analysis and make

enlightening

reading; to read

the full report,

click the panel.

To get the

full story,

click here

‘‘

By analysing the dangers created

by other road users, we get closer

to the philosophy behind the

‘Vision Zero’ strategy, which aims

to eliminate all road deaths

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Road safety

Surprising fall in tailgate crashes

revealed in latest DfT statistics

Has the message finally got through to

the motoring public about the dangers of

tailgating?

That’s the intriguing prospect that has

been suggested by new research into

road collisions statistics.

According to analysis by TrackDays.co.

uk, the number of reported road crashes

in which following too close to another

vehicle was a contributory factor has

almost halved in just five years.

According to the Department for

Transport, collisions when following too

close was a contributory factor stood at

7,023 in 2015 but were down to just

3,582 in 2019, the latest year for which

full figures are available.

It is one of the largest percentage

drops of all the contributory causes of

crashes caused by an injudicious action,

which means due to a lack of judgement.

Dan Jones, operations manager at

TrackDays.co.uk, said it was “very

welcome to see such a dramatic drop in

the number of reported crashes when

following too close was a factor.

The reasons were not immediately

clear, he added, “and could be due to a

number of factors. Perhaps most

importantly, advanced safety features on

modern cars, such as adaptive cruise

control which help keep a safe distance

from the car in front, could be playing a

role. But it would also be nice to think

that drivers are now calmer and more

considerate to their fellow road users.”

More welcome news highlighted in the

survey details how the number of

reported accidents when travelling too

fast for the conditions was a contributory

factor was also on a long-term decline.

These crashes fell from 7,361 in 2015

to 4,666 in 2019, a decrease of 36 per

cent.

Additionally, there are also fewer

reported accidents when disobeying

automatic traffic signals, and disobeying

‘Give Way’ or ‘Stop’ signs and markings

was a contributory factor.

Dan added: “Brits do appear to be

becoming safer motorists in certain areas

of driving, which has to be good news for

all road users.”

Decline in ‘following too close’ crashes

Year Collisions

2019 3,584

2018 3,745

2017 4,256

2016 6,040

2015 7,023

High mileage motorists ‘okay with m-way speeding’

A Safety Culture Survey conducted by

IAM RoadSmart has found that 82 per

cent of the British driving public are in

favour of using speed cameras to

automatically fine drivers travelling more

than ten miles per hour over the limit

near schools.

However, the survey of 2,000 motorists

highlighted that attitudes towards

speeding on motorways were significantly

different, with only 63 per cent of drivers

supporting the use of cameras to detect

those driving ten miles per hour above the

limit on motorways.

Worryingly, it also identified that just

under half of all motorists (46 per cent)

think it is acceptable to drive at 80 miles

per hour on the motorway, while as many

as one in four believe it is acceptable to

do so at speeds greater than 80mph.

And while acceptance of motorway

speeding remained broadly consistent

among drivers aged 17 to 69, there was

a noticeable increase among those who

travel longer distances. A staggering 56

per cent of those who cover more than

10,000 miles on the road each year

believed it is acceptable to reach speeds

of 80mph or more on the motorway.

Neil Greig, Policy and Research Director

at IAM RoadSmart, said: “It is reassuring

to see that the majority of motorists we

surveyed are in favour of using speed

cameras to improve road safety outside

schools. However, while speeding in

towns appears to be universally disliked,

it is clear that we still have a long way to

go before the same message gets through

on motorways.

“Speeding causes more

than 4,000 casualties

each year – that’s an

average of 11 people

a day killed or

seriously injured.

So it is extremely

disappointing to see

such acceptance of

speeding on motorways,

and we need to do more to

create a shift in attitude and behaviour.”

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Road safety

Survey discovers new drivers most

nervous on single-track roads

Single-track roads cause drivers the most

anxiety, a new poll by AA The Driving

School has found.

One in ten (11 per cent) say they feel

scared on this kind of road, with drivers

aged 25-to-34 most likely to report

worry (13 per cent).

The second scariest type of road was

urban/city centre roads with 6 per cent of

drivers feeling scared on them; followed

by rural roads (4 per cent), motorways (4

per cent), dual carriageways (1 per cent)

and single carriageways (1 per cent).

Drivers’ fear of rural roads and urban

roads decreased significantly among

older drivers, indicating experience plays

an important role in confidence. On rural

roads 8 per cent of 18-24-year-olds said

they were scared but this dropped to just

3 per cent among drivers over 65. On

urban roads 8 per cent of young drivers

said they felt scared compared to 3 per

cent of older drivers.

The AA has recently given evidence to

the Transport Select Committee’s inquiry

into young and novice drivers. A key part

of its evidence is to support changes to

the learning to drive process that would

place greater emphasis on making sure

learner drivers gained greater experience

before passing their test. The AA would

support this being done through a

mandatory logbook rather than through

excessive post-test measures such as

curfews and passenger restrictions.

Sarah Rees, managing director of

the AA Driving School, said: “These

results show feeling nervous is a familiar

feeling for many drivers.

“It’s not surprising that age reduces

fear as experience is a vital tool for any

driver. Increasing new drivers’ range of

experience is why we would support the

introduction of a mandatory logbook for

learner drivers.

“Of course, this won’t help those who

already have their licence and are

struggling with their confidence, but

refresher lessons can be a real boost for

those drivers.

“It’s interesting how experience only

reduces fear on certain types of roads,

perhaps indicating some drivers’

apprehension about motorways becomes

so ingrained they struggle with it for their

whole driving life.”

Public still not getting to grips with smart motorways

A new survey by road safety charity

Brake has highlighted growing public

awareness over smart motorways – but

a worryingly high number of users still

don’t know the rules governing them.

The survey, conducted in conjunction

with recovery firm Green Flag, found

that three-quarters know what a smart

motorway is – but only two-thirds of

those are sure of the rules for driving on

them. That’s less than 50 per cent of

the driving community as a whole.

Men are more likely to know about

smart motorways, with just 18 per cent

saying they did not know what a smart

motorway was, compared with 32 per

cent of women.

Fewer than half of drivers have

actually been on a smart motorway –

the majority of whom were in England.

Just 26 per cent of drivers in Wales have

been on a smart motorway, compared

with 20 per cent in Northern Ireland and

17 per cent in Scotland. In England, the

figure was 47 per cent.

The survey also looked at other

aspects of motorway driving.

Encouragingly, 78 per cent of drivers say

they leave a two-second gap between

them and the car in front. However, two

per cent of drivers admit that they leave

less than a second. This attitude was

most prevalent among Londoners. No

one in Wales was so cavalier with their

distancing, the survey found.

There was a mixed response to the

question of stopping distances. Only a

quarter knew that cars travelling at

70mph needed around 96m to stop

safely; a third of drivers thought the

required distance was 73m – around 18

car lengths, which is six car lengths

shorter than the actual figure.

The age group most likely to know this

was the 18-24 year-olds, but as they

have only recently passed their theory

tests, it was interesting that only 35 per

cent knew the correct answer; that’s

only marginally better than the 65+.

The worst age group for knowing the

correct distance was the 25-44-yearolds,

where only 14 per cent knew the

correct distance.

A major concern is that across all age

groups, 14 per cent think you can stop a

car travelling at 70mph in just 36m.

Other interesting snippets to arise from

the report include that one in 10 (11%)

believe the vehicle joining the motorway

had priority, and while most respondents

are aware that they should use the

left-hand lane if the road ahead is clear

(81 per get), four per cent only ever

drive in the right-hand lane.

Read the

report

in full

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Blue Light Aware is back - and the new

campaign is better than ever

GEM, creators of the Blue Light Aware

campaign, has released a new and updated

version of the popular training aid for learners

and other road users. It has also released 10

short video clips focusing on specific road

situations that drivers may encounter during

their driving career.

Blue Light Aware films have proved very

popular, with total views at well over one

million to date. They provide vital

information for all drivers and are especially

relevant to learner/young drivers.

It’s firmly believed that the Blue Light

Aware videos are a valuable resource that

you will find useful added to your training

programmes and they are perfect for sharing

with followers on social media.

From December 1 - December 14 the

second Blue Light Aware campaign will be

promoting messages to learner/new drivers

and increasing awareness of the videos to this

vitally important section of the driving

community.

The awareness campaign will be based

mainly within social media using the hashtag

#BlueLightAware.

Watch the Blue Light

Aware videos at

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The latest videos combine real-life footage

with stylised graphics (below)

VR test of hazard perception test needs some ADI input

The RAC Foundation, in co-operation with

the Road Safety Trust, DVSA and

Nottingham Trent University, is designing

and testing a VR version of the Hazard

Perception Test. This version of VR

Hazard perception test is now available to

download free at the Oculus Store.

MSA GB has been asked to promote

the VR Hazard Perception Test to you and

your learners, to help evaluate it and

receive feedback. Please have a look and

try to encourage your learners to as well;

between us we could be helping shape

the future of the Hazard Perception Test!

The designers say the VR version offers

a more immersive experience than the

standard HPT, including asking

candidates to check their blind spot,

mirrors and side roads for hazards.

At a recent appearance before the

Select Committee on Transport, outgoing

DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn

said that the agency was interested in

applying VR technology to the theory test

as it offered new possibilities to gauge

candidates’ awareness of real-life road

scenarios.

See the

videos

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News

Johnson’s green agenda will melt

appeal of ICE cars in a decade

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ambitious

plans to ban the sale of all petrol and

diesel-engined cars by 2030 has been

greeted by the motoring world with a

mixture of cautious support, practical

concerns and genuine anger.

In a surprise announcement on

November 17, Johnson – a long-time

advocate of environmental reforms – said

sales of internal combustion engine (ICE)

powered cars would end in fewer than

10 years, creating a narrow window

during which car manufacturers and the

electric car charging network could

adjust their plans.

The proposal puts the UK second

behind only Norway in terms of

electrifying its car parc; the Scandinavian

country has previously announced that it

would ban petrol and diesel car sales by

2025.

The UK Government has set deadlines

for sales of ICE cars before: Theresa

May’s Government originally proposed

ending sales by 2040, and this date was

reduced to 2035 shortly afterwards.

But bringing an end to sales this

decade was described by the AA as

“incredibly ambitious”, and industry

commentators were queuing up to

question the wisdom of making such a

bold move.

Motoring lobby groups were also

concerned that the environmental plans

came as news leaked out that Chancellor

Rishi Sunak was considering plans to

introduce road charging in the UK as he

faced a gaping hole in the country’s

finances usually filled by fuel duty and

motoring taxes.

A Government spokesman admitted

that “if the UK switches to electric

vehicles, the total lost to the Treasury

comes in at around £40billion a year, in

terms of lost VAT, fuel duty and VED. The

Chancellor has to claw that cash back

somehow.”

Road charging has been proposed

before: the Labour Government looked at

introducing it in 2007 before dropping

the idea amid strong public opposition.

Under the Government’s latest plans to

reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and

comply with its treaty obligations under

the Paris Accord of 2015, the focus will

be on all cars to be switch to electric

power as quickly as possible – though it

denied that existing ICE vehicles could

be banned from the road in the 2030s;

there is, a spokesman for the Prime

Minister said, “no plans to curb car use,

nor second-hand sales of older vehicles.”

However, stopping sales of new ICE

vehicles in under 10 years will be a very

hard act to pull off, Professor Peter Wells,

director of the Centre for Automotive

Industry Research at Cardiff University,

said. “I’m not sure the UK industry will

be ready to deliver enough electric

vehicles by that point.

“The chief bottleneck so far is on

battery supply. That is being solved

across Europe but we’re a bit behind the

pace here in the UK.

“There’s also a concern on the retail

side, too. Repairing and maintaining

these cars requires new skills and I’m not

sure there will be enough people trained

up.

“It’s a nice vision but I think there has

to be concern about whether it can be

realisable by the industry.”

RAC Foundation director Steve

Gooding said setting a date is “the easy

part; what happens in the lead up to this

cliff edge? How do we create a genuinely

affordable mass market in electric cars

between now and 2030?”

Currently, fewer than one per cent of

the UK’s 33 million cars are plug-in

all-electric vehicles – though that figure

will increase slowly, as pure batteryelectric

new cars took a 5.5 per cent

share of the new car market in the first

ten months of the year. In addition, a

number of car manufacturers have

announced plans to completely electrify

their vehicle ranges by the middle of this

decade.”It’s likely that electric car sales

will take between 10-15 per cent per

annum within the next two years,”

commented a spokesman for the SMMT.

But even if the public does decide to

buy electric, there is growing concern

that the UK’s charging network isn’t big

enough to supply the increased demand.

