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<strong>Newslink</strong><br />

The Voice of MSA GB<br />

Issue 363 • <strong>April</strong> 2023<br />

Thank you, Peter,<br />

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MSA GB’s National Chairman<br />

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Colin Lilly<br />

Editor, MSA GB <strong>Newslink</strong><br />

We are all aware that, as we pass through<br />

this decade, we are anticipating a period<br />

of change to the vehicles we drive. You<br />

may have already changed to a hybrid or<br />

an electric, or decided to postpone a<br />

decision while other power sources are<br />

researched.<br />

However, there remains one question<br />

– where will we drive them?<br />

One of the most frequent complaints<br />

drivers make is with regard to potholes.<br />

They not only damage cars and other<br />

vehicles, but also are a safety hazard.<br />

Drivers do not only have to be aware of<br />

road damage, but of the effects it has on<br />

the actions of other drivers: cyclists,<br />

e-scooter riders and mobility scooter<br />

users.<br />

In a recent survey Bristol’s roads were<br />

found to be in the worst condition in<br />

England, with 78.5 per cent requiring<br />

maintenance. This was followed by<br />

Blackburn with Darwen at 76 per cent.<br />

That runners-up spot for Blackburn is<br />

archly ironic: after all, the Beatles, 56<br />

years ago, sang of ‘4000 holes in<br />

Blackburn Lancashire’. Were the Fab<br />

Four being strangely prophetic, or has<br />

the situation worsened? I would suggest<br />

that now the Albert Hall could not cope.<br />

But it is not just potholes that are the<br />

problem; it is the neglect overall that is<br />

the issue. Road markings are fading and<br />

not replaced. Road signs are neglected<br />

to the point of being meaningless.<br />

Rural road edges are crumbling.<br />

Drainage is poor.<br />

Before we start on experimental<br />

road systems, let’s get the basics<br />

fixed. Progress is fine but we<br />

cannot burn the bridges of the<br />

past. Local planners permit or<br />

even encourage development<br />

within their area. This encourages<br />

extra population and with this comes<br />

more vehicles and more wear and tear<br />

on the local road network. The time<br />

comes when the development is<br />

completed and the roads adopted by the<br />

local authority. Many of the new<br />

developments use a range of road surface<br />

materials for aesthetic reasons. I shudder<br />

to think what they will look like in 20<br />

years’ time.<br />

The current position is that almost a<br />

fifth of local authority roads are within<br />

five years of structural failure. Despite the<br />

Government recently allocating £200<br />

million to ‘solve’ this problem, it is<br />

estimated that it will take eleven years to<br />

repair the current damage, at a cost of<br />

£14billion.<br />

My own North Somerset authority has<br />

stated that, at current funding levels,<br />

roads will only be resurfaced every 70<br />

years.<br />

We pay a car fund licence and council<br />

tax to fund, in part, the upkeep of our<br />

roads, so where has that money gone?<br />

Local authorities deal with only the most<br />

severe potholes, and then with a<br />

temporary fill which often lasts only a<br />

few days.<br />

Whether it be local or national<br />

government, someone needs to take a<br />

serious look at our transport system if we<br />

are to avoid a dystopian road network.<br />

Looking ahead, we may not be certain<br />

which power source will be used on our<br />

vehicles, but we do know they will need<br />

a very strong suspension.<br />

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Tributes have been<br />

paid to Peter Harvey<br />

after he stood down<br />

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MSA GB<br />

See page 16<br />


Contents<br />

08<br />

Honoured to<br />

lead MSA GB<br />

06<br />

News<br />

DVSA’s dual-plan<br />

looks to the future<br />

12<br />

Welcome for our new Chairman<br />

Peter Harvey will be a tough act to follow<br />

but I’m determined to work hard for this<br />

association, says new National Chairman<br />

Mike Yeomans – Pg 6<br />

DVSA ups ADIs’ pass mark<br />

The Standards Check is going to be a<br />

touch tougher this summer, after the<br />

DVSA announced plans to raise the pass<br />

mark from 31 to 33 out of 51 – Pg 8<br />

Welsh worries over 20mph<br />

The DVSA has admitted that plans to<br />

lower the speed limit on the majority of<br />

residential roads in Wales to 20mph will<br />

cause operational difficulties – Pg 10<br />

Farewell to Peter Harvey<br />

Our outgoing National Chairman reflects<br />

on his time in office, discussing the<br />

successes and disappointments, the<br />

challenges and the triumphs – Pg 16<br />

Conference report<br />

Full coverage of the presentations at the<br />

MSA GB Conference 2023, including the<br />

DVSA’s update on L-test waiting times<br />

and the association’s AGM – from Pg 20<br />

Towards your CPD<br />

Looking at the twin perils that bedevil<br />

many learners: not making progress and<br />

undue hesitancy, with ADI and instructor<br />

trainer Steve Garrod – Pg 28<br />

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MSA GB<br />

Board of Management<br />

National Chairman &<br />

Area 2 - East Coast Chair<br />

Mike Yeomans<br />

7 Oak Avenue, Elloughton, Brough<br />

HU15 1LA<br />

T: 07772 757529<br />

E: mike.yeomans@msagb.com<br />

Vice Chairman<br />

Peter Harvey MBE<br />

T: 01505 814823<br />

E: peter.harveymbe@msagb.com<br />

Area 1 – Scotland &<br />

Northern Ireland<br />

Chair: Steven Porter<br />

18 Heron Place, Johnstone<br />

PA5 0RW<br />

T: 01505 345372 or<br />

07747 600672<br />

E: steven.porter@msagb.com<br />

Area 3 – London & South East<br />

Chair: Tom Kwok<br />

52B Sutton Road, Muswell Hill,<br />

London N10 1HE<br />

07956 269922<br />

E: tom.kwok@msagb.com<br />

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Chair: Arthur Mynott<br />

9 Hagleys Green Crowcombe,<br />

Taunton TA4 2AH<br />

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News<br />

Christine Peek<br />

Many members will be greatly<br />

saddened to hear that Christine Peek<br />

has died after a short battle against<br />

illness.<br />

Along with her husband Neil, the<br />

Peeks were MSA GB members for<br />

many years and regular attendees at<br />

Conferences, often accompanied by<br />

their wider family.<br />

The MSA GB Board passes on its<br />

condolences to Neil and his family at<br />

this difficult time.<br />

Opticians in warning<br />

over eye test failures<br />

Two-thirds of drivers in the UK who<br />

use glasses are ‘putting off’ updating<br />

their prescription, the Association of<br />

Optometrists (AOP) has claimed.<br />

As a result, their vision isn’t<br />

suitable for driving – increasing the<br />

risk of accidents and a possible<br />

£1,000 fine, and three points on a<br />

driving licence.<br />

The AOP’s latest research found<br />

that a fifth of drivers who require<br />

glasses have not had their eyes tests<br />

in at least three years.<br />

Police data has shown that around<br />

3,000 people are killed or injured by<br />

drivers with bad eyesight (or where<br />

eyesight has played a part in the<br />

cause of the collision) every year.<br />

That wasn’t smart...<br />

Research by the RAC has discovered<br />

that much of the electronic safety<br />

system overseeing England’s smart<br />

motorways failed for two hours on a<br />

Wednesday morning in February.<br />

During the outage there were no<br />

sign, signals and stopped vehicle<br />

detection technology in operation,<br />

meaning that anyone who broke<br />

down on a motorway with all lanes<br />

running was left helpless.<br />

The National Highways operational<br />

control director said it was “urgently<br />

investigating this unplanned<br />

outage.”<br />

A tough act to follow, but I’m<br />

honoured to lead MSA GB<br />

Mike Yeomans<br />

MSA GB<br />

National Chairman<br />

Welcome to this, the <strong>April</strong> issue of <strong>Newslink</strong>.<br />

I’ve been a regular contributor to<br />

<strong>Newslink</strong> for many years – indeed, I used<br />

to be a regional editor – but this is my<br />

first issue as national Chairman of MSA<br />

GB. It’s something I’m very proud of, and<br />

it is a real privilege to have been elected<br />

by the board to take on the role.<br />

I look forward to helping us move with<br />

the times, to engage all ADIs and driver<br />

trainers, road safety experts and all those<br />

who are motivated to improve the safety<br />

on the roads.<br />

As an organisation we are focused to<br />

getting the best up-to-date information to<br />

our members, and will always aim to<br />

offer meaningful support to our<br />

membership and advice as required.<br />

The recent restructuring of our areas<br />

allows us to be available in more cities<br />

and towns and get real advice and help<br />

to local ADI groups and local authority<br />

road safety advocates. I am confident<br />

members will enjoy even more benefits<br />

from MSA GB as the next year unfolds.<br />

A little bit about me: I have been in a<br />

driver training environment for most of<br />

my life. I was educated in Hull and<br />

progressed on to university, attending<br />

colleges in Cambridge and latterly in<br />

Manchester. To be honest, my education<br />

has never stopped. I achieved teaching<br />

and psychology qualifications and<br />

completed the Fleet Management CPC. I<br />

am a Train the Trainer in several subjects<br />

including passenger transportation,<br />

freight haulage, eco driving and electric<br />

vehicles. My driving business is Training<br />

UK Development where as director, I also<br />

serving as the ‘Safe Driver Manager’.<br />

For local authorities I have developed a<br />

driver permit system and deliver in-house<br />

and external training for them, covering<br />

assessments in all types of vehicles, as<br />

well as classroom delivery on driver<br />

health and safety, assisting school<br />

academies with minibus training and<br />

driver records, and I am an adviser on<br />

road risk management policy.<br />

I have over 23 years’ experience with<br />

diversionary schemes, from delivery to<br />

setting up some of the early PowerPoint<br />

presentations of which many currently<br />

reflect those early initiatives.<br />

Training for licence acquisition has<br />

always been the mainstay of my<br />

business, recently concentrating on<br />

assisting local driver trainers with<br />

mock-test drives, helping to calm student<br />

nerves and give a valued appraisal of<br />

what standard the driver needs is to<br />

apply for a practical driving test.<br />

I have assisted the Highways Agency<br />

with development of education/training<br />

for the elderly driver. This has been a<br />

new initiative for the Safer Roads<br />

Humber Humberside in 2009, to mark<br />

the 50 years of the motorway and how<br />

we use the network.<br />

In addition I am currently Honorary<br />

President and Chairman of IAM<br />

RoadSmart Hull and East Riding<br />

Advanced Motorists and an executive<br />

board member of Institute for Master<br />

Tutors of Driving.<br />

Away from driver training I have served<br />

with the RAF Training Branch, rising to<br />

the rank of Squadron Leader, and was<br />

awarded the Lord Lieutenant Certification<br />

from the Crown for my training<br />

achievements, including support of youth<br />

in the community.<br />

Finally, please see page 16 for a full<br />

tribute to our outgoing Chairman, Peter<br />

Harvey. His service to this association<br />

merits the many fine tributes that have<br />

been paid to him; he is a tough act to<br />

follow.<br />


To contact Mike, email him at<br />

mike.yeomans@msagb.com<br />


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Strike action to hit more L-tests<br />

Further strikes will hit L-tests this month,<br />

the Public and Commercial Services<br />

(PCS) Union has confirmed.<br />

Not all DVSA staff are PCS members,<br />

and even if they are, they might choose<br />

not to go on strike, so it is impossible at<br />

this stage to say how many tests will be<br />

lost. However, the PCS has confirmed<br />

strike action will be taken on a rolling<br />

basis, affecting different regions on<br />

different days.<br />

At present the strikes will be<br />

held on:<br />

• <strong>April</strong> 17-18 <strong>April</strong>:<br />

North-east England and<br />

Scotland<br />

• <strong>April</strong> 20-21: North-west<br />

England and Yorkshire and the<br />

Humber<br />

• <strong>April</strong> 24-25 <strong>April</strong>: East of<br />

England, East Midlands, West Midlands<br />

and parts of London<br />

• <strong>April</strong> 27-28: London, south-east<br />

England, South-west England and Wales.<br />

See the panel at the end of this article<br />

for a link to a comprehensive list of the<br />

DTCs affected.<br />

What to do if your pupil has a test<br />

Pupils concerned their test will be<br />

affected can change the date of their<br />

test via the online booking system,<br />

but must give at least three<br />

clear working days’ notice or<br />

they will have to pay again.<br />

If they do not want to<br />

change the date, they should<br />

turn up for their appointment<br />

as planned. If the test cannot<br />

go ahead, the test will be<br />

rescheduled for the first available date,<br />

and they will be able to claim out-ofpocket<br />

expenses. They must have turned<br />

up for their test to be able to do this.<br />

Rescheduling some tests in advance<br />

DVSA is rescheduling some tests in<br />

advance. Candidates affected will be<br />

contacted by email.<br />

In addition to driving examiners, PCS<br />

members in the DVSA customer service<br />

centre will also be on strike, on <strong>April</strong> 5-6<br />

and <strong>April</strong> 11-12. On these dates the<br />

customer service centre will be open<br />

from 8am to 4pm and it may take longer<br />

than usual to answer your query.<br />

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News<br />

DVSA ups the stakes<br />

by raising Standards<br />

Check pass mark<br />

The DVSA is raising the pass mark on<br />

the Standards Check, from the current<br />

31 to 33 out of 51.<br />

Nick Taylor, DVSA ADI Registrar said<br />

the current Standards Check was a great<br />

tool, and provided “an opportunity for<br />

ADIs and trainee driving instructors to<br />

show their skills and how they can help<br />

pupils better prepare to drive safely and<br />

independently,” but it was time to think<br />

about whether further changes were<br />

required.<br />

The DVSA had conducted a survey on<br />

raising the pass mark, and Nick pointed<br />

out that “the pass mark for the ADI Part<br />

3 test is currently 31. It is reasonable to<br />

think that as driving instructors become<br />

more experienced, their skills and<br />

competencies will improve and they<br />

should become better instructors,<br />

providing a higher standard of training to<br />

their pupils.<br />

“Therefore we would expect<br />

experienced ADIs to perform at a higher<br />

level than an inexperienced potential<br />

instructor taking their qualification test,<br />

making the increase to 33 appropriate.”<br />

He added that “the proposed increase<br />

in the pass mark is very achievable. It<br />

would help us all to continue raising<br />

standards and show to learner drivers<br />

and their parents that, once qualified,<br />

instructors not only maintain their skills<br />

but develop and improve them.”<br />

He highlighted a number of initiatives<br />

taken by the DVSA to improve ADI<br />

standards, including the engagement call<br />

for candidates with ADI examiners before<br />

standards checks take place.<br />

“We recently added a compulsory<br />

engagement call to the ORDIT<br />

assessments as well. This has had a<br />

positive response from those who have<br />

been able to take advantage of this<br />

opportunity.<br />

“The impact of any increase in the<br />

Standards Check pass mark would<br />

feature in these<br />

conversations, alongside<br />

support and advice on<br />

how to best prepare for<br />

the assessment.”<br />

Nick added: “Improving<br />

teaching standards is an<br />

ongoing process and we<br />

need ADIs’ support to<br />

help us make the right<br />

changes, to offer the<br />

best level of training to<br />

your pupils.”<br />

ADIs on the DVSA<br />

blog site had a mixed<br />

response to the news.<br />

One asked whether the higher pass<br />

mark would improve the standard of<br />

ADIs, adding that “the only thing I can<br />

see happening is more ADIs failing and<br />

feeling aggrieved towards the examiner.”<br />

A harder line was taken by one ADI<br />

who questioned the wisdom of the<br />

Standards Check in the first place: “I<br />

strongly believe the current Standards<br />

Check does not add any knowledge to<br />

the ADI, and passing or failing it does<br />

not tell us the exact level of the ADI. I<br />

think what matters is education, so<br />

providing training courses to ADIs may<br />

make a greater difference.”<br />

The DVSA defended the check,<br />

pointing out that it is “a practical<br />

assessment of instructional ability and is<br />

used to ensure driving instructors meet<br />

the minimum required standard.”<br />

However, it acknowledged that<br />

“education is also an important part of<br />

raising standards and was one of the<br />

reasons why the DVSA launched the<br />

engagement call in 2021.”<br />

“This is an opportunity for an ADI to<br />

engage with a DVSA examiner to discuss<br />

their Standards Check and ask any<br />

questions they may have. The examiner<br />

will also discuss continuing professional<br />

development and encourage the ADI to<br />

seek ongoing development with an<br />

ORDIT registered trainer. ADIs will also<br />

be signposted to resources such as the<br />

National Standards for Driver and Rider<br />

training.”<br />

Another ADI queried the Standards<br />

Check marking system: “There is no clear<br />

information of how the marking system<br />

works. What does a 3 in each section<br />

look like in terms of instructional ability?”<br />

They also questioned what ‘good’<br />

tuition looks like and requested definite<br />

explanations as to why an action would<br />

be marked as a 1, 2 or 3 in each<br />

competency.<br />

However, there was some support for<br />

the move, with one ADI suggesting that<br />

raising the pass mark to 33 was not<br />

going far enough: “It should be 35 out of<br />

51. Better quality teaching by instructors<br />

would increase the L-test pass rate, give<br />

us more good drivers on the roads and<br />

finally reduce the waiting list.”<br />

What’s your view?<br />

Do you agreee that the Standards Check<br />

pass mark should be raised? Or do you<br />

think an alternative mode of assessment<br />

is required? Let MSA GB know by telling<br />

the editor, at editor@msagb.com<br />


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Shake-up to test booking system as DVSA<br />

