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The Voice of MSA GB<br />

Issue 376 • <strong>May</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

Politicians slammed<br />

for failure to act on<br />

graduated licences<br />

New safety concerns<br />

as more automated<br />

car tech is approved<br />

L-tests and the power<br />

of positive thinking<br />

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GDL back on the agenda - but still<br />

no consensus of right approach<br />

Colin Lilly<br />

Editor,<br />

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

The introduction of Graduated Driver<br />

Licensing (GDL) is back in the spotlight.<br />

Following some recent tragic incidents and<br />

the BBC documentary ‘Drive Fast Die Young’<br />

regarding crashes involving young drivers (as<br />

featured in the April issue of <strong>Newslink</strong>), there<br />

has been an increase in public demands for<br />

the restriction of young drivers’ activities.<br />

Meanwhile the public, who may be less<br />

aware of the benefits of training, clamour for<br />

prohibition. An easy interpretation is, if we<br />

remove the more common scenarios for car<br />

crashes they will not happen. If only life were<br />

that simple.<br />

The popular media covering the topic seem<br />

to be targeting young drivers assuming that<br />

all crashes are caused by the exuberance of<br />

youth, but inexperience is also a primary<br />

factor.<br />

Whatever factors could be prohibited such<br />

as night driving, carrying passengers, engine<br />

size, etc, they are of negligible effect until the<br />

new driver actually drives after passing a<br />

test. Newly qualified drivers will often wait to<br />

buy a car once the expense of driving lessons<br />

and test are over, and this could be some<br />

months.<br />

Easy options such as a minimum learning<br />

period do not work because the person may<br />

not take lessons during that time. A minimum<br />

number of lessons does not mean that will be<br />

sufficient for the less able learner.<br />

It is unlikely that any legislation will be<br />

brought in quickly, particularly in an election<br />

year. Political parties are not going to make<br />

any apparent restriction on young voters part<br />

of their manifesto. For once road legislation<br />

has become a political policy but in the form<br />

of placating the so-called road lobby against<br />

anything that restrains their own driving<br />

desire.<br />

Just because the subject may be sent to a<br />

backburner does not mean it should be<br />

forgotten. The training industry must begin to<br />

form a policy on the way forward. The topic<br />

was the subject of a debate at the MSA GB<br />

conference in March. Many ideas were raised<br />

during the discussion led by Graham Feest<br />

but no consensus was formed, as was<br />

reported in the April issue of <strong>Newslink</strong>.<br />

Pass Plus has been raised as a basis to<br />

build on. Initially the discounts available from<br />

insurance companies were good, but in many<br />

cases diminished to the point where the cost<br />

of Pass Plus was not giving value for money.<br />

Pass Plus is still available but only seems to<br />

be of interest to the most conscientious new<br />

drivers.<br />

If more incentives could be available the<br />

take-up would be better. The Government<br />

could help by offering ‘early release’ from a<br />

restricted licence for those who have taken<br />

extra training. The insurance companies could<br />

go back and look again at Pass Plus and offer<br />

discounts for those completing an enhanced<br />

course of training.<br />

MSA GB supports GDL but on the terms<br />

that will benefit the new driver through<br />

training. We cannot go on throwing<br />

inexperienced drivers, with little more than<br />

basic training, into the maelstrom.<br />

MSA GB is hosting a webinar on graduated<br />

driver licences later this month. See pg 6<br />

Comment<br />

Failure to bring in GDL is ‘major<br />

flaw in British policymaking’<br />

In this opinion piece, Dr Ian<br />

Greenwood explains why<br />

introducing graduated driving<br />

licences will save lives and<br />

improve roasd safety<br />

Dr Ian Greenwood<br />

has provided an<br />

opinion piece on the<br />

issue: see pg 18<br />

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Mark Hewison<br />

considers whether<br />

optimists fare better<br />

on their L-tests by<br />

embracing the<br />

pressure and having<br />

a more positive view<br />

of its challenges.<br />

See pg 22<br />

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We rightly value our freedoms in Britain, but<br />

at what point does the freedom for us all to<br />

be safe on our roads trump the freedom of<br />

motorists to drive?<br />

This debate rightly demands an important<br />

space in our political discourse, and in the<br />

media. But there does appear to be a clear<br />

winner when the Plan for Drivers from the<br />

Government, and the Labour Party, has a<br />

“laser-like focus” on the cost of driving,<br />

rather than improved road safety.<br />

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This issue occupies a large part of<br />

Westminster’s policy priorities, though not<br />

Parliamentary debate. But it is clearly not as<br />

simple as a ‘one or the other’ debate.<br />

To illustrate, let us consider the well-known Hugo Morris, Jevon Hirst, Wilf Fitchett and Harvey Owen were all aged between 16 and 18 when<br />

they were killed in a car crash in Gwynedd last November.