Jim Holder, editorial director of What

Car?, suggested that, among a number of

concerns, access to public charging

points appeared to be an obstacle that

needed clearing. Capacity “needs to be

increased by 10 or even 20 times” to

cope with the increased demand, he

said. To achieve this, he thought the

Government would need to do more than

offer £1.3billion for increasing the

number of charge points. “We will need

grants for homeowners, businesses and

local authorities to install chargepoints.”

However, the opening of Britain’s first

forecourt only for electric vehicles could

be an example of the future. The station,

in Braintree, Essex, is the first of a

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£1billion nationwide network of 100

electric forecourts planned over the next

five years (more on page 20).

According to Department for Transport

figures, there were 19,487 public

charging devices available as of

September 30 this year, up seven per

cent on the figure from three months

earlier. More than 1,200 charging

devices for public use were installed in

the UK between July and September.

However, motorists who cannot park

on a drive at home will be concerned

over how they can recharge – though

new products are coming on stream that

suggest alternative charging points could

become more readily available in a few

years (for news on one of these, see

page 36).

Businesses are also being encouraged

to install more charging points in office

car parks, and councils to do the same in

its public car parks, which can also be

used while people are at work or out

shopping. However, those who do not

have access to charging points at home,

or at work, face paying more to charge.

The reaction to the plans from

elsewhere within the atuto world was

decidedly mixed. The Alliance of British

Drivers condemned the plan as flying in

the face of the free market, saying the

charging infrastructure was not close to

being ready.

Nigel Humphries of the ABD

questioned whether enough electric

vehicles will be in production to meet

demand by 2030, suggesting the costs

will be so high that only the ‘wealthy’

will be able to drive. The Government

was, he said, “pursuing the wrong

agenda. If you’ve got to the point that

you need to ban something then that

shows you’ve got no confidence in the

alternative. There’s something Stalinist

about it.”

“Where’s the free market in all of this

that the so-called Conservative Party is

meant to be protecting? It’s also far, far

too early and does not give the motor

industry much time to prepare.”

He added that “the motor industry has

demonstrated that markets are far better

at improving environmental outcomes

than Government mandates: in response

to price signals and customer demand,

the engine technologies of today are far

less polluting and far more efficient than

those of yesteryear.

“Where governments have intervened,

they have often got it wrong; the diesel

scandal being the most notable

example,” Humphries added. “It is hard

to think of a more inefficient and less

liberal approach to reducing carbon

emissions. This is yet another regressive,

anti-motorist policy.”

Nicholas Lyes of the RAC warned that

many motorists would be nervous about

the switch to electric cars, given their

limited driving range, while Honda

Europe’s senior vice-president Ian

Howells said that the ban would “restrict

consumer choice”. “An approach that

relies only on expensive electric cars risks

turning driving into a privilege only

afforded to the wealthy, while pricing

those who most need it out of personal

mobility,” he said.

Mark Littlewood, director of the

‘‘

I’m not sure the UK motor

industry will be able to deliver

enough electric vehicles by

2030 ... it’s a nice vision but

I think there has to be a

concern over whether it is

realisable...

‘‘

Institute of Economic Affairs think-tank,

said the plans “rely on the false

assumption that the state is best placed

to pick winners when it comes to

technology and the future of energy.

“The measures announced largely rely

on heavy-handed prohibitions – such as

the ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars

– rather than price incentives,” he said.

However, David Krajicek, CEO, JATO

Dynamics, pointed out that the

automotive industry has been preparing

to transition into electrics for some time,

and given that “we have seen many

governments in Europe legislate against

diesel cars in recent times, and that

traditional petrol cars emit higher levels

of CO 2

on average, this move by Johnson

should come as little surprise.

“Over the last decade, the focus for all

automotive players has been clear:

actively work to offset the potential

negative economic consequences of

banning vehicles with internal combustion

engines. In fact, the increasing adoption

of alternative fuelled vehicles seen across

Europe is showing manufacturers the

benefits arising from their electrification

strategies.

“This is an ambitious timeline and with

many manufacturers not yet seeing a

a return on their investment, the new

policies will require considerable backing

from the state.”

EVs: Where do

ADIs fit in?

If all new vehicles are electric, what

does that mean for ADIs?

For a start, such bold plans will force

all instructors to ditch the clutch and

gearstick – unless electric vehicles

suddenly stop being automatic-only

transmission, which is unlikely. If you

work for a large francise where new

cars are de rigeur, it is likely you’ll lose

manual fairly quickly, and while a

steady stream of good quality secondhand

non-electrics could be in ready

supply for 10-15 years post ‘E-Day’,

why would pupils willingly sign up to

learn to drive one when they know

they are unlikely to ever put their

gear-changing skills into practice once

they pass their test?

The expense of new electric cars is

also a concern, though it must be

stressed that cost savings are expecting

to bring the price tag of EVs down

sharply in the next five years. Batteries

constitute around 35 per cent of the

cost of a new electric vehicle at

present, but it is anticipated this will

fall to less than 25 per cent by 2025.

That should bring EVs into a price point

similar to their petrol counterparts.

And the good news? Maintenance

and servicing should be cheaper – and

filling up with £6 a gallon petrol to do

35 miles will be a thing of the past.

Think more about £8.50 to charge a

60kWh battery capable to a 200-mile

range; on a 20,000-mile year, that’s a

saving of around £2,500.

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News

A new electric car charging station in

Braintree, Essex. Operated by Gridserve, it

will be followed by two more sites in early

2021 – with plans for over 100

nationwide eventually. The Braintree site

can re-charge 24 cars simultaneously

Tide turns as public cottons

on to electric idea

Research by Auto Trader shows that

public backing for electric vehicles is at

its highest level ever as the Government

announced the end of petrol/diesel

engined sales by 2030 – but it’s still a

‘may be’ or ‘possible’ idea for their next

car, rather than a ‘probable’ purchase.

A survey conducted in August of

1,600 motorist found that:

• 77 per cent of respondents who are

looking to buy a new car are considering

buying an EV

• 91 per cent are concerned about the

impact of cars on the environment – and

half are more concerned than they were

a few years ago

• 53 per cent are considering an EV

because of cost savings associated with

running costs, 48 per cent said it was to

reduce pollution

• 62 per cent of people in urban areas

are considering an EV, compared with 45

per cent of people in rural areas and

villages.

Ian Plummer, director at Auto Trader,

said the results showed the tide was

turning towards electric cars, but it was

slow. “In order to meet the Government’s

timetable, the sale of EVs must overtake

the sale of traditional ICE cars by 2024.

But, on the current sales trajectory this

won’t happen until 2029 at the earliest

– and that’s just overtake, not completely

vanquish.

“It’s clear that electric vehicles need to

be the preferred option to the masses

and not just to those who are

environmentalists, early adopters or the

wealthy that can afford their high price

tags, but that isn’t the case yet.

“Over the last six months, while supply

levels of EVs have increased with the

launch of several new models, consumer

demand hasn’t increased at the same

pace. In a world of so much unrest,

consumers have stuck to what they know

– particularly petrol cars.”

The survey found key concerns were:

• Charging infrastructure

• Range capabilities

• Price gap at 15-20 per cent higher

cost than petrol or diesel equivalents,

• Upfront cost

Ian added: “While the commitment

might be second behind Norway, we are

a considerable distance behind them in

terms of market share and valuable

incentives which make a huge difference

to the overall cost and therefore adoption

‘‘

These clear and ambitious

targets are empty without a

clear, substantial path to help

customers switch to EVs

‘‘

levels. The incredibly ambitious targets

are empty without a clear, substantial

path to help consumers switch to EVs.”

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive,

said: “We share Government’s ambition

to in decarbonise road transport. Success

will depend on reassuring consumers

that they can afford these new

technologies, that they will deliver their

mobility needs and, critically, that they

can recharge as easily as they refuel.”

The BVRLA was equally welcoming

but warns that setting dates is only the

start of the process. “Many fleet

operators are unable to source

appropriate electric vehicles for their

needs while others have a business

model that struggles to absorb the

additional cost and charging constraints

of running EVs,” said a spokesman.

“2030 is an extremely aggressive

phase-out target, but one that will be

embraced by many drivers and fleet

operators.

“The 2035 extension for plug-in and

full hybrids provides an essential lifeline

for those facing a greater zero-emission

challenge.

“Vehicle rental companies and van

fleet operators will be very relieved to

have this additional breathing space but

will need clarity on exactly what types of

hybrid are in scope.”

EVA England, a consumer association

offering a voice for electric vehicle drivers

in England, welcomed the news, saying

the decision supports the UK’s ambition

to have net zero CO 2

emissions by 2050

to combat climate change, and the

urgent need to improve local air quality.

Gill Nowell, a director at EVA England,

said: “We welcome this news and

judging by the results of our survey of

electric vehicle drivers that we ran in the

summer, and so will the EV community

in England.

“Drivers that go electric in England

typically do so as they are concerned

about air pollution, climate change, or

want to significantly reduce their fuel

costs. Regardless of their motivations

going into their first purchase, the

majority find that they are just great

vehicles to drive.

“While health, climate and affordability

are vitally important parts to this debate,

we also see EVs as the go to car choice

for many, as they become increasingly

more affordable and available.”

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News

Collingwood Insurance Services claims top customer

service award for the second year running

Collingwood Insurance Services has been

named winner of the Customer Service

Champion category in the “all digital”

Insurance Choice Awards 2020. This is

the second year in a row the Newcastlebased

insurer has taken the accolade.

The awards, run by Smart Money

People, are now into their sixth year.

Voting for the prestigious awards began

back in July 2020 and over 50,000

consumers cast their votes. The awards

span 23 categories and include a massive

170 insurance providers.

Jacqueline Dewey, CEO of Smart Money

People, said: “We’re pleased to see the

Insurance Choice Awards has had a

record year for the number of firms

participating and consumers taking the

time to rate and review their insurance

provider. Voting in many of the awards

was extremely close and all our winners

should feel proud of their achievements.”

Contact Centre & Operations Director at

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Covid made us love our cars again, says UK public

More than half of UK drivers (57 per

cent) say having access to a car is more

important than it was before the

coronavirus pandemic, with reluctance to

use public transport in the future at its

highest level in 18 years, the RAC’s

annual Report on Motoring has found.

Two-thirds of drivers in three specific

groups – young drivers, those with fewer

than 10 years’ driving experience and

people living in London – are all

significantly more likely to say they need

a car more now than they did before

March.

When it comes to needing to use a car

for work, 64 per cent still expect to drive

to offices in the future. A little over a

third of drivers (36 per cent) said they

expect to work from home more

frequently as a result of the coronavirus.

Despite the rise in home deliveries,

68 per cent say a car is essential for

shopping, up from 54 per cent last year.

Meanwhile, 59 per cent say the car is

essential for meeting up with friends and

family who live elsewhere in the country,

up from 45 per cent in 2019.

The research also shows the scale of

the challenge to encourage drivers to

switch from their vehicles to public

transport for some trips even in a

post-pandemic scenario – and if this was

a problem before the lockdown, it’s likely

to be an even greater one in the future.

For the first time since 2002 fewer than

half of drivers (43 per cent) say they

would use their cars less, even if public

transport was improved – down sharply

from 57 per cent in 2019.

Taken at face value, the declining

appeal of public transport seemingly

represents a seismic shift compared to

recent years, and suggests drivers are

more wedded to their cars than they

have been for a long time. It also reflects

ongoing safety concerns of using

crowded public transport systems.

Coronavirus aside, the reasons drivers

give for not opting for the bus, train or

tram for some trips is consistent with

previous years. Nearly half (46 per cent)

say fares are too high (2019: 50 per

cent), 43 per cent say services don’t run

when they need them to (2019: 41 per

cent) and 41 per cent say services aren’t

frequent enough (2019: 41 per cent). A

similar proportion (39 per cent)

complain that bus or rail lines don’t run

close enough to where they live.

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Warning of road death rise as regulators consider

plans to weaken vehicle safety regulations

The European Transport Safety Council

(ETSC) has voiced its concern that vital

new EU vehicle safety standards, set to

come into force from 2022, could be set

for a severe blow.

The European Union agreed last year

that all new cars, vans, lorries and buses

should be fitted as standard with a range

of new vehicle safety technologies,

starting in 2022. The measures are

predicted to prevent 25,000 road

deaths within 15 years.

The most important of these

is Intelligent Speed Assistance

(ISA), an overridable system

that helps drivers keep within

the legal speed limit by

providing feedback on the

accelerator when the limit has

been exceeded.

Inappropriate speed is still one

of the biggest killers on EU roads.

Around a third of fatal collisions involve at

least one party driving at an inappropriate

speed, with cyclists and pedestrians being

particularly susceptible.