looks to encourage pupils to wait<br />

The DVSA is making changes to the<br />

L-test booking system this summer, to<br />

encourage learners to only book and take<br />

their driving test when properly prepared.<br />

Changes include tightening up the<br />

rules around cancelling tests and<br />

increasing the number of days a<br />

candidate must wait before booking a<br />

test after a failure.<br />

Explaining the rationale behind the<br />

changes the DVSA said: “In February,<br />

53% of learners failed their L-test, and<br />

examiners are having to physically<br />

intervene in one-in-eight tests for safety<br />

reasons.<br />

“This suggests that more than half of<br />

candidates are not ready to take their test<br />

or drive safely on their own.<br />

“These changes are intended to help<br />

improve pass rates, make more tests<br />

available for learners who are ready and<br />

help to reduce driving test waiting times.”<br />

They are part of a package of measures<br />

that were publicly consulted on in 2022.<br />

The changes include:<br />

• extending the period that those who<br />

fail their car test have to wait before<br />

booking another test from 10 to 28 clear<br />

working days. This will give learners the<br />

time to undertake additional learning and<br />

training, and gain experience, which will<br />

increase the likelihood of them passing<br />

their next test.<br />

We also foresee this having a positive<br />

impact on car test waiting times.<br />

• extending the notice period during<br />

which a cancelled car test will result in a<br />

lost fee, from 3 to 10 clear working days.<br />

This will encourage learners who need<br />

more practice, to give DVSA more notice<br />

when cancelling, and give better<br />

prepared learners more chance to take<br />

advantage of short-notice test<br />

appointments.<br />

DVSA reasoning for changes<br />

It believes the changes will encourage<br />

learner drivers to be better prepared for<br />

their driving test, help to reduce the<br />

number of driving test appointments that<br />

are wasted on learners who are nowhere<br />

near the standard, and make more tests<br />

available for your pupils who are properly<br />

prepared. It should also make it easier<br />

for ADIs to find tests that are cancelled at<br />

short notice for pupils who are test ready.<br />

A consultation on the proposal found<br />

that one-in-three learners would be<br />

encouraged by the changes to only book<br />

their test when they are ready, even if<br />

waiting times remained the same as<br />

‘‘<br />

The changes will encourage<br />

learners to be better prepared<br />

for their driving test and<br />

reduce the number of driving<br />

test appointments wasted on<br />

learners nowhere near the<br />

required standard...<br />

‘‘<br />

now. 42.8% of learners said this<br />

measure would encourage them to only<br />

book their test when ready, even if<br />

waiting times were reduced.<br />

That’s more than those who said it<br />

would not change their behaviour<br />

(42.2%), the DVSA said.<br />

37.1% of ADIs who responded to the<br />

DVSA consultation agreed with<br />

increasing the number of days your<br />

pupils will have to wait to rebook from<br />

10 to 28, and 46.8% agreed with<br />

increasing the short notice cancellation<br />

period from 3 to 10 days.<br />

The DVSA is working with Parliament<br />

to change the law, and the changes will<br />

hopefully take effect in the summer.<br />

You can read<br />

the full<br />

report here<br />


News<br />

Welsh plans to extend 20mph zones<br />

causing concern to ADIs and the DVSA<br />

The DVSA has admitted that plans by<br />

the Welsh Government to introduce a<br />

20mph default speed limit on residential<br />

roads and busy pedestrian streets could<br />

lead to a major overhaul of the driving<br />

test centre estate across the country.<br />

The legislation was approved by the<br />

Senned in July of last year, and its<br />

supporters say it will save lives by<br />

reducing the risk and severity of injuries<br />

from collisions between vehicles and<br />

other road users.<br />

It will also, it hopes, encourage people<br />

to make more sustainable travel choices,<br />

as well as bring benefits in reducing<br />

noise pollution and improving air quality,<br />

as well as other environmental boosts.<br />

The changes will affect most 30mph<br />

roads, but not all. It will mainly affect<br />

restricted roads – generally residential or<br />

busy pedestrian streets with streetlights.<br />

But not all 30mph roads are restricted<br />

roads, and these remain at 30mph, and<br />

will be signed as such.<br />

A map has been published on<br />

DataMapWales that shows which roads<br />

would stay at 30mph.<br />

However, while the Welsh Government<br />

website has a comprehensive list of<br />

reasons why this is a good idea, it does<br />

not mention learner drivers at all, and<br />

there is considerable concern within the<br />

DVSA and the ADI community that it will<br />

affect learning and testing. Speaking to<br />

the MSA GB conference, Peter Hearn,<br />

DVSA operations director, told delegates:<br />

“In places like Cardiff, this would mean<br />

all tests would take place in second gear,<br />

which would be wrong.<br />

“We need to look at whether we will<br />

have to move all Welsh test centres that<br />

are currently in urban areas outside<br />

towns and cities, if this policy stays.”<br />

Peter Harvey commented: “While most<br />

Welsh ADIs in urban areas have access<br />

to faster roads which won’t be impacted<br />

by this law change, it will make teaching<br />

very challenging. Imagine having a new<br />

learner, in an area surrounded by 20mph<br />

zones, knowing that you will have to<br />

stick to second gear throughout the<br />

lesson, with little or no chance of moving<br />

on to a 30mph road. Very challenging.<br />

“I can see why the DVSA is concerned,<br />

and without wishing to dive into the<br />

politics behind this, I’m surprised the<br />

Welsh Government website does not<br />

make reference to the issues that this<br />

will create for the driver training and<br />

testing community.”<br />

Peter added: “I understand the appeal<br />

of 20mph zones in suburban and<br />

residential streets, but there need to be<br />

30mph roads too. I’m sure ADIs will pick<br />

their way through the new 20mph zones<br />

and find ways to get from them to<br />

30mph roads in a reasonably sensible<br />

fashion, but my fear is that there will be<br />

areas where the logistics of this are<br />

impossible. If you happen to live in such<br />

an area, this could create huge issues for<br />

some Welsh ADIs.”<br />

The Welsh Government map<br />

of 20mph zones can be<br />

found be clicking here<br />

‘Book to hold’ offers ADIs chance to secure tests<br />

DVSA is reminding ADIs that its ‘Book<br />

to Hold’ facility on the ADI booking<br />

system means you can book and pay<br />

for an ADI qualifying test or standards<br />

check even if no suitable date is<br />

immediately available.<br />

Using the facility helps the DVSA to<br />

manage demand for tests at individual<br />

centres across the country and deploy<br />

examiners accordingly. This means<br />

more instructors and potential<br />

instructors can take a test on their<br />

preferred date or close to it.<br />

To enable them to match examiner<br />

availability with test demand even more<br />

closely, ADIs and/or pupils are asked to<br />

follow these guidelines when using the<br />

“book to hold” facility.<br />

• Only request a date within the<br />

12-week booking window.<br />

• Wait until the candidate is ready to<br />

take the test before you request one, to<br />

increase the chance of success first<br />

time.<br />

• Don’t request a date outside the 12<br />

week booking window for a Standards<br />

Check as it must be completed within<br />

three months of receiving your invitation<br />

and DVSA are likely to move the date<br />

forward.<br />

Using “Book to Hold” correctly means<br />

the DVSA can allocate examiners where<br />

they’re needed and ensure as many<br />

instructors as possible get a test on (or<br />

close to) their preferred date.<br />

CLICK HERE for more details<br />


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Time to improve, DVLA, the pandemic’s over<br />

Colin Lilly<br />

Editor, MSA GB <strong>Newslink</strong><br />

Three years ago we were commenting on<br />

the delays experienced by drivers<br />

applying for or renewing driving licences.<br />

The Government Public Accounts<br />

Committee have recently reported their<br />

findings on the chaos created by the<br />

pandemic 2020-22 on this area of life.<br />

The committee heard from licence<br />

applicants who had been threatened with<br />

job loss, unable to reach their place of<br />

employment, had difficulty arranging<br />

motor insurance, driving abroad or hiring<br />

vehicles.<br />

The committee said despite changes to<br />

the law allowing licence renewals to be<br />

postponed, and the DVLA taking on<br />

additional staff, the problems at the<br />

DVLA had persisted for two years.<br />

Concerned applicants problems had<br />

been made worse by the difficulty they<br />

encountered contacting DVLA during the<br />

pandemic. Between <strong>April</strong> 2020 and<br />

March 2022 around 60 million calls<br />

went unanswered, which represented<br />

94% of the total the DVLA received.<br />

On the positive side the 17 million<br />

applicants who submitted online, and did<br />

not involve medical conditions, were<br />

processed within three days. However,<br />

the three million paper applications, or<br />

which required a decision from the DVLA<br />

over fitness to drive, faced long delays.<br />

The committee report criticised the<br />

Department for Transport (DfT) for taking<br />

a “hands-off” approach to problems at<br />

the DVLA, and had failed to ensure the<br />

organisation was adopting modern<br />

working practices. The Committee Chair,<br />

Dame Meg Hillier MP, described the<br />

DVLA’s operations as “antiquated”. DVLA<br />

needed better systems to identify and<br />

fast-track driving licence applications<br />

where the customer would be severely<br />

affected by a delay, she said.<br />

The DVLA said it had recently<br />

modernised the telephony systems, so it<br />

should be able to cope better with any<br />

future surges in demand. Processing<br />

times were now back to normal.<br />

It is hoped that users of the service<br />

identify with this.<br />


News<br />

Twin DVSA documents offer hint of<br />

major changes to testing by 2030<br />

<strong>April</strong> 4 saw the DVSA take the wraps off<br />

two crucial strategy documents, when it<br />

revealed its Strategic Plan to 2025 and<br />

Vision to 2030.<br />

It is unusual for the DVSA to bring out<br />

two such documents at the same time,<br />

but the delivery of a vision document in<br />

accompaniment to its strategy document<br />

suggests the agency is well aware it<br />

needs to get ahead of major changes<br />

heading its way. This is particularly true<br />

in terms of major changes ahead on the<br />

environment and technology, including<br />

autonomous driving.<br />

In the Strategic Plan to 2025, the<br />

DVSA vowed to “concentrate on<br />

customer needs and reducing test<br />

waiting times. We are determined to do<br />

much more to inform, educate and<br />

advise everyone how to stay safe. And<br />

we want to help people manage their<br />

costs and their businesses including<br />

recruitment and development of drivers<br />

to support the national supply chain.”<br />

It’s short-term goals in setting<br />

standards, assessing and testing are to<br />

shorten waiting times, streamline the<br />

theory test customer experience and<br />

increase capacity in the HGV testing<br />

regime.<br />

It will also “support training<br />

organisations to do effective manoeuvres<br />

tests”, and adapt testing “around the<br />

England-Wales border for when the<br />

20mph default speed limit takes effect in<br />

Wales in September 2023.”<br />

Looking further afield to 2025, it<br />

wants to develop a digital driver services<br />

platform that supports flexibility, reduce<br />

its reliance on the fixed estate, improve<br />

its sustainability and explore whether<br />

driving test routes can be designed<br />

locally to take into account local issues<br />

and conditions in real time.<br />

But perhaps the big news is the<br />

following sentence: “Adapt driver and<br />

rider testing to reflect changes in modern<br />

vehicle types, including more automated<br />

and self-driving vehicles.”<br />

This would suggest major changes to<br />

the test could be on their way.<br />

There is also a proposal to “improve<br />

the way motorcycle trainers provide for<br />

motorcycling on modern and future<br />

roads,” as well as an acknowledgement<br />

that by 2025, it may need to adapt its<br />

policies to accommodate e-scooters.<br />

In the DVSA’s Vision to 2030, its goal<br />

is set out in a simple mission statement:<br />

Keeping Britain moving, safely and<br />

sustainably. As one would expect, the<br />

document contains a number of pledges<br />

to make our roads safer, but as the DVSA<br />

has always had safety as a driving force,<br />

it is perhaps more important to<br />

acknowledge the two large ‘elephants in<br />

the room’; the environmental landscape,<br />

and the technological one.<br />

On the first, “Road transport needs to<br />

be greener and healthier. We must help<br />

to end the UK’s contribution to climate<br />

change by becoming net zero... we must<br />

make towns and cities safer, encouraging<br />

people to make the healthier choice to<br />

walk or cycle.”<br />

But the DVSA must also harness “the<br />

potential of technology and data... We’re<br />

on the cusp of a transport revolution,<br />

where about 1 in 8 new cars sold in<br />

2030 could have self-driving features. To<br />

help people stay safe, we need to make<br />

sure they have the confidence to use<br />

these new cars. The revolution will bring<br />

an unprecedented quantity and quality of<br />

new data.”<br />

It adds: “By 2030 there will be 10<br />

million battery electric vehicles on the<br />

road, with 300,000 public charge points<br />

... we will have a ban on the sale of new<br />

fully petrol or diesel cars and 12% of all<br />

new cars sold could have self- driving<br />

capabilities... at the same time, half of<br />

all journeys in towns and cities to be<br />

made by walking or cycling.”<br />

This situation becomes even more<br />

acute by 2040, when “40% of all cars<br />

sold will have self-driving features.”<br />

That’s why, by 2030, “the DVSA will<br />

adapt driving standards for vehicles with<br />

self-driving features, and adapt theory<br />

tests and driving tests for vehicles with<br />

self-driving features...”<br />

It all smacks of major changes coming,<br />

though there are few concrete details in<br />

either document. However, CLICK<br />

HERE to read the documents in full,<br />

and <strong>Newslink</strong> will have a more<br />

comprehensive review of their contents<br />

– and possible implications for ADIs – in<br />

the May issue. Watch this space!<br />


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Reports of underfunding, a shortage of<br />

medical staff, noisy and overcrowded<br />

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waiting times will be familiar to everyone.<br />

In England, hospital waiting lists are<br />

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Financial advice<br />

Make sure you make the most of any<br />

help the Chancellor offered<br />

The Chancellor announced in his recent<br />

Budget “We are following the plan and<br />

the plan is working,” and there will be<br />

no recession. With more and more of us<br />

feeling the impact of higher prices and<br />

interest rates, for many the Budget did<br />

help a little. Although inflation has<br />

dropped from the record high of 11.1%<br />

in October it will take some time before<br />

we see any significant drop. With that,<br />

MSA GB approved accountants FBTC<br />

wanted to outline a few key points from<br />

the Budget that might help you save a<br />

little.<br />

Please note, this information is given<br />

based on an individual operating as a<br />

sole-trader and is non-VAT registered.<br />

Firstly, the few announcements with<br />

change dates of <strong>April</strong> 2023 are:<br />

• Energy Price Guarantee will remain<br />

at £2,500 for the next three months,<br />

• Fuel duty frozen,<br />

• Tax relief for foster carers increased,<br />

• Pensions, Annual tax-free allowance<br />

has increased from £40k to £60k.<br />

The lifetime allowance has been<br />

abolished.<br />

The above may not feel like much, but<br />

it does make us reflect on the basic tax<br />

reliefs and strategies that already exists:<br />

• Make use of your Personal Allowance<br />

Any income received within the<br />

personal allowance, £12,570, is tax free.<br />

This income can be from pension<br />

income, rental profit, and offshore bonds<br />

not just from the work you do.<br />

If you haven’t used your personal<br />

allowance check to see if you can utilise<br />

it.<br />

• Check your tax code<br />

If you are in PAYE make sure you<br />

check your tax code as you could pay<br />

more tax than you should and it can take<br />

time to get this refund back from HMRC.<br />

(This is especially the case if you have<br />

taxable benefits in kind, for example a<br />

company car).<br />

• Marriage Tax Allowance<br />

Did you know you can backdate your<br />

application for marriage allowance up to<br />

three years? Transferring the personal<br />

allowance can save you up to £250 in<br />

tax per year.<br />

To maximise this tax saving, a spouse<br />

whose income is below the personal<br />

allowance will transfer some of their<br />

unused allowance to a spouse paying tax<br />

at basic rate.<br />

The allowance cannot be transferred to<br />

someone paying higher rate tax.<br />

• Personal Savings Allowances<br />

This allows you to receive a maximum<br />

of £1,000 of interest before you must<br />

pay tax on it, this is again dependent on<br />

your income tax band. This might not<br />

sound like a lot but its very much along<br />

the lines of – every little helps.<br />

• Savings plans<br />

Personal ISAs: ISAs are a tax-efficient<br />

way to save money. The personal<br />

allowance for ISAs is still £20,000.<br />

• Junior ISAs: Pass money to future<br />

generations, tax efficiently.<br />

• Business Expenses:<br />

Make sure you aren’t missing tax relief<br />

by not including business expenses that<br />

are allowable.<br />

• Complete your tax return on time (let<br />

FBTC complete it for you). You might<br />

think ‘it’s £100 late filing, I will just pay<br />

it’, but that’s potentially two weeks’<br />

worth of fuel – it’s much better in your<br />

fuel tank than HMRC’s account.<br />

• Speak to a financial advisor –<br />

individual circumstances change from<br />

year to year, as do regulations. It is worth<br />

reviewing how you are managing your<br />

finances to make sure you aren’t missing<br />

out.<br />

• FBTC can provide MSA GB members<br />

with focused accountancy advice that is<br />

tailored to the particular needs of ADIs<br />

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Raising the pass mark could be a bonus<br />

