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

The Voice of MSA GB<br />

Issue 370 • <strong>November</strong> 2023<br />

The question of<br />

colour blindness<br />

How it affects drivers – and why you<br />

need to be aware of its possible impact<br />

We work for all Driver Trainers. Want to join? SAVE £25 – see pg 39 for special offer


For all the latest news, see www.msagb.com<br />

I’ll vote for better driving and<br />

road safety: who’s with me?<br />

Welcome to your<br />

digital, interactive<br />

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

Colin Lilly<br />

Editor,<br />

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

In the August issue of <strong>Newslink</strong> we predicted<br />

that road safety was about to become a<br />

political issue. In late September, just before<br />

the Conservative Party Conference, the<br />

Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak announced that<br />

the Government were about to launch a<br />

programme to curtail what he described as<br />

the ‘War on Motorists.’<br />

What makes motorists a special case? Is<br />

the hierarchy of road users in the Highway<br />

Code just a myth?<br />

A war has not been formally declared. Are<br />

these motorists who are feeling victimised<br />

the ones with little regard for the safety of<br />

others, who refuse to adapt their driving<br />

habits, or have no respect for regulations?<br />

Such an announcement seemed a bit<br />

bizarre in the wake of the recent report of a<br />

10% year-on-year rise in road fatalities.<br />

Many of the drivers who advocate<br />

freestyle driving probably never consider the<br />

safety implications or the effect on others; it<br />

is merely their own agenda.<br />

The announcement was probably provoked<br />

by the Welsh 20mph debate. The fact remains<br />

that amid all the protests and protestations<br />

of non-compliance, the average speed in<br />

Wales has fallen by 2.3 mph during the first<br />

month of operation. Even this small amount<br />

can have influence. As a parent and grandparent<br />

I compare this to a child that<br />

grudgingly complies.<br />

Within days the DfT published a policy<br />

document laying out future plans about Low<br />

Traffic Neighbourhoods, 20mph limits, bus<br />

lanes and enforcement.<br />

The policies merely seeks to placate those<br />

that politicians perceive as the majority view.<br />

Faced with a survey most people will give the<br />

answer they feel follows the current trend.<br />

When a political party sets its manifesto,<br />

they will present the policies that they feel<br />

will achieve the most votes. On motoring<br />

issues, it is a simple choice of safety or<br />

convenience. We may come to see what the<br />

public truly sees as important.<br />

Global warming is an impending threat that<br />

is a reality. While the British motorist is not<br />

solely responsible for the situation, every<br />

little helps. Rolling back on policies that<br />

should have a positive influence is not helpful.<br />

I live in a low lying area that it is estimated<br />

will be flooded by rising sea levels by 2050.<br />

As our house is one metre above sea level, I<br />

can see this will be a tad inconvenient.<br />

One would like to think that come the<br />

general election, political parties’ policies will<br />

reflect the common good. Policies formed in<br />

response to anarchy just deal with the vested<br />

interest.<br />

As always this was written not reflecting<br />

support for any political party, but from the<br />

point of view of an organisation with a strong<br />

interest in promoting road safety and safe<br />

driving.<br />

• More on Wales: pg 16<br />

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MSA GB Annual Conference 2024:<br />

Prices and venue announced<br />

Time to get the weekend<br />

cleared....<br />

Venue and pricing<br />

details released.<br />

COVER STORY<br />

The issue of<br />

colour blindness<br />

and how it can<br />

impact on drivers<br />

Full story,<br />

see pg 22<br />

See pg 26 for more<br />

details and first news<br />

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Contents<br />

06<br />

Paradise... but<br />

for whom?<br />

08<br />

13<br />

Where are<br />

you going,<br />

my deer?<br />

22<br />

Get money off your fuel bill<br />

with special MSA GB deal<br />

Looking to cut your costs? Then save<br />

up to 10p per litre of fuel with an<br />

MSA GB fuel card – pg 06<br />

Waiting times... explained<br />

Ever wondered what the methodology<br />

was behind the DVSA’s definition of<br />

an L-test centre waiting time? It’s<br />

explained here... – pg 10<br />

Call for mandatory training<br />

for all van drivers<br />

European road safety group wants<br />

white van man to be trained: could it<br />

come to the UK, too? – pg 14<br />

Where Wales leads...<br />

Road safety expert asks people to get<br />

behind Wales’s new lower urban<br />

speed limits, as first data shows<br />

public is slowing down – pg 16<br />

It’s good to talk – but do it<br />

constructively<br />

Steve Garrod on how the narrative<br />

used during feedback can make or<br />

break a learning outcome and really<br />

get the message across – pg 20<br />

What red light ...?<br />

Do you check your pupils for colour<br />

blindness when you first take them<br />

out on a lesson? – pg 22<br />

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

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For all the latest news, see www.msagb.com<br />

MSA GB Board<br />

of Management<br />

National Chairman &<br />

Area 2 - East Coast Chair<br />

Mike Yeomans<br />

7 Oak Avenue, Elloughton,<br />

Brough HU15 1LA<br />

T: 07772 757529<br />

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

AREA 1<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 />

How MSA GB<br />

is organised, in<br />

four AREAS<br />

AREA 4<br />

AREA 2<br />

AREA 3<br />

Area 4 – West Coast & Wales<br />

Chair: Arthur Mynott<br />

9 Hagleys Green, Crowcombe,<br />

Taunton TA4 4AH<br />

T: 01984 618858<br />

E: arthur.mynott@msagb.com<br />

Keep in touch<br />

If you have updated your address, telephone numbers or<br />

changed your email address recently, please let us know<br />

at head office by emailing us with your new details and<br />

membership number to info@msagb.com.<br />

If you can’t find your membership number, give us a ring<br />

on 01787 221020.<br />

Follow MSA GB on social media<br />

Just click on the icon to go<br />

through to the relevant site<br />

NEWSLINK n NOVEMBER 2023 05


News<br />

Get 10p off every litre of fuel<br />

with special MSA GB deal<br />

MSA GB understands that the cost-ofliving<br />

crisis is putting many ADIs under<br />

considerable financial pressure,<br />

particularly with the cost of fuel and<br />

insurance, two of our biggest costs, rising<br />

so quickly.<br />

So to help alleviate some of the burden<br />

on our members, we’re thrilled to<br />

announce a brand-new partnership with<br />

Fuel Card Services.<br />

A fuel card from MSA GB partner, Fuel<br />

Card Services can provide huge benefits to<br />

businesses that use vehicles on a daily<br />

basis:<br />

n Cutting fuel costs - save up to 10p per<br />

litre and get a consistent price.<br />

n Increased security - fuel cards are a<br />

safer alternative to carrying cash and<br />

eliminate fraud.<br />

n Streamline admin - HMRC compliant<br />

invoices, no receipts, one neat invoice and<br />

a dedicated account manager.<br />

n Tighter control of business expenses<br />

- view transactions and reports online 24/7.<br />

n Increased flexibility for refuelling<br />

across a huge network.<br />

n Fleet convenience - a quick and<br />

convenient way for fleets to refuel.<br />

There are a range of fuel cards available<br />

on the market and for your business to<br />

truly benefit from investing in fuel cards,<br />

you need to choose the right one for your<br />

businesses’ requirements.<br />

FUEL CARD SERVICES offers a large<br />

choice of networks from leading brands,<br />

such as BP, Shell, Esso and UK Fuels, so<br />

you can decide which networks you wish<br />

to include on your business account.<br />

Fuel Card Services and MSA GB are<br />

helping to deliver cost savings to<br />

members throughout the country.<br />

For more details and to obtain a fuel<br />

card through MSA GB, go to our website at<br />

https://msagb.com/members/<br />

member-discounts/<br />

Current prices<br />

The RAC’s latest pricewatch on fuel shows the average price of a litre of unleaded is<br />

now 155.27p - down slightly on mid-October<br />

The supermarket average is 152.89p and the motorway average is 179.29p.<br />

For diesel the average is 162.05p, the supermarket average is 159.76p and the<br />

motorway average is 184.73p<br />

Driving test centre update<br />

Skegness driving test centre<br />

The temporary relocation of Skegness driving test centre<br />

has been extended, as repairs are continuing at the<br />

permanent centre on Heath Road.<br />

As a result driving tests will continue to operate out of<br />

the Vertigo Stadium at Wainfleet Road until further notice.<br />

The address for the temporary centre is: Vertigo<br />

Stadium, Wainfleet Road, Skegness, Lincolnshire PE25<br />

2EL.<br />

Examiners will meet candidates at their cars at the time<br />

of the test. The car park must not be used for candidates<br />

to practise parking exercises.<br />

Carlisle driving test centre<br />

ADIs in the Carlisle area will be interested to know that<br />

their local driving test centre at Port Road, Carlisle was<br />

temporarily closed due to health and safety reasons.<br />

As this issue of <strong>Newslink</strong> was being published the DVSA<br />

said it would re-open on Sunday, 29 October.<br />

Shock to the system as EV<br />

sales push up insurance costs<br />

A huge rise in premiums has seen the average cost of car insurance hit a<br />

record of £924 a year, according to new figures from Confused.com.<br />

Prices are up by £338 on 2022 – indeed, they are up an astonishing<br />

£148 from June this year.<br />

Confused.com says the rise in sales of electric cars is a factor in the<br />

price increase.<br />

With higher prices than their petrol or diesel equivalents, along with<br />

more advanced technology and equipment included, garages and repair<br />

specialists say EVs are more expensive to repair or replace than petrol or<br />

diesel cars.<br />

Electric cars also generally have quicker acceleration than other<br />

vehicles, so could appear riskier to insurers.<br />

The strong used vehicle market is another variable, according to<br />

Confused.com. With second-hand vehicles keeping their value for longer,<br />

if a driver has an accident and their vehicle is a write off, this now costs<br />

insurers more to pay out.<br />

06 NEWSLINK n NOVEMBER 2023


For all the latest news, see www.msagb.com<br />

Sad news as former MSA GB Member of the Year,<br />

Clive Snook, dies, aged 68<br />

Colin Lilly<br />

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

As always it is with regret that we inform<br />

members of the passing of a former MSA GB<br />

Member of the Year.<br />

Clive Snook from Shaftesbury passed<br />

away on 7th October, aged 68.<br />

Clive was a stalwart member of MSA GB<br />

for many years. In 1978 he was instrumental<br />

in the formation of the then MSA Western<br />

Region and was its first Deputy Chairman and<br />

Treasurer. He was also Chairman for two<br />

years in the 1990s. He was ever present at<br />

meetings throughout the region, often<br />

organising the welcome desk, and was active<br />

within driving instructor groups in Wiltshire<br />

and Dorset. He was also an ever-present at<br />

MSA national conferences throughout the<br />

80s and 90s.<br />

Sadly, following a severe stroke in 2000,<br />

Clive was forced to give up driving and driver<br />

Clive with<br />

his wife,<br />

Muriel. The<br />

couple were<br />

jointly<br />

named<br />

‘Member of<br />

the Year’ in<br />

2001<br />

training. Driving was a passion for him. As well<br />

as running a driving school he also drove<br />

coaches on a part-time basis.<br />

Clive was cared for by his wife, Muriel, and<br />

despite these challenges he continued to<br />

attend meetings in a wheelchair and perform<br />

his MSA roles. It was in recognition of their<br />

service, despite these difficult circumstances,<br />

that the couple were jointly awarded the MSA<br />

Member of the Year trophy in 2001.<br />

Unfortunately, as a result of his stroke,<br />

Clive developed vertigo which made it<br />

difficult to travel so took on a less active role.<br />

He remained for a number of years as<br />

regional treasurer and Vice-Chairman.<br />

In recent years, regrettably, his health<br />

deteriorated.<br />

Clive’s funeral will be held on Monday,<br />

<strong>November</strong> 6 at 11am at the Salisbury<br />

Crematorium, Barrington Rd, Salisbury SP1<br />

3JB, followed by a wake at the Milford Hall<br />

Hotel and Spa, 206 Castle Street, Salisbury<br />

SP1 3TE.<br />

Anyone is welcome to attend, but it would<br />

be helpful to confirm your attendance with<br />

his widow Muriel on 01747 855091.<br />

I will be attending along with the MSA GB<br />

West Coast and Wales Area Chairman, Arthur<br />

Mynott, as representatives of the<br />

association and to convey MSA GB’s deepest<br />

condolences.<br />

Clive Snook, died 7th October 2023. RIP


News<br />

Scotland to look at<br />

following Wales<br />

A one-day conference in Edinburgh next<br />

month will discuss the national 20mph<br />

limit set by Wales in September and plans<br />

for rolling out 20mph in Scotland by 2025.<br />

Organised by 20’s Plenty, the event<br />

takes place at the City of Edinburgh<br />

Council Chambers on December 7.<br />

Wales became the first UK country to<br />

adopt a default 20mph speed limit in<br />

September, with most 30mph roads<br />

switched to the lower limit.<br />

It followed four years of work between<br />

the Welsh Government and local<br />

authorities, police and road safety experts<br />

to design a change in law.<br />

Delegates will hear from Lee Waters MS,<br />

Wales’ deputy minister for climate change,<br />

and Kaarina Ruta, transport assistant,<br />

Welsh Local Government Association.<br />

The Scottish Government has committed<br />

to giving all appropriate roads in built-up<br />

areas a speed limit of 20mph by 2025.<br />

The agenda also features presentations<br />

from the 20mph cities of Edinburgh and<br />

London, as well as from Scottish Borders<br />

Council. The European Transport Safety<br />

Council will give an international<br />

perspective on 30km/h (18.5mph) limits,<br />

while public health professionals will<br />

highlight the influence of street speeds on<br />

the public’s health.<br />

Start’s the star for<br />

roadside rescue<br />

The latest Which? survey of breakdown<br />

cover firms has named Start Rescue as<br />

best for customer satisfaction, as well top<br />

for the best value for third-party<br />

breakdown in the UK.<br />

“We’re thrilled with the results of the<br />

Which? survey,” said Lee Puffett,<br />

Managing Director of Start Rescue. “Being<br />

recognised by the largest independent<br />

consumer body in the UK for the fifth year<br />

in a row is an amazing achievement.<br />

“This is the mark of quality and great<br />

value offered by our breakdown cover. I’m<br />

so proud of our whole team as they have<br />

earned this incredible feedback.”<br />

Which? team said: “Start Rescue<br />

reaches 72% of people in less than an hour<br />

and has the highest customer score of any<br />

third-party provider.”<br />

The survey also praised the level of<br />

cover offered with all of its policies.<br />

Paradise isle – for beach lovers,<br />

walkers and learner drivers<br />

And the prize goes to... the Isle of Benbecula.<br />

Now, given the photo above, the question<br />

is, what is the prize for? Most beautiful place<br />

in the UK? Place in the UK that most closely<br />

resembles a tropical island paradise? Nearest<br />

dead-ringer for the Seychelles?<br />

While all three are arguably correct, the<br />

correct answer is, ‘the place in Great Britain<br />

with the highest L-test pass rate.’<br />

In the year 2022-23, the Isle of Benbecula<br />

saw a staggering 85.7% of candidates pass<br />

their L-test. Pretty good, seen as the<br />

average for GB as a whole is 48.4 .<br />

We’re actually doing the Isle of Tiree a<br />

disservice here, as it too could boast an<br />

85.7% pass rate, but that mark was set<br />

against just seven tests all year, where as the<br />

Isle of Benbecula saw a whopping 84 tests<br />

taken during the same period, so that’s why<br />

we’re giving it top spot.<br />

Clinching the bronze medal was Inverary,<br />

at 84.3%, from 89 tests.<br />

At the other end of the scale a newcomer:<br />

Swindon LGV centre, which had a pass rate of<br />

just 17.8%, far lower than the rest of the LGV<br />

cohort. As far as L-tests are concerned,<br />

Speke in Liverpool was the lowest performing<br />

centre, at 29% passes (on 8,382 tests).<br />

Second lowest was Doncaster Legacy<br />

Centre, at 32.5%, on a curious 314 tests. Erith<br />

in London was third bottom, with 34.5% of<br />

tests ending in a pass, closely followed by<br />

Wolverhampton and Wednesbury (35.3 and<br />

35.7% respectively).<br />

As a whole there were 1,688,955 tests in<br />

2022-23, with a 48.4% pass rate.<br />

Manual still has upper hand on autos –<br />

but only just, as EVs lead the charge<br />

The manual gearbox is still the most popular<br />

choice among those looking to buy a new car<br />

– but only just, as auto boxes are now<br />

favoured by 47% of motorists.<br />

For generations the autobox was the poor<br />

relation when it came to transmissions, with<br />

few motorists opting for one over a manual.<br />

But a YouGov poll commissioned by The<br />

Motor Ombudsman has revealed just how<br />

close the gap between the two now is: 53%<br />

of motorists would opt for a manual gearbox<br />

if they were to buy a new car within the next<br />

12 months, just edging out automatics.<br />

This is a clear result of the popularity of<br />

electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids.<br />

Of those who stated a preference for a<br />

traditional stick shift, the most cited reason<br />

for doing so was this was how they learned to<br />

drive. Over a third (39%) of manual fans also<br />

stated that being in control of their own gear<br />

shifts can offer a greater level of driving<br />

enjoyment for the ‘purists’ than an auto box,<br />

especially in a high-performance car, and<br />

this type of transmission makes it easier to<br />

change gears in anticipation of the volume of<br />

traffic ahead (34%).<br />

Furthermore, for nearly one in three people<br />

(28%), price would also sway respondents to<br />

go manual, as models can be sometimes be<br />

cheaper than those with an auto gearbox.<br />

08 NEWSLINK n NOVEMBER 2023


News<br />

DVSA offers a new take on what<br />

a L-test waiting time really is...<br />

On October 24, DVSA published its latest blog on the driver training and testing sector, in the wake of its plans<br />

to add an extra 150,000 L-tests in a bid to reduce waiting times. Its author, John Selbey, tackled the complex<br />

question of ‘What the driving test waiting time actually means...’ Many MSA GB members will have read the blog<br />

but we’re publishing it here to ensure the information reaches the widest possible audience.<br />