But at an expert meeting to discuss

updated draft technical specifications for

the ISA system, the European

Commission presented a range of possible

options for ISA, including a weaker,

untested system that would use only a

series of audio beeps when the speed

limit is reached, rather than direct

feedback on the accelerator.

Officials from France, Germany, Italy

and Sweden said they supported

the changed proposals; all four

countries have significant

automotive industries.

Swedish, together with

German officials, signalled

that they would also like to

see an even weaker speed

limit information function as

an option instead of ISA.

TRL, the UK Transport Research

Laboratory, which carried out analysis for

the European Commission’s original

proposals, has estimated that fitting a

speed limit information function instead of

an ISA system would lead to 1,300 extra

deaths a year in the EU.

Antonio Avenoso, executive director of

ETSC said: “Intelligent Speed Assistance

technology, if implemented in the right

way, could be as important for road safety

as the seatbelt, which, as everybody

knows, was invented in Sweden.

“We would like to see every EU

Member State, but especially road safety

leaders such as Sweden, supporting, not

harming, efforts to raise minimum vehicle

safety standards in Europe.”

ETSC says the best available options for

ISA are either ‘haptic feedback’, which

uses increased resistance on the

accelerator pedal, or a ‘speed control

function’ which limits engine power

automatically when the legal speed limit

has been reached.

These systems are already found on

many cars on the market today, including

models from Ford, Volvo and a number of

others.

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Driving in the future

With Level 3 automation ready to roll in new cars in the near future, who is going to step up to

teach ‘experienced’ drivers how to use the new technology at their disposal, asks Rod Came

The future is autonomous –

but who’s going to tell the

driving public what to do?

Technology is great... but it

can create problems. One

problem that technology has

created relates to

autonomous vehicles. You

will be aware that driverless vehicles are

the dream of manufacturers but fully

automated vehicles are still a long way

off. In the meantime, different elements

of automation are being introduced in a

piecemeal fashion.

Not including the vehicles that require

full driver input as now, there are five

other levels leading to the point where

vehicles can drive themselves with no

need for a driver.

Quite a number of new cars have

self-parking, autonomous braking,

adaptive cruise control and lane guidance

systems. Cars can now travel on roads

maintaining a steady speed and a safe

distance from the vehicle in front. If the

road markings are good enough, the lane

guidance systems will alert the driver to

any deviation. If necessary, cars can

brake to a stop in an emergency and

reverse into a parking space at the end of

a journey.

All pretty basic stuff which represents

levels 1 and 2.

The University of Nottingham, in

conjunction with the RAC Foundation,

has carried out a study of the driving

behaviour of 24 drivers using a simulator

which was set up to automated driving

level 3 – that’s higher than vehicles

currently on the road. This level means

that in certain driving scenarios, all

dynamic, non-strategic driving activities

(vehicle control but not route choice) are

automated, but a human is expected to

intervene when requested to by the

system. The people were divided into

two groups, one of which was asked to

read an information manual about how

to use the system, while the second

group had in-depth practical training.

Not surprisingly, the ‘drivers’ put a lot

of faith in the ability of the ‘vehicle’ to

drive itself while they carried out various

activities unrelated to the progress of the

car. They were, of course, aware that it

was a simulator with no risk of crashing,

so whether they would have been so

carefree in a real car on the road is

another matter. But without doubt, when

this technology is available, perhaps as

early as next year, there will be people

who will test it to its limits by doing

stupid things and leaving the car to its

own devices.

Of more relevance to ADIs is that the

RAC Foundation says that the results of

the research show that there is a need to

update the way learners are taught to

drive, so that they understand what

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semi-autonomous cars can and can’t do.

Also, that there is another problem to

consider – how to re-educate 40 million

current drivers into the mysteries of

autonomous driving.

Yes, of course, drivers should be

educated about how to use the

technology available at their finger tips,

but to suggest that ADIs should be the

ones to do it poses significant problems.

Obviously ADIs should do it – after all,

they are the experts in relation to driver

training and related matters. But ...

First, will there be the demand?

Unlikely. For at least the next 10 years

new drivers, in the main, will be driving

vehicles that do not have any of the

advanced technology that is proposed.

Also very few experienced drivers would

lower themselves to seek advice about

how to use the technology available in

their new car. Ask yourself, how many

people have computer lessons?

Second, will the DVSA accept semiautonomous

cars for driving tests?

Probably not until years after it becomes

common place. Look back to the

problems of using cars with hill start

assist and the eventual introduction of

sat navs on test.

Third, for such cars we are looking at

prices north of £25,000. How many

ADIs would purchase/lease a car at that

price when it is only worth about £8,000

after three years and 120,000 miles?

Bearing in mind that the technology

would be nearly out of date by that time,

with the replacement vehicle being even

more expensive.

Fourth, will all vehicles have basically

the same systems? We know that car

manufacturers like to exhibit a degree of

individuality with their products, so it is

likely that although their different

systems provide the same functions, how

they go about it could vary considerably.

As with all conundrums there is an

answer. It is necessary to go a back a bit

in time because what goes round, comes

round. 45 years ago in the town where I

lived there was a franchised car

dealership selling various makes and

models to their customers. That was in

the days when customer service

mattered; not only was it important to

establish a good name for the business,

it was also financially beneficial to the

company.

One of the services they provided was

driving lessons for their customers. Not

all people have the confidence to jump in

their new car and drive away into the

sunset. A considerable number would

very much like some coaching because

their new car is so very different to the

last one they bought ten years ago. And

that situation is only going to get more

likely with the advances in driver

assisting electronics.

Car dealers do have a duty of care

towards their customers and should

explain the function of the various

controls, switches and the ubiquitous

touchscreen display which is installed in

almost every new car. In my experience

they rarely do this, apparently assuming

that because you drove into their

premises, you can drive out again in a

new car. Sales personnel appear not to

have the time to perform this function; it

is therefore a job for someone else.

Perhaps that ‘someone else’ can be a

local ADI with the time and ability to

familiarise themselves with the various

idiosyncrasies of the models the dealer

sells?

There should be a demand for this

service but sadly, there isn’t.

As for re-educating 40 million drivers,

that is not going to happen. The facilities

are not there, the demand is not there

and the number of ADIs required is not

there. As usual, people will muddle

through the best they can, and as with

their computer they will not use most of

the functions. At some point cars will

become fully autonomous and a driver

no longer required.

Problem solved, but at what cost?

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European driving

Covid has shone a light on

Europe’s testing problem

Enrique Lorca, EFA

President, discusses the

difficulties experienced

by driving instructors

in Spain during the

pandemic, a crisis in

L-test availability, and

looks at how technology is

changing mobility.

1) The lockdown measures introduced

to avoid the spread of Covid-19 have

generated economic problems across

Europe. In some countries driving

schools have now re-opened, in others,

they have re-opened and then closed

again, as in the UK. This challenge is

heightened by a shortage of test slots

availability. How is it going in Spain?

How are you managing the training of

your students?

The situation in Spain is very delicate

and worrying. Covid-19 has accentuated

the problem of the lack of examiners,

which was an issue that already existed

before Covid-19. During the first wave of

the pandemic driving schools were

closed from March 13th until Phase 2

(May 25th) when we returned to

something like normal life, but activity

was limited because the body that

administers testing, the DGT, was

working at only 50 per cent of its

capacity for a number of reasons: ill

health reasons, family responsibilities,

holidays. All this has generated a chaotic

situation. Around 300,000 students

have passed the theoretical test

and many of them are having

to wait a long time to be

examined for the practical

test.

The post-Covid-lockdown

period has coincided with

summer, when a lot of students

try to obtain a driving licence, so the

exam system has almost collapsed.

Driving schools are facing the current

situation with great diligence and care

for both student and employee safety.

Social distancing measures (1.5 m), use

of a mask, alcoholic gels and limited

capacity have been implemented in

theory classrooms.

In practical classes and exams,

teachers and students must wear masks

inside the car. The car is cleaned and

disinfected before and after each lesson.

Some driving schools use sterile gloves

for their students even though it is not

mandatory.

The practical exams are carried out

with only one candidate, in addition to

the teacher and examiner, inside the car.

2) In Europe, because of the delays

accumulated from the Covid-19

lockdown and many examiners retiring,

the testing situation is becoming

unsustainable. EFA is proposing a

training model for Europe that takes

these needs into account and wants to

enhance the role of driving schools in

Europe. Less waiting times, faster

driving exams and training aimed at

greater driving awareness, not just

passing an exam. Can you tell us

something about it?

Clearly, the exam system needs an

update. Now we know that when a part

of the system fails, the whole exam

process collapses. Driving schools play a

particularly important role for road safety

in Europe. The training model proposed

by EFA is based on the concept that

skills, awareness and knowledge are

needed to obtain a driving licence. We

passionately believe that the topics of

awareness and skills (in theory and in

practice) must be taught by driving

schools. These topics can be certified

with tools that evaluate the presence and

ability of students, without necessarily

passing an exam. We need thinking

drivers, not people with heads full of rules.

We are sure that with face-to-face

lessons, without fear of an examination,

they can learn more. Knowledge

subjects, on the other hand, will surely

have to be evaluated with an exam.

Thanks to the technology available to

everyone, today we can check the

attendance of students without spending

‘‘

The e-scooter is on the streets, for this reason

a standards regulation is needed. It is easy to

lose control of these vehicles. The need for

protection for their users is real: the use of a

helmet should be considered... and insurance

should be mandatory

‘‘

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a lot of money. This system could also

speed up and simplify the work of

examiners, thus speeding up the current

times waiting for exams.

The Portuguese model in this sense is

already bearing positive results.

3) In Europe, around eighty per cent of

drivers obtained their driving license at

least 20 years ago. Do you think that

there should be a form of periodic

updating of drivers, in the form of

lifelong learning?

Many of the current drivers have no

idea how ADAS works in vehicles. The

Highway Code always changes, and a lot

of rules are forgotten. The skills of the

driver suffer over the years, and

technology changes rapidly, therefore we

can see that today’s drivers need

refresher training and to be taught how

to properly use the technology available

(ADAS) in their cars.

They do not know how to programme

cruise control properly; they fear lane

control systems and autonomous

emergency braking. As well as failing to

understand fuel consumption issues with

the new engines, they don’t understand

‘‘

Many drivers have no idea how

ADAS works... they do not

know how to programme cruise

control, they fear lane control and

autonomous braking...

‘‘

hybrid and electric vehicles, or the

intricacies of recharging systems and

how to drive responsibly in a ‘silent’

vehicle”.

We must not forget the awareness of

drivers: many of them over the years

adopt an unsafe driving style. Before they

have a crash or commit a violation,

training should be given to all drivers

after they have obtained a driving

licence. A lifelong learning process is

needed, and it would improve road

safety.

4) E-scooters are literally invading our

cities. We are all in favour of more

sustainable mobility, but perhaps we

need very precise regulations for these

‘vehicles’. Apart from the lanes reserved

for them, do you think that vehicle

registration, compulsory insurance and

adequate training for their drivers is

necessary?

It is true that cities are redesigning

their mobility systems. City managers

everywhere are trying to reduce or

eliminate private traffic from town

centres.

The e-scooter is a vehicle that

circulates on the streets, for this reason a

standards regulation is needed. It is easy

to lose control of these vehicles. The

need for protection for their users is real:

the use of a helmet should be considered

essential. These vehicles interact with

pedestrians, cyclists and other motor

vehicles (buses, cars, vans, etc) so they

can cause damage. We believe that

insurance should be mandatory, if not for

the vehicle, at least for the rider who can

put all other road users at risk.

It is a new mobility, we need to

regulate it and make it safe, healthy and

sustainable; training should be given to

minimise risks.

Currently there are many accidents

with injuries and even fatalities.

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ADI CPD

A little bit of ‘RAR’

That’s Receive, Apply and Reuse

Steve Garrod looks at how to

ensure effective learning by

structuring your teaching

Imagine you are about to teach a new

topic, such as hill starts. It will normally

mean teaching the subject over at least

two lessons plus additional practice over

a good many lessons to ensure your

learner is confident and competent to

deal with moving off uphill. The exercises

will take in, for example, uphill junctions,

in traffic queues or moving off from the

kerbside (left and right).

Some years ago, having hit a patch of

disappointing test results, I decided to

review the way I was teaching and came

across the basic idea of the Receive,

Apply and Reuse (RAR) model during a

teaching seminar (with Geoff Petty).

Although it was mainly aimed at teachers

who work in classrooms, I could see it

fitted well with driving instruction.