Since DVSA announced its proposal to<br />

increase the pass mark for the ADI<br />

Standards Check from 31 to 33 out of<br />

55 there have been some reports stating<br />

that the DVSA was ‘increasing the pass<br />

rate’, writes Colin Lilly.<br />

This may just be semantics... it could<br />

have started as a typographical error that<br />

has persisted, but the pass rate isn’t<br />

changing; the pass mark is.<br />

Of course, often in any sector of<br />

education, when a pass mark is raised<br />

the pass rate falls, but this is not set in<br />

stone.<br />

The success rate for the Standards<br />

Check could rise despite the higher score<br />

needed. It is not an unreasonable<br />

expectation of the DVSA that ADIs’<br />

standards of teaching rise with<br />

experience; we shall see.<br />

What is definitely true is that currently,<br />

teaching experience alone is not enough<br />

to improve you as an ADI. Any practical<br />

experience needs to be backed up by<br />

Continuing Professional Development<br />

(CPD) in its various forms;<br />

• Sitting in on driving tests<br />

• Attend live events.<br />

• Join Webinars<br />

• Engage the services of a good driver<br />

trainer.<br />

• Keep up with events via <strong>Newslink</strong>.<br />

CPD does not need to be expensive but<br />

it will give value to your business.<br />

Going back to the pass mark increase,<br />

when assessment standards are raised, it<br />

does tend to create a fear factor but this<br />

can have a positive effect.<br />

The ultimate outcome could be a rise in<br />

the success rate for the ADI Standards<br />

Check.<br />

Let’s hope so.<br />

What’s new?<br />

The DVSA’s official publisher, The<br />

Stationery Office, has launched a new<br />

Highway Code App.<br />

It’s for all road users and makes it even<br />

easier – and more fun – to keep up to<br />

date with the rules of the road.<br />

What’s new on the App?<br />

• Instant access to the very latest<br />

version of the Official Highway Code<br />

while on the move, on tablets and mobile<br />

devices<br />

• Quizzes and timed challenge<br />

features, that help users check their<br />

knowledge of the Highway Code and<br />

track their progress.<br />

• A voice over option enabling users to<br />

listen as well as read.<br />

The App costs £3.99 and is available<br />

to download on both Android and iOS<br />

platforms.<br />

You can find the app<br />

by clicking here<br />


Farewell, Peter Harvey<br />

Peter Harvey MBE stood down as Chairman of MSA GB at the AGM in March. In conversation<br />

with Rob Beswick, here he reflects on his time as Chair, celebrating the positive changes<br />

made to the profession during his time in office, highlighting the missed opportunities and<br />

remembering those people who had made his role so special.<br />

Thanks, it’s been great<br />

working with you all<br />

Well, Peter: 28 years in post: Did you<br />

ever think you’d be in the role this long<br />

when you took over the reins from Ron<br />

Feltham in 1995?<br />

No! I had no idea my tenure would last<br />

28 years. There was a long list of<br />

established chairmen around the country<br />

before me, all doing a great job, so I was<br />

surprised to be asked. Replacing Ron<br />

Feltham was no small task as he was<br />

such a charismatic man. I thought I may<br />

have been able to make a contribution<br />

working with my colleagues on the board<br />

and management team, but never<br />

suspected I would be doing it for so long.<br />

I’ve always been grateful for the trust my<br />

fellow chairs showed in me.<br />

What’s the thing you’ve most enjoyed<br />

about being Chair?<br />

That’s easy: meeting the people in this<br />

profession. The number of friends I have<br />

made over the years has been amazing,<br />

and it’s been great to be able to help<br />

hundreds of members and non-members<br />

through what for them were very trying<br />

times. When you’ve worked hard to help<br />

keep someone on the Register, and see/<br />

hear the relief in them, it made it very<br />

worthwhile.<br />

I’ve also enjoyed working with other<br />

organisations involved in driver training<br />

and road safety: IMTD, NASP, EFA,<br />

PACTS and RoSPA, to name but a few.<br />

I’ve even enjoyed our meetings with<br />

politicians though I have to admit the<br />

scariest one was giving evidence to the<br />

Parliamentary Select Committee for<br />

Transport.<br />

How have things changed over the<br />

time? What’s the thing that you look at<br />

now and think, ‘wow, if you had said<br />

things would work like that in 1995, I<br />

would not have believed you?’<br />

I think the biggest surprise is how the<br />

profession has been asked to adapt to<br />

new ideas. Just off the top of my head,<br />

back in 1995 we didn’t have a separate<br />

theory test for learners; we’ve coped with<br />

the introduction of the paper test and<br />

now we have this dazzling HPT, with CGI<br />

scenes to test learners’ understanding.<br />

To that you can add the complete<br />

overhaul of the driving test over the<br />

years. First it was extended to increase<br />

the time spent driving, then we<br />

introduced designated routes where the<br />

candidate was asked to follow<br />

schematics for a period, and that was<br />

replaced by the Sat Nav and following<br />

road signs on the independent driving<br />

section.<br />

You can add to this the ‘show me tell<br />

me’ questions and new exercises such as<br />

the pull up on the right.<br />

There have been massive changes, too,<br />

to the way new entrants to the profession<br />

are tested, through what are now Parts<br />

1,2 & 3, as well as the introduction of<br />

the check test – now the Standards<br />

Check.<br />

Away from the test, I suppose the<br />

biggest change is the vast improvements<br />

in technology. I certainly never imagined<br />

in 1995 that by now we’d all be walking<br />

around with a minicomputer in our<br />

pocket, or be on the verge of near<br />

autonomous vehicles.<br />

How have relations with the DVSA<br />

changed over the time? Have they<br />

improved, or got worse? What do you<br />

think of the agency’s performance?<br />

Not every change is for the better, but I<br />

would say that the way the DVSA liaises<br />

with ADIs is streets ahead of how it<br />

operated back in the 1990s – and those<br />

times were considered a marked<br />

improvement on the 1970s and ‘80s!<br />

We now have a really good working<br />

relationship with DVSA senior<br />

management, chatting on an almost daily<br />

basis. I can honestly say that some of the<br />

top people at the DVSA I would consider<br />

friends. Back at the beginning, driving<br />

examiners at the test centre wouldn’t<br />

even speak to you. Not all of them have<br />

joined in with the new relationship as<br />

willingly as others, but it’s a vastly better<br />

relationship between the two sides of the<br />

profession.<br />

As to the DVSA’s performance, it’s a<br />

little harder to comment on. I’ve always<br />

been aware that the DVSA is at times, at<br />

the mercy of whatever government<br />

happens to be in control at the time.<br />

The staff, in my opinion, try to push<br />

forward ideas to improve road safety.<br />

The one thing I can say for sure is that<br />

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“The way the DVSA liaises with ADIs<br />

is streets ahead of how it operated<br />

back in the 1990s – and those<br />

times were considered a marked<br />

improvement on the 1970s and ‘80s!”<br />

What has been the DVSA’s biggest<br />

success as far as changes to the driver<br />

training/learner’s infrastructure?<br />

When I look back, there have been<br />

loads of changes – many that new<br />

instructors would not think of. The best<br />

ones are often the simplest. A good<br />

example is the DL25, the examiner’s<br />

marking sheet. When I started, we didn’t<br />

even know what that was; now the<br />

candidate has a complete report on every<br />

marked fault. We also have the<br />

opportunity to hear the debrief on every<br />

test and sit in the back to see the whole<br />

event if you want.<br />

All of these things have been made<br />

possible because the ADI associations<br />

convinced the DSA/DVSA to make those<br />

changes. They are all hugely effective,<br />

but markedly simple at the same time<br />

One big victory was changing the law<br />

so learners could go on motorways with<br />

fully qualified ADIs in a dual controlled<br />

car. Our ability to work together with<br />

other representative groups such as<br />

NASP has made a huge difference to<br />

how DVSA, DfT and government work<br />

together to slowly make changes.<br />

There must have been some regrets over<br />

missed opportunities, at the same time?<br />

There are a few. My main two are,<br />

first, not being able to convince the<br />

transport minister of the day that<br />

compulsory CPD was the way forward.<br />

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Farewell, Peter Harvey<br />

Continued from page 17<br />

It had been agreed that each instructor<br />

would take seven hours CPD per year as<br />

a minimum. We and the then DSA felt<br />

that was a good way forward and was a<br />

similar system to what our colleagues on<br />

the LGV & PCV side were used to.<br />

However, at the eleventh hour, the<br />

minister pulled the plug on the grounds<br />

that it may be too onerous on small<br />

businesses.<br />

The other one – and people who know<br />

me well will be expecting this! – is not<br />

convincing Government to back<br />

compulsory log books. We spent many<br />

hours working with industry colleagues<br />

to design a mutually acceptable small<br />

book for parents and instructors to use,<br />

to help ensure the pupil would have a<br />

good training record that could use to<br />

reflect on their performance. It was all<br />

agreed...and then once again, dropped at<br />

the last minute.<br />

But here we go again, DVSA has had<br />

this good idea, guess what? Yes, it’s the<br />

new driver record!<br />

One final huge regret for me was not<br />

being able to convince the Minister<br />

during the pandemic, to allow people to<br />

have their theory test pass extended. It<br />

still seems totally unfair and unjust to<br />

me, especially as it was done on the<br />

grounds of road safety when the same<br />

department decided it would suspend<br />

MOTs and ignore the potential road<br />

safety problems that that could lead to. It<br />

seemed to me their priorities were more<br />

than a little skewed!<br />

Still, you can’t win them all.<br />

Looking forward, what is the change<br />

you would most like to see enacted?<br />

The obvious immediate issue is we<br />

have to focus on reducing practical L-test<br />

waiting times. DVSA needs to do<br />

whatever it takes to get waiting times<br />

down all across the country, not just at<br />

some centres. The waiting list must fall<br />

to around 8/9 weeks across the board at<br />

all centres, including part-time centres.<br />

The customers in more rural areas<br />

deserve to have the same service<br />

provided as main line centres.<br />

Doing this would at a stroke make life<br />

so much easier for professional<br />

instructors, as they could then use the<br />

fact that tests were available in the near<br />

‘‘<br />

One big victory was<br />

changing the law so learners<br />

could go on motorways with<br />

fully qualified ADIs in a dual<br />

controlled car. Our ability to<br />

work together with other<br />

groups has made a huge<br />

difference to how we get<br />

things done with DVSA<br />

‘‘<br />

future to convince learners to postpone<br />

their test when they are clearly not quite<br />

ready.<br />

The sad truth is the majority of learners<br />

just won’t postpone a test if the next<br />

available one isn’t for 24 weeks.<br />

Consequently they ignore their ADI and<br />

will have a go in their own car in some<br />

cases, which puts examiners at a higher<br />

risk.<br />

What makes it worse is that the DVSA<br />

then tells us the pass rate is going the<br />

wrong way. You don’t have to be a genius<br />

to work out why. Keeping blaming ADIs<br />

is not going to solve the issue.<br />

There was a simple solution, too. I still<br />

feel, the authorities missed the boat<br />

when they wouldn’t allow ADIs to sign off<br />

on manoeuvres – something they have<br />

now decided is a good idea with the LGV<br />

testing system.<br />

Trust ADIs to sign them off, then more<br />

time could be used on the test to look at<br />

the candidate’s driving. That may very<br />

quickly help candidates to see they are<br />

not ready to take the test.<br />

Here’s one final idea – though it might<br />

not be so popular, but it would help with<br />


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members through the bad times by<br />

keeping everyone updated with the many<br />

rule changes and restrictions, to make<br />

sure we all stayed within the guidelines<br />

and standard operating procedures when<br />

testing resumed.<br />

road safety: make every driver retake the<br />

theory test before the renewal of their<br />

photo on their licence.<br />

I feel this would be a step in the right<br />

direction to update drivers’ knowledge.<br />

What has been the biggest challenge<br />

the association has faced while you’ve<br />

been chairman?<br />

There have been a few! The worst by<br />

far was the pandemic. The affects of that<br />

terrible time have changed us all, and<br />

how we do things, probably forever.<br />

The lockdowns saw a huge number of<br />

instructors leave the profession to find<br />

other ways of being able to make ends<br />

meet for them and their families. Not<br />

being able to earn money for 10 months,<br />

understandably, hit ADIs hard and it has<br />

taken many of them a long time to<br />

recover; some never will.<br />

We in the association tried to help<br />

How does the future look for the MSA<br />

GB in particular, and the ADI profession<br />

in general? Do you think the challenge<br />

of greater automated driving/technology<br />

could present problems for ADIs in the<br />

future?<br />

I’m sure the association will go from<br />

strength to strength. We have a good<br />

team on the board who reach out to their<br />

area committees to ensure members can<br />

have their say at local meetings.<br />

I’ve been really pleased to oversee our<br />

transformation to the digital era. We now<br />

have information going out to our<br />

members as soon as it’s available to us,<br />

via our newly updated website and all<br />

our media channels.<br />

One of best projects in the last year<br />

has been the launch of our new<br />

members’ App, which is proving very<br />

popular with members.<br />

As for the leaps forward in car<br />

technology, I don’t think these will be a<br />

threat to the profession. As we have<br />

always done in the past, instructors will<br />

adapt, and for some considerable time<br />

yet, people will need to be educated in<br />

learning the art of driving, whatever form<br />

of power unit sits under the bonnet.<br />

How are you going to spend the extra<br />

time you now have on your hands?<br />

I will still be very much involved as<br />

Vice Chairman; I will be around to help<br />

and support Mike in his new position as<br />

Chairman.<br />

I plan to spend a bit more time with<br />

the family and have a wee holiday as we<br />

are now able to travel around a bit more.<br />

Any final thoughts?<br />

It sounds clichéd I know but being<br />

chairman of MSA GB has been a<br />

pleasure and an honour. I wouldn’t have<br />

nissed it for all the world.<br />

There are so many people I’d like to<br />

thank. First has to be Jean, my wife, for<br />

all her support over the years. I would<br />

also like to thank all my colleagues on<br />

the board over the years, and especially<br />

The examiners’ marking sheet,<br />

previously known as the DL25: ‘Back in<br />

the 1980s we didn’t even know it<br />

existed!’ recalls Peter<br />

to Carol and John Lepine for all their<br />

hard work and efforts over all the years.<br />

We couldn’t have done all this without<br />

you.<br />

It would be remiss of me not to thank<br />

Colin & Rob at CMS Publishing, Colin<br />

Lilly, our <strong>Newslink</strong> editor, and all our area<br />

editors and contributors who keep<br />

<strong>Newslink</strong> at the forefront of our<br />

association.<br />

Finally, two things. I would like to<br />

finish off by wishing our new chairman,<br />

Mike Yeomans, all the very best in his<br />

new position. I’m sure Mike, the board<br />

and the team at head office will look<br />

after you well.<br />

Second, I have been amazed by the<br />

wellwishers who have got in touch in the<br />

past few weeks, saying thank you and<br />

reminiscing about times we’ve worked<br />

together.<br />

There have been so many gifts too,<br />

and all very much unexpected and<br />

appreciated.<br />

Special thanks to the association from<br />

Jean and I for the lovely gift you<br />

organised, and a special thank you to all<br />

the committees for their gifts.<br />

I’ll sign off with a quote: as a famous<br />

man once said “Hasta la Vista” – no, not<br />

him, the other one!<br />




2023:<br />

In-depth<br />

CPD, DVSA updates and tips<br />

from top trainers – plus an emotional<br />

farewell to Chairman Peter Harvey<br />

The decision to switch the MSA Conference online from an in-person event may have disappointed<br />