Contents<br />

14<br />

30<br />

Wales drops blanket 20mph<br />

urban speed limits<br />

The new First Minister of Wales, Vaughan<br />

Gethin, has surprised many by agreeing to<br />

axe the controversial lower speed limit that<br />

he introduced as Transport Secretary – 8<br />

Lords attack Government<br />

failures in EV strategy<br />

Peers have made some good suggestions to<br />

boost electric vehicles sale - so why has the<br />

Government ignored them all? – 10<br />

BBC reveals more problems with<br />

smart motorways...<br />

... but National Highways hits back, saying<br />

Panorama took figures out of context and<br />

its security systems are safe – 14<br />

33<br />

Politicians’ failure to introduce<br />

graduated licences costing lives<br />

Dr Ian Greenwood says it’s time the<br />

Government grasped the nettle of graduated<br />

driving licences before it is too late – 18<br />

Automated driving: new<br />

regulations are causing concern<br />

We were promised that road safety would be<br />

the number one priority when automated<br />

driving tech was approved. But recent subtle<br />

changes suggest this isn’t the case – 20<br />

20<br />

Power of positive thinking can be<br />

the difference on L-test<br />

A half-full or half-empty attitude on lessons<br />

can be the difference between a pupil<br />

approaching their L-test with confidence or<br />

trepidation, says Mark Hewison – 22<br />

Work-related crashes – are we<br />

taking them seriously enough?<br />

Tom Harrington looks at the workplace<br />

activity with the highest death and injury rate<br />

by far: driving – 24<br />

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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 />