In order to learn well, pupils need to

Receive new content, have time to Apply

the new learning by doing some tasks

(this is the on-road part), and then,

Reuse the learning on a number of

occasions, which is spread out over a

number of sessions to consolidate the

new learning in long-term memory. With

driving, the more a pupil reuses a new

skill, the more they are able to take

responsibility for their learning.

Having discovered this, I felt I had

become too complacent, especially as

before the disappointing run I felt I could

pick anyone off the street and take them

for test as I was having a purple patch of

learner and ADI Part 3 passes.

Revisiting previously taught subjects

throughout the duration of driving

lessons allows pupils to encounter the

similar tasks in a range of contexts. If

you analyse the reason for test failures,

you will often notice that serious faults

occur while carrying out tasks that were

covered in the first few lessons; for

example, moving off and pulling up

safely by the road side and emerging at

junctions.

This is why it is important to allow

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pupils to practise newly learnt skills in a

variety of contexts.

Learning

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking

that once a learner has carried out

something independently it means that

they have learnt how to do it. Many

instructors I have spoken to say of

unsuccessful pupils, ‘They knew how to

do it but they messed it up on test’.

The truth is, especially with manoeuvres,

that the pupil knew how to do it after

two attempts but not before the first,

which is what is expected on a driving

test. The same can be said for many

topics, such as moving off and stopping

on busy roads or while emerging from an

uphill junction.

Just before the first lockdown I took a

young lad for test who, when asked to

‘pull up on the left in a convenient place’,

decided it was a good idea to stop just

inches away from a food recycling bin

that had been blown into the road on

what was a very windy day. Admittedly, I

hadn’t had a chance to practise that with

him or never felt the need, but now,

whenever I see recycling bins out, I carry

out a few additional stops. What made it

worse was that the examiner taking the

test was someone I had taught to

become an ADI about 20 years ago!

This is why it is important to conduct

frequent assessments (not just mock

‘‘

“Whatever the order, it is hard

to imagine a topic being taught

well without pupils going

though each of these phases.

What I learnt was that good

teaching looks like a threelegged

stool. If one leg is

missing, the stool falls over!

‘‘

RECEIVE

tests) during the course of lessons. It

allows you and your pupil to see what

has been learnt and what still needs

work.

There is no sense in thinking it is

possible to teach new skills in just a

single lesson (even if it is a double

lesson), because learning a new skill

takes time and requires a lot of

repetition, over many lessons.

This is where many ADIs fall down

when planning for a Standards Check, or

PDIs for their Part 3 test of instructional

ability. If you think of the planning of a

lesson that focuses on skills as topics,

rather than subjects, you will be able to

plan for more time to be allowed for

specific skills to be repeated to ensure

that newly developed skills are used

often enough to get well established in

the long-term memory (as opposed to

the short term-memory). For example,

driving to a different test area to practise

dealing with different types of junctions

so that pupils can apply what they have

learnt in unfamiliar areas.

It is worthwhile considering conducting

mock tests in another test area to really

assess your pupil’s ability to read and

deal safely with the different road and

traffic conditions. Driving to what you

can see and not what you know

encourages forward planning.

The receiving phase can start with your

pupil completing a bit of homework in

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‘Stop near a roundabout and

watch the other road users’

the form of working on a specific part of

their theory test which will link to the

next lesson, or if they have passed their

theory, a bit of reading between lessons.

The main part of the receiving phase will

come from the instructor even if is it by

use of questions and answers to refresh

the learner’s memory on what they have

read or previously practised.

In reality, pupils go through each of the

three phases (receive, apply and reuse)

many times during a lesson, which

means that it is not realistic to expect

someone to remember everything that

was explained to them at the start of the

lesson. For example, they may receive a

bit of information, have some time to

apply it, then a bit more receive and

more time to apply before being able to

reuse and so on. It is often more

productive to stop near a roundabout to

allow your pupil to watch other traffic

negotiating it than to sit looking at an

iPad film of the same scene in a quiet

road. This way they receive the

information in a more practical way. As

pupils progress, the main part of the

lesson will focus on reusing previously

learned skills with feedback from the

instructor.

Whatever the order, it is hard to

imagine a topic being taught well without

pupils going though each of these

phases. What I learnt was that good

teaching looks like a three-legged stool. If

one leg is missing, the stool falls over!

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If schools are thinking

of scrapping exams....

can we scrap L-tests?

One MSA GB member has

come up with an interesting

idea for the future of testing

learner drivers...

“Parents have called for statesanctioned

testing to be scrapped, in

favour of instructor assessment, research

by charity Parentkind has revealed.

“The news will put greater powers and

responsibilities in the hands of

instructors and allow them to have the

final say on the standard their pupils

have reached...”

Sorry, stop dreaming ADIs; there is a bad

typo in the opening paragraph. It read

‘instructors’; it should have said

‘teachers’, of course.

Because we’re not talking about driving

lessons here, rather schools, GCSEs and

a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The rest of the opening paragraphs is

correct, however, and is a direct quote. A

poll of 1,500 parents of teenagers by

pressure group and charity Parentkind

found that indeed, more than half

thought it was time to scrap formal

testing and exams for their children, and

replace the GCSEs and A levels with

teacher assessments.

Indeed, they were even pressing for

teachers to be given the final word

without oversight from on high:

unmoderated teacher assessment was

the most popular option among parents

for deciding how GCSE and A-level

grades should be awarded next year; it

was the favoured option of 23 per cent.

The second most popular option,

backed by 18 per cent of parents, was

‘teacher assessment with external

moderation.

And it isn’t just parents that think like this:

the boss of Ofqual, the regulatory body that

oversees exams and qualifications in

England and Wales, thinks the same, saying

that for 2021, assessment of pupils’ abilities

by their teachers should replace traditional

tests and exams, to reduce costs, steamline

the system and ‘bring joy back to the

classroom’.

The comments were based on research

published in the Journal of Child

Psychology and Psychiatry, which found

that teacher assessments accurately

reflected the ability of their pupils’

performance in later exams in English,

maths and science, including A-levels

and university admission.

The authors said the results “raise

questions about the value of the testing

culture that characterises compulsory

education in the UK”.

“The financial, pedagogical and

emotional costs of high-stakes testing are

substantial, especially compared to its

modest benefits,” the lead authors of the

research said. “For these reasons, we

view our results as support for the

standardisation and wider use of teacher

assessments and the reduction of

testing during compulsory education.

“We should trust teachers to

implement the curriculum and to monitor

students’ progress, abilities and

inclinations. This would arguably benefit

the wellbeing of students as well as

teachers, and help to bring joy back to

the classroom,” the paper concludes.

Kaili Rimfield, of the Institute of

Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

at King’s College London, said the results

were another piece of evidence against

the use of multiple, high pressure exams

and tests. “We are not anti-test but when

we compared these things we found a

very high agreement between teacher

assessments and exam grades, and that

opens up the possibility that exams could

be used less often and teacher

assessment could be used more often,”

Rimfield said.

Wow. The end of exams? Could be.

So let’s look at this from the ADI’s

point of view. What we have here is a

body of evidence from three sources

– academic research, the head of exams

and those who have to sweep up the

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mess after exams go wrong (parents)

– who are all happy to ditch exams as

teacher assessment works better.

Now we all know why this research

has been conducted: Covid-19, and its

likely impact on GCSE/A level results in

2021. Few pupils in the state sector are

going to approach these exams with

enthusiasm, knowing they have lost as

much as a third of their tuition time and

will have barely covered the syllabus by

the time June ’21 rolls round. Because of

the extreme situation in which we’re

living, really out-of-the-box thinking is

going on within the education sector as

everyone looks to avoid a repeat of this

summer’s exam farce.

But once this leftfield thinking gets out

of the box, it’s hard to push it back in.

Rather like the switch from being office

based to working from home, the mood

music is that changes that take place

because of the pandemic will survive

long after we’ve said goodbye to

Covid-19 (if we ever do, of course).

So if we are confronting a new dawn of

no exams and a reliance on teacher

assessments, why can’t that philosophy

be extended from the school classroom

to the driving school car, and to ADIs and

pupils? Why couldn’t an ADI sign off a

pupil’s driving licence, as they are

‘‘

A host of industries set their own

standards and issue qualifications

without the Government feeling

it has to get involved...

suggesting a maths teacher will be able

to sign off a GCSE next summer?

Think of the advantages. First, no

waiting lists. ADIs would simply apply

the standards as set out by the DVSA

and record progress accordingly. SEs

could have greater oversight by ‘dropping

in’ on lessons from time to time,

checking that the ability as certified by

the ADI at that moment was correct. In

other words, keeping a close eye on the

ADI’s ability to correctly assess their

pupils’ ability.

Before a ‘check lesson’ the SE could be

presented with the pupil’s progress chart,

and the SE would then assess whether

the ADI was accurate in his or her view

on the pupil’s standard at that point.

By continually checking up on ADIs a

few times a year the DVSA would

generate a database on each ADI and

know those who are able to accurately

assess pupils at different stages of their

leaning to drive journeys. No need for

L-tests; just continually assess, and once

the agreed standard has been reached, a

driving licence is handed out by the ADI.

Not only no more waiting lists, but no

more DTCs, either. Think of the cash that

would save the DVSA! Instead, total trust

is placed in the hands of the ADI. Would

you allow this pupil to drive

unaccompanied on the roads? Yes? In

that case, we believe you. You are the

professional; your judgement is

paramount.

Far fetched? Yes, undoubtedly. Likely

to happen? No, not a chance, sadly.

When you consider that the DVSA wakes

up screaming at the thought of an ADI

being given the authority to say a pupil

had reached a proficient standard at

doing something like turning a car

around in the road and recording it in a

logbook, it’s pretty unlikely that it will

leap from the current system to a

no-holds barred one of ADI assessment.

But if the UK as a whole starts to

tiptoe down a path of greater reliance on

teachers’ views in schools, why can

some of this new thinking not be applied

to learning to drive?

It’s not even as if a system of internal

assessment such as the one outlined

here is not used elsewhere. A host of

industries set their own standards and

then send candidates off clutching official

certificates without the Government

feeling it has to get involved, from

football coaches and swimming

instructors through to industrial expertise

as displayed by gas engineers.

Why couldn’t ADIs join this illustrious

band in some capacity?

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Comment / Regional News

Life advice that’s applicable

to ADIs can come from

anywhere – even US retail,

cookery and lifestyle guru

Martha Stewart

Rod Came

MSA South East

Martha Stewart is an American of some

repute and I have found a quotation that

is linked to her. It is quite possible that

the same thought has crossed many

people’s minds over the years, but she is

the one who has put it into words. ‘If you

learn something new every day, you can

teach something new every day.’

How about that for the

blindingly obvious.

I exclusively taught in a manual

car until the mid-90s, then I

bought an automatic and taught in

both for about the next ten years.

Soon after I supposedly retired

from teaching and concentrated on

minibuses. Having retained my ADI

qualification (a requirement to be a

member of MSA GB and to be able to

benefit from the professional indemnity

and public liability insurance available to

members, which my clients require) I am

still able to teach in a car. With three

grandaughters coming up to 17, I am

back where I started.

Taking the first one out on the road, she

had previously been practising in some

fields we own. Everything has been going

as expected, with steady progress being

maintained until recently, when she now

has displayed a marked reluctance to

change gear on the approach to hazards.

Everything else is OK, mirror checks,

signal (if necessary) similarly with

braking, but gear changing has gone out

the window. Why?

‘‘

If you learn something new every

day, you can teach something

new every day

(Martha Stewart, right).

How about that for the

blindingly obvious!

‘‘

I’m gearing up to learn

something new ... pass it on

Her mum came out on the last lesson

and still this problem persisted. Then the

light dawned.

You, dear reader are probably familiar

with this, but I have been out of the game

for 15 years and things have changed. I

blame technology which has led to progress.

It is a matter of fact that new drivers,

usually before they start lessons and

certainly after, watch people driving them

around like a hawk and tend to take on

board what those drivers are doing. This

is a good thing provided the driver is

behaving properly – and driving a similar

car.

In 20/30 years time almost all cars on

the road will be automatic. Currently,

electric cars are auto and so are many

more regular cars these days. People like

them because they are so much easier to

drive. Stop and go pedals, what more do

you want? Surely only dinosaurs want to

push a clutch pedal down and up and stir

a gear stick around. So last century

technology.

During a break in the lesson Mum

pointed out that she drives an auto, so

does dad and so does nan, and they are

the people who chauffeur her around

each and every day. And she watches

what they do!

Or in this case don’t do, namely they

don’t change gear, so nor does she.

I learned something today and so will

grandaughter on her next lesson.

The problem will be solved using this

extra grain of knowledge – and we will

both be the wiser for it.