many members – but that didn’t stop the day from delivering some superb advice, CPD and insights<br />

from a host of expert speakers from the driver training community.<br />

Here we capture some of the highlights of the day, including an emotional send-off for the<br />

long-serving MSA GB National Chairman, Peter Harvey<br />

Conference session: Confident Drivers, by Kev and Tracey Field<br />

And breathe! It’s all about the vagus nerve<br />

An excellent presentation to conference by Kev and<br />

Tracey Field of Confident Drivers gave everyone food<br />

for thought on helping their pupils control their<br />

nerves – particularly on the driving test.<br />

Everyone gets nervous, and driving tests are often<br />

cited as the most nerve-wracking task many people<br />

have to tackle, so it’s no surprise that many<br />

outstanding candidates crumple on the big day. So<br />

how best can ADIs help their pupils take their L-test<br />

in their stride?<br />

Breathing exercises are one way to calm the<br />

nerves and reduce stress. As Kev and Tracey<br />

explained, it is all about controlling the vagus nerve.<br />

The vagus nerve, also known as the vagal nerves,<br />

are the main nerves of your parasympathetic<br />

nervous system, which controls specific body<br />

functions such as your digestion, heart rate and<br />

immune system. It is closely linked to our flight or<br />

fight response – our physiological reaction to an<br />

event that is perceived as stressful or frightening.<br />

The perception of threat activates the sympathetic<br />

nervous system and triggers an acute stress response<br />

that prepares the body to fight or flee.<br />

When learners find themselves overwhelmed by<br />

nerves, breathing exercises can help. Deep breaths,<br />

taken in through the nose and released slowly the<br />

same way, can take the mind away from the nervous<br />

situation and give them something else to focus on,<br />

creating a calming experience.<br />

The calming element of any breathe isn’t the<br />

intake; it’s exhaling, which should be slow and<br />

focused. Breathing out through pursed lips helps.<br />

Kev and Tracey also discussed box breathing,<br />

counting breathing and shape breathing.<br />

Overall, improving the pupil’s<br />

mindfulness was also important.<br />

Give your pupils something else<br />

to think about – the roads<br />

around them, the noises they<br />

hear, giving them something<br />

different to focus on – can also<br />

make a huge difference.<br />

• Kev and Tracey<br />

Field offer training<br />

courses for both<br />

ADIs, so they can<br />

help ease pupils’<br />

nerves, and<br />

drivers who<br />

struggle with<br />

their<br />

confidence.<br />

Find out more<br />

at: https://www.<br />

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Conference session: TSO, by Lucy Mackay, TSO Partnership Manager<br />

TSO Partnership Manager LUCY MACKAY took MSA GB Conference delegates<br />

through the publisher’s products, chief among which are those bibles of the road,<br />

the Highway Code and Driving - The Essential Skills.<br />

It’s Safe Driving for Life website regularly tops million visitors a month. It carries<br />

three blogs a month of road safety issues and is open to contributions from ADIs<br />

and driver training groups.<br />

The blog is there for everyone to share their case studies and best practice –<br />

anything that develops greater understanding of safer driving.<br />

Lucy was particularly keen to encourage ADI to engage with the<br />

Ready2Pass campaign, which was proving highly successful<br />

in helping learners understand the levels needed to pass<br />

their L-test. Over 80 per cent of ADIs who had engaged<br />

with the campaign have rated it positively, while 45<br />

per cent had said it had helped them convince pupils<br />

to defer their test to a later date.<br />

Lucy was also keen to promote the new theory test app. Packed with CGI hazard<br />

perception clips and questions taken from the official theory tests, it was the best way for<br />

learners to access up-to-date information and guidance to boost their theory knowledge.<br />


Conference session: Communication, by Graham Hooper, Tri-Coaching Partnership<br />

Maintaining good communication with your pupils, with a<br />

particular emphasis on understanding the type of dialogue<br />

and learning that made the greatest impact with them, was a<br />

vital component in the ADI’s toolbox, said Graham Hooper of<br />

Tri-Coaching Partnership.<br />

Everyone absorbs learning in a different way. Some people<br />

are visual learners, some auditory and others learn<br />

kinaesthetically – by touch and feel. The acronym grouping<br />

them is VAK, and it is important to understand which of<br />

these works best for your pupil.<br />

Visual learners understand and remember things by sight,<br />

picturing what they learn in their head. Auditory<br />

learners hear and listen, understanding and<br />

remembering things they have heard.<br />

The final group – kinaesthetic learners –<br />

need a multi-sensory learning<br />

environment for deep learning as they<br />

learn through ‘doing’. A kinaesthetic<br />

learner is someone who needs to be<br />

actively engaged in their learning, using<br />

movement, testing and trial and error to<br />

retain and recall information.<br />

Which one is applicable to each of your<br />

pupils? It’s important to find out.<br />

The pupil’s personal preference for learning<br />

should dictate your teaching. Kinaesthetic learners will find<br />

repetition of manoeuvres helpful, for example, while<br />

auditory learners need things explained in clear, simple<br />

language. Visual learners work best if you show them a<br />

situation and ask them to visualise themselves in it, such as<br />

taking them to a roundabout and showing them how other<br />

road users handle it.<br />

Look for ‘tells’ that reveal the pupil’s mood. Body<br />

language reveals much of how we feel – as he pointed out,<br />

if you ever want to see an example of body language giving<br />

away secrets, watch former US president Bill Clinton’s<br />

interview in which he protested his innocence of an<br />

affair with Monica Lewinksy. “His words said he<br />

had never had a relationship with her, but his<br />

body language said something very<br />

different.”<br />

Facial expressions, the eyes and<br />

speech volume all offer clues to what<br />

the pupil is thinking and responding to a<br />

situation.<br />

It was important not to get stuck on<br />

your own agenda and ignoring the<br />

feelings of the pupil. Park the lesson plan<br />

if their body language suggests the pupil is<br />

struggling with other issues.<br />

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MSA GB Conference 2023<br />

Conference session: The DVSA<br />

We’re getting there on test waiting<br />

times, promises operations director<br />

Peter Hearn, DVSA operations director was the<br />

first of our two speakers from the DVSA.<br />

He gave delegates a run through of the<br />

current L-test waiting list position, highlighting<br />

a big improvement in the situation since last<br />

June, when at any time only three per cent of<br />

L-tests were available to book.<br />

This has now improved and nearly 13 per<br />

cent of all tests were available to book, which<br />

amounted to around 80,000 test slots.<br />

However, he accepted that there were still too many<br />

driving test centres with little or no availability in a 24-week<br />

window: there were 75, as of the start of March. The DVSA is<br />

aiming at single figure waiting times for all test centres by<br />

October.<br />

The situation had not been helped by recent strike action:<br />

the most recent industrial action had cost 2,000 tests alone.<br />

Peter acknowledged that the waiting times were frustrating<br />

for ADIs and learners, but stressed how much the DVSA had<br />

done to improve the situation, adding 695,000 extra tests<br />

through a series of well-documented measures, including<br />

bringing in qualified non-examiners from other departments of<br />

the DVSA, buying back leave, extending operational hours<br />

and asking recent retirees to return on a temporary basis.<br />

The current test backlog was over 500,000.<br />

Flexible test delivery<br />

Peter also discussed plans for flexible test delivery. A<br />

number of tests of this strategy had been well received, he<br />

said. “Our estate is currently fixed in terms of locations, but<br />

our customers aren’t. We need to look at ways of taking tests<br />

to them,” he said. Community centres and churches could be<br />

used, possibly in areas where full-time testing isn’t practical.<br />

Ad hoc pop-up test centres could be one answer to taking<br />

tests to the candidates.<br />

It wasn’t practical to have test centres constantly<br />

changing, as examiners needed time to learn the<br />

routes, but more flexibility was clearly the goal.<br />

He wasn’t suggesting that all current driving<br />

test centres would close, however: there was still<br />

a need for permanent bases.<br />

20mph default speed limits<br />

One particular concern was the impact of the Welsh<br />

Government’s decision to bring in a default 20mph speed<br />

limit in urban areas. “In places like Cardiff, this would mean<br />

all tests would take place in second gear, which would be<br />

wrong,” said Peter. “We need to look at moving all Welsh test<br />

centres that are currently in urban areas outside towns and<br />

cities, if this policy stays.”<br />

Fighting fraud<br />

Peter was pleased that after lengthy negotiations, the DVLA<br />

is now allowing examiners to access driving licence photos,<br />

so candidates could be checked to eliminate fraud.<br />

A similar check was coming in on whether the cars used on<br />

tests were MoT’d. This was a greater concern when private<br />

cars were used on tests, rather than driving school vehicles.<br />

Peter was followed by a well-known face to many MSA GB<br />

members, John Sheridan, the DVSA’s Driving Training Policy<br />

Specialist<br />

John was another speaker who was pleased with the<br />

response to the Ready2Pass campaign. He thought it was<br />

fantastic tool to help pupils understand what was required on<br />

an L-test - “it delivers great information to pupils and provides<br />

a toolkit for you to use.”<br />

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John Sheridan<br />

that reminded pupil of what was<br />

needed on the L-test as particularly<br />

useful, and stressed the value of<br />

ADIs conducting mock tests to gauge<br />

real test readiness.<br />

He revealed that one-in-five pupils<br />

who fail say they felt their test had been<br />

marked too harshly: “That’s why mock tests are so important, to<br />

give learners a proper idea of the level that is expected.”<br />

45 per cent of ADI who use mock tests said they used the<br />

experienced to encourage pupils who are not ready for their test<br />

to put off applying.<br />

Free CPD – sit in on tests<br />

He also reminded ADIs that the DVSA provided them with<br />

‘free CPD’ if they attended a pupil’s test. “You will learn a great<br />

deal about what we expect simply by sitting in on a test,” he<br />

said. “I cannot stress enough the value you will gain.”<br />

Standards Check pass mark<br />

The pass mark for the Standards Check was rising, to 33 from<br />

31. He pointed out that the pass mark for the Part 3 test was<br />

31, “and everyone who has been an ADI for 12 months should<br />

have improved and consolidated their skills within the first year<br />

of passing, so asking them to hit a higher minimum standard<br />

was right.”<br />

ORDIT<br />

He was pleased that Ordit was now back up and running fully.<br />

“There will be a mandatory engagement call before an ORDIT<br />

inspection and the trainer needs to demonstrate progress and<br />

record keeping.”<br />

All ORDIT tests were now to be role play only. While role play<br />

was no longer used on Part 3 tests and Standards Checks, fault<br />

simulation on a role play was a valuable tool for trainers, and<br />

role play was the best way for trainers to evidence and simulate<br />

verbal testing.<br />

“ORDIT is about equipping the PDI with the skills to instruct,<br />

not what to instruct.”<br />

ORDIT trainers would be given two attempts to get a Grade A<br />

mark to stay on the register.<br />

One final point: John asked MSA GB members to be vigilant<br />

over PDIs’ advertising themselves as qualified driving instructors<br />

before they pass the Part 3. “Please remind any trainees or yours<br />

that they cannot say this until they pass.”<br />

Q&A with the DVSA<br />

In a lively Q&A session that followed John and Peter’s<br />

presentations, they were taken to task over what<br />

Graham Hooper claimed was an increasing move<br />

towards a “test-focused industry.” “The test should be<br />

seen as the lowest standard possible we can accept<br />

before allowing someone on to the road,” Graham said.<br />

“There has to be a greater focus on the post-test<br />

environment.”<br />

John Sheridan agreed that the post-test landscape was<br />

a concern, with one-in-five new drivers having a crash<br />

in the first two years, but “we need to evaluate<br />

candidates’ competence, so we will always need a test<br />

of some kind.”<br />

Arthur Mynott agreed with the DVSA view over mock<br />

tests, “a great way of ensuring pupils are aware of the<br />

standard required and confirming when they are ready<br />

for test.”<br />

Peter Harvey said he understood why the DVSA was so<br />

keen on pupils being test-ready but injected a little realworld<br />

common sense into the debate: “Where I’m<br />

based you cannot find a test for 24 weeks; it is unlikely<br />

you will convince any pupil to postpone their test if<br />

they have to wait half a year before getting a new slot.”<br />

He suggested a system tweak that would allow<br />

candidates who postpone tests to get a replacement<br />

slot more quickly than the average waiting times.<br />

The DVSA were questioned over the use of pupils’ log<br />

books; would they be accepted any time soon as a<br />

guide to the learner’s standard?<br />

Peter and John agreed that they were useful but<br />

allowing for their introduction as part of the testing<br />

regime required legislation, “and while this is an<br />

ambition it is unlikely to come to fruition any time<br />

soon.”<br />

The DVSA was keen on using Sat Navs to dictate the<br />

entire test route, but such a plan was rejected out of<br />

hand by Karl Satloka: “I’ve had pupils who have come<br />

to me from other instructors, and you can tell the ones<br />

who use the Sat nav exclusively.<br />

“Their observation skills and anticipation are really<br />

poor. They focus on the near ground and don’t look too<br />

far in advance.”<br />



MSA GB Conference 2023<br />

Conference session: MSA GB AWARDS<br />

As is customary at the Conference, MSA<br />

GB held its Annual Awards ceremony.<br />

The Ron Feltham Memorial Cup – which<br />

goes to the area/nation with the best net<br />

percentage membership growth/retention for<br />

the year in review, went to MSA GB<br />

Eastern, while the runner-up trophy – the<br />

John William Parker Memorial Cup – was<br />

won by Scotland.<br />

The Ian Scoular Memorial Shield – for<br />

the area or nation that recruits the most<br />

new members over the past year, was won<br />

by Scotland.<br />

The John Gross Editor of the Year Trophy<br />

was won by Brian Thomson of Scotland,<br />

who was praised for both the consistency of<br />

his contributions to <strong>Newslink</strong> as well as the<br />

quality of his thoughts and ideas in writing.<br />

The Member of the Year was named as<br />

Neil Palmer, of MSA GB South East. Neil is<br />

a long-standing member of the area<br />

committee has devoted a considerable<br />

amount of time to helping his fellow<br />

members over the years.<br />

Honorary Membership<br />

MSA GB’s ultimate accolade is to bestow<br />

Honorary Membership on those who have<br />

worked hard for the association over a<br />

number of years. It is seldom awarded:<br />

indeed, there have been only 24 Honorary<br />

Memberships conferred since 1985, when<br />

Pat Murphy MBE was made the first.<br />

This year, three members were honoured.<br />

They were:<br />

n Cos Antoniou (MSA GB Greater<br />

London): A former Chair of the area and<br />

board member, Cos was a hugely helpful<br />

and knowledgeable ADI to whom many<br />

members in the capital had turned to for<br />

advice. He stood down from the Board on<br />

health grounds but still remained an active<br />

member.<br />

n Terry Cummins (MSA GB South East):<br />

Terry has been Chair of his area on a<br />

number of occasions, stepping in when the<br />

need arose to steer the area calmly and with<br />

a huge amount of experience. He has<br />

always ensured his area is an active one<br />

and his honorary membership was richly<br />

deserved<br />

n Graham Clayton (MSA GB North<br />

West): Graham chaired the North West for<br />

14 years and has always been a hardworking<br />

and focused member of the Board.<br />

His contributions and support of the senior<br />

management team have been hugely<br />

appreciated over the years.<br />

Above, Steven<br />

Porter<br />

Right, Neil<br />

Palmer,<br />

Far right, from<br />

top: Brian<br />

Thomson,<br />

Paul Harmes,<br />

Graham<br />

Clayton and<br />

Terry Cummins<br />


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Conference session: AGM and Farewell to Peter Harvey MBE<br />