With many learner drivers waiting longer<br />

than we’d like to take a driving test, there’s<br />

obviously a lot of interest in driving test<br />

waiting times and what we are doing to<br />

reduce them.<br />

In the last few weeks, the DVSA has asked<br />

all eligible managers and administrative staff<br />

back on the front line to carry out driving<br />

tests full time. They’ll do this until the end of<br />

March 2024 and it will create about 150,000<br />

extra driving tests, helping to reduce driving<br />

test waiting times.<br />

We’re often asked by learner drivers,<br />

driving instructors and the media for the<br />

latest driving test waiting time.<br />

In this article I want to explain how we work<br />

out the driving test waiting time we report<br />

on, and how it’s just part of a range of<br />

measures we look at.<br />

What the waiting time figure means<br />

As at 16 October 2023, the current national<br />

average car driving test waiting time is 18.8<br />

weeks.<br />

But to be very clear, that does not mean<br />

that every learner driver in Great Britain is<br />

going to have to wait 18.8 weeks between<br />

booking and taking their test.<br />

As well as the national average, each<br />

driving test centre also has its own waiting<br />

time.<br />

The figure we report is how long it is until at<br />

least 10% of the weekly appointments are<br />

still available to book.<br />

Let’s look at an example.<br />

If we have a test centre where there are<br />

175 tests available each week, the waiting<br />

time is the first week when 18 or more<br />

appointments are still available to book.<br />

(see Table 1)<br />

In this example you can see that it’s nine<br />

weeks until 18 or more appointments are still<br />

available. So the waiting time here is nine<br />

weeks.<br />

But you can see that there are still 68<br />

appointments available in the weeks before<br />

then – so many people would not be waiting<br />

nine weeks, and some would only need to<br />

wait two weeks (as there are four tests<br />

available in just a fortnight’s time).<br />

Why waiting times can suddenly change<br />

The booking window for driving tests is a<br />

rolling 24 weeks. Each week, we add a new<br />

week’s worth of tests.<br />

We also add tests as and when they<br />

become available. For example, if a driving<br />

Table 1<br />

examiner is going to transfer to another test<br />

centre in four weeks’ time, appointments<br />

with them are added.<br />

Let’s take that same example from before,<br />

and now add another driving examiner from<br />

week five onwards.<br />

That driving examiner will do 35 tests a<br />

week when they join. So our test centre will<br />

have:<br />

n a 175 appointment capacity each week<br />

for weeks 1 to 4<br />

Week number Number of tests still Total number of tests<br />

available to book<br />

in the week<br />

1 0 175 0.0%<br />

2 4 175 2.3%<br />

3 6 175 3.4%<br />

4 4 175 2.3%<br />

5 14 175 8.0%<br />

6 12 175 6.9%<br />

7 13 175 7.4%<br />

8 15 175 8.6%<br />

9 19 175 10.9%<br />

This test centre therefore has a nine-week waiting list<br />

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Week number Number of tests still Total number of tests<br />

available to book<br />

in the week<br />

1 0 175 0.0%<br />

2 4 175 2.3%<br />

3 6 175 3.4%<br />

4 4 175 2.3%<br />

5 49 210 23.3%<br />

6 47 210 22.4%<br />

7 48 210 22.9%<br />

8 50 210 23.8%<br />

9 54 210 25.7%<br />

This test centre therefore has a five-week waiting list<br />

n a 210 appointment capacity each week<br />

from week 5 onwards<br />

The waiting time is now the first week from<br />

now where either:<br />

n 18 or more appointments are still<br />

available to book (weeks 1 to 4)<br />

n 21 or more appointments are still<br />

available to book (week 5 onwards)<br />

See Table 2<br />

As you can see, there are now only five<br />

weeks until 21 or more appointments are still<br />

available. So the waiting time has become 5<br />

weeks.<br />

Now these are quite simple examples, and<br />

in reality it’s not quite as simple as that, as<br />

things are constantly changing. But they<br />

should give you a better insight into how<br />

driving test waiting times work.<br />

Tracking waiting times across the country<br />

We track the number of driving test<br />

centres that have waiting times in different<br />

bands.<br />

For example, as at 16 October 2023 we<br />

had:<br />

n 36 test centres with a waiting time up to<br />

9 weeks (14.8% of all test centres)<br />

n 103 test centres with a waiting time<br />

between 10 and 23 weeks (42.4% of all test<br />

centres)<br />

n 104 test centres with a waiting time of<br />

24 weeks (42.8% of all test centres).<br />

Other measures of driving test availability<br />

We also measure and track the percentage<br />

of all the appointments in the booking<br />

service within the next 24 weeks that are still<br />

available to book.<br />

For example, at 24 April 2023, 5.9% of<br />

tests within the next 24 weeks were still<br />

available to book. As at 16 October 2023, that<br />

had increased to 11.5%.<br />

Forward bookings<br />

As you’d expect, we also track the total<br />

number of bookings. At the end of<br />

September 2023, there were 566,245 driving<br />

tests booked within the following 24 weeks.<br />

Since <strong>November</strong> 2022, the Department for<br />

Transport has been publishing this figure on a<br />

monthly basis to help us be more transparent<br />

as part of their faster indicators of transport<br />

activity.<br />

In the spreadsheet you can download from<br />

the DfT, this number is called ‘forward<br />

bookings’.<br />

Some people assume that when that<br />

figure increases, it’s bad news for waiting<br />

times, as more people are waiting. That’s not<br />

necessarily the case.<br />

More capacity means more forward bookings<br />

Our priority at this time is to reduce driving<br />

test waiting times, while upholding road<br />

safety standards.<br />

To increase the number of available test<br />

slots we continue to:<br />

n carry out tests outside of regular hours,<br />

including at weekends and on public holidays<br />

n buy back annual leave from driving<br />

examiners<br />

n invite recently retired driving examiners<br />

to return to work<br />

Since April 2021, the measures we have put<br />

in place to reduce waiting times for our<br />

customers, plus the ongoing recruitment of<br />

driving examiners, is creating more than<br />

40,000 extra car test slots each month on<br />

average.<br />

As we recruit more driving examiners and<br />

as more eligible managers and administrative<br />

staff test full-time, our capacity to provide<br />

tests increases. This means that we can fit<br />

more people in within the next 24 weeks. So<br />

a higher number of ‘forward bookings’ means<br />

our capacity has increased.<br />

You’ll then hopefully see this in the months<br />

that follow in the number of tests that we<br />

carry out.<br />

I hope this helps you to understand driving<br />

test waiting times a little better, and also<br />

helps you to correct any misunderstandings<br />

you encounter in the future.<br />

Wot, no comment!<br />

It is customary, at the end of all DVSA blogs,<br />

for ADIs to be given the opportunity to leave<br />

comments on what they have read. DVSA<br />

tells us that this facility is eagerly pored over<br />

by management as it gives them an instant<br />

snapshot as to whether their new policy is<br />

being well received within the ADI<br />

community, and that future policies can be<br />

built on the comments expressed.<br />

Interestingly, however, for this blog the<br />

following note was added at the foot:<br />

About commenting on this blog post<br />

We know that there are lots of different<br />

views about driving test waiting times.<br />

We’ll only publish new questions and<br />

comments that are about how driving test<br />

waiting times are calculated.<br />

We cannot answer individual questions about<br />

the latest driving test waiting times. The<br />

driving test booking service will always have<br />

the latest information.<br />

This is not about censoring your views. It’s to<br />

make sure comments keep on topic and help<br />

to answer any questions about how driving<br />

test waiting times are calculated.<br />

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News<br />

Warning that new EV prices could soar<br />

next year unless trade rules relaxed<br />

Electric vehicle (EV) buyers face a £3,400<br />

price hike from the start of next year unless<br />

post-Brexit trade rules are delayed, an<br />

automotive industry body has said.<br />

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and<br />

Traders (SMMT) has called on the UK and EU<br />

to postpone the implementation of tougher<br />

rules of origin requirements on EV batteries.<br />

Tariffs of 10% are due to be imposed on<br />

exports of electric cars between the UK and<br />

EU from January 1 if at least 45% of their<br />

value does not originate in the UK or EU.<br />

Manufacturers will struggle to meet that<br />

threshold as battery production within<br />

Europe has not increased as quickly as<br />

hoped.<br />

The SMMT estimated the tariffs could<br />

result in an average price rise of £3,400 on<br />

EU-manufactured pure battery electric<br />

vehicles bought in the UK.<br />

Nearly half (49%) of all pure battery<br />

electric vehicles bought by UK buyers are<br />

from the EU.<br />

The SMMT said conventional petrol and<br />

diesel vehicles would escape tariffs, which<br />

would “have the perverse effect of<br />

incentivising the purchase of fossil fuelpowered<br />

vehicles”.<br />

It described a three-year delay in<br />

implementing the new rules of origin<br />

requirements as “a pragmatic solution” as it<br />

would allow time for European battery<br />

production to ramp up.<br />

SMMT’s chief executive Mike Hawes said:<br />

“UK automotive is a trading powerhouse<br />

delivering billions to the British economy,<br />

exporting vehicles and parts around the<br />

world, creating high value jobs and driving<br />

growth nationwide.<br />

“Our manufacturers have shown incredible<br />

resilience amid multiple challenges in recent<br />

years, but unnecessary, unworkable and<br />

ill-timed rules of origin will only serve to set<br />

back the recovery and disincentivise the very<br />

vehicles we want to sell.<br />

“Not only would consumers be out of<br />

pocket, but the industrial competitiveness of<br />

the UK and continental industries would be<br />

undermined.<br />

“A three-year delay is a simple, commonsense<br />

solution which must be agreed<br />

urgently.”<br />

A Government spokesperson said: “We<br />

need a joint UK-EU solution to avoid<br />

consumers facing tariffs on electric vehicles<br />

from 2024 which do not apply to petrol and<br />

diesel cars.<br />

“We have raised this with the European<br />

Commission and are ready to work with them<br />

to find a solution within the existing structure<br />

of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The<br />

UK remains one of the best locations in the<br />

world for automotive manufacturing.”<br />

Sunak blamed as private EV sales hit a slowdown<br />

The boss of car dealership Vertu Motors has<br />

said the Government’s “confusing messaging”<br />

on net zero targets is partly to blame for<br />

cooling demand for electric vehicles.<br />

Robert Forrester, chief executive of Vertu,<br />

said retail demand has been “muted”<br />

following Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s move<br />

to push back the ban on the sale of new<br />

petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2030 to<br />

2035, as well as cost-of-living pressures.<br />

Mr Forrester said the Government has<br />

caused confusion by announcing soon after<br />

delaying the ban that it will still impose<br />

stretching targets for car manufacturers to<br />

achieve specific zero emissions vehicle (ZEV)<br />

sales targets.<br />

More than a fifth (22%) of new cars sold by<br />

manufacturers in the UK next year must be<br />

zero emission, under the new rules, rising to<br />

80% in 2030.<br />

Mr Forrester said manufacturers are<br />

resorting to discounts and offers to try to<br />

boost flagging demand.<br />

He said: “Increased supply of new electric<br />

vehicles from manufacturers is evident while<br />

retail demand remains muted.<br />

“The Government’s confusing messaging<br />

may further contribute to this.<br />

Royal accolade for Euro safety project<br />

The groundbreaking Road Safety Exchange<br />

project, celebrated as a catalyst for lifesaving<br />

initiatives across Europe, from<br />

Norway to Greece, is to receive one of the<br />

highest accolades in the road safety field –<br />

the prestigious Prince Michael International<br />

Road Safety Award, presented by His Royal<br />

Highness Prince Michael of Kent.<br />

This recognition underscores the project’s<br />

impact on enhancing road safety.<br />

Congratulating the project partners, HRH<br />

Prince Michael of Kent said: “In 2012 I was<br />

very pleased that the ETSC was among the<br />

award winners for their Road Safety<br />

“Manufacturers are therefore seeking to<br />

stimulate retail demand for these vehicles<br />

through the offer of discounted prices and<br />

supported finance rates.<br />

“These market dynamics combined with<br />

the ZEV mandate have the potential to<br />

disrupt the recovery of the new car market in<br />

the next few years.”<br />

Recent industry figures from the SMMT<br />

showed retail sales of battery EVs fell 8.5%.<br />

But fleet sales are up 64.8% in the year to<br />

August, thanks to companies incentivising<br />

staff to buy them through salary sacrifice<br />

schemes.<br />

Performance Index at that year’s ceremony.<br />

“That is why I am very pleased to present a<br />

second award to the ETSC this year,<br />

alongside the European Commission and<br />

Parliament, for their innovative EU Road<br />

Safety Exchange.” Road Safety Exchange will<br />

receive the award next month, in London.<br />

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Don’t veer for the deer, is the official advice<br />