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Life must go on – and can do if you keep up

with the Statutory Regulations

Russell Jones

MSA East Midlands

When, in early November, the

Government announced adherence to

Covid-19 Law would become ‘de rigueur’

for 28 days, for me it was a case of ‘Oh

dear...’ but not entirely unexpected.

It was tiresome to have to replan my

activities but, as I volunteered for my day

job, I just had to get to grips with it, no

time to whinge. The phone calls to

learners and their parents to advise them

of the restrictions were quickly completed.

The media was full of reports about

how another lockdown would have

serious implications on the mental health

of millions of people, however I felt that

it would not affect me personally. Big

mistake! Within days, ADIs seemed to be

in the forefront of complaining through

the media, blighting my breakfast and

almost provoking a rage whereby I

wanted to tear my newspaper to shreds.

Such bleating by mature (?)

professionals was embarrassing and

downright pathetic. It was obvious they

had not studied the Regulations, yet

numerous sensible ADIs had read it from

the first printed word to the last, to get a

thorough understanding of the implications.

I felt the miscreants were showing the

ADI profession in a very poor light.

Let’s look at what was published.

Statutory Instrument 1200 was

published on Thursday, November 5.

Careful reading of the 30 pages

document took some time, but it clearly

stated that travel for ‘work’, ‘education

and training’ would be permitted, via -

Exemption 2. What more did anyone

need to know? The Government had also

issued ‘Guidance’ for the whole

population, and for some of us, that was

as clear as it could be. Even the Prime

Minister said, “Go to work if possible’’.

As far as I am aware, ADIs ‘go to work’

to ‘educate and train’ people to operate

mechanically propelled motor cars to a

safe standard. Is that not the case?

That brings me back to my spilt

cornflakes. With the S1 1200 and

Government guidance clear, why were

some ADIs bleating about, ‘not getting

clear guidance from the DVSA?’ Why

would ADIs want to have the DVSA hold

their hands, especially if ADIs are going

about their lawful work? Even NASP

seemed to roll over before the DVSA

while having its tummy tickled, when a

simple email to the agency saying, “We

are perfectly ok, thank you, we, and all

ADIs, already have the national guidance

from HM Government and require no

intervention from The Axis Building. See

you in December’’.

The majority of my learners were

co-operative and agreed to suspend

driving lessons, but one of them is an

‘Elite Sportsperson’ who is permitted –

‘‘‘‘

The Statutory Instrument clearly

stated that travel for ‘work,

education and training’ would be

permitted

via Exemption 3 – to continue their

training in their sport, so travel from their

home is ‘essential’. A problem for them

is that in the first week of 2021 they are

due to travel to an education and training

establishment several thousand miles

away, and they will only be able to return

home once a year, at Christmas time, for

the next four years. Their driving test is

booked and with a very small slice of

luck they will pass it. It was my view,

and that of the parents, plus their

professional sports trainer, that it was

‘essential’ for their driver ‘education and

training’ to continue through lockdown.

The suspension of the driving lessons

could have had a very serious impact on

their confidence and mental health.

Subsequently their driving lessons

continued, and I kept a copy of the SI

1200 in my car, should we be

challenged by any official, allowing us to

refer them to the legal exemptions.

It is, fingers crossed, all done in the

hope of having a good day when the

driving test takes place. I confess that I

might be a little nervous myself that day.

Meanwhile, with the relevant Covid-19

PPE and cleaning protocols in place, we

are working towards having an early

Christmas present. ‘Life must go on’, as

someone said a long time ago.

Parking wars

Shopkeepers in a market town not too

far away are waging a war of words

against parking enforcement officials

who, they claim, are being overzealous

with the issuing of penalty charge tickets

for parking offences. On one occasion I

witnessed a slight skirmish between an

errant motorist and an enforcement

official, who was being advised to get a

proper job. I wondered what ‘driver

education’ the motorist had been taught

when they had been learning to drive.

Parking reward

Very recently, the parent of one of my

learners had parked their car in a

supermarket car park in the same town,

and some days later was surprised to

receive a parking charge notice from a

private company responsible for the

management of parking arrangements at

the premises. I was asked for my

thoughts on the matter. Having studied

it, I advised them that the £70 penalty

was excessive for overstaying a mere

seven minutes, and that a visit to the

supermarket customer relations manager

might give them a fruitful result.

And that’s what happened, so another

happy parent, who rewarded me with

two bottles of wine. Gosh, some people

are so kind, especially when you give

them a little knowledge free of charge.

As I often say, there is more to driver

education and training than three-point

turns and simple driving tests.

Next month I’ll bring you news on the

East Midlands Region’s AGM, where

numerous changes happened.

Meanwhile, after enduring a ‘year from

hell’, the Committee wishes everybody a

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a

prosperous 2021.

QUIZ QUESTION

What happened on July 22nd which

later allowed me to spend £16 in a

fast-food dining establishment? First

correct answer to me before December

20 will receive a bottle of wine or

voucher for one!

CONTACT

To comment on this article, or provide

updates from your area, contact

Russell at rjadi@hotmail.com

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Regional News

No change to committee but all

change as far as the Covid-19 rules

John Lomas

Editor, MSA North West

The North West region held its AGM and

Zoom meeting on November 16. We

were grateful for the attendance of Peter

Harvey MBE, MSA GB National

Chairman, and Geoff Little, the Deputy

Chairman.

Attending were the regional committee

(with one apology) and numerous

members from the region including a

name from the past which you may

recall, John Lepine MBE.

There were more requests for access

codes received and answered, but

perhaps something cropped up on the

night which prevented others attending.

We were brought up to date, as far as

possible, on the current situation in the

various lockdowns and other regional

status differences, and DVSA’s likely

responses in the coming months.

One thing that did come up is that if

the waiting rooms are opened up as

shelter for instructors while the pupil is

on test, then this could result in fewer

tests because currently, some examiners

are using the waiting rooms as overspill

office space in order to maintain safe

distancing between employees.

Perhaps overcoats/mackintoshes,

gloves and umbrellas would be better

than over-extended waiting lists?

The AGM resulted in no change in

respect of the Officers and Committee

members for the next year.

The pandemic

The briefing on the latest status on the

pandemic got me thinking about my own

personal take on the situation.

Back in February I was thinking that

we were in for at least 18 months of

disruption. I also thought that we would

be looking at 50,000 fatalities by the

end of August (it appears I was about

two months out with that).

The reason for such thinking was

reading about the progression of the

1918-20 Spanish (actually American) flu

epidemic and watching the BBC

documentary about the same event.

I would recommend both these

programmes to you, particularly the

Covid sceptics among us – but with the

usual caveat of a warning to those of a

nervous disposition.

They can both be picked up from the

BBC’s iPlayer service (see buttons below)

The following are quotes from George

Santayana, Confucius and Aldous Huxley,

all of which got me thinking too:

“Those who do not remember the past

are condemned to repeat it.”

“Study the past if you would define

the future.”

“That men do not learn very much

from the lessons of history is the most

important of all the lessons of history.”

Christmas Greetings

The MSA GB North West committee

wish you a Merry Christmas and Happier

New Year.

We know it has been a difficult time

for everybody and while in the last few

days there has been some encouraging

news in respect of vaccinations, there is

still some distance to go yet. But I’m sure

we will get there...

Surviving

the virus

Flu that

killed 50

million

Eye, eye: Cyclops takes Brake’s new safety award

Transport for Greater Manchester and

Manchester City Council have been

named winners of a new award presented

by Brake, in collaboration with Road

Safety GB.

Brake’s inaugural Vision Zero Leaders

Awards recognise achievement in three

categories – Local Roads Innovation,

Community Campaign Achievement, and

Youth Leadership – and says the awards

‘celebrate the hidden champions leading

the way to safe and healthy roads and

zero road deaths and serious injuries’.

Transport for Greater Manchester

(TfGM) and Manchester City Council won

the Local Roads Innovation Award for a

CYCLOPS (cycle optimised protected

signals) junction in Hulme. This category

was presented in partnership with Road

Safety GB who helped judge the entries

and select the winner.

The innovative junction forms part of

Greater Manchester’s Bee Network and

places the cycle route on the outside of

the pedestrian crossings, fully segregating

cyclists and improving safety for all users.

TfGM engineers Richard Butler and

Jonathan Salter, who designed the

junction, said: “Safety is paramount to

every design we develop, so to be

recognised by a road safety charity for the

part the CYCLOPS plays in keeping people

safe while enabling them to travel more

actively, truly is the pinnacle for us.”

The Community Campaign

Achievement Award went to Amanda

Russell who started campaigning for

20mph speed limits in Faversham in

2015. Her 20’s Plenty campaign group

held public community events to explain

the benefits of 20mph and gradually built

support, finally achieving a town-wide

20mph trial scheme, the first in Kent.

Three students from Murray Park

Community School, in Mickleover near

Derby, won the Youth Leadership Award

for their ‘outstanding work’ in raising

road safety awareness in their school and

local community.

Arjun Binning, Archie Couchman and

George Ogan delivered presentations to

fellow students at Murray Park and to

250 students at the local junior school, St

Peters CE.

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Join us, Minister Vere, in

learning something new

Rod Came

MSA South East

Whatever we do, anywhere, at any

time, there is always a driver involved.

An indisputable truth. Think it over, try

and catch me out. If you can’t you will

come to the inescapable conclusion that

drivers are indispensable. Even people

who profess to walk everywhere are

dependent on drivers, not necessarily

directly, but how do they think their

stout walking boots, clothes, food, get

to where they purchase them from?

So let us agree that drivers are the

lifeblood of this country of ours. Roads

Minister Baroness Vere, when

dismissing Graduated Driving Licences

for new drivers, used as part of her

reasoning that the introduction of GDL

would have a potential restrictive

impact on young peoples’ employment

prospects.

As of early November 2020 youth

unemployment stood at 14.6 per cent.

That’s an atrociously high figure, not as

bad as Spain at 31.13 per cent, but still

unacceptably high.

Working on from Baroness Vere’s

reasoning against GDL, as a Roads

Minister who wants to give young

people the best opportunities to gain

employment, she should have a word

with the hierarchy of DVSA, who appear

to be doing the least possible to assist

those same people to obtain a driving

licence, a qualification which is not only

desirable to them as individuals but is

also important to the prosperity of this

country.

In many cases people need a car

driving licence to travel to work. A

category B licence is usually the first

step to working up the driving licence

‘‘

“The Baroness should have

a word with the DVSA, who

appear to be doing the least

possible to assist those same

people to obtain a driving

licence...”

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‘‘

Baroness Vere with managers

of the Chiltern Cycle Fleet

e-Bike scheme, Mike Shaw

and Andrew Jackson

ladder. The public now rely on many

items they buy, from food to other

necessities, being delivered by van.

Vans are getting heavier and many

require a category C1 licence. Large

trucks deliver commodities to central

warehouses; those drivers need heavy

goods licences, they are the plasma in

the blood that keeps this country alive.

Buses (where available) transport people

to work, appointments and leisure

activities; their drivers too need licences.

The first lockdown meant that DVSA

has failed to deliver something like

800,000 category B driving tests.

Statistically they would have resulted in

about 370,000 passes, thereby

restricting the employment prospects of

many of those people. In addition, we

are reducing the number of drivers.

Some of these will, in the future, now

be delayed in achieving their

qualification to drive larger vans,

coaches, buses and heavy goods

vehicles, all to the detriment of the new,

emerging, independent UK.

So I have message for the Minister:

“Baroness Vere, please push to get the

driver testing system to be more efficient

and fit for the purpose for which it has

responsibility. This country, new drivers

and ADIs, deserve nothing less.”

Dyfed-Powys

leads charge

of dash cam

evidence

Motorists and other road users have

sent 52,174 dash cam recordings of

potential traffic offences to UK police

forces since 2017, with more than a

third resulting in a court summons,

Fixed Penalty Notice, driver awareness

course or warning.

A Freedom of Information request

sent to every UK police force by What

Car? found police forces across the UK

receive more than 35 pieces of

dash-cam footage every day.

Just over 10 per cent of the

incidents captured on film were severe

enough to warrant a court prosecution

and 9.6 per cent resulted in a Fixed

Penalty Notice (FPN). A further 10.5

per cent resulted in the driver being

asked to attend a driver awareness

course.

Thirty-five of the UK’s 42 police

forces have a system in place to

process and fine drivers and

motorcyclists based on dash-cam

evidence from other road users.

The use of dash cams by drivers and

other road users has shot up by

around 850 per cent since 2017.