Farewell and thanks, Peter<br />

The Conference also heard the 88th Annual general<br />

Meeting of the association.<br />

National Chairman Peter Harvey took delegates through<br />

the key points, pointing out a slight dip in turnover which<br />

was put down to the aftermath of the pandemic.<br />

He highlighted the introduction of the new MSA GB app<br />

and encouraged all members to download it to ensure they<br />

had the most up-top-date information at their fingertips.<br />

It was another example of how, Peter said, “MSA GB was<br />

leading the way in the driver training sector, allowing us to<br />

compete in the digital market.<br />

“We know ADIs can get information from a number of<br />

sources but they cannot always ensure that information is<br />

correct and up to date. At the MSA GB, we ensure it is.”<br />

New Chairman<br />

As has been widely trailed, Peter Harvey stepped down at<br />

the AGM after an incredible 28 years as Chairman of MSA<br />

GB. He thanked his wife, Jean, for her unstinting support,<br />

saying he could never have stayed in post as long without<br />

her help. He also paid tribute to John and Carol Lepine,<br />

who had run the association for over 30 years until retiring<br />

in 2019.<br />

There had been, Peter said, “many tough times and<br />

challenges during his time as Chair, but they were far<br />

outweighed by the great times he had spent in the company<br />

of his fellow ADIs from across Great Britain.”<br />

Peter’s successor was announced as Mike Yeomans,<br />

Chair of MSA North East. Mike acknowledged that he had a<br />

tough act to follow, but vowed to steer the association<br />

through the next stage of its history. He was determined to<br />

deepen its engagement with the road safety and driver<br />

training and testing community, and offer meaningful<br />

support to MSA GB members.<br />

MSA GB restructure<br />

A restructuring of the association had created four<br />

separate areas, all under the hand of an experienced MSA<br />

GB committee member. Mike was delighted to announce<br />

the new board as follows:<br />

n Steven Porter, Area 1<br />

n Mike Yeomans, Area 2<br />

n Tom Kwok, Area 3<br />

n Arthur Mynott, Area 4<br />

(See page 5 for lay out of new areas)<br />

Mike was delighted to announce that Peter Harvey had<br />

agreed to stay on the Board as Vice Chairman, bring his<br />

experience to bear on its future direction and strategy.<br />

Tributes paid to Peter<br />

Mike paid his own tribute to Peter. It had been an<br />

enormous privilege to work alongside him over the past few<br />

years, and he had seen for himself the huge amount of work<br />

and efforts Peter put into his time as MSA GB Chair.<br />

This was seen at its greatest extent during the pandemic,<br />

when he guided the association through what was a very<br />

stressful and worrying period for everyone. At a time when<br />

many ADIs were genuinely concerned about their futures, as<br />

tuition was paused and personal finances strained, Peter<br />

had offered advice and guidance to all who asked, while<br />

fighting the ADI’s corner in communications with the DVSA.<br />

On behalf of the Board and the wider membership Mike<br />

was delight to present Peter and Jean with a travel voucher<br />

as a token of the association’s appreciation of his work over<br />

the decades.<br />

A number of delegates paid their own tributes. Former<br />

MSA GB General Manager John Lepine said that his time<br />

with Peter had featured many challenges “but I wouldn’t<br />

have missed it for all the world; it was a real honour to work<br />

alongside you, Peter.”<br />

Graham Feest, Chairman of the Institute of Master Tutors<br />

of Driving, said he was delighted to announce that the<br />

IMTD was conferring its highest honour on Peter, awarding<br />

him Life Fellow status in recognition of his tremendous<br />

career and contribution to driver training and testing.<br />

Former MSA GB East Midlands Chairman and Board<br />

member Steve Sentance commented: “I would like to add<br />

my voice to what I am sure is an increasing volume of<br />

gratitude for the selfless dedication to the MSA GB and<br />

driver training in general by Peter Harvey MBE, a gentlemen<br />

who deserves all the accolades bestowed on him.<br />

“I am sure as Vice Chairman Peter will continue to<br />

dedicate his time and effort to the industry he has a huge<br />

passion for.<br />

“I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Mike<br />

Yeomans on being voted as Chairman of MSAGB a<br />

gentleman who I am certain will continue the hard work<br />

and commitment demonstrated by Peter.”<br />

The full official minutes can be found on page 26-27<br />

“There have been many tough times and<br />

challenges, but they are far outweighed<br />

by the great times I’ve spent in the<br />

company of my fellow ADIs...”<br />



News<br />

MSA GB 88th Annual General Meeting:<br />

Minutes<br />

Saturday, 11th March 2023 by<br />

video call, starting at 12.50pm<br />

1. Chairman’s Welcome<br />

The Chairman, Peter Harvey MBE,<br />

opened the 88th AGM at 12.50pm,<br />

introduced the agenda and welcomed<br />

attendees. There were 45 people<br />

present. He reminded them that only<br />

members should vote.<br />

MSA Board of Management.<br />

Top rank: Mike Yeomans<br />

(Chairman) and Peter Harvey<br />

(Deputy Chairman)<br />

Bottom: Steve Porter, Arthur<br />

Mynott and Tom Kwok<br />

2. Convening Notice<br />

The Chairman read out the Formal<br />

Notice of meeting.<br />

3. Apologies<br />

Apologies were received from Mark<br />

Bajona, West Coast; Rod Tipple, East<br />

Coast; Graham Clayton, West Coast; Rod<br />

Came, London & South East.<br />

4. Adoption of Previous Minutes<br />

Minutes of 87th AGM held virtually on<br />

19th March 2022, were proposed by<br />

Arthur Mynott, West Coast and Seconded<br />

by Terrence Cummins, London & South<br />

East.<br />

Carried unanimously.<br />

5. Matters Arising<br />

There were no matters arising.<br />

6. Adoption of Financial Statement<br />

The Chairman introduced the financial<br />

report for the year ending 30th<br />

November 2022, sent to members in<br />

advance of the meeting and available to<br />

view on the website or in <strong>Newslink</strong>.<br />

Last year’s turnover was down a little<br />

partially due to some members still<br />

recovering from the pandemic. Members<br />

were given the opportunity to pay<br />

quarterly to stay within the Association<br />

and still receive the benefits. There are<br />

currently good reserves.<br />

During the past year the new App was<br />

built which has received a lot of good<br />

feedback. Other costs include the<br />

website and PL and PI Insurance, which<br />

has risen considerably.<br />

Raising the cost of the membership<br />

fees was considered however, due to<br />

good reserves and still coming out of the<br />

pandemic it was decided fees will stay<br />

the same at the present time.<br />

The financial statement was proposed<br />

by Robert Baker, Scotland and NI and<br />

seconded by Alexander Brownlee,<br />

London & South East.<br />

Carried unanimously.<br />

Adoption of the Annual Report<br />

The Board continually strives to make<br />

further improvements to membership<br />

throughout the year and in many cases<br />

are one of the first to offer updates and<br />

changes such as the new App which<br />

helps MSA GB compete in a digital<br />

market.<br />

The Annual Report was proposed by<br />

Steven Porter, Scotland & NI and<br />

seconded by John Lepine, West Coast.<br />

Carried unanimously.<br />

8. Board Chairman<br />

Mr Peter Harvey MBE announced at<br />

last year’s AGM that it would be his final<br />

year as Chairman of the Board and he<br />

was now officially stepping down after<br />

28 years in the position.<br />

Peter extended his thanks to his fellow<br />

Board members for all their support, to<br />

Helen, Janine and Alice and all of the<br />

team at CJAM, and to Rob and Colin at<br />

CMS Publishing for their collective work<br />

in the background.<br />

Working for the Association had been a<br />

great experience which he could not have<br />

done without the ongoing support of his<br />

wife Jean and all their family. Peter and<br />

Jean have had some great times within<br />

the association as well as challenging<br />


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times, and have made many friends.<br />