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AREA 1<br />

Vice Chairman<br />

Peter Harvey MBE<br />

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Area 1 – Scotland &<br />

Northern Ireland<br />

Chair: Steven Porter<br />

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PA5 0RW<br />

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

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Chair: Tom Kwok<br />

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London N10 1HE<br />

07956 269922<br />

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News<br />

Call for first aid training to<br />

be compulsory for drivers<br />

LeaseCar.uk has called for all drivers to<br />

receive mandatory first aid training so<br />

they know how to help in the event of a<br />

road collision, and for first aid training to<br />

be included in driver training.<br />

It points to research which suggests up<br />

to 59% of deaths from injury may have<br />

been prevented if first aid had been given<br />

before emergency services arrived.<br />

Just one-in-20 adults in the UK know<br />

what to do in a first aid emergency, and<br />

the same number would feel confident,<br />

knowledgeable and willing to help<br />

someone with a medical issue.<br />

LeaseCar.uk says the skills learnt in<br />

first aid courses can help people treat<br />

casualties with life-threatening injuries<br />

and improve their chances of survival.<br />

First aid training is already compulsory<br />

in some countries, and learner drivers in<br />

some European nations must show first<br />

aid knowledge for their theory tests.<br />

These include Hungary, Czechia, Austria<br />

and Slovenia.<br />

In Switzerland, motorists must attend<br />

an obligatory 10-hour first aid course split<br />

into different modules, followed by a<br />

practical assessment and written test.<br />

Tim Alcock from LeaseCar.uk said: “First<br />

aid training should be a requirement before<br />

getting behind the wheel to reduce deaths<br />

and help those with injuries on UK roads.<br />

“It is concerning that just 5% of the<br />

public would be willing to help someone<br />

bleeding heavily, unresponsive or not<br />

breathing.<br />

“First aid can be crucial when<br />

responding to a car crash and the correct<br />

knowledge and skills can help save lives<br />

while waiting for ambulances.<br />

“Whether the first aid training covers<br />

the basics or advanced emergencies, the<br />

skills learnt in courses can drastically<br />

improve the chance of survival.<br />

“The UK should be following in the<br />

footsteps of other countries who have<br />

made first aid training mandatory to give<br />

the necessary help to drivers if they get<br />

into an accident.”<br />

The Driving Licence (Mandatory First<br />

Aid Training) Bill was unveiled in the House<br />

of Commons in 2016 which would require<br />

all driving licence applicants to have had<br />

first aid training before undertaking a<br />

practical driving test. However, there has<br />

been no progress or updates since.<br />

GDL: MSA GB webinar to get<br />

to the heart of the matter<br />

MSA GB will be hosting a webinar on<br />

Graduated Driver Licences (GDL) on<br />

Thursday, 23rd <strong>May</strong> at 4 pm, so keep an eye<br />

on your inbox, as we’ll soon be sharing the<br />

event details and information on how to book.<br />

This webinar is your chance to share your<br />

views on GDLs. Whether you think they’re<br />

necessary or not, and if you think they should<br />

be introduced.<br />

Please note that places are limited to just<br />

100 for this event, so as soon as you receive<br />

our mailer, we urge you to book your place.<br />

To ensure you receive the booking details<br />

and all MSA GB correspondence, add: info@<br />

msagb.com to your address book.<br />

Have we got your latest email address? If<br />

Email licence scam alert<br />

you are in doubt, contact MSA GB head office<br />

to make sure we have your latest contact<br />

details.<br />

MSA GB’s head office<br />

is always on the<br />

look-out for the latest<br />

scams via Facebook,<br />

email or other digital<br />

avenues. The email<br />

left is one of the more<br />

realistic, and it would<br />

be good to circulate<br />

this image around<br />

your pupils to make<br />

them aware of the<br />

scammers.<br />

It’s not bad, this one:<br />

nearly everything is<br />

spelt correctly!<br />

New features added to the driver and vehicles account<br />

Motorists are now able to complete the<br />

10-year renewal of their driving licence and<br />

apply for a first provisional licence through<br />

the Driver and Vehicles account.<br />

Along with the current features, such as<br />

opting to receive vehicle tax reminders by<br />

text or email, account holders will now be able<br />

to renew their photocard driving licence, track<br />

their application and see details of their new<br />

driving licence once issued.<br />

First provisional drivers with an account will<br />

also be able to view their provisional driving<br />

licence and add a vehicle registered in their<br />

name.<br />

These additional services come after it was<br />

announced last October that commercial<br />

drivers can now view their Driver Certificate<br />

of Professional Competence (CPC) and<br />

tachograph information through the account.<br />

Set up your<br />

account here<br />

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DTC Update<br />

Hotel to stay as Blackpool DTC<br />

DVSA has advised ADIs operating in and<br />

around Blackpool that the resort town’s<br />