Dyfed-Powys Police in South Wales

is the most active in using dash cam

footage. It has taken action over 81.3

per cent of the videos it received, with

40.2 per cent of offenders receiving a

warning, 18.6 per cent being

prosecuted in court and 18.4 per cent

asked to attend a driver awareness

course. Just 4.0 per cent were handed

an FPN.

London’s Metropolitan Police received

the largest volume of submissions

– nearly 25,000 videos over four years

– and acted in 45.4 per cent of cases,

issuing court proceedings to 18.9 per

cent of offenders.

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Scotland’s Phase 4 restrictions throw

another spanner in works for ADIs

Karen MacLeod

MSA GB Scotland

I was saddened to hear that the Scottish

Government has put certain areas in

Scotland into its Phase 4 of Covid-19

restrictions. Unfortunately, I am in one of

those areas. I am sure many of you are

in the same boat and we can only pray

that this will lead the figures to decrease

and allow everyone to have a good

Christmas.

I was also saddened to read in

November’s Newslink that graduated

driving licences have been ditched. I

personally thought it was a brilliant idea.

That wasn’t the only article in

Newslink that caught my eye; I thought

it was an issue packed with some

brilliant articles. One I was interested in

was from Guy Annan from MSA Western,

on the new-style ‘Parallel Crossings’. I

haven’t come across one of those yet but

will be looking out for them.

I’ve often been tempted to ask ‘when is

a crossing not a crossing’ over some I

have come across in the past. My local

secondary school has the crossing you

can see pictured above right. As you can

see it looks like a Zebra crossing, but has

no flashing amber lights, no Give Way

lines and no zigzag lines. I do see drivers

not stopping for the school children. So

is it a pedestrian crossing?

Or what about the one below it? Is that

a pedestrian crossing?

Well, there is a traffic warning sign...

but what about the other ‘street furniture

you’d expect to see?’

CONTACT

To comment on this article, or provide

updates from your area, contact Karen

at karenreiver63@btinternet.com

What’s your view? Are these ‘official’

crossings – despite the absence of the

usual street furniture we expect to see

around pedestrian crossings – or are

they illegal and potentially dangerous?

Plateauing drink-drive figures show need for more action

Road safety groups have called for more

Government action as it was revealed

that drink-drive related deaths have

stopping falling and have plateaued in

recent years. An estimated 8,680

people were killed or injured when at

least one driver was over the drink-drive

limit in 2018, an increase of one per

cent from 8,600 in 2017. That means

on average, more than 23 people a day

were killed or injured as a result of

drinking and driving.

Most worryingly, the total number of

crashes where at least one driver was

over the alcohol limit rose by three per

cent to 5,890 in 2018, an average of

around 16 crashes a day.

IAM RoadSmart is one of a number of

groups suggesting that England and

Wales should reduce the drink-drive

limit to 50mg, to match Scotland, and

make wider use of drink-drive

rehabilitation courses, longer running

high-profile education and enforcement

campaigns. The group also suggests the

police should seize the vehicles of

repeat offenders.

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New procedures, information on Standards

Check grading and a new committee at AGM

MSA Scotland held its annual training

seminar on 8th November by Zoom –

you know why! All the Scottish

Committee were present with the

exception of our secretary, Brian

Thomson, who unfortunately had been

struck down fairly severely with

Covid-19.

I am pleased to say that after being

admitted to hospital, he is now heading

in the right direction, albeit with a

massive mountain to climb. I’m sure all

members will join the committee in

wishing him every success in climbing

that mountain – and we’re really looking

forward to welcoming Brian back to

committee meetings.

Back to the training seminar: We had

around 35 members in attendance for

the virtual meeting, in addition to Mike

Warner, the DVSA’s senior external affairs

manager, and John Sheridan, DVSA

driver training policy manager. Both

delivered excellent presentations. Mike

discussed the new additions to the

Standard Operating Procedures for a

third party in the back of training

vehicles to be using British Sign

Language, and to review the current

ventilation system in learner cars for

examiners. All this information is

available on the NASP

website.

John discussed the current

state of play on the register.

There were 38,690 ADIs on

the DVSA register as of June,

and around a third of these

– 10,300 – had been classified

as Grade A instructors. 24,000 were

classed as Grade B on their Standards

Check, while 1,300 had failed.

Surprisingly, there are still some

Instructors who hold the previous grades

of 4/5 and 6.

We also discussed the ADI Part 2 test

(driving assessment) which only has a

60.6 per cent pass rate as of June 2020

- though that wa slightly higher than

2018/19, when it was 58 per cent.

The ADI Part 3 pass rate was 35.1 per

cent as of June 2020, slightly down from

2018/19’s 37 per cent.

We also discussed the opening up of

waiting rooms, as well as ‘blue light

driver training and also tougher laws for

mobile phone use.

Watch out for more information on

Newslink regarding these subjects.

I would like to take this opportunity to

thank Messers Warner and Sheridan for

attending our meeting; it was

greatly appreciated.

As the Zoom seminar also

included the AGM for MSA

GB Scotland, we had some

statutory steps to take. The

current committee all formally

stood down, before being

re-elected into their office again

for the next 12 months.

The Regional Chairman is, therefore,

the same, as for 2019-20:

Chairman: Alex Buist (pictured)

Deputy Chairman: Steven Porter

Vice Chairman: Bob Baker

Secretary: Brian Thomson

Treasurer: Liam Baird

Editor: Karen MacLeod.

Committee members are Peter Harvey

MBE, Judy Hale, Bryan Phillips, Mark

Hewison, Richard Barclay and Ian

Marshall.

Finally, as this is the December issue

of Newslink, may I wish the MSA

Scotland committee and everyone

reading this issue a very Merry Christmas

and a better New Year in 2021.

Take care everyone and I look forward

to welcoming in the New Year with you

in the January issue of Newslink.

Taxman makes expenses easier - but not for ADIs

There’s some good news for those ADIs

dreading filling in their self assessment

form in January – a more simplified way

of calculating vehicle expenses has been

introduced by HMRC.

However, sadly, the scheme explicitly

says it is not for ADIs with dual

controlled cars.

However, if you run cars for other

business purposes, such as driver

assessment courses or driver awareness

training, you can now calculate your

vehicle expenses using a flat rate for

mileage instead of the actual costs of

buying and running your vehicle.

You can use simplified expenses for:

• cars (except cars designed for

commercial use, for example black cabs

or dual control driving instructors’ cars)

• goods vehicles

• motorcycles

The flat rate per mile with simplified

expenses for cars and goods vehicles for

the first 10,000 miles is 45p a mile;

above that mileage it is 25p. For

motorcycles it is 24p per mile.

As an example, if you drive 11,000

business miles over the year you can

claim £4,500 for the first 10,000 miles

and £250 for next 1,000, giving a total

allowance of £4,750.

You do not have to use flat rates for all

your vehicles. Once you use the flat rates

for a vehicle, you must continue to do so

as long as you use that vehicle for your

business.

You can claim all other travel expenses

(for example, train journeys) and parking

on top of your vehicle expenses.

Use the simplified expenses checker to

compare what you can claim using

simplified expenses with what you can

claim by working out the actual costs.

More details, plus links to the

Simplified expenses checker, can be

found at

Simplified

expenses

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Regional News

Theory test certificate holders lose out

again as DVSA rules out extension

Terry Pearce

MSA West Midlands

By the time you read this article, we will

be out of the second lockdown.

This time, because there were no

emergency key worker tests, instructors

were unable to carry on working by using

that as an excuse, so hopefully they were

forced to respect the lockdown this time.

One thing I found to be very unfair is

the fact that the theory test certificate

was again not extended, the reason given

being ‘your road safety knowledge and

hazard perception skills need to be up to

date when you restart driving lessons

and take your driving test’.

So where does this magical two-year

figure come from? If someone passes

their driving test just before the two-year

deadline, it is assumed that their road

safety knowledge will stay the same for

their lifetime, so why would the

knowledge of someone who is learning

after two years and is still getting

experience as a learner be different for

someone who passed the theory test

some time ago?

Several of my pupils who pass when

they are 17 do not drive again until they

leave university and they still have the

required skills.

The quote we all use is that ‘driving is

like learning to ride a bike’, implying that

when you can do it, ‘you never forget’. I

taught a 59-year-old lady who had not

driven since she failed her driving test 30

years previously and without any

instruction she could still drive

reasonably well.

As far as hazard perception goes

people are constantly practising it; it’s

just that we call them ‘backseat drivers’.

When I took my ADI theory test there

were no printed questions, you were just

given a list of books to read which

included the Highway Code. It was about

a year after I passed the theory test that I

started teaching. I had bought myself a

flip book of road signs to test my pupils

because, before the present theory test

started, you were asked questions about

motoring matters and the Highway Code

at the end of their driving test. When I

confidently started to flip the pages to

ask them what the sign was, I suddenly

thought to myself ‘what is that sign’? I

had forgotten!

Now, if I could forget after being a

motorist for 25 years which included

driving fire appliances for the brigade,

what is a reasonable time for a theory

certificate to be valid? Apart from the

theory exam, perhaps learners should

also be asked some additional questions

at the end of the test, then they would be

encouraged to keep their knowledge up

to date.

I suppose that we should be grateful

that the DVSA did not take advice about

the two-year figure from TV programme

documentary makers as they think we

have a memory span of about four

minutes. Halfway through a car chase

you have an advert break and when they

come back, they give you a recap, very

annoying.

Not that I am cynical, but I think that

is purely to avoid making a few more

minutes real programming!

Perhaps two years might be reasonable

in normal cases but not extending the

theory test through the lockdown was

downright inconsiderate and unfair, in

my view.

West Midlands AGM

We recently held our regional AGM

digitally on ‘Zoom’ and I am pleased to

say that the committee members have

remained the same.

As the regional editor can I make my

normal request for items of interest; I am

sure there are many stories waiting to be

told. My contact details are at the end.

Finally...

Hopefully, we will be soon be getting

vaccinated against Covid-19 and looking

forward to a brighter future. I wish you

all a Very Happy Christmas and a Happy

New Year.

CONTACT

To comment on this article, or provide

updates from your area, contact

Terry at terry@terrypearce.co.uk

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New chair for South East after Terry steps down

Fenella Wheeler

MSA South East

2020... it’s certainly been a particularly

weird year for everyone! My deepest

condolences go out to everyone who has

lost loved ones or who is struggling with

Covid-19.

We held our seminar and AGM for the

South East via Zoom on November 23. It

was a first such meeting for many of us.

In attendance were our local Hastings

and Rye MP Sally-Ann Hart, and we

were delighted to be joined by two

members of the DVSA’s ADI Enforcement

team, George Kountouros and Russell

Cloke.

In addition, Graham Hooper from the

Tri-Coaching Partnership gave us a great

talk on why we should coach.

Finally, we welcomed MSA GB’s

National Chairman, Peter Harvey MBE

and Deputy Chairman Geoff Little, who

provided us with a host of industry

updates and ideas to help us all out

during this very stressful and challenging

time.

I found myself hosting the event at the

last minute as Terry Cummins, our

regional chairman, was taken ill a few

days beforehand. I am happy to say that

he has recovered nicely. However, he has

made the decision to slow down a little

and has stood down as Chairman with

immediate effect.

As a result, we now have a new

Committee line-up:

Regional Chairman: Fenella Wheeler

Vice Chairman: Terry Cummins

Deputy Chairman: Bob Page

Treasurer: Maranda Gould

Secretary: Neil Palmer

Editor: Fenella Wheeler

Committee members: Rod Came, Oliur

Rahman, Tina Rixon and Melissa Field.

If anybody would like to join the

committee, please do email me on the

address at the end of this piece.

For a first attempt, it was a successful

meeting and I think everyone enjoyed it.

We are looking forward to the time when

we can meet face-to-face again, but in

the meantime, virtual meetings are the

way to go!

Finally, I wish everyone a safe and

happy Christmas and a prosperous New

Year.

CONTACT

To comment on this article, or provide

updates from your area, you can

contact Fenella at

lookingafterthelearners@gmail.com

Drivers nervous at

night time

MSA GB Christmas social:

East Midlands plays host for a

members’ Zoom get together

Date: Tuesday, December 15

Time: From 7.30pm

Free of charge

MSA East Midlands is hosting a festive

Christmas get together for members on

Tuesday, December 15, via Zoom.

It’s open to all driving instructors and

trainers in the UK, both MSA members

and non-members welcome.

It will start with a spot of updating as

our guest speaker will be Peter Harvey,

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MSA GB National Chairman, and he’s

happy to answer any questions you have.

This will be followed by an evening of fun

quizzes with some prizes to win, to be

sent direct to your door.

Dress theme – wear a Christmas jumper

and hat! Bring your favourite tipple and a

mince pie to spread some Christmas

cheer! It’s got to be said, we all need it!