Drivers should be on the lookout for deer on<br />

the roads in coming weeks, as the nights<br />

close in and the mating season gets under<br />

way, says GEM Motoring Assist. Deer are<br />

most active at dawn and dusk, it added.<br />

Estimates from the RSPCA indicate that up<br />

to 74,000 deer are killed each year in road<br />

collisions, with an annual human death toll<br />

from deer collisions of between 10 and 20<br />

and around 450 serious injuries. The total<br />

vehicle repair bill from deer collisions is<br />

estimated at more than £17 million.<br />

GEM chief executive Neil Worth says:<br />

“Woodland, parkland and hillside areas<br />

present the highest risks of a deer strike, but<br />

you should expect to encounter deer on any<br />

suburban or rural road.<br />

“We endorse the advice provided by the<br />

British Deer Society: don’t veer for deer, as<br />

by changing your direction quickly, you<br />

increase the risk of colliding with another<br />

vehicle or losing control and leaving the<br />

carriageway. Rather, if you spot a deer or<br />

other animal on the road ahead, stay in<br />

control, reduce your speed as much as<br />

possible and steer straight.”<br />

The deer breeding season lasts until<br />

early-mid <strong>November</strong>.<br />

GEM offers six simple tips for drivers to<br />

reduce risk from deer collisions:<br />

n Take note of deer warning signs. These<br />

are placed in locations where wild animal<br />

crossings are likely, so keep your speed down<br />

and be ready to encounter a deer at very<br />

short notice.<br />

n Be particularly watchful at dawn and<br />

dusk, when deer are most active.<br />

n If you spot one animal, it’s likely there<br />

may be others following, so don’t speed up<br />

and assume the danger has passed.<br />

n Remember the importance of always<br />

being able to stop in the distance you can see<br />

to be clear ahead. But also be ready to react if<br />

a deer leaps out right in front of you<br />

n If a collision with the animal seems<br />

inevitable, then the safest option is to strike it<br />

while maintaining full control of your car.<br />

Always look out for traffic behind you. If you<br />

need to stop then use your hazard lights to<br />

warn other vehicles.<br />

n If you hit a deer, or you come across an<br />

injured deer, stop somewhere safe and report<br />

the collision to the police, who can organise<br />

professional veterinary assistance.<br />

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ETSC joins in demands for van<br />

drivers to face mandatory training<br />

The European Transport Safety Council<br />

(ETSC) has joined a number of other<br />

transport groups in calling on the EU to<br />

include additional professional training for van<br />

drivers, similar to the requirements imposed<br />

on bus and coach drivers, in its next round of<br />

reforms to driver licences.<br />

The road safety groups say the growth in<br />

small vans on European roads is so great that<br />

the introduction of mandatory training for all<br />

professional van drivers “is essential”.<br />

While the introduction of such mandatory<br />

training would not impact on Great Britain, as<br />

we are outside the EU, the difference in<br />

licensing could cause problems for van<br />

drivers operating in Northern Ireland who<br />

cross the border into Ireland, and would<br />

increase pressure on Westminster to<br />

introduce similar rules here.<br />

The move was prompted by the revelation<br />

that 11% of all road deaths in Europe, which<br />

equates to 2,630 lives, result from crashes<br />

involving vans each year. 39% of the deaths<br />

were pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.<br />

The increasing use of vans can be<br />

attributed to various factors, including higher<br />

demand, daytime urban operations,<br />

nighttime deliveries, and the surge in online<br />

shopping. Unfortunately, the pressure to<br />

meet market demands, intense competition<br />

in the transport industry, and a lack of<br />

stringent regulations have contributed to<br />

poor working conditions for van drivers,<br />

posing significant safety risks.<br />

A critical issue highlighted in the letter is<br />

the relatively lenient regulations applied to<br />

vans weighing less than 3.5 tonnes compared<br />

to HGVs, where operators and drivers are<br />

required to obtain Certificates of Professional<br />

Competence (CPCs).<br />

However, van fleets can operate under<br />

lower standards, and only LGVs exceeding 2.5<br />

tonnes and operating across EU borders will<br />

be subject to EU rules for driving and resting<br />

times by 2026. The vast majority of van<br />

traffic operating within national borders will<br />

not be impacted by this change.<br />

That’s why the organisations have called<br />

for comprehensive training for professional<br />

van drivers, covering safe loading and<br />

unloading, cargo securing, reversing, fatigue<br />

prevention, journey planning, and adherence<br />

to traffic rules.<br />

The ETSC wants the current requirements<br />

for bus and truck drivers, which include<br />

professional driver training, to be extended to<br />

cover van drivers, including those who may<br />

be self-employed or owner drivers.<br />

This could be achieved as part of the<br />

proposal from the European Parliament to<br />

establish a B+ category with a separate<br />

requirement for CPC-type training for N1<br />

vehicles used for professional purposes.<br />

The organisations also express their<br />

disagreement with the European<br />

Commission’s proposal to increase the<br />

permissible mass of a ‘B’ category vehicle<br />

from 3.5 to 4.25 tonnes.<br />

Citing a recent report from the VIAS<br />

Institute in Belgium, they argue that larger<br />

and more powerful vehicles are having an<br />

increasingly adverse impact on road safety<br />

for pedestrians and cyclists.<br />

Warning that LHVs<br />

could wreck the<br />

roads as firms look<br />

to use mega trucks<br />

The European Transport Safety Council<br />

(ETSC) has warned politicians to think<br />

carefully before allowing large articulated<br />

lorries, also known as LHVs, megatrucks,<br />

or gigaliners, to be more widely on<br />

Europe’s roads, stating safety concerns.<br />

LHVs are classified as truck and trailer<br />

combinations that are 25.25 metres long,<br />

which is nearly nine metres longer than<br />

typical lorries in Europe. They can weigh<br />

up to 60 tonnes – rather than the<br />

maximum 44 tonnes in the UK.<br />

These vehicles are equivalent in length<br />

to six passenger cars and weigh as much<br />

as a fully loaded Boeing 737-300.<br />

An initial impact assessment suggested<br />

allowing LHVs could reduce road deaths,<br />

but ETSC took the opposite view, citing<br />

serious concerns about the impact of<br />

LHVs on road safety. While they have<br />

been permitted under certain conditions<br />

until now, they are not allowed to cross<br />

borders – a condition ETSC said should<br />

remain.<br />

One significant concern is that LHVs<br />

may hasten road infrastructure<br />

degradation, leading to more frequent<br />

maintenance and safety issues. They also<br />

require adapted infrastructure, which<br />

poses challenges in work zones, parking<br />

areas, resting areas, and more. Existing<br />

truck safety facilities, including barriers,<br />

ramps, and lay-bys, are not designed for<br />

LHVs.<br />

Fire safety in tunnels is also a concern<br />

with LHVs potentially blocking traffic<br />

lanes in roll-over crashes. The impact<br />

resistance of barriers on bridges crossing<br />

above railways may also be insufficient to<br />

prevent a collision between an LHV and a<br />

train. LHVs can also have difficulty with<br />

junctions and might encroach on<br />

pavements or cycle paths during turns.<br />

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Self-assessment deadline: fewer than 100 days to go<br />

The deadline’s coming... for self-assessment.<br />

The HMRC has sent a reminder out for the<br />

start of <strong>November</strong>, reminding ADIs that there<br />

are now fewer than 100 days to go before the<br />

deadline for self-assessment forms to be<br />

completed and filed with HMRC.<br />

But while January 31, 2024 is the deadline,<br />

there’s nothing to stop you from sending it in<br />

early!<br />

Filing your return early means you can find<br />

out how much you owe, and help you budget<br />

and plan for your payment. And if you’re due a<br />

HMRC help<br />

HMRC has organised another series of<br />

webinars to help self-employed business<br />

people with their expenses. The free-toview<br />

sessions include lots of advice that will<br />

be crucial as we move towards the selfassessment<br />

deadline (see above)<br />

Business expenses for the self-employed<br />

During the webinar the HMRC team will:<br />

n show you what are allowable business<br />

expenses<br />

n cover the most common business<br />

expenses<br />

n look at simplified expenses<br />

n discuss record keeping<br />

n help you enter accurate figures on your<br />

tax return.<br />

You can register for the webinar by clicking<br />

HERE.<br />

Car expenses for the self-employed<br />

Using your own car for business? We’ll tell<br />

you about:<br />

n business journeys<br />

n capital allowances<br />

n how to work out simplified and actual<br />

cost expenses<br />

n leasing a car and personal contract<br />

purchases.<br />

You can register for the webinar by clicking<br />

HERE.<br />

HMRC is also running some short videos<br />

available on HMRC’s YouTube channel,<br />

including:<br />

n What expenses can I include in my Self<br />

Assessment tax return?<br />

n Claiming motoring expenses if you’re<br />

self-employed.<br />

You can find them by clicking HERE for the<br />

self-assessment expenses,<br />

and by clicking HERE for the motoring<br />

expenses.<br />

refund, you can claim it back sooner.<br />

HMRC spokesperson said: “If you’ve<br />

already sent your return and paid, thank you.<br />

You don’t need to do anything else.<br />

“But we want to help you get your tax<br />

return right. There’s lots of support available:<br />

n A YouTube video offers key advice (click<br />

here to view)<br />

n HMRC’s digital assistant, forums, social<br />

media to ask questions and find answers<br />

(click here to view)<br />

• Step-by-step guide to check what you<br />

need to do to file your first tax return (click<br />

here to view)<br />

“ HMRC added: We’ll keep sending you<br />

reminder emails until you file your return. ”<br />

You have been warned!<br />

MSA GB adds: It’s not too late to contact<br />

our approved accountancy services, FBTC,<br />

who can take away much of the pain of filing<br />

your self-assessment form for you. Find out<br />

more by contacting them via the contact<br />

details below, or see the MSA GB website.<br />

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News<br />

The debate on the wisdom of the 20mph speed limits in Wales rumbles on. Here, in an opinion piece<br />

originally published on the Road Safety GB website, Gary Digva, founder of Road Angel, says it is<br />

disappointing to see “such a pushback on life-saving policies such as 20mph speed limits”, in an<br />

impassioned defence of the new policy. Read on to learn why he is such a supporter of the new limits<br />