famous Norbreck Castle Hotel will continue to<br />

be its base for L-tests for some time.<br />

Norbreck Castle Hotel is still classed as a<br />

temporary location, however, and the DVSA is<br />

continuing to look for a permanent base in<br />

the town for its operations.<br />

A reminder that the address for the<br />

temporary centre is: Lancastria Suite, Rear of<br />

Norbreck Castle Hotel, Queen’s Promenade,<br />

Norbreck, Blackpool FY2 9AA.<br />

Examiners will meet candidates at their<br />

cars at the time of the test. The car park<br />

must not be used for candidates to practise<br />

parking exercises.<br />

Caernarfon LGV test centre relocation<br />

From Wednesday, <strong>May</strong>1, the Caernarfon<br />

light goods vehicle (LGV) test centre will be<br />

operating from Carmel Driving School &<br />

Travel. If you have a test booked at<br />

Caernarfon LGV test centre from Wednesday,<br />

<strong>May</strong> 1, this test will still go ahead at the date<br />

and time arranged but will now take place at<br />

Carmel Driving School & Travel.<br />

The address for new Caernarfon LGV test<br />

centre is: Carmel Driving School & Travel, 4<br />

Tan Y Fynwent, Carmel, Caernarfon LL54 7AR.<br />

Paisley driving test centre<br />

temporary location<br />

The Paisley test centre located in St James<br />

Business park, will be permanently closing<br />

from <strong>May</strong> 7.<br />

After that date all tests will be conducted<br />

from the following temporary location:<br />

Glynhill Hotel, 169 Paisley Road, Paisley<br />

PA4 8XB<br />

The date and time of any tests booked will<br />

not been affected by this change and<br />

candidates will receive an email to advise of<br />

this temporary location.<br />

Note to ADIs<br />

When entering the hotel grounds, you will<br />

need to turn right and park at the far end, in<br />

front of the Barony Suite and the examiner<br />

will meet you at your car.<br />

The car park is solely for driving test<br />

appointments and NO practising is permitted<br />

on the hotel grounds.<br />

The DVSA is looking for a new permanent<br />

home for tests in the town and will advise<br />

ADIs when one has been located.<br />

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News<br />

Wales drops blanket urban<br />

20mph limit amid criticism<br />

As Wales announced it was ditching its blanket<br />

urban 20mph speed limit, councillors in<br />

Coventry were voting through a similar policy.<br />

Last month, after weeks of criticism of the<br />

20mph zones, the Welsh Government under<br />

new First Minister Vaughan Gething said it<br />

would scale back the number of 20mph<br />

roads, at a cost of around £3-5m. It was a<br />

surprising move as it was Mr Gething that<br />

had introduced them as Transport Secretary,<br />

but the policy has been criticised from day<br />

one. Indeed, former First Minister Mark<br />

Drakeford said on his retirement that the<br />

pushback against the policy had been the<br />

biggest surprise of his time in politics.<br />

Transport Secretary Ken Skates said £32m<br />

was spent introducing the 20mph law seven<br />

months ago, and his department will pay for<br />

the switch. The public has been invited to<br />

contact their local councils if they want to<br />

change speed limits. Roads will revert to<br />

30mph from September.<br />

ADIs were largely disappointed with the<br />

original policy, with some based in urban<br />

areas complaining that too many 20mph<br />

roads near them made it difficult to access all<br />

types of roads. One told MSA GB that he had<br />

radically altered his lesson plans: “I work in<br />

Cardiff centre in an area surrounded by<br />

20mph roads for some distance, and it was<br />

clear straight away that an hour-long lesson<br />

was fine for new pupils but it was challenging<br />

to create appropriate lessons for more<br />

experienced pupils, and those close to their<br />

tests. I realised making all lessons 90 minutes<br />

gave me the flexibility to leave the city and<br />

spend more time on 30mph+ roads, and to be<br />

fair it’s been fine since.”<br />

While many in the Welsh public applauded<br />

the decision, not everyone backed it,<br />

however. One mum said she was convinced<br />

the policy had saved her son’s life.<br />

Mum Rhiannon, from Holywell, Flintshire,<br />

made the comments as her son, Ioan, was in<br />

hospital recovering after being hit by a car<br />

doing 20mph on a road that was previously a<br />

40mph limit. Ioan was left with a double<br />

fracture to his pelvis, deep cuts to his face,<br />

knees, back and elbow and needed three<br />

stitches to his lower lip – but his mum said he<br />

could have been killed if the vehicle had been<br />

going faster.<br />

Rhiannon said: “The doctor who treated<br />

Ioan said that he had been fortunate.<br />

“After thinking how slow the 20mph speed<br />

was I am now so grateful that the car was<br />

travelling at 20 because I dread to think what<br />

would have happened if it was going at<br />

30-40mph,” she said. “The doctor said that<br />

he’s a very lucky boy - and that’s just having<br />

been hit at 20. The fact the car was only<br />

travelling at 20mph saved his life, or from<br />

potentially life-changing injuries.”<br />

Rhiannon said “there’s a place for 20mph<br />

and a place for 30mph. We believe that<br />

20mph was definitely the right speed limit in<br />

the area where he was struck.”<br />

• A new blanket 20mph zone in the<br />

Earlsdon area of Coventry has been given<br />

final approval by the city council.<br />

The council said “liveable neighbourhoods”<br />

would start next month, with measures such<br />