Contact: chair.em@msagb.com for the

link to join.

Nearly a third (29 per cent) of UK

motorists get nervous when driving

in the dark, according to new

research by SEAT UK.

The survey of 2,000 motorists also

revealed that 31 per cent of drivers

actively avoid driving in the dark if

possible. Of those who said driving

in the dark makes them nervous,

over two-thirds (68 per cent) said

this is because they do not like

having lower visibility.

Perhaps surprisingly, 18-24-year

olds (37 per cent) are most likely to

feel nervous about driving in the

dark, while experience counts, as

only 25 per cent of over 55s have

concerns.

London drivers (40 per cent) are

significantly more likely to get

nervous when driving in the dark,

and are more likely to avoid getting

behind the wheel when it is dark

(43 per cent), followed by motorists

from the West Midlands (34 per

cent). However, drivers in the South

East are the most comfortable taking

to wheel when the night has drawn

in, with only 25 per cent saying they

would avoid driving when it is dark.

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Regional News

Good chance missed

as Government ditches

graduated licence plan

Remind me,

what’s the

speed limit?

A new survey from Venson Automotive

Solutions has highlighted

that the public needs more visible

speed limit signs to stop them from

‘unwittingly’ breaking the limit.

It also found that employed

35-54 year olds, earning an above

average salary, are more likely to

speed than their younger counterparts

– knowingly or otherwise.

Police road crash data shows that

every year over 500 people are

killed (almost one third of all road

deaths), 5,000 seriously injured

and almost 40,000 slightly injured

in collisions involving drivers or

riders who are driving for work.

This includes other road users, as

well as at-work drivers and riders

themselves. In fact, most of those

killed on work-related journeys are

passengers, pedestrians and riders

rather than the at-work drivers and

riders.

Simon Staton, Director of Client

Management at Venson Automotive

Solutions comments, “Our survey

findings suggest that more needs to

be done to make people aware –

both in terms of in-car tech to alert

drivers to their speed and dominant

signage on UK’s roads – of varying

speed limits, particularly in the

wake of new reduced limits across

many towns and cities.

“Driving a vehicle at excess speed

is one of the most common

motoring offences.

“However, with the HSE

estimating that ‘more than a

quarter of all road traffic incidents

may involve somebody who is

driving as part of their work at the

time’, more must be done to curb

speeding.”

Guy Annan

MSA Western

The Government’s decision to drop

graduated driving licences is a mistake

and a chance missed. In my personal

view, it’s typical of the nanny state to

take the easy way out rather than get off

their backside and work for a living.

They spout ‘road safety’ in one breath

and do nothing about it when they get

the chance to make a real difference.

My suggestion would be for everyone

wishing to drive (and those currently

driving) to take a psychiatric evaluation

and if they fail, they don’t drive. Not

exactly a vote winner so I don’t think it’ll

ever happen.

Either that or put more police back on

the streets in cars. The amount of bad

driving is becoming worrying; cars

weaving in and out at speed, running red

lights, lots of queue jumping. There is

just no patience or respect out there

anymore.

In Germany if anybody fails the

practical driving test three times, they

have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation

before they take it a fourth time.

It has been a tough month with the

second national lockdown. It looks like

our Prime Minister and the medical

people don’t know what to do at the

moment, so restricting movement of

people is necessary.

It is now getting really serious: many

of the population think we are just being

messed around because some people

did not keep to the rules. When we get

to talk about curfews, we know we’re in

trouble. It reminds many of our older

citizens of the war years.

The consequences of the restrictions is

clearly making people agitated, as they

are stopped from doing the most normal

things in their lives. The large number of

contradictions from area to area is

confusing, and our leaders are unable to

deliver a clear message.

We are all ‘fit and proper people’ and

we should all take the proper

precautions to minimise the spread of

the virus but should we really make the

call to impose sanctions by law on

driving instructors who, for whatever

reason, fail to wear a mask, as was

being called for the month before last?

I visited my doctor the other day and

asked him how long he thought the

pandemic would last.

He replied what are you asking me for,

I’m not a politician!

Future thoughts

At least now we’re out of lockdown we

can get on with our lives. Let’s hope

we’re as near to back to normal as

possible soon. What will next year bring?

My fear is that the pandemic is not

going away very soon. I believe the

DVSA has been told to form a three-year

plan on how it will cope with on-going

problems! I’m hearing whispers of

Lockdowns 3 and 4 in 2021; let’s hope

not.

No one knows what’s going to happen

so let’s enjoy every day.

Christmas thoughts

As at present you are only allowed to

meet in 6s but allowed 30 at a funeral, I

shall be having a funeral for my pet

turkey on December 25th. I hope you

join me in mourning its passing. It was a

faithful chum.

Whatever you do on the day, I wish

you all a very enjoyable and safe

Christmas and in the words of Dave

Allen “may your God go with you”. Merry

Christmas, and see you in 2021.

CONTACT

To comment on this article, or provide

updates, contact Guy at g.annan@

alphadrivingtaunton.com

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The A38: a traditional dual carriageway

with a ghostly reputation

Guy Annan

Okay, I admit, this has nothing to do with

driver training or road safety... unless you

count the regular use of the emergency

stop, of course. But as I was thinking

about copy around Halloween, a story

came back to me that I thought I’d share.

The road between Taunton and

Wellington – the A38 – is haunted.

Don’t believe me? Well, drive along this

road during the hours of darkness or in

the early hours on a frosty night and it’s

not unusual to encounter a tall, thin

bedraggled figure hitching a lift.

Apparently when he gets in the car he

talks of the awful accidents that have

happened along that road and then

suddenly, when the driver turns his head

to engage in conversation, vanishes, only

to reappear two or three miles further

down the road when he jumps out in front

of the car, causing it to brake or swerve to

avoid an accident. When the driver gets

out of the car to check if the person is

hurt there’s no one there.

The police once found a car stopped on

the side of the road with the driver in a

state of shock as he recounted a story

very similar to the above.

Others have had similar experiences:

they include a lorry driver who thought he

had run a man down and a motorcyclist

who broke his leg as a result of crashing

to avoid a figure who materialised out of

nowhere.

The best known source of the story

comes from 1958 and a lorry driver

called Harold Unsworth. He said that on

three separate occasions at about 3am he

had given a lift to a man he picked up

from the Blackbird Inn on the A38. Each

time the hitchhiker described the

accidents which had taken place along

the road in the past. On the third occasion

of giving the man a lift, Unsworth said

that the mysterious man asked him if he

would wait while he collected some cases

and then drop him off at another point

further down the road. After waiting for

20 minutes Unsworth decided to continue

on his journey alone.

Three miles down the road he saw a

figure in his headlights waving a torch. He

was terrified to see that this figure was in

fact the man in grey, who was shaking a

fist at him. The figure leapt in front of his

lorry, causing Unsworth to stop and get

out, expecting to find that the man had

been struck. However, he found the man

standing in the road again, shaking his

fist and cursing at having been left

behind. To his shock the figure then

turned his back on Harold and vanished

instantly.

Other similar tales have arisen from the

same stretch of road. A woman in white

is said to haunt a stretch of the A38 near

the reservoir at Barrow Gurney. As with

the figure described above, drivers have

reported having to slam the brakes on or

swerve to avoid a figure who suddenly

appears in the middle of the road before

vanishing. The road is littered with skid

marks which show where drivers have

been forced to suddenly brake to avoid

the woman, who is said to be dressed in

a long white coat...

Newslink writes... We’re not commenting

on the supernatural, and we’ve certainly

never heard of a haunted test centre...

but the A38 isn’t the UK’s only road with

a ghostly reputation, as we discovered...

Harewood Road, Holymoorside

The three-mile lane linking Beeley Moor

with Holymoorside is reported to be

haunted by phantom monks.

Monks would be sent over from

Beauchief Abbey to Harewood Grange, to

work on the land, as a punishment for

misbehaving.

An uncomfortable atmosphere has also

been reported around the entrance to the

abandoned Hunger Hill Pumping Station.

A11 Thetford Bypass

The A11 dual carriageway Thetford

bypass is reputedly haunted by a

phantom gamekeeper appearing on car

bonnets. While waiting at a traffic light,

one driver witnessed a car from the

1930s pass and vanish.

The A38 near

Barrow Gurney

reservoir:

haunted by a

mysterious

woman in white

A21 Sevenoaks Bypass

The A21 Sevenoaks Bypass is reputedly

haunted by a ghostly sliproad which leads

drivers into oncoming traffic.

A22 Caterham Bypass

On a certain section of the Caterham

bypass, spectral females have been seen

in the carriageway and crossing the road.

A61 Unstone-Dronfield Bypass

Cars heading northbound past Monk

Wood are known to suddenly veer off

down an embankment just a few feet

before the crash barrier starts.

The bypass is also believed to be

haunted as a result of horrific fatal injuries

sustained in accidents.

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass

The A616 north of Sheffield is known

as the Stocksbridge Bypass.

During the bypass’s construction,

security staff reported encounters with

phantom children dancing around an

electricity pylon and a ghostly monk

standing on Pea Royd Bridge; he was

believed to have been from the Hunshelf

Priory.

A75 road, Scotland

The A75 road between – appropriately!

– Annan and Gretna Green has been

called Scotland’s most haunted road.

According to one story, in 1957 a truck

driver swerved to avoid a couple walking

in the road but when he stopped to

investigate, the pair had vanished. Other

versions of the stories tell of a couple or

group of friends walking down the road at

night and drivers constantly plagued and

harrassed by shadowy figures, from an

elderly woman to the back-end of a semi

truck that they nearly hit before braking,

only for it to disappear.

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Meet the ADI

Continuing our series of Q&As with MSA GB members,

this month, from Cornwall, Kris Ford

Kris pictured in her normal

attire for a driving lesson...

Ditch the manoeuvres and

get busy sorting out

the L-test backlog, DVSA

When did you become an ADI, and

what made you enter the profession?

I started training in 2011, and

qualified in 2012. As for why, that’s a

long story! To keep it brief, my mum lives

in Cyprus, and I know that one day I am

going to need to be there for her, so I

needed to think of a trade I could take

with me – and if you saw the standard of

driving on the island, well, I think you

would understand why I followed this

route!

What’s the best bit about the job?

The smiles on clients’ faces when they

have passed their test and their comments

afterwards.

... And the worst?

The weather... hot days are so stifling,

and cold or very wet dreary days. Sucks

the life out of me.

What’s the best piece of training advice

you were ever given?

Always make yourself heard and

clearly understood. Never leave it vague,

unclear or open to query.

What one piece of kit, other than your

car and phone, could you not do

without?

My roof sign. I know that some ADIs

don’t like them but for some reason I’ve

never quite fathomed, magnetic L-plates

don’t like my car! Plus I like the free

advertising

What needs fixing most urgently in

driving generally?

Other road users, if that’s at all

possible. There are some very

inconsiderate drivers out there. I should

stress there are some lovely ones, too.

What should the DVSA focus on?

At the moment their backlog of tests.

We understand the reason but come on,

let’s see some action!

What’s the next big thing that’s going to

transform driver training/testing?

Electric cars... I’m a big fan if they

save the environment.

How can we improve driver testing/

training in one move?

Remove manoeuvres from the L-test.

Let’s see them signed off by the

instructor so more time can be spent

driving.

Who/what inspires you, drives you on?

My kids and grand kids... they always

have a positive outlook

What keeps you awake at night?

Worrying about family!

No one is the finished article. What do

you do to keep on top of the game?

I keep on top of and follow updated

guidelines from MSA, from colleagues

and from the DVSA. Information is good!!

What’s the daftest /most dangerous

thing that’s ever happened to you while

teaching?

A client trying to pull out on dual

carriageway roundabout thinking they

were good to go... trust me, they were

NOT!

When or where are you happiest?

When I’m travelling and meeting new

people or with my friends and family...

they are both things that I’m really

missing right now.

Left, Kris with her

‘Pudsey-d up’

tuition car, as she

prepares to take

part in the Big

Learner Relay for

Children in Need

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ADIs have a value long after the L-test

Mike Yeomans

MSA GB North East

Seasons greetings to all, and a big thank

you to the members of MSA North East

for their support during this last year.

What an interesting year we have all

had – and what an interesting year we

have to come, too, with a new head to

the DVSA, changes to Standards Check

procedures and the way we go about our

every day business.

In the North East we are keen to help

ADIs get the best out of the situations we

face. We are running courses to help

members to connect more and receive

up-to-date information from NASP and

MSA GB.