Peter thanked everyone present for<br />

their support over the year and all<br />

committee members for their work over<br />

the years.<br />

Peter Harvey introduced the new<br />

National Chairman, Mike Yeomans.<br />

The new National Chairman thanked<br />

Mr Harvey and said it is a privilege to be<br />

elected by the Board.<br />

The new Chairman looks forward to<br />

helping the association move forward<br />

with the times and to engage all road<br />

safety trainers and other organisations.<br />

He is confident the association will<br />

continue to relay important up to date<br />

information to its members and offer<br />

meaningful support and advice.<br />

Due to the restructuring of the areas<br />

the Association should be able to get into<br />

more cities and towns and get real advice<br />

out to local ADI groups, local authority<br />

road safety advocates.<br />

The Chairman is also confident that<br />

members of MSA GB will enjoy even<br />

more benefits from the Association as the<br />

next year unfolds.<br />

9. Board National Vice Chairman<br />

The Chairman informed members of<br />

the Board that Peter Harvey MBE,<br />

Scotland & NI, will stay with the<br />

Association in the role of National Vice<br />

Chairman.<br />

The Chairman took the opportunity to<br />

thank Mr Harvey for his incredible<br />

contribution, not only to the Association<br />

for the last 28 years as the MSA GB<br />

National Chairman but to the industry.<br />

The Chairman presented Mr Harvey with<br />

a gift from the Association.<br />

Graham Feest from the Institute of<br />

Master Tutors of Driving offered Mr<br />

Harvey his congratulations and was<br />

delighted to confer the title of Honorary<br />

Life Fellow from the Institute of Master<br />

Tutors on him.<br />

10. Board of Management<br />

The Chairman introduced the Board of<br />

Management for 2023/24.<br />

Area 1 Scotland & Northern Ireland<br />

– Stephen Porter.<br />

Area 2 East Coast – Mike Yeomans<br />

Area 3 London & South East – Tom<br />

Kwok<br />

Area 4 West Coast – Arthur Mynott<br />

The Chairman thanked the new Board<br />

and the old Board for their continued<br />

commitment to the Association.<br />

11. Motion – from the Board of<br />

Management<br />

The Board proposes Saffron<br />

Accountancy Services Limited<br />

(Registration No:07941205, Registered<br />

Office: 27 Chaucer Road, London, E7<br />

9LZ) be elected as MSA GB accountants<br />

and auditors for the year 2023/24.<br />

Proposed – The Chairman.<br />

Carried all for with one Abstention.<br />

Motion – from the Board of<br />

Management<br />

The Board proposes a revision of the<br />

MSA GB’s Articles of Association (Article<br />

20) to stipulate remote electronic<br />

attendance of meetings, such as via<br />

phone or video conferencing, will count<br />

as part of the quorum.<br />

Article 20:<br />

No business shall be transacted at any<br />

General Meeting unless a quorum is<br />

present when the meeting proceeds to<br />

business. Save as herein otherwise<br />

provided, forty members personally<br />

present shall be a quorum. Eligible<br />

members will be deemed ‘in attendance’<br />

at General, AGMs or EGMs and be<br />

counted as part of the quorum whether<br />

joining the meeting in person or via<br />

electronic means such as telephone or<br />

video conference subject to their identity<br />

being verified.<br />

All voting and speaking rights will be<br />

applicable for such attendees.<br />

Proposed – The Chairman.<br />

Carried unanimously.<br />

13. Meeting Close<br />

The Chairman formally closed the<br />

meeting and thanked attendees for<br />

joining the call. He gave a final thank<br />

you to Mr Peter Harvey for putting the<br />

conference together.<br />

The chairman closed the 88th AGM at<br />

13.17pm<br />





DVSA asks<br />

ADIs to back<br />

the driver’s<br />

record<br />

The DVSA has asked all ADIs to<br />

make keeping an accurate ‘driver’s<br />

record’ is part of every pupil’s<br />

learning journey.<br />

The driver’s record lets you<br />

monitor the level your pupils have<br />

reached against the 27 driving skills<br />

they need to be a safe and<br />

responsible driver.<br />

There are five progress levels for<br />

each skill:<br />

1. Introduced. The subject is<br />

introduced and your pupil is able to<br />

follow the instructions they’re given.<br />

2. Helped. Your pupil is improving<br />

but still needs a bit of help.<br />

3. Prompted. Sometimes your pupil<br />

needs prompting, especially if it’s a<br />

new or unusual situation.<br />

4. Independent. Your pupil is<br />

dealing with this consistently,<br />

confidently and independently.<br />

5. Reflection. In conversation, your<br />

pupil shows that they understand<br />

how things would have been different<br />

if they had done something<br />

differently. They can adapt to<br />

situations and see why perfecting the<br />

skill makes them safer and more<br />

fuel-efficient.<br />

The DVSA updated the driver’s<br />

record in February, to reflect the<br />

latest edition of ‘The Official DVSA<br />

Guide to Learning to Drive’.<br />

The update added short<br />

descriptions of each of the skills to<br />

the forms so you can easily print<br />

them to share with your pupils.<br />

The driver’s record is part of the<br />

DVSA’s Ready2Pass campaign, which<br />

it is encouraging all ADIs to engage<br />

with.<br />

As more than one ADI has<br />

commented: “Sounds like a great<br />

idea... if only we could have called<br />

them log books...”<br />


Towards your CPD<br />

Making progress and<br />

avoiding undue hesitancy<br />

Steve Garrod considers the<br />

differences between two<br />

of the L-test’s principal<br />

reasons for failure<br />

I am often asked how to deal with the<br />

twin issues of making progress and<br />

avoiding undue hesitancy, or what the<br />

difference is between being hesitant and<br />

not making progress.<br />

As we all know, these comments<br />

constantly crop up during an L-test debrief<br />

after a failure, and it can be tricky to<br />

interpret these faults if you are not sitting<br />

in on the test or at the very least,<br />

participate in a debrief after a driving test.<br />

From my examining days, I can share<br />

the following (although thinking can<br />

often change and there are those who<br />

may not agree!)<br />

Being hesitant means not taking safe<br />

opportunities to proceed when safe to do<br />

so. The reasons for not doing so (the<br />

analysis) could include the pupil:<br />

• has not prepared the car and is<br />

therefore not ready to move off when safe<br />

• is unable to identify a safe gap<br />

• is unsure of who has priority<br />

• being over cautious (when deciding<br />

to move off)<br />

Not making progress means driving<br />

well below the speed for the road and<br />

traffic conditions. It is NOT simply failing<br />

to drive at the speed limit, as there may<br />

be some very good reasons not to drive<br />

up to the limit.<br />

Some of the reasons for not driving at<br />

an appropriate speed could include:<br />

• missing speed limit signs<br />

• failing to understand the national<br />

speed limit for the type of vehicle being<br />

driven<br />

• lack of confidence<br />

• mistaking KPH for MPH<br />

• being over cautious (mistaking<br />

driving slowly for being safe)<br />

Although both faults are relatively easy<br />

to identify, they are not always so easy to<br />

analyse, because they can often be to do<br />

with a lack of confidence, therefore<br />

telling someone to ‘Go now’ or ‘Speed up’<br />

is not helpful (although tempting!).<br />

As with all faults, if they are not<br />

analysed correctly it is unlikely they can<br />

be cured. The remedy for hesitancy is not<br />

moving off quicker, but moving off<br />

earlier.<br />

It is more helpful to explain the<br />

importance of moving off earlier and<br />

what steps can be taken to prepare the<br />

car earlier to achieve success. The origin<br />

of this fault can stem from the first few<br />

lessons when dealing with junctions.<br />

For example, when pulling up at the<br />

side of the road (for a normal stop) pupils<br />

are correctly taught to stop the car, apply<br />

Being hesitant means not taking<br />

safe opportunities to proceed<br />

when safe to do so.<br />

the handbrake then select neutral. If<br />

pupils are allowed to transfer this<br />

procedure to stopping at T-Junctions,<br />

however, they are likely to develop a<br />

habit that is hard to break. In most<br />

situations, hesitancy is caused by failing<br />

to prepare to move off before the car has<br />

stopped or, if the car has stopped, not<br />

selecting first gear before deciding if it is<br />

necessary to apply the handbrake.<br />

Some learners are unaware that they<br />

can select first gear while the car is<br />

moving, although the speed must be at a<br />

slow walking pace to keep the change a<br />

smooth one.<br />

Whether you encourage your pupil to<br />

select first gear as they are coming to<br />

rest or when they have stopped will<br />

depend on their ability and the layout of<br />

the junction, but when dealing with<br />

emerging, learners should be encouraged<br />


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‘‘<br />

Many signs are quite high<br />

up which means they can<br />

be missed as learners have a<br />

tendency to to look at eye level<br />

for hazards rather than out of<br />

the top of the windscreen<br />

‘‘<br />

to be ready to move off when the<br />

opportunity is first identified and not wait<br />

until the gap arrives before preparing the<br />

car. (This is a fault ADI trainers will<br />

role-play during their training sessions).<br />

ADIs are taught to watch their pupils’<br />

eyes hands and feet when they are<br />

teaching. If you look at a pupil’s feet you<br />

will often find (in a manual car) that<br />

when a pupil is waiting to emerge from a<br />

side road or at traffic lights their right<br />

foot is on the foot brake and not covering<br />

the accelerator, and very often the<br />

handbrake is not applied. This could lead<br />

to a number of faults when they try to<br />

move off.<br />

If the handbrake is not applied, the car<br />

may roll backward or stall as they try to<br />

quickly counteract the car rolling<br />

backward by moving quickly from the<br />

brake pedal to the accelerator. They<br />

could also over accelerate and move off<br />

into the path of passing traffic, or if the<br />

car does move off then it could be too<br />

slowly as their foot is not on the<br />

accelerator pedal as they rely on ‘tick<br />

over’ to move off.<br />

Even with the handbrake applied,<br />

some learners try to find the biting point<br />

between the clutch and brake, rather<br />

than the clutch and accelerator once the<br />

handbrake is released, which can cause<br />

its own problems.<br />

I appreciate that some diesel cars act<br />

like automatics insomuch as little<br />

acceleration, if any, is required to move<br />

off, but it takes time for learners to build<br />

up such delicate footwork in a petrol car.<br />

Part of any discussion on emerging<br />

should include the risks of not being<br />

ready to emerge when opportunities<br />

arise.<br />

If learners are encouraged to be ready<br />

to move off when a safe opportunity can<br />

be seen, once the last vehicle passes<br />

them they can move off earlier and under<br />

control rather than any quicker. If<br />

following drivers can see you are moving<br />

forward then they are less likely to<br />

become agitated and add more pressure<br />

on to the learner.<br />

Teaching learners to select first gear<br />

before deciding if the handbrake should<br />

be applied encourages them to look at<br />

the layout of the junction, for example is<br />

it up hill or down hill, and develops<br />

fluency.<br />

Although I have mentioned selecting<br />

first gear in these examples, second gear<br />

can be used for some downhill junctions.<br />

As ADIs we can be a little negative, eg,<br />

focusing on looking for hazards as we<br />

approach junctions, when we really<br />

should be encouraging learners to<br />

identify safe gaps to proceed on<br />

approach to all hazards. We need them<br />

to avoid approaching hazards too quickly,<br />

for example arriving at a junction when a<br />

car is passing, causing your learner to<br />

stop.<br />

In some situations arriving a little<br />

slower would allow the passing car to<br />

clear the junction leaving it clear to<br />

emerge.<br />

I heard a good saying some years ago<br />

on a Lancashire County Council course:<br />

‘Slow to Flow’. Slowing on approach to a<br />

hazard, such as a meeting situation or<br />

roundabout, increases the chance of<br />

being able to flow into the clear road.<br />

Making progress is driving at an<br />

appropriate speed, not necessarily at the<br />

speed limit, and I have listed some of the<br />

reasons above. If you can identify<br />

potential faults you will be able to find<br />

solutions to reduce the likelihood of the<br />

faults happening.<br />

For example, a questions and answer<br />

session on road signs and speed limits<br />

and where to find them, such as at the<br />

end of the road, repeater signs on<br />

lampposts, or at the mouth of a junction.<br />

Many signs are quite high on poles<br />

which means they can be easily missed<br />

because there is a tendency to look at<br />

eye level for hazards rather than out of<br />

the top of the windscreen.<br />

Learners should also be encouraged to<br />

look into side roads for speed limit signs.<br />

If the side road is displaying 30mph<br />

signs the chances are the road you are<br />

on is a higher speed limit.<br />

Once a learner has identified the speed<br />

limit, I often ask if they feel confident to<br />

increase their speed, we can then work<br />

on a plan to drive to the road and traffic<br />

conditions.<br />

The practice of aiming the eyes high<br />

and keeping them moving to take in the<br />

big picture (Taken from the Smiths<br />

System of Driving) on approach to<br />

hazards is still valid. Looking for speed<br />

limits and other signs to help you plan<br />

your approach to hazards and look for<br />

safe gaps to proceed and reduce the risk<br />

of missing vital information, such as who<br />

has priority.<br />

Not making progress can become a<br />

serious fault, particularly if following<br />

traffic is being held up or if following<br />

traffic an overtake safely within the speed<br />

limit.<br />

Some learners feel that driving slowly<br />

or giving way to other traffic when they<br />

have priority is safe, but in reality can be<br />

dangerous, as they can become a moving<br />

hazard.<br />

The risks of driving too slowly can be<br />

discussed as risk management before<br />

you take learners out on to faster roads,<br />

and help make sense of the subject.<br />


Towards your CPD<br />

Why trust is the number one skill you<br />

need in business – and in life<br />

Phil Burman<br />

It’s an essential part of learning and<br />

pupils rarely take enough lessons without<br />

it. If pupils are to act on your guidelines<br />

now and in the future, plus take enough<br />

lessons to reach the required standard,<br />

there is one thing you absolutely must<br />

supply. It comes from you, and if it’s<br />

lacking, your good advice and the quality<br />

of your instruction COULD COUNT FOR<br />

NOTHING.<br />

It is as necessary to your professional<br />

life as it is to your private life; it<br />

underpins everything you do, say and<br />

teach and is, of course, TRUST.<br />

How should we define ‘trust’? For our<br />

purposes, the quotes below describe it<br />

well:<br />

• A firm belief in someone.<br />

• Accepting the truth of a statement.<br />

Question: who do you trust? For<br />

example:<br />

• Do you trust politicians?<br />

• Do you trust the standard of hygiene<br />

when you eat out?<br />

• Do you trust the garage mechanic to<br />

service your car correctly?<br />

Do pupils trust you? While we cannot<br />

control pupils’ initial ideas about driving<br />

or the number of lessons needed, we<br />

should aim to nurture their trust in us to<br />

its highest level.<br />

When a pupil trusts you, the instructorpupil<br />

rapport increases, and that<br />

‘invisible wall of resistance’ breaks down.<br />

A pupil who fully trusts you will:<br />

• Value your efforts.<br />

• Be prepared to take the number of<br />

lessons you advise.<br />

• Schedule their lessons at the<br />

frequency you suggest.<br />

• Only take their test when you agree<br />

they are ready.<br />

• Tell you if there is a problem, rather<br />

than stop taking lessons.<br />

• Recommend you to others.<br />

Good, bad or indifferent, ADIs are<br />

entrepreneurs. Forbes, the highly<br />

respected American business magazine,<br />

states that an entrepreneurs’ success<br />

depends on the level of trust they build.<br />

Pupils do not instinctively trust<br />

instructors. YOU HAVE TO EARN IT! You<br />

can do so by putting these points into<br />

practice:<br />

• Remember that a new pupil will<br />

assess YOU.<br />

• Look like a professional driving<br />

instructor (eg, branded clothing).<br />

• Have the appearance of a<br />

professional driving instructor (eg, display<br />

your logo on your jacket or jumper).<br />

• Make sure your car is clean and tidy<br />

(always inside).<br />

• Ensure pupils know you follow your<br />

MSA’s Code of Conduct.<br />

• Be polite, welcoming and friendly.<br />

• Treat pupils with respect and never<br />

belittle them.<br />

• To teach to a high standard, always<br />

drive to a high standard.<br />

• Return phone calls and messages as<br />

soon as possible.<br />

• Be punctual (or contact a pupil if you<br />

How should we define<br />

‘trust’? For our purposes,<br />

do you trust politicians,<br />

for example? Like former<br />

US President Richard<br />

Nixon?<br />

cannot avoid being late).<br />

• As much as possible, avoid<br />

cancelling or changing lessons.<br />

• Do what you say you are going to do.<br />

• If you make a mistake, do not<br />

attempt to cover it up.<br />

• Avoid talking about yourself,<br />

especially shun self-praise.<br />

• Do not gossip.<br />

• Do not pry into a pupil’s private life.<br />

• Show you understand any problems<br />

pupils may have.<br />

• If a pupil discusses a personal<br />

matter, never be the first to bring it up in<br />

another lesson.<br />

• Never express your opinion on a<br />

controversial subject.<br />

• Keep your integrity by always acting<br />

in the pupil’s best interest.<br />

• Give more than expected – it pays<br />

dividends.<br />

• Keep in mind it takes time to build<br />

trust but moments to lose it!<br />

Please take the time to re-read and<br />

apply the contents of this article if you<br />


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Letters to the Editor<br />

BHS isn’t clear on<br />

rise in horse-vehicle<br />

Thank you for another bumper, packed<br />

issue of <strong>Newslink</strong>. One article in<br />

particular caught my eye: ‘BHS<br />

launches campaign as Highway Code<br />

revision fails to reduce horse incidents’.<br />

I wondered what BHS’s evidence<br />

was for its concerns.<br />

The key point was that in 2022, 21%<br />

more equine-related road incidents were<br />

reported to BHS using their App than in<br />

2021. However, this is about the<br />

number of reports, not the number of<br />

incidents. Perhaps more people have<br />

the app, described as ‘new’ on their<br />

website (see https://horseincident.bhs.org.<br />

uk/HorseIncidents ReportIncidentStart).<br />

Perhaps the app is now easier to use?<br />

Maybe, following Highway Code<br />

revisions, there was a campaign to<br />

report more incidents? Who knows?<br />

I am not suggesting BHS is wrong. I<br />

don’t know. I’m just saying they haven’t<br />

given any real evidence.<br />

David Wilkinson,<br />

MSA GB West Coast and Wales Area<br />

Editor’s reply:<br />

Many thanks for your e-mail and the<br />

positive comments. The thrust of the<br />

article is that despite the BHS attempts<br />

to make reporting easier, there is a<br />

concern that the message is still not<br />

getting through to drivers.<br />

Highway Code campaign<br />

is a damp squib<br />

Am I right in thinking that the people<br />

behind the Highway Code promised an<br />

extensive advertising campaign to back<br />

up the changes made last year, so that<br />

the public would understand the new<br />

‘hierarchy of vulnerable road users’ and<br />

change their driving habits? What<br />

happened to it? It’s certainly not been<br />

obvious to me – and possibly that’s why,<br />

hard as I look, I don’t see big changes in<br />

the way motorists act on the road either.<br />

A recent walk around my<br />

neighbourhood proved a case in point.<br />

Three times as I walked along the<br />

pavement I approached a road turning<br />

on my left, and each time I was<br />

confident that surely, any traffic coming<br />

along the road and intending to turn left<br />

into the road – or turn right if coming<br />

from the opposite direction – would<br />

pause before doing so, and let me have<br />

the right of way. After all, I am the<br />

vulnerable road user...<br />

Not a chance. Three times I slowed<br />

my pace and glanced around to check<br />

the traffic, and each time it was a good<br />

job I did as a car took a sharp left into<br />

the road, just about nipping my toe<br />

nails as they did.<br />

I was one of those that thought the<br />

Highway Code was on the right track<br />

with these changes; I think it is high<br />

time the agency involved got its drum<br />

out and started making sure the public<br />

is fully aware of what the revised<br />

Highway Code is telling them.<br />

Terry Jones,<br />

London and the South<br />

Have your say<br />

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issues arising from <strong>Newslink</strong>, and your contributions to <strong>Newslink</strong> on any<br />

driver training, testing or road safety issue are always gratefully received.<br />

Send them to the editor@msagb.com<br />


Area News<br />

MOT testing – and so much more<br />

Janet Stewart<br />

London & South East<br />

At a recent meeting of the Institute of<br />

Master Tutors of Driving, various issued<br />

were aired which I thought were worth<br />

writing about.<br />

One that caught my attention was<br />

news of a consultation into whether or<br />

not changes should be made to the<br />

frequency of MOT testing of vehicles.<br />

As it stands at the moment, MOT tests<br />

are required when a vehicle is three<br />

years old and every year thereafter. It has<br />

been suggested that the first MOT should<br />

not be required until the vehicle is four<br />

years old, and/or that the frequency<br />

should be two yearly thereafter.<br />

While we are not in the EU anymore,<br />

it’s interesting that in many nations in<br />

the EU, first testing comes after four<br />

years.<br />

IAM RoadSmart conducted a poll on<br />

this matter and it found that 50% were<br />

in favour of no change, 46% in favour of<br />

moving to four-yearly testing and 4%<br />

undecided.<br />

It is estimated that the loss to the<br />

Government of delaying the first MOT by<br />

a year would be about £102M and there<br />

would, of course, be a significant loss to<br />

the garages that conduct the tests.<br />

There would be a benefit to the driving<br />

public in the short term but not in the<br />

longer term because faults might develop<br />

and become more costly to fix. Bear in<br />

mind that many drivers see the MOT as a<br />

substitute for proper and regular servicing.<br />

There has also been consultation on<br />

CPC for truck and bus drivers. We are all<br />

aware that there is a shortage of truck<br />

drivers in this country, but is the answer<br />

to make qualifying as a truck driver and<br />

maintaining that qualification easier? At<br />

the moment British drivers can drive in<br />

the EU but not work for a European<br />

company. There are barriers to drivers<br />

returning, both in terms of cost and time.<br />

It is required that a driver undertakes 35<br />

hours of training to re-enter the industry.<br />

It has been suggested that there<br />

should be a simplified qualification<br />

process as an option via e-learning, and<br />

then seven hours CPD in each of the next<br />

five years.<br />

There are also questions as to who<br />

should foot the bill – the driver or the<br />

company he/she works for?<br />

State of the roads<br />

I am not going to talk about potholes<br />

‘‘<br />

So much of what has<br />

been achieved in terms of<br />

improving road safety is<br />

now being lost for lack of<br />

basic maintenance<br />

‘‘<br />

but the state of our roads is of great<br />

concern to many of us. In 2019 the<br />

Department for Transport published their<br />

road safety statement, A Lifetime of<br />

Road Safety. This statement contained<br />

targets and aspirations.<br />

Sadly, there has been nothing further<br />

and there are currently no targets. All<br />

who are involved in transport, the<br />

environment and education need to think<br />

about the Pillars of the Safe Systems<br />

approach. We have moved on from the<br />

three Es – education, enforcement and<br />

engineering – to a more complex list:<br />

safer vehicles, safer speeds, safer roads,<br />

safer post-crash care and safer people.<br />

95% of collisions are down to human<br />

behaviour.<br />

But so much of what had been<br />

achieved in terms of improving road<br />

safety is now being lost for lack of basic<br />

maintenance. We can blame Brexit and<br />

Covid up to a point but there seems to be<br />

a lack of will (and obviously a lack of<br />

funding) for what, in many cases, would<br />

be quite simple measures. In the Budget,<br />

the Chancellor announced an extra<br />

£200M of funding to deal with potholes<br />


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but I think it may well be a case of too<br />