This policy will make a<br />

difference – and where<br />

Wales leads, the rest of<br />

the UK should follow<br />

With the mounting evidence that the<br />

transition to 20mph limits will improve road<br />

safety and save lives, it is a shame there is so<br />

much uproar in the motoring community.<br />

The latest Government figures show that<br />

for the year ending June 2022, 29,742 people<br />

were reported killed or seriously injured on<br />

Britain’s roads, an increase of more than<br />

2,000 from the previous year.<br />

There were also 1,711 fatalities deaths on<br />

British roads last year, which was an increase<br />

from the year previous.<br />

Road fatalities and casualties are on the<br />

rise, and the introduction of 20mph roads<br />

across the UK could save hundreds of lives a<br />

year. Road safety should be the top priority<br />

with the high rate of deaths and serious<br />

injuries on Britain’s roads.<br />

Pedestrians are also proven to have a much<br />

higher chance of survival if hit at 20mph with<br />

a 2.5% chance of death, compared to 20%<br />

when travelling at 30mph.<br />

In 2021, Spain rolled out a national 30km/h<br />

(18mph) speed limit on most urban streets<br />

after the percentage of vulnerable road traffic<br />

“Spain saw a 20 per cent<br />

mortality rate decrease after<br />

implementing the lower speed<br />

policies, so there is substantial<br />

evidence that this will work to<br />

make our roads safer, and<br />

potentially save hundreds of<br />

lives a year...”<br />

victims exceeded the percentage of people<br />

killed while in vehicles.<br />

Spain saw a 20 per cent mortality rate<br />

decrease after implementing the lower speed<br />

policies, so there is substantial evidence that<br />

this will work to make our roads safer, and<br />

potentially save hundreds of lives a year.<br />

The World Health Organisation and the UN<br />

General Assembly also support the transition<br />

to 20mph streets, calling on policymakers to<br />

act for low-speed streets worldwide,<br />

agreeing it is the right speed limit for people<br />

and traffic to mix safely.<br />

Despite this, there is growing opposition<br />

against the introduction of 20mph speed<br />

limits. The Welsh implementation has<br />

sparked a lot of debate across the UK, and a<br />

petition opposing the new 20mph default<br />

speed limit has had a record-breaking<br />

number of signatures.<br />

It’s important that drivers understand the<br />

new 20mph policies are not anti- motorists,<br />

they are anti-death.<br />

Introducing the default speed limit on<br />

residential roads and busy pedestrian roads<br />

will reduce collisions between vehicles and<br />

vulnerable road users, and make them safer<br />

for playing, walking and cycling.<br />

Ultimately, the higher the speed, the<br />

higher the chance of being involved in an<br />

accident due to increased braking distances<br />

and shorter reaction times.<br />

Not only does lowering the speed limit<br />

reduce the impact force of a collision but it<br />

also dictates if a driver is able to stop in time<br />

to avoid a crash.<br />

It is disappointing to see that there is such<br />

a pushback on life-saving policies when they<br />

could save hundreds of lives each year.<br />

Although the changes may seem<br />

inconvenient to people in a rush, these<br />

policies will ultimately save lives and should<br />

be considered more seriously across the<br />

whole of Britain.<br />

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What’s your view?<br />

How others in the road safety community have<br />

responded to Wales’s ambitious policy<br />

One English ADI contacted MSA GB with his<br />

thoughts after being exposed to the 20mph<br />

limits for the first time...<br />

I have to be honest, I am a fan of 20mph<br />

zones in the right places – I just don’t think<br />

Wales’s blanket approach is the correct way<br />

to go about reducing casualties and<br />

improving road safety.<br />

With every road safety policy there has to<br />

be a balance, between keeping people safe<br />

and keeping the road network moving. I fear<br />

that, in places, this policy is tipped too far in<br />

favour of the road safety angle, where it does<br />

not need to be.<br />

As a case in point, two weeks ago I spent a<br />

lovely weekend in the foothills of Snowdon.<br />

The journey from South Manchester took me<br />

past the edges of Wrexham and then on to<br />

Lake Bala, using in parts the A5, A494 and<br />

other minor A roads and B roads.<br />

As anyone who has been through this part<br />

of the world will know, many of these roads<br />

pass through small villages and towns. In<br />

some places the 20mph limit felt appropriate,<br />

as we were going through heavily built up<br />

areas, near shops and schools where<br />

vulnerable pedestrians were present.<br />

But in others it was clear that the road was<br />

Comments from Road Safety GB website<br />

n This is not the solution to the problem.<br />

Slow down the traffic raise the air pollution in<br />

the area. Also if we reduce the speed limit to<br />

0mph, then the road accident problem solved,<br />

no accidents, we saved the world! Really?<br />

n Mr Digva’s argument is seductive, but I<br />

think it is a little early to refer to a “life-saving<br />

policy”.<br />

PACTS is about to wave the ‘LUSTRE’<br />

report at (road safety minister) Richard<br />

Holden. One statement from it:“…the effect<br />

of introducing 20mph speed limits without<br />

physical measures (ie, sign only) has a<br />

significant effect (a reduction of approx 12%)<br />

on slight casualties but the effect on fatal and<br />

serious casualties is uncertain.”We need to<br />

know why that is, before we continue with<br />

the current willy-nilly approach.<br />

n 20mph on every road in a built-up area is<br />

a through route and that interaction with<br />

pedestrians crossing it were rare. In those,<br />

slowing from 40mph down to 20mph felt like<br />

a crawl. I can see it impacting heavily on<br />

journey times.<br />

Don’t get me wrong: 20mph is plenty - but<br />

only in some areas. This blanket approach<br />

– even if the Welsh Government offers the<br />

chance for councils to keep limits higher to<br />

accommodate local conditions – feels too<br />

restrictive and likely to cause inconvenience.<br />

Is that an issue? It’s an interesting debate.<br />

There is an argument that making life a bit<br />

inconvenient for everyone is a price worth<br />

paying if you save a single child’s life every<br />

year. I’m susceptible to that argument,<br />

having worked in road safety for many years.<br />

But I go back to my earlier point: road<br />

safety is a balance. Driving at 5mph would<br />

near-guarantee no road traffic fatalities – but<br />

that would be going too far, even for the most<br />

zealous anti-car campaigners.<br />

So is 20mph in some places. It’s not my<br />

country, but from the outside looking in, this<br />

is a retrograde step that will damage travel<br />

and hurt the local economy.<br />

It might save a life, though, but surely there<br />

is a way to do so without killing the economy<br />

at the same time?<br />

a backward step, it’s fine near schools and in<br />

areas of high volumes of pedestrians but<br />

even then it should be time sensitive. As for<br />

the other roads, keep it at 30mph.<br />

n Life and death is a matter of risk and<br />

balance. 20 mph speed limits are already<br />

adversely affecting bus services in areas<br />

where they are imposed.<br />

30 mph is a much more realistic speed limit<br />

in urban areas. We can’t let Twenty’s Plenty<br />

rule the country.<br />

n This is road safety gone ludicrous, albeit<br />

with the best of intentions, partly because if<br />

you (a) do not have the agreement of those<br />

concerned and (b) if it can’t be universally<br />

enforced, and consistently, then it just<br />

encourages an abuse of the law and can,<br />

therefore, ultimately counter-productive. I<br />

will await the usual negative comments.<br />

Public is still<br />

sticking to<br />

the lower limit<br />

says Agilysis<br />

The new default 20mph speed limit in Wales<br />

continues to bring about a reduction in speed,<br />

data from Agilysis shows.<br />

Agilysis sampled routes in Cardiff and<br />

Wrexham a month on from the introduction<br />

of the 20mph limits on September 17.<br />

As reported by BBC News, it found speeds<br />

had dropped by 2.3mph.<br />

However, this compares with a fall of<br />

3.1mph in the first week of the new limit,<br />

when Agilysis carried out a more widespread<br />

study.<br />

The analysis also showed speeds of the<br />

fastest drivers – the top 15% – dropped by<br />

4.9mph after the first week but this had<br />

changed to only a 3.8mph reduction last<br />

week.<br />

Richard Owen, chief executive officer of<br />

Agilysis and the report’s author, said: “The<br />

evidence on this smaller sample of roads<br />

indicates there is no room for complacency.<br />

“Although the majority of motorists are<br />

sticking to the limit, there will be concerns<br />

about the minority who haven’t adjusted<br />

their speed choices enough.<br />

“Understanding which roads are seeing<br />

lower levels of compliance could be critical in<br />

targeting education and enforcement to<br />

achieve better compliance.”<br />

The new analysis involved TomTom data<br />

covering approximately 10,000 vehicle<br />

movements along B4487 Newport Road in<br />

Cardiff and A5152 Chester Road in Wrexham.<br />

This compared with a much larger sample<br />

of nearly 30 million vehicle movements in<br />

Wales in the week after the new limit came<br />

into effect.<br />

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News<br />

More than 600,000 drivers face ban<br />

with ‘one touch of their phone’<br />

More than 600,000 British drivers face<br />

disqualification with “one touch of their<br />

phone”, a road safety charity has warned.<br />

Analysis of data obtained by IAM Road<br />

Smart found that 547,287 drivers had six<br />

points on their licence as of August 5, and a<br />

further 94,088 had nine points.<br />

The punishment for illegally using a mobile<br />

phone behind the wheel was toughened in<br />

2017. Those caught face six penalty points<br />

and a £200 fine. Drivers who accumulate 12<br />

or more points within three years are usually<br />

handed a six-month ban.<br />

Varying amounts of points are handed out<br />

for motoring offences, such as three for using<br />

a vehicle with defective brakes, between<br />

three and six for speeding and 10 for<br />

drug-driving.<br />

The number of drivers with six and nine<br />

points on their licence was 6% and 8% higher<br />

than a year earlier respectively.<br />

The figures are based on analysis of a<br />

response to a freedom of information request<br />

to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency<br />

(DVLA).<br />

Virtually all hand-held use of mobile<br />

phones on Britain’s roads is banned. A<br />

loophole allowing drivers to escape<br />

punishment for hand-held phone use if they<br />

were taking a photograph or playing a game<br />

was closed by new legislation in March last<br />

year.<br />

Department for Transport statistics show<br />

22 people were killed and a further 148 were<br />

badly hurt in crashes on Britain’s roads in<br />

2022 where a driver using a mobile phone<br />

was a contributory factor.<br />

IAM RoadSmart director of policy,<br />

campaigns and standards Nicholas Lyes said:<br />

“It is astounding that there are more half a<br />

million drivers just one touch of their phone<br />

away from a driving ban.<br />

“Anyone with six points on their licence<br />

that is tempted to text or take a selfie on<br />

their phone is not only risking a ban but is a<br />

potential danger to themselves and other<br />

road users.<br />

“A pinging phone can be a massive<br />

distraction, so it is best to put it out of sight,<br />

out of reach and on silent.<br />

“Drivers with any number of points on<br />

their licence – but especially those with six<br />

or nine – should not only evaluate their<br />

driving skills but think about the risk a driving<br />

ban could have on their livelihoods.<br />

“Thankfully, education and training courses<br />

can play a role in making people safer drivers,<br />

along with changing behaviours and<br />

attitudes.<br />

“There is a widely held suspicion that<br />

driving standards are deteriorating.<br />

“The worrying jump in the number of<br />

people with points on their licence should be<br />

a wake-up call to the Government to roll out<br />

new enforcement measures and publish their<br />

updated road safety strategy.”<br />

Some cyclists frequently use footage<br />

recorded by their head cameras to report<br />

illegal mobile use to police.<br />

Michael van Erp, who runs the Cycling<br />

Mikey YouTube channel, said he has reported<br />

1,555 drivers for motoring offences since<br />

2019, resulting in a total of 2,161 penalty<br />

points being handed out.<br />

n MSA GB members are reminded that ADIs<br />

can lose their licence to teach driving after<br />

obtaining six points on their licence. Pupils<br />

should be reminded that under the New<br />

Drivers Act, they would also lose their<br />

hard-won licence if caught using their phone.<br />

US regulators look at self-driving cars after crashes<br />

US regulators are investigating General<br />

Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle division<br />

after incidents where self-driving cars did<br />

not use proper caution around pedestrians.<br />

The National Highway Traffic Safety<br />

Administration (NHTSA) said the reports<br />

involve automated driving system equipped<br />

vehicles encroaching on pedestrians on or<br />

entering roads, including crossings.<br />

This could raise the risk of a vehicle striking<br />

a pedestrian, which could result in severe<br />

injury or death, according to the NHTSA.<br />

The NHTSA’s Office of Defects<br />

Investigation (ODI) said that it has received<br />

two reports involving pedestrian injuries from<br />

GM’s Cruise vehicles.<br />

It has also identified two additional<br />

incidents from videos posted to public<br />

websites. The office said the total number of<br />

relevant pedestrian incidents is unknown.<br />

The ODI said its investigation is looking at<br />

causal factors that may relate to ADS driving<br />

policies and performance around pedestrians,<br />

and to fully assess the potential safety risks.<br />

In August, GM agreed to cut its fleet of San<br />

Francisco robo-taxis in half as authorities<br />

investigated two crashes in the city. The state<br />

also asked for a reduction in the time a Cruise<br />

vehicle can be without a human driver after<br />

one collided with an emergency vehicle.<br />

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There’s a light on - and now I understand<br />

how hybrid electrics really work<br />

Rod Came<br />

MSA GB London<br />

& the South East<br />

It was on a Sunday a few weeks back. The<br />

sun was shining from fairly early in the<br />

morning, the forecast was wall-to-wall<br />

sunshine all day, just the opportunity we<br />

needed for a day out.<br />

A 20-odd mile drive to a place we had<br />

visited before, also favoured by others which<br />

made it a convivial meeting location, but not<br />

crowded.<br />

We set ourselves up, unfolded the chairs<br />

from the back of the car and sat down to<br />

enjoy the ambience of the place. It was really<br />

relaxing. To stop the car getting too hot I left<br />

the tailgate up and the front windows open.<br />

Oh what bliss!<br />

We were there about six hours, quite long<br />

enough to regain our equilibrium, be happy<br />

and think that all was right with the world.<br />

Chairs and picnic hamper returned to the car,<br />

wife installed in the passenger seat (she likes<br />

to knit when I am driving, takes her mind off<br />

the excitement you know), ready for the<br />

return home.<br />

I rather like the car. It’s a Toyota RAV4<br />

Hybrid, quite big, 2.5-litre petrol engine and a<br />

small electric motor. The best part is it gives<br />

me 53.5mpg and it goes rapidly when you put<br />

your foot down with the economy button<br />

switched off.<br />

Well, it usually does. On this occasion it<br />

didn’t. Pressing the START button did not<br />

result in the chorus of beeps with an<br />

instrument panel lit up like Blackpool seafront<br />

on a dark night – instead nothing, absolutely<br />

nothing.<br />

If we were in my 52-year-old Morris 1000<br />

Traveller I would immediately diagnose the<br />

problem as a flat battery, but in an 18-month<br />

old car, no way.<br />

Where’s that book they give you that tells<br />

you how to drive the thing? You know, the<br />

manual. On page 1348, paragraph 19(a) it<br />

states ‘the battery is located in the rear of<br />

the vehicle on the right under a cover’. Well<br />

so it might be but I couldn’t get to it, no tools.<br />

Nothing for it but to call the cavalry,<br />

otherwise known as the recovery service.<br />

After just over an hour our hero, a knight in<br />

shining armour hidden under blue overalls,<br />

turned up. By this time most other people<br />

had gone home, we were somewhat solitary.<br />

Our hero drove toward us, coming down on<br />

the driver’s side, but did not stop. Instead he<br />

circled round the back then parked on the<br />

passenger side facing forward, as were we.<br />

Bit odd I thought, I wonder why.<br />

“They tell me it won’t start”, he says.<br />

“That’s right, there’s no ignition lights and the<br />

brakes are locked on.” “OK, open the bonnet”<br />

I’m starting to think that this guy knows<br />

something I don’t know. He takes the cover<br />

off a black box which reveals all sorts of<br />

electronic gizmos that have no place in a car,<br />

plunges his voltmeter into this mass and<br />

announces that it shows only five volts when<br />

it should read 12/13.<br />

A pair of old fashioned jump leads are<br />

produced, the red one is connected to a<br />

terminal in the box of tricks, the other to a<br />

convenient bolt head, while the other end is<br />

plunged into a socket on the front of his<br />

Transit.<br />

“OK, start it up.” I am bemused but do as<br />

I’m told. A press of the START button reveals<br />

the Blackpool illuminations along with sound<br />

effects, including that of the engine starting.<br />

Oh joy!<br />

The explanation: because it is a hybrid<br />

vehicle it has two batteries. The big one<br />

provides power to the electric motor, which<br />

assists the petrol engine, thus the economy.<br />

The other one, the small one, possibly the<br />

size of a AAA, provides current to the starting<br />

circuit, the instrument panel and the<br />

ancillaries such as the interior lights when a<br />

door is open. It does not have the capacity to<br />

provide lights for SIX hours. I have to ask,<br />

why not?<br />

Although I had not heard of this before he<br />

told me that it is a regular occurrence which<br />

he has to deal with several times a week. So<br />

be warned. The call out was nearly £60. A<br />

good day out? Well, I learned something new,<br />

so maybe it was.<br />

“Because it is a hybrid vehicle<br />

it has two batteries. The big one<br />

provides power to the electric<br />

motor ... the other, possibly the<br />

size of a AAA, provides current<br />

to the starting circuit, the<br />

instrument panel and the<br />

ancillaries such as the interior<br />

lights when a door is open. It<br />

does not have the capacity to<br />

provide lights for SIX hours...”<br />

The Rav 4 hybrid engine layout<br />

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Towards your CPD<br />

It’s good<br />

to talk<br />

Steve Garrod looks<br />

at how best to deliver<br />

feedback - with the<br />

emphasis, as ever,<br />

on painting a positive<br />

picture to your pupil<br />

Giving feedback is a way of boosting a<br />

learner’s confidence and motivation and<br />

reassuring them that they are making<br />

progress towards their goal. All learners need<br />

to know how they are doing and what they<br />

are doing well and what they need to improve<br />

on. Your feedback should help them to<br />

understand these points.<br />

Think about the last time you gave<br />

feedback to a learner. Was it positive,<br />

negative or a bit of both? (be honest!) Make a<br />

few notes before reading any further.<br />

Feedback should be a two-way process,<br />

allowing time for discussion to clarify points<br />

and for pupils to play an active role in fault<br />

identification, analysis and remedial action<br />

(which used to be known as the Core-<br />

Competences). This may mean you need to<br />

pull up to ensure that what is being discussed<br />

is of value and effective.<br />

For example, if a fault happens on the move<br />

a reassuring tone, a well-timed question or a<br />

‘mental marker’ will help you both to<br />

remember a key point for discussion once<br />

you have pulled over, eg, “Do you need to<br />

signal?”<br />

Once you have time to discuss this point in<br />

more detail you could ask your learner, “Why<br />

do you think I asked you about the signal on<br />

the High Street?”<br />

A mental marker is similar to ‘flagging a<br />

question’ on the theory test, because it<br />

allows you to return to or recall a situation<br />

once there is time to discuss it more detail,<br />

for example if your learner stops too close to<br />

the car in front in a queue, you may mention<br />

something about that car, eg, what the driver<br />

is doing or a sticker on the back.<br />

Just the other day we were following a car<br />

with a sticker in the rear window proudly<br />

displaying ‘I’d rather be watching Charlton<br />

Athletic’. We briefly reflected on just how bad<br />

this poor chap’s life had become. Once you<br />

have had time to pull up to discuss<br />

performance, you can refer to the car before<br />

explaining the fault.<br />

There are times, however, where it would<br />

not be suitable to ask a question, eg, in the<br />

middle of a busy crossroads. In this case it<br />

would be safer to say that a fault has been<br />

made and you will need to pull over as soon<br />

as possible to discuss this. This may sound<br />

negative but, as was pointed out to me in a<br />

recent ORDIT observation, old methods do<br />

still have a place in modern teaching.<br />

The skill of an instructor is to grade the<br />

seriousness of the fault and decided on what<br />

action to take, eg, if no other road user is<br />

affected by it then it could possibly be<br />

discussed at the time of it occurring such as<br />

positioning while waiting to emerge with no<br />

following traffic. This way your pupil can see<br />

where they have incorrectly positioned<br />

before being guided into the correct position.<br />

We often think of feedback as being oral,<br />

but it can be our body language, facial<br />

gestures, such as smiling, raising eyebrows, a<br />

nod of the head, hand gestures, sighing or<br />

tone of voice.<br />

The point we are making here is that<br />

anything you do or say while teaching can be<br />

interpreted as feedback (both positive and<br />

negative). Often how you say something is<br />

more effective than what is being said and<br />

non-verbal communication can be just as<br />

reassuring as saying ‘well done’ or ‘good<br />

decision’.<br />

There are a few things to remember when<br />

giving feedback to make sure your feedback<br />

remains effective:<br />

Feedback is for the benefit of the learner,<br />

not the instructor! Therefore, think about the<br />

impact it will have on the receiver. Will it have<br />

the effect you want?<br />

Try to give feedback as soon after an<br />

activity as possible to prevent the positive<br />

points being forgotten. The longer you leave<br />

it the greater the chance of only being able to<br />

recall the negative points.<br />

With faults come risks and it is essential<br />

that the risk, danger or disadvantage of the<br />

identified fault are discussed.<br />

Most people respond to something<br />

encouraging; therefore, it makes sense to<br />

start with something positive.<br />

This suggests that you have observed the<br />

whole performance and not just looked for<br />

faults.<br />

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When giving negative feedback try to link<br />

it using ‘however’ rather than ‘but’, to<br />

something positive and encourage your<br />

learner to analyse their own faults and find an<br />

alternative way of doing things, eg, “Your<br />

speed on approach to the junction was good,<br />

however, did you notice your road position?<br />

(for example, if their road position was too far<br />

to the right).<br />

If they have realised that you could then<br />

add, “Why do you think that happened?” or<br />

“What is the risk of doing that?”<br />

(Some learners feel that ‘but’ is a negative<br />

expression, where as ‘however’ is positive, it<br />

depends on your point of view. One could<br />

argue that ‘however’ is just a longer way of<br />

saying ‘but’!)<br />

Keep feedback in the ‘here and now’ and<br />

don’t bring up old faults, eg, “I noticed that<br />

you are having problems with…” and not,<br />

“That’s a constant fault of yours”.<br />

All feedback should be constructive, even<br />

positive feedback. If you say “Well done” say<br />

what was well done, and why it was well<br />

done.<br />

Finish all feedback on a high, if you have<br />

encouraged your learner to analyse his or her<br />

own mistake (such as understeering at the<br />

junction) then give praise for working it out.<br />

Even the worst of drivers can feel motivated<br />

if you have guided them to finding a solution!<br />

Encourage refection, eg, “How do think<br />

that drive went?” “How could you make that<br />

easier for yourself next time?”<br />

It is just as important for learners to be<br />

able to give their own feedback to you. This<br />

could help you identify a more productive<br />

way to teach them. As an example, “how was<br />

today’s lesson? Is there anything I could do to<br />

help you more effectively?”<br />

Avoid stereotyping learners, eg, “Large<br />

people always struggle with reversing”<br />

Don’t overdo the praise and avoid using<br />

superlatives, it sounds a bit sickly! “Fantastic<br />

gear change, excellent mirror check!” is way<br />

over the top. An example of this happened to<br />

me when I had to ring my bank and was<br />

congratulated on remembering my date of<br />

birth.<br />

During the next week or so, try to think<br />

about your feedback and see if it makes a<br />

difference with your pupils.<br />

We’d also like to hear your feedback about<br />

if what we write in this publication works!<br />

Finish all feedback on a high, if you have encouraged your learner to<br />

analyse his or her own mistake (such as understeering at the junction)<br />

then give praise for working it out. Even the worst of drivers can feel<br />

motivated if you have guided them to finding a solution!<br />

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Towards your CPD: Colour blindness and driving<br />