In the North East we have several

non-ADI members who have joined so

they can tap into our knowledge on road

safety issues and to enhance their ability

to deliver diversion schemes and work

with company drivers on risk

assessments.

Increasingly I find many ADIs are

diversifying their work from the

traditional route of learner driver licence

acquisition. They are taking on the

training of other ADIs through ORDIT, or

helping companies with fleets manage

the transition to electric vehicles, or

simply offering training and guidance on

the best methods to keep the driving

workforces safe. I guess it is the next

step after the ‘L’ test.

As currently the graduated driving

licence is not being pursued by the UK

government, many driver trainers are

continuing to press on with encouraging

ex-students to take further training, and

looking to work with the organisations

they themselves work for.

Here within the North East region we

can help with those developments;

guidance is always available for getting

the best out of the ADI business.

An ADI is not JUST an ADI. A

professional ADI is mentor, confidante

and imparter of knowledge, someone

who keeps people safe on our roads for

life. From L-test to buses and lorries,

from tanks to off-roaders, we are pivotal

in imparting the best and safest

knowledge. Never undervalue your place

in the industry; remember, there are

many opportunities to enhance and to

sell your skills.

So, regardless of the rough year many

of us have had, we are still vital, and it

really can be and will be an exciting year

to come.

MSA GB North East CPD meeting and

AGM, October 29

There was a reasonable turn out for our

North East AGM at the very end of

October and as you’ll probably guess,

lots of questions on the situation for ADIs

on the second lockdown.

We were grateful to MSA GB National

Chairman Peter Harvey MBE for leading

the response. He was quick to answer

questions and gave those meeting us on

Zoom a detailed update on the industry

changes, from waiting rooms to

Standards Checks and all the other

concerns that ADIs have at this moment

in time.

At the AGM, presided over by the MSA

GB Deputy National Chairman Geoff

Little, the 2020 committee were

re-elected for 2021. We are looking

forward to the National Conference in

March 2021 when the positions will be

ratified.

CONTACT

To comment on this article, or provide

updates from your area, contact

Mike at chair.ne@msagb.com

Christmas Greetings...

from MSA GB Greater London to all MSA members.

This is the moment you share time, enjoy and be happy with

your family.

My committee and I wishing you all a Merry Christmas, and

let’s hope for peace on Earth.

Tom Kwok, MSA GB Greater London Chairman

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Motoring news

UK takes next STEP in kerbside

electric vehicle charging

World-first technology that could

unlock electric vehicle charging at

homes without drives or garages

is being trialled in London. Sarah

Clements, Senior Consultant at

element-energy.co.uk reports

Start-up company Trojan Energy is

installing 200 of its electric vehicle

chargers across the London boroughs of

Brent and Camden in a bid to solve the

problem of how to charge electric

vehicles in for those homes which do not

have a garage or drive.

Each charge point is slotted into the

ground with a flat and flush connection.

The technology has no permanent

footprint or street clutter as the hardware

is only visible when a vehicle is charging.

The Subsurface Technology for Electric

Pathways (STEP) project has been

awarded £3m in co-funding by Innovate

UK. If successful it will enable entire

streets to be filled with the charge points

so that no matter where a driver parks,

they will be able to charge their EV.

The technology consists of two parts

– a charge point slotted into the ground,

and a ‘lance’ which is inserted into the

charge point in order to charge. The

charger can provide charge rates from

2kW to 22kW, and up to 18 chargers can

run in parallel from one electricity

network connection. This will in turn

create opportunities for electric vehicle

owners to use spare capacity in their

batteries to provide services to electricity

network operators which could make the

cost of owning and running EVs cheaper.

Brent and Camden are at the forefront

of the EV transition in the UK. Both

boroughs have rapidly growing EV usage,

encouraged by council policy determined

to drive down air pollution in their

neighbourhoods.

Cllr Shama Tatler, Lead Member for

Regeneration, Property and Planning at

London Borough of Brent, said the

council was “thrilled to be among the first

to try these innovative new charging

points. Electric vehicles will play an

important part in improving our local air

quality which we know can have a

detrimental impact on people’s health.

“I hope these discrete kerbside chargers

will make electric vehicles accessible for

more people and get us one step closer to

our aim of becoming a zero-carbon borough.”

The technology has been developed by

Trojan Energy, a team of ex-oil industry

engineers determined to use their subsea

skills for good, and contribute towards

solving the problem of high CO 2

emissions.

Trojan Energy Managing Director, Ian

Mackenzie said: “We are grateful for the

support we have received from our

consortium partners and Innovate UK.

This backing will allow us to bring our

discrete kerbside charging to cities where

the need to transition to EVs is greatest.

Our technology will allow us to electrify

whole streets at a fraction of the cost of

traditional charging infrastructure and

without the need for kerbside clutter. We

are looking forward to bringing this revo-

lutionary solution to London and beyond”.

Element Energy, a strategic energy

consultancy specialising in the analysis of

low carbon energy, is leading the project,

using its sectoral and project management

expertise to achieve the best commercial

and environmental return for investment.

Celine Cluzel, Element Energy Director,

said “STEP is trialling a solution to what

is often the Achilles’ heel of charging

infrastructure: scalability. The project is

also conducting research on consumer

and wider street users’ preference – a

typical gap in research so far. These facts,

combined with the excellent team

brought together, make us confident that

the trial will be a significant step forward

for the uptake of electric vehicles.”

Other members of the consortium

include UK Power Networks, Birmingham

City Council and the University of Leeds.

Award-winning renewable electricity

supplier Octopus Energy will also be

recruiting their customers for the trial and

providing expertise in back end billing

which will be invaluable to EV owners.

A key aspect of the trial involves

collecting consumer feedback on the

technology and gathering new information

on the charging behaviour of EV drivers

who park on-street. This research will be

led by the Institute for Transport Studies

at the University of Leeds, which is a

world-renowned research establishment,

alongside input from Element Energy,

which also has previous experience of

conducting EV trials. Feedback from this

research will crucially inform the

development of commercialisation plans.

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A CGI mock-up of how the STEP

charging system will look


Test centre changes

For all the latest news, see www.msagb.com

There have been a number of changes to

driving test centres during November, as

the DVSA continues to reform its estate

to cope with Covid-19 restrictions, new

regulations, maintenance issues and

fluctuations in customer demand.

Gillingham driving test centre

The driving test centre in Gillingham will

be temporarily relocating during March

2021.

Car, motorcycle module 2 and ADI

tests will be temporarily carried out from

the LGV test centre in Gillingham from

March 1 to March 26. Additional

motorcycle module 1 test provision will

be provided at Erith and Herne Bay test

centres during this time. Testing will

resume from March 29.

Gillingham LGV test centre is at

Ambley Road, Gillingham, Kent ME8 0SJ

Penzance driving test centre

Repairs made to a leak at Penzance

driving test centre roof have led to the

discovery of asbestos in the ceiling.

This needs to be safely removed and

disposed of before extensive repair work

can be completed.

This work is on-going, and L-test will

continue out of Cambourne driving test

centre until Penzance can safely reopen.

Herne Bay driving test centre

The driving test centre at Herne Bay

will now carry out car and trailer (B+E)

tests, alongside the other tests currently

carried out here.

If you are a trainer booker, please note

that the opening day for booking these

tests week commencing 25 January will

fall on a Tuesday, in line with Mod1&2

tests, instead of the normal opening day.

This only applies to that week.

Bristol (Brislington) driving test centre

The DVSA is closing its driving test

centre at Bristol (Brislington) after the

landlord served notice.

The last day of testing at Flowers Hill

on Bath Road will be February 19.

Alternative nearby test centres include

Bristol (Kingswood) and Bristol

(Avonmouth). Candidates travelling from

Bath will also be able to use the test

centres at either Chippenham or

Trowbridge.

The DVSA has said it is looking for a

new venue to accommodate tests in the

Brislington area.

Chertsey driving test centre

The driving test centre in Chertsey will

be temporarily closing from March 18

2021 so that refurbishment work can

take place. Test capacity will be

increased at nearby test centres in

Ashford, Guildford, Slough, Farnborough,

Morden, Mitcham, and Redhill.

It is hoped that testing will resume at

the normal test site on April 21.

Oxford (Cowley Road)

The driving test centre in Oxford

(Cowley Road) will be temporarily

relocating during March and April 2021.

The new location will be the Oxford

Kassam Stadium, which will host tests

from March 22 until April 20, with

testing resuming at Cowley Road from

April 22. The address of the temporary

tests centre is: Oxford Kassam Stadium,

Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP

Tolworth driving test centre

The driving test centre in Tolworth will

be temporarily closing from March 18

2021 so that refurbishment work can

take place.

Test capacity will be increased at

nearby test centres in Ashford, Guildford,

Slough, Farnborough, Morden, Mitcham,

and Redhill. Motorcycle module 2 test

capacity will also be increased at

Farnborough and Mitcham. Testing will

resume at Tolworth on April 21.

Ashford (Kent)

The driving test centre in Ashford

(Kent) will be temporarily relocating

during March 2021. Tests will be carried

out at the temporary location at The

Riverside Centre from March 1 until

March 26.

Testing will resume at the normal

location at the Civic Centre on March 29.

We have emailed anyone with a test

booked during this time to let them know

about the new location.

The address of the new, temporary

location is: The Riverside Centre,

Gateway Church Ashford, Clockhouse,

Ashford TN23 4YN

Aberfeldy driving test centre

The driving test centre in Aberfeldy will

be reopening for testing from January 6

2021. The DVSA will email candidates

who are already on hold waiting for a

test to offer them a suitable time and

date.

Ban buds on

cyclists, says

world survey

The majority of road users support

banning people from wearing

headphones while cycling, a new

international survey has found.

The survey, conducted across 32

countries by the E-Survey of Road

Users’ Attitudes (ESRA), found that

two-thirds of the 35,000 respondents

were in support of introducing a ban

on cyclists wearing headphones.

Support was a little higher in the UK

where 68.2 per cent of people said

that they were in favour of the ban.

Across Europe, support for the

ban on cyclists wearing headphones

varied. Spain felt most strongly

about the introduction of the policy

with nearly 80 per cent of all road

users surveyed in that country

voting in its favour. Finland,

however, felt least strongly, with

only one in three (36 per cent)

believing the ban would be a good

move. In Germany and Hungary,

support for the ban was at similar

levels to those in the UK at 69.8 per

cent and 69.9 per cent respectively.

The European average was 66.5

per cent in support of the ban, with

even cycle-loving Holland and

Denmark showing small majorities

in favour of new controls.

Internationally, female road users

were more in favour than males of a

ban on headphones or earbuds

while cycling.

Neil Greig, Policy and Research

Director at IAM RoadSmart, said:

“It’s clear that the majority of road

users are very concerned about

distracted cyclists wearing

headphones or earbuds while riding.

“Being plugged in to either

headphones or earbuds is the

ultimate distraction, as it completely

shuts you off to your surroundings,

creating a potential road safety risk.”

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Membership

Members’ discounts and benefits

MSA GB has organised a number of exclusive discounts and offers for members. More details can be found on our website at

www.msagb.com. To access these benefits, simply log in and click on the Member discount logo, then click the link at the

bottom of the page to allow you to obtain your special discounts. Please note, non-members will be required to join the

association first. Terms and conditions apply

Ford launches special offer

for MSA GB members

Some exciting news for members: Ford has partnered with

MSA GB to offer exclusive discounts on all car and

commercial Ford vehicles.

Take a look at the Ford website www.ford.co.uk for vehicle

and specification information.

For further information, to view frequently asked questions,

to request a quote and to access the member discount

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GB website and follow the Ford link.

Please note these discounts are only available to MSA GB

members and their immediate family if they are members

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ACCOUNTANCY

MSA’s Recommended

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ADVANCE DRIVING

IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s

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Motor Schools Association GB

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MSA OFFER:: Enjoy a 20% saving on our

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BOOKKEEPING

Easy-to-use bookkeeping & tax spreadsheets

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CARD PAYMENTS

MSA and SumUp believe in

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Together we are on a mission to

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CPD & TRAINING

COURSES

As part of its new relationship

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MSA OFFER: 20% off all Tri-Coaching

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DISABILITY AIDS

Driving shouldn’t just be a

privilege for people without

disabilities; it should be

accessible for all and there’s

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this the case! MSA GB members can take

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MSA OFFER: Special Driving Instructor

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HEALTH / FINANCE COVER

The Motor Schools Association of Great Britain

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rates for medical plans, dental plan, hospital

cash plans, personal accident

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protection and vehicle

breakdown products.

MSA OFFER: HMCA only offer

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This is a comprehensive plan which provides

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MSA OFFER:: 15% offer for MSA members.

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TYRES

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Membership offer

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