little, too late.<br />

During the Covid pandemic, the<br />

hedges on my lane were not cut back.<br />

This is a far bigger deal than one might<br />

think. The passing places that we had<br />

have been largely lost so there are more<br />

broken door mirrors and scrapes and<br />

scratches. The thing about a hedge is<br />

that, if it is not cut regularly, each year’s<br />

new growth strengthens and forms new<br />

wood. Over time it becomes a much<br />

bigger task to take it back to its original<br />

position.<br />

A pupil of mine referred to the road<br />

surfaces being fringed (she was in to<br />

fabrics and fashion!). What she meant<br />

was that the edge of the road simply<br />

dropped away in a jagged (frilly) manner<br />

so that a car could fall off the edge into<br />

what might be shallow water or could<br />

often be deep mud.<br />

Then there is the vital issue of being<br />

able to see and be seen. Verges being<br />

overrun by foliage reduces visibility on<br />

bends. There may be a sign to warn<br />

drivers of a dangerous bend but it is not<br />

much use if it has been hit so many<br />

times that it is now in the hedge lying flat<br />

or lost in the leaves and branches. We<br />

are repeatedly told that rural roads are<br />

the most dangerous but I do wonder how<br />

long it will be before repair becomes<br />

impossible. I can hear my grandmother<br />

saying “A stitch in time saves nine”.<br />

We have 246,700 miles of road<br />

network in this country. 76% of our A<br />

roads are rural. In 2021 there were 70%<br />

more fatalities on rural than on urban<br />

roads.<br />

Apparently Ford have been working on<br />

technology which would project<br />

information onto the road such as speed<br />

limits, weather information and hazards<br />

approaching. Cubic Transport systems<br />

are working on the joining up of<br />

technology with an open data approach.<br />

All of this is to the good but it needs to<br />

happen now.<br />

I feel I should sign off this month as<br />

“Disgruntled of Chorleywood”.<br />


Road signs are being<br />

obscured when foliage<br />

isn’t cut back<br />

To comment on this article, or provide<br />

updates, contact Janet at<br />

janetslittlecar@btinternet.com<br />

Lorry drivers<br />

slammed for<br />

faulty tyres<br />

Warwickshire Police says it is<br />

“disappointing” to have found issues<br />

with every single vehicle it checked<br />

during a recent multi-agency operation<br />

to ensure abnormal loads were being<br />

transported safely.<br />

Due to their size, vehicles carrying<br />

abnormal loads require a movement<br />

order to ensure the route they take is<br />

suitable. For public safety, movement<br />

orders also have restrictions on when<br />

the vehicle can travel. During the<br />

operation, Warwickshire Police<br />

intercepted drivers travelling on the<br />

M6 and brought them into the lorry<br />

park at Corley for their vehicle to be<br />

checked by officers, along with<br />

colleagues from National Highways<br />

and the DVSA.<br />

Police and partners found issues<br />

with every single one of the vehicles<br />

that were brought into the check site,<br />

including:<br />

• Two insecure loads<br />

• Two drivers travelling outside the<br />

times specified in the Movement<br />

Order<br />

• One excess speed<br />

• Three no movement order<br />

• Two over width when measured<br />

to movement order<br />

As a result, five abnormal loads<br />

were prohibited from moving until<br />

such time when new movement<br />

orders could be put in place by the<br />

drivers and/or operators.<br />

The officers also brought in HGVs<br />

and two of these were found to have<br />

insecure loads. One received a PG9<br />

for a dangerous tyre and was<br />

prohibited from moving until this was<br />

rectified.<br />

Inspector Dan Hicks, Warwickshire<br />

Police, said: “It was disappointing to<br />

see so many abnormal loads that are<br />

breaching the rules, but it was really<br />

productive day in terms of the number<br />

of vehicles we stopped and checked<br />

and drivers we spoke to about road<br />

safety.”<br />


Area News<br />

New era for MSA GB – but we’ll<br />

still always be at your side<br />

Andrew Burgess<br />

East Coast<br />

MSA GB 2023: so here we go, looking at<br />

a new era after our good friend and<br />

colleague Peter Harvey decided to step<br />

down after many years of long and<br />

devoted service to the organisation.<br />

I am sure that many of you will know<br />

all about the hard work – over many,<br />

many years – that Peter has put in for<br />

the organisation, and for that we send<br />

him our grateful thanks.<br />

But now we move on under the<br />

guidance of Mike Yeomans who has<br />

stepped into the role, (good luck with<br />

that one, Mike) I am sure you will do an<br />

excellent job.<br />

The first change we will see is that the<br />

MSA GB’s structure has changed and<br />

moved into four areas. This will help us,<br />

we hope, improve contact with the local<br />

MSA organisations, and we are looking to<br />

contact all local ADI groups and talk to<br />

them about what MSA GB can do for<br />

them.<br />

In the MSA GB East Coast area we are<br />

keen to visit as many ADI groups as<br />

possible, that’s whether they meet online<br />

or in person. We are drawing up plans so<br />

that all groups can join in with any<br />

events we put on.<br />

Times are changing; we as an<br />

organisation must move with them and<br />

the MSA has every intention of doing just<br />

that.<br />

One such event that I’d like to draw to<br />

your attention is we have a meeting<br />

planned with Diana Hall, who is a<br />

specialist in driving test nerves.<br />

It is taking place on Friday, <strong>April</strong> 21,<br />

at Ayton House, 11 Ayton House,<br />

Wymondham. Norfolk NR11 0QQ. The<br />

cost for the full day evvent is £110, but<br />

MSA GB members receive a discount to<br />

bring it down to £100.<br />

Diana will help us understand more<br />

about driving tests nerves and give us an<br />

in-depth look at how the mind works and<br />

how to deal with the problms it can<br />

create.<br />

She will look at:<br />

Anticipatory Anxiety: when several of<br />

the brain’s processes shut down meaning<br />

learning just can’t take place. Diane will<br />

teach you strategies to combat it.<br />

How to deal with Auditory Exclusion:<br />

when what you say goes in one ear and<br />

out the other!<br />

Handling emotion: Strategies to control<br />

negative emotions such as fear, stress,<br />

nerves, panic, anxiety, intimidation.<br />

Bad thoughts: Techniques to recognise<br />

sabotaging thoughts and behaviours and<br />

how to turn negativity into increased<br />

confidence and self-belief.<br />

And a 10-second technique to stop<br />

your pupil muddling up left and right!<br />

All instructors who attend the<br />

workshop will be invited to join a FREE<br />

Zoom meeting. During these sessions,<br />

we offer help and advice from dealing<br />

with stress and anxiety (for you as well<br />

as your pupils) through life skills, and<br />

answer any question you may have, or<br />

you can just pop along for a chat.<br />

Do you sometimes feel more like a<br />

counsellor or a therapist than a driving<br />

instructor? It’s not surprising when a<br />

third of your pupils are likely to suffer<br />

anxiety, and according to the World<br />

Health Organisation, that figure is on the<br />

increase.<br />

Diane and Chris from L of a Way 2<br />

Pass will share other amazing techniques<br />

to not only help your pupils with driving<br />

anxiety and test nerves, but to help you<br />

with for your own state of mind and<br />

anxiety as well.<br />

This workshop gives you a unique<br />

insight into your pupils’ minds, why they<br />

behave the way they do, and strategies<br />

to deal with even the most challenging<br />

students, ensuring you become the ‘go<br />

to’ instrustructor in your area.<br />

This event is just one example of the<br />

type of training we are looking to offer in<br />

the future. We are now in a position to<br />

offer you all the help you need to control<br />

many of the problems that we as driving<br />

instructors face on a daily basis.<br />

It goes without saying this is a very<br />

lonely job and at best can be very trying,<br />

but also very rewarding with the help of<br />

the MSA and working together we can<br />

bring greater success to the profession.<br />

Click here to book your<br />

place at this event<br />

MSA GB Eastern Workshop CPD/Training Session<br />

Helping Calm Driving Test Nerves, with Diana Hall (L of a Way 2 pass)<br />

Venue: Ayton House, 11 Ayton House, Wymondham. Norfolk. NR11 0QQ<br />

Date: Friday, <strong>April</strong> 21<br />

Time: 9am-5pm (includes lunch)<br />

Price: £110 (£100 for MSA GB members)<br />

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DVSA’s new APRIL strategy could set<br />

the cat among the intellectual pigeons<br />

John Lomas<br />

West & Wales<br />

News reaches me from DVSA Towers<br />

that, as the agency is somewhat<br />

disappointed by the current driving test<br />

pass rates, a new plan has been<br />

concocted to address this.<br />

It has noticed that the very best<br />

instructors are often used by pupils with<br />

far less than average abilities, and that<br />

adequate instructors take far longer to<br />

teach the extremely gifted young drivers<br />

than they should.<br />

So DVSA is going to institute a<br />

scheme, which launched last Saturday,<br />

to match the very best instructors with<br />

the most gifted learners.<br />

This will take about a year to set up.<br />

First, some ADIs will recieve a<br />

scientifically designed aptitude survey<br />

that has been designed to start the<br />

process by selecting the intellectual elite<br />

within the profession.<br />

Meanwhile, young people aged 16 and<br />

17 years who have not yet acquired<br />

provisional licences will also be screened<br />

for high-achieving abilities and aptitude.<br />

After a year of DVSA preparation the<br />

DVSA’s new Applied Practical Instructors<br />

& Learners (APRIL) department will start<br />

matching these elite instructors and<br />

learners with each other; it is hoped by<br />

putting the best with the best we will<br />

reduce the average lesson counts for<br />

those individuals by over 50%, and boost<br />

the test pass rate at the same time.<br />

The DVSA accepts that for the less<br />

able there may be an increase in lesson<br />

numbers but also believes that it might<br />

also dissuade from learning to drive<br />

many of those who may well reach the<br />

standard for a test but then fall far short<br />

of that standard for the rest of their<br />

driving careers.<br />

You may well wonder how I obtained<br />

this information. It came from someone<br />

who contacted me claiming to be a<br />

whiistleblower using the name Justin<br />

Case; I did think of using those initials to<br />

mark other things I was told but decided<br />

that might offend some readers, so I will<br />

just use the iniitial J.<br />

Asked why I was chosen as the<br />

conduit, J explained that my less than<br />

reverent attitude to authority and the fact<br />

that I was retired meant that DVSA has<br />

no sanctions it can impose on me.<br />

J also told me about the Central<br />

Research Applied Practices (CRAP)<br />

section of DVSA, which had been looking<br />

at moving the DVSA into the instructional<br />

area by settting up a Driving Instructors<br />

& Learners Lyceum, to be known as<br />

DILLY, but then they realised that the<br />

staff and students would be called<br />

Dillies.<br />

Apparently this was the brainchild of<br />

an ex-employee called William<br />

Williamson, known within the corridors<br />

of power as Silly Billy.<br />

• Please note that MSA GB has not<br />

received this briefing officially... and our<br />

own DVSA source, based at the Forward<br />

Outcomes Office, London (or FOOL, for<br />

short) has denied John’s claims<br />

And finally … who fancies<br />

a hill start ... in reverse?<br />

Arguably the world’s most famous car, the<br />

Ford Model T (1908–1927), had a bit of<br />

a design flaw: it couldn’t drive up a steep<br />

hill if the fuel tank was below halfway<br />

because there was no fuel pump.<br />

The workaround in this design flaw was<br />

that drivers would go uphill in reverse,<br />

thereby using gravity to get the fuel to the<br />

engine....<br />

Pictured right, a classic Tourer, from 1925<br />


Area News<br />

Every day’s a learning day - even when<br />

you’re stuck behind the farmer!<br />

Brian Thomson<br />

Scotland &<br />

Northern Ireland<br />

I sometime get asked if there are busy<br />

times and ‘slack’ times in the driving<br />

instruction industry, and if the work is<br />

seasonal in any way. However, like most<br />

public services since the country<br />

re-started after the pandemic, slack<br />

periods, for those willing and able, are a<br />

thing of the past.<br />

It depends on what your priorities are.<br />

In our area, a number of us in the local<br />

association have cut back either one<br />

lesson a day or are finishing earlier in the<br />

week just to have a little more ‘me time’,<br />

while others are using the situation to<br />

build up a little extra revenue.<br />

It’s a point I’m very interested in, and I<br />

will ask the MSA GB Facebook page<br />

Got any potatoes?<br />

administrators to ask the same question<br />

to members throughout the country: are<br />

you cutting back on your hours since<br />

re-starting or are you working longer?<br />

There will be facility for you to leave your<br />

comments.<br />

Returning to my opening question, it<br />

doesn’t appear that our industry is<br />

“seasonal” in its own right but certainly<br />

in our slightly more rural area there is a<br />

distinctly seasonal nature as to what we<br />

share the roads with. Starting at this<br />

time of year most things are normally<br />

quiet and settled, farmers are busy but<br />

normally in the fields – and that’s<br />

somewhere as instructors we try our best<br />

to keep our students out of.<br />

That’s not to say there’s isn’t a little bit<br />

of road sharing required from time to<br />

time with our farming friends, but it’s<br />

certainly true that rural roads may be<br />

fairly muddy at this time of year, adding<br />

another string to the learning bow for the<br />

student.<br />

Often, if we are traveling down a road<br />

which has been messed up a little by a<br />

tractor, I use it as an opportunity to<br />

demonstrate what difference braking on<br />

a muddy road makes. Not at full speed<br />

you understand, but even in second gear<br />

carrying out a ‘controlled stop’ has the<br />

desired effect of prompting the student to<br />

look over in my direction with “why isn’t<br />

this stopping” written all over their face.<br />

The trauma is still over, but then comes<br />

the realisation (learning objective) that<br />

keeping the speed down on the country<br />

roads may be safer. Job done.<br />

(Another little learning curve is<br />

explaining what this button in the car’s<br />

ventilation system does when passing<br />

Farmer Giles spreading his muck – see<br />

pic inset below)<br />

Back to the farmers. So our local lot<br />

have done what they need to do in the<br />

fields and now whatever has grown has<br />

to come back out. In our area the<br />


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farmers rent their land over to a local pea<br />