What red<br />

light?<br />

The peril of driving when<br />

you are colour blind<br />

Most of us take many things for granted, all<br />

of which we should feel blessed about. For<br />

example, the ability to see the world’s beauty<br />

in all its different colours.<br />

This might be normal for you, but people<br />

with colour blindness have difficulty<br />

distinguishing colours correctly without<br />

wearing colour-blind glasses. But since there<br />

is a lack of awareness around colourblindness,<br />

there is a chance that you might<br />

not know about this issue or have some<br />

misconceptions.<br />

Proper knowledge of this topic is essential<br />

for ADIs if we are to understand and<br />

empathise with colour-blind people. It is<br />

possibly more common than you think; colour<br />

blindness (colour vision deficiency, or CVD)<br />

affects approximately 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1<br />

in 200 women in the world. That adds up to<br />

around 200 million people around the globe,<br />

or three million in the UK.<br />

It’s important to understand that there are<br />

different causes of colour blindness. For the<br />

vast majority of people with deficient colour<br />

vision the condition is genetic and has been<br />

inherited from their mother, although some<br />

people become colour blind as a result of<br />

diseases such as diabetes and multiple<br />

sclerosis, or they acquire the condition over<br />

time due to the ageing process or medication.<br />

Colour blind people are usually ‘partially’<br />

colour blind, in that they can see colours but<br />

struggle with particular ones: red, green or<br />

blue light (the primary colours). The two<br />

major kinds are those who have difficulty<br />

distinguishing between red and green, and<br />

those who have difficulty distinguishing<br />

between blue and yellow.<br />

Why does it happen?<br />

Eyesight is controlled by rods and cones. In<br />

the most basic sense, rods are responsible<br />

for our ability to see at night, while cones<br />

allow us to see colour during the day. In cases<br />

of colour blindness there is often a loss or<br />

limited function of the protan, or red cone,<br />

and the deutan, or green cone. This is<br />

referred to as red-green colour-blindness.<br />

Anomalous trichromasy is a mild form of<br />

colour deficiency when one or more of the<br />

three cones in the eye have altered light<br />

sensitive pigments whose peak sensitivity is<br />

shifted. This impairment includes the most<br />

common types of colour blindness,<br />

protanomaly and deuteranomaly, or<br />

red-weakness and green-weakness,<br />

respectively. In people who have<br />

protanomaly, they see shades of red, orange,<br />

and yellow as shades of green. Conversely,<br />

people who have deuteranomaly vision sees<br />

those shades shifted towards the red end of<br />

the colour spectrum.<br />

As you might imagine, someone who has<br />

these vision impairments might have some<br />

trouble when it comes to differentiating the<br />

colour of traffic lights...<br />

The problem on the road<br />

Think about those colours for a second, as<br />

far as driving is concerned. Struggle to<br />

distinguish between red and green... well<br />

that’s going to make traffic lights challenging,<br />

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isn’t it! Green, Amber, Red...… three-colour<br />

traffic lights are now a daily part of every<br />

road user’s life. But how do colour-blind<br />

drivers cope? Many have trained<br />

themselves to associate the location of<br />

the light with the action that light<br />

dictates. For example, when a<br />

colour-blind person sees that the<br />

bottom light is illuminated, they<br />

know that space is associated<br />

with ‘green’ which means go<br />

when driving. (Provided it’s safe<br />

to do so. Ed.) While this method is<br />

effective, it does require a number<br />

of steps before the brain can send<br />

the signal to actually go. Do you<br />

have a pupil who always hesitates<br />

at traffic lights, when it is clearly on<br />

green? Have you asked what their<br />

colour vision is like?<br />

One way to test for colour blindness is<br />

to take the Ishihara test . This is a colour<br />

vision test for detection of red-green colour<br />

deficiencies by your optician. You can get<br />

simple Ishihara plates to test your pupils in<br />

your car. A smart move could be to get some<br />

and have them in the car for the first lesson<br />

with every new pupil.<br />

Driving and colour blindness: other issues<br />

Driving is more difficult for many people at<br />

night, as depth perception is more limited, as<br />

is the ability to distinguish colour.<br />

It’s important to keep your eyes at their<br />

peak level of functionality and avoid looking<br />

at a GPS/sat nav screen, dashboard, or other<br />

car’s headlights for prolonged periods of<br />

time. Doing so can quickly fatigue your eyes,<br />

further limiting your ability to see the road<br />

ahead.<br />

Certain glasses make you think you see<br />

better, but are actually blocking more light.<br />

Prescription glasses have anti-reflective<br />

properties that allow more light in, causing<br />

your eyes to adjust with the amount of<br />

sunlight rather than harshly as your vehicle<br />

moves in and out of sunlight.<br />

Keep your eyes moving. Eyes at rest can<br />

become focused on one item and cause you<br />

to stare, missing an important road sign or a<br />

block in the road ahead.<br />

Familiarise yourself with the location of<br />

the lights, and teach your brain to associate<br />

that location with the driving action (stop,<br />

slow down, or go). Through practice, you’ll be<br />

able to master your driving reflexes and<br />

safely handle the roads!<br />

The biggest problem has always been the<br />

traffic light colours and even if some<br />

countries have made the first steps towards<br />

supporting new projects, only a few of them<br />

actually made a significant progress in this<br />

matter. The solution, however, might be<br />

entitled Uni-Signal, a project proposed by<br />

Yanko Design. Uni-Signal is based on a simple<br />

idea: every single colour will come with a<br />

unique standardised shape and thus allow<br />

colour blind people to understand the<br />

significance of the light at any given moment.<br />

So red could be set on a square, triangle used<br />

for amber and a circle for green, for instance.<br />

However, while this could lead to an<br />

improvement in road safety, in practice it<br />

would takes years to change every traffic<br />

light, at considerable cost. With roads in<br />

desperate need of repair and maintenance,<br />

blowing the highways budget on new traffic<br />

lights doesn’t seem that sensible for a<br />

problem that may not be too much of an<br />

issue.<br />

Can it be treated?<br />

Because the vast majority of colour vision<br />

problems are something we are born with,<br />

there is no treatment for colour deficiency.<br />

Those with the condition will find that they<br />

can adapt to it to some extent but may not<br />

be able to pursue professions where accurate<br />

colour vision is required. A pilot is one –<br />

though not an ADI, interestingly enough,<br />

despite the question mark it places on your<br />

ability to respond promptly to traffic lights, or<br />

even distinguish them in some cases.<br />

There is help available, however. Many<br />

computers and phones now have settings to<br />

help people with colour vision deficiency, and<br />

‘‘<br />

One way to test for<br />

colour blindness is to<br />

take the Ishihara test.<br />

This is a colour vision<br />

test for detection of<br />

red-green colour<br />

deficiencies by your<br />

optician. You could keep<br />

some Ishihara cards in<br />

your car to act as a guide<br />

before your first lesson<br />

with a new pupil... it’s<br />

always good to know if<br />

they have a problem ...<br />

by investing in some good quality lighting it<br />

can help your colour vision at home.<br />

Diagnosis/treatment/future treatments<br />

If you have trouble seeing certain colours,<br />

or one of your pupils does, it’s best to speak<br />

to your optician. They can test to see if you<br />

have a colour deficiency. You’ll likely be given<br />

a thorough eye exam and shown specially<br />

designed pictures made of coloured dots that<br />

have numbers or shapes in a different colour<br />

hidden in them. If you have a colour vision<br />

deficiency, you’ll find it difficult or impossible<br />

to see some of the patterns in the dots.<br />

While there are no treatments for most<br />

types of colour vision difficulties, it can be<br />

brought on by taking certain medicines or<br />

eye conditions. Discontinuing a particular<br />

kind of medication may improve your colour<br />

vision.<br />

Another option is to wear a coloured filter<br />

over eyeglasses or a coloured contact lens,<br />

which can help enhance your perception of<br />

contrast between the confused colours. But<br />

such lenses won’t improve your ability to see<br />

all colours. Generally speaking, colour blind<br />

glasses are only suitable for red and green<br />

colour blindness. After wearing the glasses,<br />

you can see the shape of the test map, which<br />

can help patients improve their ability to<br />

distinguish colours. Wearing colour blind<br />

glasses can make the original blurred colour<br />

blindness clearly identified, so as to help<br />

patients correct the disorder of colour vision.<br />

Continued on page 24<br />

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Towards your CPD: Colour blindness and driving<br />

Pass it to the bloke in red...<br />

Continued from page 21<br />

If patients are troubled by colour blindness,<br />

they can wear colour blind glasses to<br />

compensate for the problem, which generally<br />

will not affect their daily life.<br />

Some rare retinal disorders associated<br />

with colour deficiency could possibly be<br />

modified with gene replacement techniques.<br />

These treatments are under study and might<br />

become available in the future.<br />

Conclusion<br />

Colour vision deficiency – also known as<br />

colour blindness – is a condition which limits<br />

a person’s ability to recognise and<br />

differentiate between different colours. It<br />

does not stop you from driving, and most of<br />

the estimated three million sufferers in the<br />

UK will also hold driving licences.<br />

But because so much of driving is linked to<br />

coloured signs, drivers who are colour blind<br />

need to take extra precautions. They have to<br />

respond differently to the colour sequence of<br />

traffic lights, for instance, and not rely on a<br />

burst of amber and then green light to know<br />

it’s time to go.<br />

Rather, their signal to move off if safe to do<br />

so is more understated and possibly harder<br />

to spot.<br />

When we teach pupils to understand traffic<br />

signs we get them used to the different<br />

shapes of the signs, and what they mean. We<br />

say, for instance, that road signs in the shape<br />

of an equilateral triangle are designed to warn<br />

you about the road layout or any hazards that<br />

lie ahead, such as sharp bends.<br />

But note that they almost always have a<br />

red border; if your pupil struggles to see red,<br />

then that crucial piece of evidence as to what<br />

this sign is saying is lost to them.<br />

Similarly, circular road signs give orders<br />

which must be followed. But those warning<br />

circles are always encased in red, too.<br />

Remember too that we teach pupils that<br />

blue circles usually give a positive instruction,<br />

such as ‘turn left ahead’. Again, if a pupil can’t<br />

Team sport administrators have often been<br />

criticised for not taking into account the<br />

difficulties colour blind fans have in following<br />

the action when teams play in clashing kits<br />

- as far as colour blind people are concerned.<br />

The photo far left shows two players from<br />

the Switzerland v Cameroon match at the<br />

Qatar World Cup in 2022; the photo to its<br />

right shows how the players looked to<br />

someone who struggles to differentiate<br />

between red and green.<br />

The Football Association in England have<br />

tried to counter this by launching a campaign<br />

to encourage teams to be more aware of the<br />

difficulties that kits in some colours can<br />

create. Above, the photo left is of modern<br />

kits, with their ‘colour blind alternatives’ to<br />

the right<br />

pick out the colour blue, a bit of your<br />

guidance is lost on them.<br />

In short, there’s nothing to say you can’t<br />

drive while colour blind, but there is a chance<br />

you may struggle in some scenarios if you<br />

are not careful.<br />

Possibly a bigger problem comes when<br />

driving at night, when there is a link between<br />

a driver’s colour blindness and their lack of<br />

depth perception, which is important in<br />

calculating distances.<br />

THE COLOUR VISION STANDARD<br />

A colour vision standard was introduced in Britain for bus drivers in<br />

the 1930s soon after traffic lights came into use, but was abandoned<br />

after Norman’s investigation was published in 1960. Various<br />

European countries have or have had colour vision standards for<br />

drivers of motor vehicles but the EU, in its endeavours to set up a<br />

Europe-wide driver’s licence, seems to have no plans to introduce<br />

one or even an inclination to discuss it.<br />

However, 40 US States have a colour vision requirement, as does<br />

the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the<br />

body that regulates interstate commercial motor transport.<br />

It requires its medical examiners to state whether the applicant has<br />

the ‘ability to recognise the colours of traffic signals and devices<br />

showing standard red, green, and amber’ but does not seem to have<br />

a defined test procedure to assess this.<br />

There is doubt whether the FMCSA ‘standard’ for colour vision of<br />

drivers in the US is effective: its handbook for medical assessors<br />

observes that ‘true color perception deficiencies are rarely<br />

disqualifying’.<br />

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Why it pays to stay local<br />

Sometimes there are things out there that we take for granted... until they are gone, when we wished we’d supported<br />

them more vigorously. That thought comes to mind among many in the ADI community who are members of local ADI<br />

associations and groups. Being an ADI is often a lonely one-person band business, and it is easy to become isolated<br />

from your fellow professionals. That’s where local groups come in, offering a handy forum for your concerns,<br />

grievances and to offer support. One such member who truly values the connections he has with his local group is<br />

DAVE ALLEN (pictured), who is a member of the BIRMINGHAM APPROVED DRIVING INSTRUCTORS group.<br />

Here he explains why he’s proud to be a member of his local association, and the benefits he gains from it.<br />

I want to make you aware of local driving<br />

instructor associations and the benefits of<br />

joining them.<br />

Let’s start with what local ADI<br />

associations are. These are groups of driving<br />

instructors which are either fully qualified or<br />

in the process of qualifying as a driving<br />

instructor.<br />

The local ADIs generally have monthly<br />

meetings where they invite a speaker to<br />

deliver a presentation relevant to our<br />

industry. The speakers who are invited to<br />

these meetings have in the past consisted of<br />

members of the DVSA who conduct or<br />

manage local driving tests, or ADI Part 2 and<br />

3s.<br />

Once with us they can provide us with info<br />

on any relevant changes within our industry.<br />

At our association, as with many others,<br />

we also hear from speakers who are industry<br />

specialists, who can provide information and<br />

advice on how to run our businesses more<br />

effectively, by using best business practices,<br />

or keep us up-to-date on the latest learning<br />

techniques that improve the quality of our<br />

instruction. There’s a win-win knock-on<br />

effect with this, in that we in turn deliver<br />

pupils to our local driving test centre with a<br />

better chance of passing, improving our test<br />

centre pass rates, and we also see a spike in<br />

recommendations from happy pupils.<br />

Many local ADI associations also have<br />

social media groups, where the members can<br />

communicate between each other via<br />

WhatsApp or Facebook groups.<br />

With the L-test waiting times still<br />

worryingly large, local ADI groups can be a<br />

real help in swapping test slots between<br />

pupils, particularly when you know one of<br />

yours won’t make the grade but another ADI<br />

has a pupil who is ready to take their test.<br />

We can also pass on pupils to other<br />

members as well, when you either can’t cover<br />

the area they want lessons in or they require<br />

the car to have a specific type of<br />

transmission (the pupil wants auto when you<br />

drive a manual).<br />

You can even look at using your local ADI<br />

group for mock tests; rather than you taking<br />

the pupil out, get a ‘stranger’ to do so, to<br />

better simulate the conditions of the test<br />

itself.<br />

However, one of the most important<br />

reasons to join an association is to show that<br />

you are not alone ,with nobody to ask for<br />

advice or help, as you can feel isolated if you<br />

have nobody to turn too.<br />

They can also provide a bit of a boost to<br />

your social life. You’ll have seen in the pages<br />

of <strong>Newslink</strong> that many ADI associations have<br />

social evenings and nights out, to breed a<br />

feeling of camaraderie among instructors.<br />

What does it cost?<br />

To join a ADI association costs a very small<br />

of money, normally a yearly fee or a single<br />

meeting attendance fee or a combination of<br />

both. These fees pay for the meeting venue<br />

room hire and costs of running specialist<br />

training days or mileage paid to trainers who<br />

deliver these workshops.<br />

The local associations are run by<br />

volunteers who don’t get paid for helping out.<br />

Interested in getting involved?<br />

We have a list of ADI groups who have<br />

made themselves known to the MSA GB on<br />

pg 27; have a look to see if there is one in your<br />

area.<br />

Failing that you will often see details of ADI<br />

groups advertising in your local driving test<br />

centre.<br />

Being an ADI can be a lonely business; by<br />

coming together we can gain and share<br />

knowledge, improve ourselves as instructors<br />

and give a better service to our pupils.<br />

Left, members of the Angus Driving<br />

Instructors Association (ADIA) group pose<br />

for a photo after a recent meeting. At the far<br />

right of the photo is MSA GB deputy<br />

chairman Peter Harvey, who had been invited<br />

to address the meeting on the latest news<br />

from the DVSA. MSA GB officials are happy to<br />

attend local ADI groups, to facilitate<br />

information sharing within the driving<br />

instructor community<br />

Photo: Fiona Thomson, PDI<br />

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Members’ section<br />

MSA GB Annual Conference 2024<br />

It’s a case of all roads lead to Telford as we head to Shropshire<br />

for the MSA GB Annual Conference 2024.<br />

To be held from March 22-23 at the stunning Telford Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort<br />

in Shropshire, it promises to be the ideal mix of information, debate, advice,<br />

education, networking and fun, as the MSA GB membership comes<br />

together to learn more about, and discuss, the big issues of the day.<br />

We are in the middle of confirming our keynote presenters, but we can<br />

guarantee an exciting and knowledgeable roster of high-profile names from<br />

the DVSA and driver training and road safety communities.<br />

Bookings are open now. Just click on the link below to book. See the price list<br />

below, with day, day/night and full weekend packages available.<br />

We have endeavoured to keep our prices as low as possible while providing a high-quality<br />

weekend, and the Telford Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort has more than enough to keep nondelegate<br />

partners happy, with a superb swimming pool and spa, golf and other attractions<br />

on site, as well as having the beautiful Severn Valley and iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site<br />

of Ironbridge Gorge on its doorstep. Even better, we have arranged a special MSA GB<br />

Conference discount on all spa treatments and golf fees!<br />

Please note: All prices below are EARLY BIRD prices, and will be held until January 20.<br />

After that date, some prices may rise.<br />

https://msagb.com/msa-gb-national-conference/<br />

Full Conference packages<br />

Two nights’ accommodation and breakfast, Friday & Saturday<br />

evening meals, Saturday lunch, Conference delegate ticket<br />

Single booking:<br />

£275<br />

Couple sharing (with non-delegate ticket):<br />

£385<br />

* Non delegates receive lunch<br />

on the Saturday<br />

Telford Hotel,<br />

Spa & Golf<br />

Resort<br />

One-day Conference packages<br />

One night’s accommodation and breakfast, Friday OR Saturday<br />

evening meals, Saturday lunch; Conference delegate ticket<br />

Single booking:<br />

£165<br />

Couple sharing (with non-delegate ticket):<br />

£235<br />

Conference day delegate<br />

* Non delegates receive lunch<br />

on the Saturday<br />

Conference delegate ticket for Saturday Booked after January 20<br />

If booked before<br />

£49<br />

January 20 ...<br />

£59<br />

Thinking of bringing<br />

the family?<br />

There are other options available during<br />

Saturday should you wish to make this a<br />

family weekend and bring the children.<br />

You can find full details at:<br />

https://msagb.com/msa-gb-nationalconference/<br />

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Area meetings and training events<br />

Scottish Area Annual<br />

Conference & AGM<br />

Date: Sunday, <strong>November</strong> 5<br />

Venue: Castlecary House Hotel<br />

Time: 9.30am-4.30pm<br />

Cost: £50 members; £55 non-members<br />

This year’s MSA GB Scotland annual training event is being held at the<br />

Castlecary House Hotel on <strong>November</strong> 5. It is a full day event, with a<br />

break for a two-course lunch. Fee includes refreshments and all papers.<br />

Our speakers this year are being finalised, however, confirmed<br />

already are Peter Hearn, DVSA area manager Northern, Kev and Tracey<br />

from Confident Drivers, Stewart from Bright Coaching, who will cover<br />

driver psychology and behavioural change, and Peter Harvey MBE will<br />

do his usual update of our industry. Each speaker will end with a Q&A<br />

session, and we hope to confirm some more speakers in the coming<br />

weeks. In addition we will also have some trade stands offering<br />

discounts to those who attend.<br />

This is always an excellent event, and we look forward to you joining<br />

us on <strong>November</strong> 5.<br />

The Castlecary House Hotel is located just of the M80, on Castlecary<br />

Road G68 0HD.<br />

You can puchase tickets by<br />

clicking this panel, or by<br />

calling 01787 221 020<br />

West Coast & Wales<br />

Area Meeting<br />

Date: Thursday, <strong>November</strong> 9<br />

Venue: Gloucester Robinswood Best Western Hotel<br />

Time: 9.30am-4pm<br />

Cost: £45 non-members<br />

MSA GB West Coast & Wales is hosting an all-day<br />

training event on Thursday, <strong>November</strong> 9 at the<br />

Best Western Hotel, Gloucester.<br />

We are pleased to announce that the speakers<br />

now include DVSA Chief Executive Loveday Ryder,<br />

who will address the meeting by video link. Ms<br />

Ryder will be joined by a number of other speakers, including:<br />

n Matt Cleevely, Cleevely Electric Motors, who will make sure cars<br />

are available for test drive.<br />

n Alan Gott, FBTC Accountancy, Making tax digital, and more<br />

n Haydn Jenkins, Disability Driving Instructors<br />

n Mike Yeomans, MSA GB National Chairman, who will be conducting<br />

the AGM.<br />

n Peter Harvey MBE, MSA GB Vice Chairman.<br />

You can book on this event by<br />

emailing Arthur Mynott at<br />

arthur.mynott@msagb.co.uk<br />

Online Area Training Events, Autumn 2023:<br />

East Coast and London & the South East<br />

This year, as well as the two in-person events<br />

in Scotland and the West Coast, we are also<br />

running two online events. You are welcome<br />

to attend any of the events.<br />

Our Area Events are a great way to keep<br />

abreast of the latest driver trainer news and<br />

industry developments, but we know that it<br />

can be difficult to find the time to attend our<br />

in-person events.<br />

We also know that sometimes you may<br />

want to attend an event outside of your area,<br />

but it’s just that bit too far to travel.<br />

So, this year we are trialling two online<br />

events for the London & South East and the<br />

East Coast which will be conducted via the<br />

ZOOM platform.<br />

The details of each event can be found<br />

right; for further information contact the area<br />

chairman of the meeting you would like to<br />

attend.<br />

LONDON & SOUTH EAST<br />

Date: Sunday, 12th <strong>November</strong><br />

Time: 4pm – 6pm<br />

Venue: Online<br />

Speakers:<br />

n Tom Kwok – London & South East Chairman<br />

n Peter Harvey MBE – MSA GB Vice Chairman<br />

To secure your place, please email:<br />

tom.kwok@msagb.com with your details.<br />

Discounted<br />

training<br />

Sign up for discounted standards check<br />

training sessions with the award-winning<br />

Knowledgeable Instructor Training.<br />

COURSE DATES<br />

20th <strong>November</strong>: Southend<br />

21st <strong>November</strong>: Cambridge Shelford<br />

Rugby Club, Great Shelford, Cambridge<br />

CB22 5JJ<br />

1st December: Pontefract The Hut<br />

Kershaw Avenue, Castleford<br />

TIME FOR ALL EVENTS:<br />

8.45am – 4.30pm<br />

COST: These workshops should be £115,<br />

but MSA GB has negotiated a £16<br />

deduction for Members, bringing the<br />

cost down to £99.<br />

Please book this directly through the<br />

website www.adikit.co.uk/courses/<br />

book using the code MSA-16.<br />

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Members’ section<br />

MSA GB launches new partnership with insurer to<br />

keep you on the road when things go wrong<br />

MSA GB partners with AI<br />

Insurance Solutions Limited<br />

to provide members with dual<br />

control cars for when things<br />

don’t quite go to plan.<br />

A critical service to driving instructors is the<br />

provision of a dual-controlled replacement<br />

vehicle for non-fault and fault accidents.<br />

But in recent months we have had several<br />

calls from MSA GB members across the<br />

country who have been let down by their<br />

insurance company not being able to supply a<br />

dual-controlled vehicle when they have had<br />

an accident.<br />

They report that they are usually offered a<br />

replacement vehicle but not one with dual<br />

controls – which isn’t a lot of good when<br />

running a driving school.<br />

MSA GB steps in<br />

Understanding the stress and the<br />

detriment to your business this can cause,<br />

we are pleased to announce that we have<br />

formed an exclusive agreement with AI<br />

Solutions Ltd to supply a replacement vehicle<br />

to you should the need arise.<br />

This means that MSA GB members will be<br />

able to obtain both a replacement manual or<br />

automatic dual-controlled car for both fault<br />

and non-fault accidents, without the need to<br />

buy an extra insurance policy to cover the risk.<br />

The cost of using this new service is zero.<br />

You don’t need to register or buy an<br />

insurance policy.<br />

If you need to use the service the cost of<br />

your replacement vehicle will be charged<br />

either to their insurance policy or yours,<br />

depending entirely on who is at fault.<br />

Additionally, if the vehicle needs to be<br />

recovered, this also will be charged to the<br />

appropriate insurer.<br />

However, we must stress that this does<br />

not impose any restrictions on where you get<br />

your vehicle repaired.<br />

The FCA states under ‘treating customers<br />

fairly’ that - ‘a policy-holder does not have to<br />

use the services of their broker or insurer but<br />

can access any service they choose without<br />

their instructor insurance policy being<br />

invalidated.’<br />

So, in the event of an accident you simply<br />

need to contact The AI Insurance Solutions<br />

Emergency (AIIS) assistance line on 01945<br />

425211. AIIS will then inform your insurer and<br />

organise for your replacement dual controlled<br />

car to be delivered to your chosen location as<br />

soon as possible.<br />

If your vehicle is drivable and legal<br />

post-event, then it is best to arrange a<br />

delivery to the body repairer at an agreed<br />

time. If the vehicle, however, is not drivable,<br />

then AI Solutions will ensure that it is<br />

delivered to the most convenient location for<br />

you.<br />

Sadly, statistically, road traffic crashes do<br />

happen, and we cannot prevent you from<br />

being involved in one.<br />

However, with this new agreement we<br />

hope to ensure that any impact to MSA GB<br />

members is kept to a minimum.<br />

How it<br />

works...<br />

n A prompt and<br />

courteous reporting<br />

process 24 hours a day<br />

n To be taken to a safe<br />

place/home if your car<br />

is not drivable<br />

n A replacement dual<br />

controlled car on same<br />

day as accident<br />

reported, if before 2pm<br />

(in Scotland, this may<br />

take up to 24hrs)<br />

n The vehicle will be of<br />

a similar size<br />

n Regular updates on<br />

your vehicle’s repair<br />

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FAQs on the new membership service<br />

Q: How do I use the service?<br />

A: You just call AIIS’s emergency<br />

assistance number on 01945 425211.<br />

Q: What will the service cost me?<br />

A: Just the cost of a call.<br />

Q: Should I notify my insurance company?<br />

A: Absolutely, although AIIS will also talk to<br />

them to confirm hire provision and, where<br />

appropriate, details of the repairer.<br />

Q: What if my vehicle is not drivable?<br />

A: AIIS will recover the vehicle to safe<br />

storage and get you home or to a<br />

nominated location.<br />

Q: Is this an insurance product that I need<br />

to purchase?<br />

A: No, the service is provided to you on a<br />

no-cost basis.<br />

Q: What if my vehicle is drivable?<br />

A: AIIS can arrange for an estimate to<br />

completed and deliver the car to the<br />

repairer to ensure that you are mobile<br />

throughout the process and that there is<br />

no loss of income.<br />

Emergency crash protocol: What to do if you are involved in a crash<br />

In the event of a crash, call 01945 425211 to use the AIIS offer<br />

More MSA GB membership offers<br />

and discounts - see pg 38-39<br />

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Members’ section<br />

New membership service: Find My Local<br />

MSA GB Instructor directory launched<br />

Cut through the competition<br />

by advertising your skills on<br />

MSA GB’s own ADI directory<br />

With the DVSA (https://tinyurl.com/<br />

4b3t9a9e) reporting a 24 per cent increase in<br />

the number of new driving instructor<br />

registrations in 2022/2023, compared to<br />

2020/2021, our industry is set to become<br />

even more competitive as driving instructors<br />

do battle to gain the attention of those<br />

wanting to learn to drive.<br />

To help MSA GB members cut through the<br />

industry noise and raise their profile, we’re<br />

delighted to announce the launch of our<br />

online ‘Find My Local MSA GB Instructor’<br />

directory, which will be proudly displayed on<br />

the MSA GB home page and on the MSA GB<br />

App.<br />

Once live, this new directory will be easily<br />

accessible by the public, who can use our<br />

simple search engine to source a driving<br />

instructor in their local area, who suits their<br />

learning needs.<br />

For MSA GB members it couldn’t be simpler<br />

to input your details and make sure you stand<br />

out from the crowd. We’ve included several<br />

opportunities for you to highlight any special<br />

skills or teaching experience that you may<br />

have, for example teaching pupils with<br />

disabilities or those who are particularly<br />

anxious drivers.<br />

To upload your profile onto the MSA GB<br />

directory, all you need to do is:<br />

n Log into the Member Area<br />

n Look to the left of the page and scroll<br />

down until you see three blue arrow tabs.<br />

n Click on the tab - ‘Add Directory listing’<br />

n You will then be taken to the following<br />

page:<br />

n Input your details and upload your photo<br />

(adding your photo is optional)<br />

n Once you’ve inputted all your details,<br />

check that all your information is correct<br />

n Tick the box if you agree to share your<br />

details on the website. Please note if you do<br />

not tick the box your details will not appear<br />

on the on the Find My Local MSA GB<br />

Instructor directory.<br />

n Click submit – and your done!<br />

This is just one of the many fantastic<br />

benefits that MSA GB members get to enjoy<br />

with their membership, which also includes:<br />

n PI & PL Insurance cover totalling £10<br />

million.<br />

n Legal & Technical Advice<br />

n Member Representation<br />

n Access to a wealth of exclusive<br />

information and downloadable resources<br />

n Member Discounts<br />

n Our monthly digital industry magazine<br />

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

n Comprehensive driving school cover.<br />

We hope registering is a straightforward<br />

process, but if you need any assistance, or<br />

have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact<br />

our membership team on info@msagb.com<br />

or 01787 221 020<br />

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ADI groups and associations<br />