growing firm that use machines the size<br />

of a small two-bed house to harvest the<br />

peas and get them to a processing plant<br />

in as quick a time as possible. Most of<br />

this work is done during the night and<br />

the machines are moved with convoy<br />

vans front and back and thankfully, not<br />

clashing with our normal working day<br />

hours too much, but it is a massive<br />

challenge to the students if we do meet<br />

one during a lesson.<br />

Like other farming community areas,<br />

meeting the local farmers on the road is<br />

not a problem. Usually they are travelling<br />

short distances from farm to field but<br />

come grain harvest and tattie lifting time,<br />

the ‘long hauls’ come into play. Then you<br />

see tractors of massive proportions<br />

hauling bogies that are capable of<br />

holding upwards of 15/20 tons of grain,<br />

then some with long flat trailers with 12<br />

to 14 ton boxes of tatties. These are not<br />

units that will stop on a sixpence (I still<br />

work in old money for stopping currency)<br />

but use up a lion’s share of the country<br />

‘‘<br />

I use muddy roads as an<br />

opportunity to demonstrate<br />

what difference braking on<br />

a muddy road makes...it has<br />

the desired effect ...<br />

‘‘<br />

roads. Thankfully, due to their size,<br />

spotting one approaching a corner is<br />

easier than seeing a normal car, so<br />

observation and preparation is the key.<br />

So, even if our work doesn’t involve<br />

ploughing, planting, pulling and<br />

pulverising anything (or shouldn’t), we do<br />

fit into a world where things like that<br />

exist, and teaching our students to cope<br />

with changing situations on the same<br />

roads they are using is an essential skill<br />

that will hopefully keep them safe on our<br />

‘seasonal’ roads.<br />

‘Brum’ in Brum,<br />

without a driver<br />

Driverless buses are transporting<br />

passengers around Birmingham, after<br />

the region’s mayor gave the scheme<br />

the green light.<br />

Passengers can use the buses<br />

between Birmingham International<br />

rail station and Birmingham Business<br />

Park, via the NEC Birmingham. As<br />

part of the project, a second route<br />

will also be rolled out between<br />

Coventry rail station and Coventry<br />

University campus – although no<br />

start date has been confirmed for<br />

this.<br />

A mixed fleet of 13 automated<br />

shuttles is serving the two new<br />

routes, and the scheme will be<br />

supported by a new centralised<br />

Remote Monitoring Teleoperation<br />

(RMTO) centre.<br />

Operated by Transport for West<br />

Midlands, the RMTO centre will<br />

monitor the automated vehicles, and<br />

using 5G connectivity it will be able<br />

to control them when required. The<br />

project aims to make self-driving<br />

vehicle operations commercially<br />

viable and to reduce technology and<br />

operator costs.<br />

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street<br />

said: “As a region, we’re already<br />

leading the way when it comes to the<br />

development of transport technology<br />

and future oriented autonomous<br />

vehicle systems. CAV technology has<br />

the potential to revolutionise the way<br />

we get around.”<br />

The driverless buses form part of a<br />

wider project which aims to<br />

demonstrate sustainable commercial<br />

connected and autonomous vehicle<br />

(CAV) services by 2025.<br />


Area News<br />

Local meeting helps Swindon ADIs get to<br />

grips with where the DVSA’s heading<br />

Arthur Mynott<br />

West and Wales<br />

Back in December I was put in touch<br />

with Sandra, an ADI from Swindon who<br />

wanted a meeting between local ADIs<br />

and the DVSA. After many emails<br />

between Sandra, the DVSA’s Darren<br />

Russell and myself, this meeting took<br />

place on Wednesday, March 1.<br />

There were five personnel present from<br />

the DVSA: Darren Russell, DVSA Deputy<br />

Registrar, Leigh Dorrington, ADI<br />

Examiner, Phil Smith LDTM, and Alison<br />

and Barney, two local examiners based in<br />

Swindon. They were joined by around<br />

30 ADIs, all of whom enjoyed a<br />

presentation by Darren about the future<br />

of the DVSA, examiner recruitment and<br />

mock tests, among other issues. He and<br />

the other DVSA staff answered many<br />

questions from the audience and<br />

addressed any concerns they had.<br />

This was a very useful and informative<br />

meeting that I was pleased to have been<br />

asked to organise.<br />

If any other ADI groups would like<br />

similar meetings I would be more than<br />

happy to help, just contact me via my<br />

details below.<br />

In last month’s <strong>Newslink</strong> I wrote about<br />

my concerns regarding the speed of the<br />

vehicles travelling through my village,<br />

and how I was going to take them to the<br />

Parish Council meeting to discuss this<br />

with them.<br />

The outcome of that meeting is that<br />

the Parish Council has agreed to buy and<br />

install a couple of SIDs (Speed Indicator<br />

Devices) and will speak to the county<br />

council and police about funding for<br />

these, as they cost around £3,000 each.<br />

They will also consult the authorities<br />

on the matter of reducing the speed limit<br />

throughout all the village from the<br />

present 30mph down to 20mph.<br />

These changes will take a few months<br />

to arrange but at least everything is set in<br />

motion.<br />

I first raised this issue last year on our<br />

village Facebook community page and it<br />

shows that when social media is used<br />

correctly, it can have positive results.<br />

We have now had our National<br />

Conference, details of which are in this<br />

issue of <strong>Newslink</strong>. It was again held via<br />

the Zoom platform but hopefully it will be<br />

back to the original format next year, as<br />

it was pre-Covid.<br />

You should all know by now that the<br />

original Western Area has amalgamated<br />

with the areas previously known as West<br />

Midlands, the North West and South<br />

Wales, and now make up one big area<br />

which will be called ‘West Coast &<br />

Wales’. I have been elected as Chairman<br />

of this new area, with a Deputy<br />

Chairman covering the northern part. I’m<br />

delighted to introduce Chris Truesdale as<br />

the person who will be covering that<br />

Northern part of the area, after he took<br />

over from Graham Clayton, the previous<br />

MSA GB North West Chairman. We will<br />

be working together to provide various<br />

events to our members,<br />

Please get in touch with either of us if<br />

you have any suggestions or questions or<br />

want to know details of any meetings,<br />

etc; remember, we are here to help.<br />


To comment on this article, or provide<br />

updates from your area, you can<br />

contact Arthur on 07989 852274 or<br />

arthur.mynott@msagb.com<br />


Are you a member of an ADI Group and would like to<br />

work more closely with MSA GB?<br />

We are compiling a database of local instructor groups<br />

and associations, and will publish this list in future issues<br />

of <strong>Newslink</strong>. If you would like to publicise your group in<br />

this publication, including contact details and when you<br />

hold meetings, let MSA GB know, by contacting us at:<br />

info@msagb.com<br />


To contact Chris Truesdale, West &<br />

Wales Deputy Chairman, you can<br />

reach him on<br />

E: arc.angel@live.co.uk<br />

T: 07803 580885<br />


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AA survey finds ADIs and pupils are<br />

starting to love learning in an EV<br />

Driving instructors and their pupils are<br />

leading the way with the switch to<br />

electric vehicles, but infrastructure<br />

challenges could hamper progress, the<br />

AA Driving School has warned.<br />

In the first year since electric vehicles<br />

have been available to its franchised<br />

driving instructors, around 49,000 hours<br />

of lessons have been given in EVs to<br />

around 3,300 pupils by the AA’s driving<br />

instructors.<br />

Feedback from EV driving instructors<br />

shows the top two struggles faced when<br />

adapting to an EV are managing the<br />

range with lesson schedules and finding<br />

suitable public charging posts.<br />

On the positives, the top benefits they<br />

have found are the smooth, quiet ride as<br />

well as the cost savings and positive<br />

experience for pupils.<br />

The increasing acceptance of electric<br />

vehicles among learner drivers is<br />

reflected in the growing proportion of<br />

learners who pass their test in an<br />

automatic vehicle.<br />

DVSA pass rate statistics show people<br />

passing their test in an automatic<br />

accounted for 13% of new drivers in<br />

2021/22, compared to just 5% 10 years<br />

ago.<br />

Camilla Benitz, AA Driving School<br />

Managing director, said: “Our instructors<br />

have shown they want to make the<br />

switch to electric and help the next<br />

generation of drivers feel confident<br />

leaving combustion engines in the past.<br />

“Overall, the first year of offering<br />

electric vehicles to our franchisees has<br />

been really positive and many electric<br />

instructors say they wouldn’t go back.<br />

They enjoy the cars’ smooth, quiet ride<br />

and like the fuel savings – both economic<br />

and environmental.<br />

“There are challenges to teaching in an<br />

electric car though, particularly around<br />

whether the charging infrastructure is<br />

robust enough, and more needs to be<br />

done to ensure the industry’s progress<br />

towards electrification is not hampered.<br />

“A key concern is around ensuring<br />

there are enough public charging posts to<br />

support instructors who do not have<br />

access to off-street parking so cannot<br />

install their own private chargepoints.<br />

“The car you learn to drive in often<br />

leaves a lasting impression, so ensuring<br />

electric learners have a good experience<br />

is a vital tool in helping alleviate any<br />

concerns new drivers have about running<br />

an EV.<br />

“We are confident the industry can<br />

adapt to the challenges and are planning<br />

to significantly expand the range of<br />

electric vehicles available to our<br />

franchisees this year.”<br />

The AA Driving School launched EVs<br />

on its fleet last March with the Peugeot<br />

e208, Peugeot e2008 and Vauxhall<br />

Corsa-e.<br />

Full details about the AA Driving<br />

School’s EV franchise is available HERE:<br />

Pretty useful, that...<br />

Like the look of this streamlined motorway overhead<br />

gantry (left)? That’s good news, as it’s going to be a<br />

regular feature on your motorway journeys for the<br />

forseeable future, after the design was selected by the<br />

National Highways in an open competition to find a<br />

new-look gantry to replace existing designs.<br />

London-based architecture company Useful Studio will<br />

now work with National Highways to develop its design<br />

concept. It is expected to become the standard design<br />

for new gantries in around two years.<br />


Q&A with...<br />

Why networking is the best way to<br />

progress – and beware a pea-souper!<br />

This month we chat to Andrew Burgess, an ADI based in<br />

Hessle and a member of the Area 2 East Coast MSA GB<br />

Committee, about his life as an ADI.<br />

When did you become an ADI, and<br />

what made you enter the profession?<br />

I first became an ADI in 1972. At the<br />

time I was working for a large driving<br />

school as the mechanic looking after the<br />

school cars. Seeing the tuition vehicles<br />

day in, day out, piqued my interest and I<br />

decided to have a go.<br />

I worked for a local driving school for a<br />

number of years, then went selfemployed<br />

for the next 49 years.<br />

I don’t teach learners any more; I<br />

switched over to running NDORS courses<br />

and now only work the speed awareness<br />

courses online, previously for<br />

Humberside Police, but now for TTC.<br />

What’s the best bit about the job?<br />

Working with a team of well dressed,<br />

polite, smart, highly-qualified and<br />

respected driving instructors!<br />

And the worst?<br />

Back in the day when I was a teaching<br />

ADI I would have to say it was the long<br />

hours and the poor pay at the time.<br />

What’s the best piece of training advice<br />

you were ever given?<br />

Give your full and entire knowledge<br />

and experience to your client, pay full<br />

attention to their needs, and complete<br />

their full hour’s lesson.<br />

What one piece of kit, other than your<br />

car and phone, could you not do<br />

without?<br />

In my day we did not have a mobile<br />

phone, so when training we always had<br />

a note book and a pen.<br />

What needs fixing most urgently in<br />

driving generally?<br />

When we refer to today, there is no<br />

doubt that there is a need to look at<br />

graduated driving licences.<br />

What should the DVSA focus on?<br />

Working towards improving the<br />

standard of the training of instructors, not<br />

only in their ability to do the job but their<br />

overall appearance and the impression<br />

they give to the public. Too many people<br />

in this sector let the side down with their<br />

attitude and appearance, giving a<br />

second-rate impression. Remember, this<br />

is a profession.<br />

What’s the next big thing that’s going to<br />

transform driver training/testing?<br />

Log books and a higher standard of<br />

training in the industry.<br />

Electric cars – yes or no? And why?<br />

They are a must, so yes, because<br />

that’s the way technology is going, but<br />

first, we need to see more focus on<br />

ensuring the appropriate infrastructure is<br />

in place.<br />

‘‘<br />

Best advice? Always give<br />

your full knowledge and<br />

experience to the client, pay<br />

full attention to their needs,<br />

and complete their full<br />

hour’s lesson<br />

‘‘<br />

How can we improve driver testing/<br />

training in one move?<br />

Start with the foundations of driver<br />

testing and training: improve the<br />

standard of trainers and examiners.<br />

Who/what inspires you, drives you on?<br />

My involvement with other<br />

organisations, and a general desire to see<br />

an improvement in road safety.<br />

What keeps you awake at night?<br />

Nothing, but my thoughts often turn to<br />

the quality of the trainer today.<br />

No one is the finished article. What do<br />

you do to keep on top of the game?<br />

For me the answer is to attend meeting<br />

such as those the MSA GB puts on, and<br />

work with like-minded people to try to<br />

improve when we can.<br />

As well as my involvement with MSA<br />

GB for the East Coast committee I am on<br />

the executive committee of the IMTD<br />

(Institute of Master Tutors of Driving). It<br />

keeps me up-to-date with the latest<br />

developments, but more importantly<br />

gives me a chance to chat with fellow<br />

professionals. You learn more about this<br />

job that way.<br />

What’s the daftest /most dangerous<br />

thing that’s ever happened to you while<br />

teaching?<br />

I think the daftest – I certainly felt daft<br />

– was turning up at the wrong client’s<br />

house. The most dangerous was working<br />


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DTC update<br />

Macclesfield<br />

The temporary move of Macclesfield<br />

driving test centre has been extended<br />

after the centre was closed after a<br />

safety inspection. Testing will<br />

continue at Macclesfield Rugby Club<br />

until <strong>April</strong> 10, but from <strong>April</strong> 11th<br />

will switch to Bollington Leisure<br />

Centre, on Heath Road, Bollington,<br />

Macclesfield SK10 5EX.<br />

There are car spaces available for<br />

candidates but please park as close<br />

as possible to the reception as there<br />

is no waiting room. Examiners will<br />

meet candidates at their cars.<br />

The car park must not be used for<br />

candidates to practise parking<br />

exercises.<br />

Candidates and instructors will be<br />

able to use the toilet facilities at the<br />

centre.<br />

A traditional pea-souper in the 1960s.<br />

These images are from London but similar<br />

conditions could be found in all the UK’s<br />

big cities at the time, until smokeless coal<br />

became more widepsread<br />

in the thick fogs that we used to get<br />

years ago. We don’t seem to get real<br />

dense ‘pea-soupers’ now, probably<br />

because of the end of coal-fired heating<br />

and house chimneys belching out smoke,<br />

but I always remember when I started<br />

teaching we would go out in all weathers<br />

and conditions, including really dense fog<br />

where we would literally just crawl along.<br />

I suppose we had to do it at the time and<br />

they were the conditions the pupils<br />

would find themselves driving in quite<br />

often once they had passed. However, I<br />

wouldn’t want to go back to those days<br />

When or where are you happiest?<br />

As an ADI it was when I was working<br />

with a team at Kingston Works when<br />

they where running the NDIS scheme.<br />

They were really good days.<br />

Blackpool<br />

The lease at Blackpool DTC has<br />

been extended and a planned<br />

relocation to Kirkam LGV has been<br />

postponed. Tests will now run at<br />

Blackpool DTC until the end of May.<br />

All car, ADI and standard check<br />

tests that were booked at Kirkham<br />

LGV during this period will now be<br />

taken from: Blackpool Driving Test<br />

Centre, Government Buildings,<br />

Warbreck Hill Road, Blackpool FY2<br />

0XE. However, if your pupil would<br />

prefer to keep their test at Kirkam<br />

LGV, please contact the DVSA.<br />

Enfield<br />

The refurbishment of Enfield MPTC<br />

is being extended and will run until<br />

Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 15, as the planned<br />

works have not been completed.<br />

This means that testing will<br />

continue at Wenta Business Centre,<br />

Innova Park, Electric Avenue, Enfield<br />

EN3 7XU until that date.<br />

Please do not enter the Wenta<br />

Business Centre car park. Tests will<br />

start and finish along Innova Way,<br />

where examiners will meet candidates.<br />

Motorcycle tests will continue to take<br />

place at Enfield, but no waiting room<br />

or toilet facilities will be available.<br />


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the discounts available,<br />

see www.msagb.com<br />


For all the latest news, see www.msagb.com<br />


COVER<br />

The Motor Schools Association<br />

of Great Britain has agreed<br />

with HMCA to offer discounted<br />

rates for medical plans, dental<br />

plan, hospital cash plans, personal accident<br />

plan, travel plan, income protection and<br />

vehicle breakdown products.<br />

MSA GB OFFER: HMCA only offer medical<br />

plans to membership groups and can offer<br />

up to a 40% discount off the underwriter’s<br />

standard rates. This is a comprehensive<br />

plan which provides generous cash benefits<br />

for surgery and other charges.<br />


Help your pupils private<br />

practice by signing them up<br />

to Collingwood’s instructor<br />

affiliate programme.<br />

MSA GB OFFER:: £50 for your first<br />

referral and a chance to win £100 of<br />

High Street vouchers!<br />


Confident Drivers has the only<br />

website created especially for<br />

drivers offering eight different<br />

psychological techniques<br />

commonly used to reduce<br />

stress and nerves.<br />

MSA GB OFFER: One month free on a monthly<br />

subscription plan using coupon code.<br />


Go Roadie provides students<br />

when they need them, with<br />

all the details you need before<br />

you accept. Control your own<br />

pricing, discounts and set your availability to<br />

suit you. Full diary? No cost!<br />

MSA GB OFFER: Introductory offer of 50% off<br />

the first three students they accept.<br />

To get the full story of<br />

the discounts available,<br />

see www.msagb.com<br />

Membership offer<br />

Welcome, new ADIs<br />

We’ve a special introductory offer for you!<br />

Congratulations on passing<br />

your Part 3 and becoming<br />

an ADI.<br />

There’s an exciting career<br />

open to you from today,<br />

one that’s alive with<br />

possibilities as you build<br />

your skills, your client<br />

base and your income.<br />

But for all the excitement, it<br />

can also be challenging; who<br />

can you turn to if you’re struggling<br />

to get over key driver training issues to<br />

a pupil? Where can you go to soak up<br />

advice from more experienced ADIs?<br />

Who will help you if you are caught<br />

up in a dispute with the DVSA? If the<br />

worst happens, who can you turn to for<br />

help, advice and to fight your corner?<br />

The answer is the Motor Schools<br />

Association of Great Britain – MSA GB<br />

for short.<br />

We are the most senior association<br />

representing driving instructors in Great<br />

Britain. Establised in 1935 when the<br />

first driving test was introduced, MSA<br />

GB has been working tirelessly ever<br />

since on behalf of ordinary rank and<br />

file ADIs.<br />

We represent your interests and your<br />

views in the corridors of power, holding<br />

regular meetings with senior officials<br />

from the DVSA and the Department for<br />

Transport to make sure the ADIs’ voice<br />

is heard.<br />


Join MSA GB today!<br />

SPECIAL OFFER: Join for just £60 with your<br />

PI & PL insurance included immediately!<br />

No joining fee - saving you £25<br />

Call 01787 221020 quoting discount code<br />

<strong>Newslink</strong>, or join online at www.msagb.com<br />

We’d like you to join us<br />

We’re there to support you<br />

every step of the way.<br />

Our office-based staff<br />

are there, five days a<br />

week, from 9am-5pm,<br />

ready to answer your<br />

call and help you in any<br />

way.<br />

In addition our network<br />

of experienced office holders<br />

and regional officers can offer<br />

advice over the phone or by email.<br />

But membership of the MSA GB<br />

doesn’t just mean we’re there for<br />

you if you’re in trouble. We also<br />

offer a nationwide network of regular<br />

meetings, seminars and training<br />

events, an Annual Conference, and<br />

a chance to participate in MSA<br />

GB affairs through our democratic<br />

structure<br />

In addition, you’ll get a free link to our<br />

membership magazine <strong>Newslink</strong> every<br />

month, with all the latest news, views,<br />

comment and advice you’ll need to<br />

become a successful driving instructor.<br />

You’ll also automatically receive<br />

professional indemnity insurance<br />

worth up to £5m and £10m public<br />

liability insurance free of charge.<br />

This is essential legal protection<br />

covering you against legal claims<br />

ariving from your tuition.<br />


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