MSA GB is proud of its long-standing links with many local ADI<br />

groups around the country. Many are small, dedicated to driver<br />

training in one city, town or even focused on a sole DTC, but all<br />

work tirelessly to improve the work of being an ADI. This can<br />

be in representing ADIs’ interests and views to your DVSA area<br />

manager, offering an ADI’s voice to local authorities and town<br />

planners, or by simply providing a network within which ADIs can<br />

find help and advice from their fellow instructors. After all, for<br />

For all the latest news, see www.msagb.com<br />

many ADIs working as sole traders, being a driving instructor can<br />

be a lonely task: local ADI groups help stop it feeling quite so much<br />

that it’s ‘you against the world.’<br />

From this issue onwards <strong>Newslink</strong> will be publishing a list of local<br />

ADI groups and associations. We will only publish those groups<br />

who let us know they are happy to be included in our list, however,<br />

so if you would like to see your details here, please contact Peter<br />

Harvey at peter.harveymbe@msagb.com<br />

Aberdeen and District Driving Schools<br />

Association<br />

Secretary: Derek Young<br />

T: 07732 379396<br />

E: derekyoungcreel@aol.com<br />

Meets quarterly February (AGM), May,<br />

August and <strong>November</strong>.<br />

Cost £35 per annum<br />

Angus Driving Instructors Association<br />

Secretary: Frances Matthew<br />

T: 07703 664522<br />

E; francesmatthew@hotmail.co.uk<br />

This group holds six meeting per year<br />

(usually one week after the Scottish<br />

committee meeting)<br />

Cost £20 per year.<br />

Aylesbury Vale Driving Instructors<br />

Association<br />

Chairman: Sue Pusey<br />

T: 07780 606868<br />

E: AVDIA@btinternet.com<br />

Meetings are first Wednesday of every<br />

month at Church of the Holy Spirit,<br />

Camborne Avenue, Aylesbury, HP21 7UE.<br />

7.30pm start.<br />

Guest speaker every other month,<br />

refreshments provided.<br />

Annual fee £30. First meeting free as try<br />

before you buy.<br />

Birmingham Approved Driving Instructors<br />

Contact: Dave Allen<br />

T: 07939 627493<br />

E: Daveallen1999@googlemail.com<br />

Cornwall Association of Approved Driving<br />

Instructors (CAADI)<br />

Secretary: Rachael Lloyd-Phillips<br />

E: rachael@oneandallsom.co.uk<br />

This group meets via Zoom on the 3rd<br />

Monday every other month at 7.30pm.<br />

City of Dunfermline and District ADIs<br />

Secretary: Gail Pilch<br />

T: 07817 661450<br />

E: dunfermlineadisecretary@outlook.com<br />

Meetings are bi-monthly, at<br />

Dunfermline Northern Bowling Club, Dewar<br />

Street,<br />

Dunfermline KY12 8AD<br />

Glasgow & District Driving Instructors<br />

Association<br />

Contact: Bryan Phillips<br />

T: 07989 339 646<br />

E: bryan.phillips@hotmail.co.uk<br />

Meet on the last Sunday of the month,<br />

once every quarter, at<br />

The Fort Theatre, Kenmuir Ave,<br />

Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, G64 2DW.<br />

Joining fee: £15 per year<br />

Hinckley & District Driver Trainers<br />

Association (HDDTA)<br />

Chairman: Barrie Pates<br />

T: 07914 408 739<br />

E: haddta@yahoo.com<br />

Hull and East Riding Driving Instructors<br />

(HERDI)<br />

Contact: Andrew<br />

T: 07754542993<br />

E: herdi.rsa@gmail.com<br />

Lanark Driving Instructors<br />

Secretary: Sandra Smillie<br />

T: 07975 147150<br />

Meet quarterly from March which is our<br />

AGM<br />

Why join a local association?<br />

See pg 25 for some reasons why<br />

If you want to see your local ADI group listed in this index,<br />

contact Peter Harvey on peterharveymbe@msagb.com<br />

South Warwickshire Association<br />

of ADIs (SWAADI)<br />

Contact: Andy Thomas<br />

T: 01926 717230 / 07900 673634<br />

E: artommo@hotmail.com<br />

We meet at 8.30pm every third Monday of<br />

the month except August and December<br />

(no meetings) at The Windmill Inn,<br />

Tachbrook Rd, Leamington Spa CV31 3DD,<br />

Rolls and snacks are available for a small<br />

charge and membership is £25 a year and<br />

includes a monthly newsletter and addition<br />

to a WhatsApp group for local issues/<br />

traffic updates, etc.<br />

Swindon Driving Instructors Association<br />

(Swindon DIA)<br />

Contact: Sandra Jill Richens<br />

T: 07795 006015<br />

E: SJRichens@btinternet.com<br />

Taunton Association Driving Instructors<br />

See Facebook page – search ‘Taunton ADI<br />

& PDI Forum’<br />

Wirral Association of Professional Driving<br />

Instructors (APDI)<br />

Chairman: Brian Murray<br />

T: 07810 094332<br />

Secretary: Richard Gillmore<br />

T: 07790 193138<br />

E: wirral-apdi@hotmail.co.uk<br />

W: wirralinstructors.co.uk<br />

Meet monthly on the first Thursday of the<br />

month (except January and August)<br />

at Heswall FC, Brimstage Road, Heswall,<br />

Wirral CH60 1XG<br />

Further information and to join, please visit<br />

the website.<br />

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Area News<br />

20mph might look good on paper, but it’s<br />

an unnecessary hindrance on the road<br />

Arthur Mynott<br />

MSA GB<br />

West Coast & Wales<br />

In September, Wales switched to a default<br />

20mph speed limit in built-up areas, and you<br />

will have read some thoughts from Welsh<br />

ADIs in the October issue.<br />

This month I thought I would offer my<br />

thoughts on 20mph zones, not least because<br />

they are increasingly cropping up around<br />

England, and Scotland is seeing more<br />

pressure to introduce them, too.<br />

Please note that these thoughts are my<br />

own personal ones and not necessarily those<br />

of the MSA GB.<br />

In my local town, Taunton, there are only<br />

three 20mph zones, and a couple of them are<br />

in the vicinity of schools, which I completely<br />

agree with. Obviously I know where these are<br />

and don’t need to look out for them.<br />

Recently my wife and I have been away,<br />

firstly in Edinburgh for four days sightseeing<br />

and then four days in the Wirral playing golf<br />

with DIGA, the Driving Instructors Golf<br />

Association. In both of these locations we<br />

were unfamiliar with the roads. When<br />

travelling around these areas I was following<br />

the sat nav, looking out for direction signs,<br />

looking at road markings for the correct lane<br />

at the same time as keeping an eye on my<br />

speed and on some occasions missed a<br />

20mph sign. I had to rely on my knowledge of<br />

the Highway Code regarding street lamps and<br />

any relevant repeater signs to ascertain the<br />

actual speed limit, and also found myself<br />

asking my wife as another check.<br />

Now, I consider myself to be a professional<br />

driver with many, many years experience on<br />

the road and, as I have said before, I am a<br />

trainer for our Advanced Drivers Association,<br />

but I struggled on two points. First, as I have<br />

just said, if you don’t know the area then it is<br />

possible to miss the speed limit signs and<br />

second, it is quite easy to creep over the<br />

20mph limit as I found myself doing<br />

occasionally.<br />

Before now I have referred to 20mph as an<br />

“in between gear”: sometimes too many revs<br />

for second and too few for third depending on<br />

the geography of the ground.<br />

Upon leaving the Wirral, rather than take<br />

the M6/M5 to return home we took the<br />

scenic route towards Chepstow and over the<br />

first Severn Bridge. Obviously we travelled<br />

through some of Wales and in every village<br />

we went through, we were restricted to the<br />

new 20mph limits which, in my humble<br />

opinion, were unnecessary as there was very<br />

little traffic, pedestrians, etc. In many of these<br />

villages the old 30mph would have been the<br />

more appropriate speed. Several times, not<br />

just in Wales, I was tailgated when keeping to<br />

the limit and I was even overtaken on a<br />

couple of occasions!<br />

On a final note, one occasion when driving<br />

through Wales I saw a weight limit sign of 20<br />

tonnes on which the ‘t’ was very faint and<br />

could easily be mistaken for a speed sign!<br />

n Please note that there is still time to book<br />

for the West Coast & Wales Conference.<br />

There are more details below, but it is on<br />

<strong>November</strong> 9th in Gloucester.<br />

Details are on the ‘Area Meetings and<br />

Events’ page in this issue.<br />

CONTACT<br />

Arthur Mynott, Chairman West Coast &<br />

Wales MSA GB<br />

Tel: 07989852274<br />

E: arthur.mynott@msagb.com<br />

West Coast & Wales Area Meeting<br />

Date: Thursday, <strong>November</strong> 9<br />

Venue: Gloucester Robinswood<br />

Best Western Hotel<br />

Time: 9.30am-4pm<br />

Cost: £45<br />

We are delighted that DVSA Chief Executive<br />

Loveday Ryder has agreed to address this<br />

meeting by video link. Ms Ryder will be joined<br />

by a number of other speakers, including:<br />

n Matt Cleevely, Cleevely Electric Motors,<br />

who will make sure cars are available for test<br />

drive.<br />

n Alan Gott, FBTC Accountancy, Making<br />

tax digital, and more<br />

n Haydn Jenkins, Disability Driving<br />

Instructors<br />

n Mike Yeomans, MSA GB National<br />

Chairman, who will be conducting the AGM.<br />

n Peter Harvey MBE, MSA GB Vice<br />

Chairman.<br />

The price includes refreshments throughout<br />

the day and a two-course delegate lunch. Free<br />

parking is available at this hotel.<br />

You’ve still got time to get in; you can book<br />

via the MSA GB website, or by contacting<br />

Arthur Mynott at the above address.<br />

Travel advisory<br />

John Lomas writes...<br />

I mentioned in a previous <strong>Newslink</strong> that<br />

there was a possibility of diversions if using<br />

the A419-A417 when travelling to the MSA GB<br />

West Coast and Wales meeting, because of<br />

possible closures at the Golden Heart junction.<br />

We now know that there will be an<br />

overnight closure on the hill down from the Air<br />

Balloon towards Gloucester on the day of the<br />

meeting, <strong>November</strong> 9.<br />

As always with overnight closures, they<br />

should be clear by 7am but if you are coming<br />

that way it may be good idea to have traffic<br />

news on your radio, as sometimes repairs<br />

overrun.<br />

The local station is Radio Gloucester, but I<br />

can’t tell you which of their frequencies is best<br />

on the Wiltshire side of the area. (I listen on<br />

Freeview at home).<br />

If you have traffic access and diversions on<br />

your Sat Nav hopefully it will pick any<br />

problems early, but be aware that the ‘official’<br />

diversions adds about 8-10 miles to your<br />

journey, round to the North, whereas in fact<br />

the option of going Cirencester-Stroud-<br />

Stonehouse is shorter.<br />

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Remembering the importance of ‘me’ time<br />

Steven Porter<br />

Chairman,<br />

MSA GB Scotland<br />

In March 2020, I travelled down to<br />

Birmingham for the Driving Instructors Golf<br />

Association (DIGA) annual golf day, though<br />

the less said about my golf that day the<br />

better.<br />

Despite the standard of my play, the golf<br />

day out was good, with rolls in the morning<br />

and a meal afterwards, but while we waited<br />

for the prize giving there was a big golf news<br />

update on Sky News: the US Masters had<br />

been cancelled because of this new virus that<br />

was sweeping the world, coronavirus, or<br />

Covid-19.<br />

I think this is when a lot of people, and not<br />

just driving instructors, changed the way<br />

they lived their lives in many different ways;<br />

it’s definitely when I changed.<br />

Since the dreaded Covid I have looked at<br />

my life differently and I am now starting to<br />

take a lot more ‘me’ time than I ever have. As<br />

I’m sure many of you have done, I used to<br />

looked at my diary and think, ‘oh no another<br />

Bank Holiday I’ve forgotten to blank out’ as<br />

you realise you already had names in for<br />

lessons on the day. You immediately feel<br />

‘well, I can’t let them down’ as it wouldn’t be<br />

fair on the pupil, though it’s not fair on you<br />

either.<br />

This year I have changed my diary and now<br />

work roughly 9-5, occasionally slightly over.<br />

My pupils now do 1.5hr lessons rather than an<br />

hour, which reduces the running about from<br />

pupil to pupil, place to place.<br />

I have also done a lot more things I’ve<br />

wanted to do like play more golf, as I kind of<br />

need to sort my handicap out, she’s never<br />

happy but I try my best. You lot don’t know<br />

my wife so I’m safe she’ll not see this, I hope. I<br />

have, though, played some championship<br />

courses like Gleneagles I always said I would<br />

do, but never did. It’s never a good idea by the<br />

way to start par, par, par, only goes downhill<br />

from there.<br />

I’ve also got back into fly fishing; soon after I<br />

finish writing this I’m off to fish one of Scotland<br />

best trout rivers with a close friend, again<br />

something I’ve always said I wanted to do.<br />

Earlier this year I went with this same<br />

friend who I also play golf with to watch his<br />

son-in-law John McPhee race in the British<br />

Super Bikes at Donnington with my youngest<br />

son. He’s been passionately watching John<br />

race for the past few years and seen all the<br />

highs and lows he’s been through, from<br />

finishing on the podium earlier in the year in<br />

Australia to breaking his back when riding in<br />

Moto3 last year. If John didn’t have bad luck<br />

he would have no luck at all and as I write this<br />

he has parted ways with his team and fingers<br />

crossed will get a decent ride to restart his<br />

career, as he is one of the top riders in the UK<br />

at the moment.<br />

The day we went to Donnington John’s bike<br />

had a problem with the suspension and he<br />

had to ride it in the qualification round only to<br />

come off and fail to set a time, causing him to<br />

start at the back of the grid.<br />

It was a very frustrating weekend and my<br />

only thought was the poor boy was racing at<br />

his home circuit and anything that could go<br />

wrong went wrong, but he never showed<br />

anything other than professionalism when he<br />

invited us in to the pit to see him, so Robbie<br />

(my youngest) could see his bike and meet<br />

his team.<br />

He was a pure gentleman. Robbie was in his<br />

element and a bit star-struck to meet John,<br />

this guy he only ever saw through a TV<br />

screen.<br />

Later that day John, riding a bike that’s<br />

settings had not had time to be worked on,<br />

Right, John McPhee -<br />

officially much better at<br />

bike racing than Steven is<br />

at golf...<br />

came out and did himself proud to finish 18th<br />

after starting 30th, with all his loyal<br />

supporters all sitting having the odd ‘swally’<br />

of some sort, in a wee corner of the track.<br />

By the way, if anyone has a spare few<br />

hundred thousand pounds doing nothing,<br />

John could do with a sponsor!<br />

Going full circuit here (see what I have done<br />

there) I was playing golf last week at my own<br />

course with Richard Tookey, whom I last saw<br />

Golf date<br />

The Driving Instructors Golf<br />

Association will be holding its annual<br />

competition at Telford, the day before<br />

the MSA GB national conference, on<br />

Friday, March 22.<br />

If interested contact Richard Tookey on<br />

07711518877 or at r2key19@gmail.com<br />

at the DIGA golf day out back in 2020. He was<br />

up here visiting his son who lives not too far<br />

from me.<br />

We had a lovely game of golf and a good<br />

chat until on the 16th tee I gave Richard my<br />

hook which I had picked up on the 10th tee<br />

after having a glorious front nine. I think he<br />

took offence and further down the fairway<br />

tried to take me out with a wild swing of an<br />

iron and his ball whizzing past my right<br />

eyebrow. These things happen on the golf<br />

course.<br />

All kidding aside, DIGA will be hosting more<br />

golf outings in the future including the Friday<br />

before the National Conference which I intend<br />

playing (praying Richard has managed to lose<br />

my hook by then)<br />

The moral of this story is, remember<br />

there’s more to being an ADI than being the<br />

richest one in the graveyard; get out there<br />

and have some ‘me’ time.<br />

That can be anything you wish, just turn<br />

those wishes into reality.<br />

n One positive footnote: as I was preparing<br />

to submit this article I learned that John<br />

McPhee has signed up with D34G team and<br />

will see out the season on a Ducati V2,<br />

covering for Olí Bayliss who is recovering<br />

from an injury.<br />

He’s had a few rides on a much better bike<br />

and finishing 13th and 14th after jumping<br />

straight on without any serious practice<br />

sessions straight into qualifying laps.<br />

Now watch the wee man go!<br />

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Area News<br />

Amazon looks at gifts from the sky<br />

– and from its robot fleet<br />

Janet<br />

Stewart<br />

London & the<br />

South East<br />

Listening to the radio recently, I heard that<br />

Amazon is going to start deliveries by drone.<br />

Parcel delivery from the air using drones is far<br />

from being a new idea, of course: those<br />

banged up in His Majesty’s Hotels have been<br />

receiving drugs to their accommodation in<br />

this manner for some time. Why is it that the<br />

bad guys are always two jumps ahead?<br />

Anyway, it struck me that if Amazon really<br />

wanted to be clever they would have this<br />

system in place for Christmas and have their<br />

drones looking as if they were pulled by<br />

reindeer.<br />

According to what I heard, the drones are<br />

limited as to the weight they can carry and<br />

will find a suitable spot to drop the package<br />

from no higher than 12ft.<br />

No doubt this will all come about sooner or<br />

later but I am rather more interested in the<br />

little self-driving delivery vehicles that have<br />

been trialled in Milton Keynes by Tesco (I am<br />

sure other supermarkets are available). On<br />

the face of it, this looks like a rather exciting<br />

development.<br />

The last stage of the grocery delivery is by<br />

something that looks rather like a suitcase on<br />

six wheels. These vehicles will negotiate<br />

pavements, crossing roads, stopping for<br />

pedestrians, knowing when it is safe to cross<br />

at a pedestrian crossing and managing to get<br />

up and down kerbs.<br />

They are even polite: On arrival at its<br />

destination the Starship robot says “Good<br />

morning/afternoon, here is your delivery”.<br />

What’s not to like? I have watched several<br />

demonstration videos and am attaching the<br />

link at the end of this article.<br />

Naturally, there will be those who object<br />

and, of course, I was watching promotional<br />

videos and they were not going to show their<br />

cute little vehicles going wrong, falling over,<br />

getting stuck or delivering to the wrong<br />

address – all of which happens to normal<br />

delivery vans, I might add (apart from the<br />

falling over). I will be happy to share my road<br />

space with them and I am pretty certain they<br />

will be safer than many other road users. I<br />

shudder every time I see someone walk<br />

straight out into the road in front of a vehicle<br />

with eyes glued to their phones.<br />

The Starship robots run on electricity, so<br />

they are clean. They will obviously be<br />

economically advantageous to the<br />

supermarkets and other enterprises that<br />

depend on deliveries to residential addresses.<br />

I suspect they probably don’t swear at the<br />

customers either.<br />

People will say that jobs will be lost but<br />

that has always been the case with<br />

innovation, particularly where technology has<br />

been involved with machines replacing<br />

people. The Luddites are still with us.<br />

At the beginning of his The Origin of<br />

Species Charles Darwin quoted Bacon: ‘To<br />

conclude, therefore, let no man out of a weak<br />

conceit… or an ill-applied moderation… think<br />

that a man can search too far or be too well<br />

studied… but rather let men endeavour an<br />

endless progress or proficience in both.’<br />

Off we go: The little Starship<br />

home delivery robot<br />

successfully navigates a<br />

pavement drop on its rounds<br />

in Milton Keynes. According<br />

to its inventers the robots<br />

can handle pavements,<br />

know when to cross roads<br />

safely and avoid<br />

pedestrians. How ‘idiotproof’<br />

they are – ie, can they<br />

avoid the idiots in society<br />

who think it is amusing to<br />

interact with them – is not<br />

made clear<br />

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Little star: The<br />

Starship’s route<br />

looked a little<br />

handpicked but it<br />

certainly handled it<br />

well<br />

On a lighter note, I am just back from a<br />

holiday in Morocco. I was on a small local bus<br />

which had to squeeze past a traffic ‘incident’.<br />

A taxi making very slow progress on poor<br />

roads had been hit from behind by a cyclist<br />

and the taxi number plate had been broken.<br />

Passengers and driver were out of the car,<br />

the cyclist was holding his unharmed bike and<br />

a crowd was gathering.<br />

I was sitting at the front of the bus with the<br />

driver, as is my wont, and I remarked in my<br />

very best French that the taxi only had to<br />

move a metre to let us pass easily. Oh no, said<br />

the driver, no-one must move at all until the<br />

Police arrive. One broken number plate,<br />

no-one harmed and no other damage! We<br />

proceeded and some time later saw a Police<br />

car on its way, very slowly, but with flashing<br />

lights. Job creation scheme or what?<br />

• To see the You Tube film of the Milton<br />

Keynes delivery report, see this link https://<br />

www.youtube.com/watch?v=13jqscTESNM<br />

Did you know...?<br />

The original Michelin Man was first brought to<br />

the public’s attention in 1894.<br />

As you will know, the Michelin Man is white<br />

because rubber tyres are naturally white. It<br />

was not until 1912 that carbon chemicals were<br />

mixed into the white tyres, which turned them<br />

black.<br />

The change was structural, not aesthetic. By<br />

adding carbon, tyres became more durable.<br />

At the same time Michelin began reviewing<br />

restaurants, but this wasn’t a case of<br />

promoting good eating, even for the French.<br />

Rather, it was so that more people would<br />

travel further distances in their cars to eat at<br />

these restaurants. This in turn would wear<br />

down their tyres faster and force them to buy<br />

more.<br />

The star system that Michelin uses goes up<br />

to three and is broken down by whether or not<br />

it’s worth driving to the restaurant.<br />

One star: ‘A very good restaurant in its<br />

category’; Two star: ‘Excellent cooking, worth a<br />

detour’. Finally, Three star: ‘Exceptional cuisine,<br />

worth a special journey.’<br />

You just have to factor in the extra wear and<br />

tear on the tyres as well as the bill (and the<br />

tip!)<br />

The original Michelin Man: ‘Drive further<br />

for something good to eat...’<br />

Rocket men’s genius<br />

invention: WD-40<br />

Did you know that the motorists’ Godsend, WD-40, was invented in San<br />

Diego in 1953 as a rust-prevention solvent for Atlas missile outer skins?<br />

A chemist at the Rocket Chemical Company created a compound that<br />

would prevent rust and corrosion on the Atlas. It took him 40 attempts to<br />

get the water displacing formula right, but the end result became the<br />

formula for WD-40.<br />

Once the company learned that people were using the product at<br />

home, they began putting it into aerosol cans. It first appeared on stores<br />

in San Diego in 1958. By the following year the company had nearly<br />

doubled in size, selling 45 cases a day to stores in the area.<br />

In 1961, the first truckload order was filled when employees worked<br />

overtime to produce additional concentrate to meet the disaster needs of<br />

victims of Gulf Coast hurricane Carla. WD-40 was used to recondition<br />

vehicles and equipment that had been damaged by the flooding.<br />

It made history again in 1964 when NASA used WD-40 on Friendship<br />

VII, in which astronaut John Glenn circled the Earth. In 1970, the Rocket<br />

Chemical Company was renamed WD-40 Company. In 1973, the company<br />

went public, still with only one product. The company that started with<br />

three employees had grown into a company of more than 300, with<br />

annual sales of more than $300 million.<br />

Why this popularity and fierce loyalty? Former WD-40 Company CEO<br />

Gerald Schleif explained, “Unlike very few things in this world, the product<br />

actually delivers far beyond the user’s expectations.”<br />

• Editor writes: As you would expect, we<br />

watched the video Janet mentioned. It’s very<br />

interesting.<br />

As is YouTube’s want, as soon as it finished<br />

it immediately began playing the next video<br />

in the sequence, which was on a similar<br />

theme to the Milton Keynes one, though<br />

painted a rather less rosy picture of the joys<br />

of home delivery by little self-driving cart.<br />

Check it out yourself. It seems these little<br />

chaps don’t like<br />

snow. Now that’s a<br />

minor hindrance in<br />

much of the UK, a<br />

fairly big pain in<br />

northern Scotland<br />

– but a real howler in<br />

Canada, where this<br />

particular film was<br />

shot! Watch it at:<br />

www.youtube.com/<br />

watch?v=Lik2e<br />

GIgUhI<br />

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Q & A with...<br />

A life on the road led to ... a life on the road!<br />

After a break for a few issues, we’re delighted to bring back our<br />

popular ‘Q&A with an ADI’ feature. This issue, we chat to<br />

South East-based ADI Bob Page about his life as an ADI,<br />

and his thoughts on the profession<br />

When did you become an ADI, and what<br />

made you enter the profession?<br />

I became an ADI in the 1990s after a life on<br />

the road, hitch-hiking across Europe, Asia and<br />

Africa then driving an HGV as far afield as<br />

Russia and the Middle East. When I became<br />

disaffected with living in a lorry, it made<br />

sense to teach others how to drive.<br />

What’s the best bit about the job?<br />

Best thing about the job is I like people and<br />

I like the flexibility that being an ADI brings<br />

you.<br />

And the worst?<br />

Three things come to mind: potholes<br />

– which are as bad as they’ve ever been –<br />

L-test waiting times and the perennial<br />

problem of being let down at the last minute.<br />

What’s the best piece of training advice you<br />

were ever given?<br />

My old instructor told me not to focus on<br />

when to start to get ready but rather to work<br />

on when to be ready. He was also the first<br />

person who recommended that I sit in on lots<br />

of L-tests.<br />

What one piece of kit, other than your car<br />

and phone, could you not do without?<br />

A bottle of frozen water at the start of the<br />

day. Stays nice and cool all day.<br />

What needs fixing most urgently<br />

in driving generally?<br />

What needs fixing? Driver attitudes – but<br />

how to approach that? Perhaps the<br />

Government could do more media<br />

presentations to get over safe and<br />

responsible driving messages; that might<br />

help.<br />

What should the DVSA focus on?<br />

Obviously DVSA needs to work on waiting<br />

times but I think they know that.<br />

What’s the next big thing that’s going to<br />

transform driver training/testing?<br />

Next big thing should probably be 10-year<br />

driver assessments, and tests if necessary,<br />

plus there needs to be a growing awareness<br />

of the quietness of electric cars.<br />

It’s very apparent how many pedestrians<br />

rely on their hearing to tell them a car is<br />

coming; if the car is silent they are denying<br />

themselves a crucial sense that keeps them<br />

safe.<br />

Who/what inspires you, drives you on?<br />

Most inspiring thing in the industry is the<br />

people and organisations (MSA GB, DIA, etc)<br />

who spread knowledge and information to<br />

the ADI community. I also like the many<br />

random acts of courtesy I see every day.<br />

Electric cars – yes or no? And why?<br />

Electric cars are inevitable and all we can<br />

do is prepare for their arrival.<br />

As for their technological big brother, the<br />

driverless car... well, I think I prefer to remain a<br />

Luddite!<br />

“Obviously DVSA need<br />

to work on waiting<br />

times, but I think they<br />

know that...”<br />

Favourite film: Forrest Gump,<br />

starring Tom Hanks. Pictured<br />

waiting...<br />

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“We were being tailgated by a<br />

tipper driver in an obvious<br />

hurry when my pupil hears an<br />

emergency vehicle siren...”<br />

What keeps you awake at night?<br />

All the things I haven’t done, and it’s usually<br />

paperwork!<br />

No one is the finished article. What do you do<br />

to keep on top of the game?<br />

I read trade magazines, attend CPD<br />

meetings both in person and online, and I<br />

constantly analyse my own performance.<br />

What’s the daftest/most dangerous thing<br />

that’s happened to you while teaching a pupil<br />

on a lesson?<br />

My favourite funny story is from one of my<br />

trainees when out on a test as an observer. A<br />

young guy on test was driving along Hastings<br />

sea front on a warm sunny day. All is going<br />

well when in the near distance he sees two<br />

attractive girls walking on the pavement.<br />

Now, he knows he would normally have an<br />

innocent look as he passes by them but says<br />

to himself “No, you’re on your driving test, so<br />

stick to the observations that you need to<br />

drive safely”.<br />

A minute or so passes before he is<br />

alongside and now nature takes over and as<br />

he turns his head he realises his mistake<br />

could cost him his test.<br />

What a relief, then, when he sees that the<br />

examiner is also looking to his left!<br />

Back to full concentration in less time than<br />

a legitimate observation would have taken<br />

and a lesson learned.<br />

He passed but for him and myself, the<br />

story will live on.<br />

The most dangerous moment on a driving<br />

lesson was when we were going downhill in<br />

heavy rain, down a steep hill. We were being<br />

tailgated by a tipper driver in an obvious<br />

hurry when my pupil heard an emergency<br />

vehicle siren from somewhere near. They<br />

couldn’t see the vehicle itself or the lights, so<br />

they panic and before I have time to react<br />

they jump on the brakes!<br />

I pride myself that in 20 years I’ve only<br />

shouted twice at a pupil but I did that day!<br />

“Off the brakes NOW” I roared.<br />

It worked but it remains an unforgettable<br />

moment.<br />

When or where are you happiest?<br />

Happiest when I’m swimming, fishing or<br />

dancing... but not all at the same time!<br />

If you had to pick one book/film/album<br />

that inspires, entertains or moves you, what<br />

would it be?<br />

Book: Slaughterhouse 5,<br />

Movie: Forrest Gump; and<br />

Album: Astral Weeks by Van Morrison<br />

“Next big thing should<br />

probably be 10 -year driver<br />

assessments, and tests if<br />

necessary, plus there needs to<br />

be a growing awareness of the<br />

quietness of electric cars...”<br />

Recovery safety boost<br />

after red lights approved<br />

The Government has approved the use of<br />

rear-facing red flashing lights for<br />

recovery vehicles. National breakdown<br />

provider Start Rescue said it was<br />

“excellent news - the independent<br />

recovery industry has been campaigning<br />

for this for years to keep our customers<br />

and recovery workers safe.”<br />

The use of red flashing lamps by<br />

recovery operators is part of a Plan for<br />

Drivers published by the Government. It<br />

amends legislation to permit breakdown<br />

vehicles to be fitted with rear-facing red<br />

flashing lights when recovering brokendown<br />

cars, in a bid to keep recovery<br />

personnel and stranded motorists safe. It<br />

will come into law in 2025.<br />

Police failing to charge<br />

car thieves<br />

Fewer than 7% of car thefts reported to<br />

the police result in anyone being charged,<br />

with 69% dropped because no suspect<br />

can be identified.<br />

Between 2019 and 2022, just 6.7% of<br />

the 396,000 reported car crimes resulted<br />

in anyone being charged.<br />

Dash camera specialist Nextbase,<br />

which submitted the FOI, claims a lack of<br />

video evidence is one of the key reasons<br />

why the police are unable to identify the<br />

criminals behind the wave of car crimes.<br />

Stockholm to put a block<br />

on petrol, diesel cars<br />

Stockholm is set to ban petrol and diesel<br />

cars entering its city centre to reduce<br />

pollution and cut emissions.<br />

The new regulations will come into<br />

force on December 31st 2024 – meaning<br />

that drivers have 14 months to prepare<br />

for the switch.<br />

Lars Stromgren MP, the city’s Vice<br />

Mayor, said: “Nowadays, the air in<br />

Stockholm causes babies to have lung<br />

conditions and the elderly to die<br />

prematurely. We need to eliminate the<br />

harmful exhaust gases from petrol and<br />

diesel cars.<br />

“That’s why we are introducing the<br />

most ambitious low-emission zone to<br />

date – a total ban.”<br />

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