as new no-entry roads, wider pavements,<br />

and extra pedestrian crossings, as well as the<br />

lower limits.<br />

Patricia Hetherton, the cabinet member for<br />

city services, said she knew 20mph limits<br />

“won’t please everybody, but if it saves one<br />

life then it’ll be worth it.”<br />

A public consultation on the initial plans<br />

was held in 2022. Work will start soon, to be<br />

completed by the end of August.<br />

But critics say blanket 20mph zones are<br />

unnecessary and make life harder for<br />

motorists. One resident who spoke to the<br />

BBC, Richard Overton, said he was<br />

“disappointed a decision has been taken<br />

before we’ve seen any evidence, especially<br />

on road traffic usage or air quality”.<br />

Consultation opened on<br />

vocational HGV regs<br />

The Department for Transport (DfT) is launching<br />

a consultation on amendments to Licensing<br />

Restrictions: Bus, Coach and Heavy Goods<br />

Vehicles (HGVs). The consultation is part of<br />

DfT’s ongoing work to help reduce the bus,<br />

coach and HGV driver shortage.<br />

Key changes include plans to remove the<br />

50km restriction if bus and coach drivers aged<br />

18 to 20 are driving a regular service; and to<br />

allow a person to undertake the theory and<br />

off-road manoeuvres tests DCPC before being<br />

granted a provisional bus, coach or heavy goods<br />

vehicle driver entitlement.<br />

CLICK HERE for details.<br />

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EU agrees finally to take action against<br />

foreign drivers who commit traffic offences<br />

No plans as yet for UK to<br />

sign reciprocal agreement<br />

The European Parliament has voted to<br />

approve new rules to ensure more foreignregistered<br />

drivers face justice after<br />

committing road traffic offences outside of<br />

their home country.<br />

Current rules on ‘cross-border enforcement’<br />

within EU Member States have helped<br />

increase compliance, Brussels said, but in<br />

2019 around 40 per cent of motoring<br />

offences by foreign drivers were not followed<br />

up, either because the offender was not<br />

identified or because payment of the fine<br />

was not enforced.<br />

The updated rules, approved by MEPs,<br />

address these issues with new provisions<br />

improving co-operation between EU nations.<br />

Besides the automated exchange of<br />

information between national authorities,<br />

new mutual assistance procedures will be<br />

introduced to identify the offender and<br />

enforce fines.<br />

Importantly some new offences have been<br />

included such as ‘hit and run’ – when a driver<br />

leaves the scene of a crash - in addition to the<br />

most frequent and egregious offences, such<br />

as speeding and drink- and drug-driving.<br />

Ellen Townsend, policy director of the<br />

European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)<br />

said: “Freedom of movement within the EU<br />

shouldn’t mean freedom to speed and<br />

drink-drive when away from home.<br />

“It’s great that the EU is cracking down on<br />

this by extending the range of traffic offences<br />

that can be followed up and improving the<br />

chances of fines being paid.<br />

“It’s unfortunate that we still don’t have a<br />

way of applying penalty points across<br />

borders – this is an issue that EU<br />

policymakers will have to return to.<br />

“Nonetheless, this deal is a step forward<br />

for road safety. MEPs have done a good job.”<br />

The legislation will not come into force<br />

immediately because it still needs to be<br />

written into the national law of all 27 EU<br />

Member States.<br />

Because the UK has left the EU, it means<br />

foreign drivers will still be able to break<br />

motoring laws in the UK without punishment<br />

in the majority of cases. There are no plans to<br />

agree a reciprocal deal between the UK and<br />

the EU at this stage.<br />

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News<br />

Lords attack Government failures in EV strategy<br />

The Government is facing severe criticism<br />

after it rejected out of hand a series of<br />

proposals by a key House of Lords committee<br />

aimed at boosting the switch to electric<br />

vehicles (EVs) in the UK.<br />

Peers on the Environment and Climate<br />

Change Committee had called on the<br />

Government to cut the VAT levied on<br />

electricity from public charging stations,<br />

introduce targeted purchase grants for EVs,<br />

increase home charging options for people<br />

without drives and force EV recharging<br />

stations to publicise charging prices, in a<br />

paper, ‘EV strategy: Rapid recharge needed’.<br />

They warned that the Government needed to<br />

“put its foot on the accelerator” to support<br />

the EV transition to meet net zero targets.<br />

But all the ideas were immediately<br />

dismissed by the DfT.<br />

At present, anyone charging up their EV at<br />

home pays 5% VAT on the electricity used,<br />

but if they recharge at a public station the<br />

VAT is levied at 20%.<br />

This situation has repeatedly been<br />

criticised by the RAC and FairCharge, who<br />

point out that roughly 40% of drivers don’t<br />

have access to a driveway to install a home<br />

charger. But the Government rejected the<br />

idea, saying the Treasury has no plans to<br />

change VAT on public charging and said such<br />

a move would “impose additional pressure on<br />

the public finances, to which VAT makes a<br />

significant contribution”.<br />

It also rejected targeted grants to help<br />

make EVs more affordable. Since the Plug-in<br />

Car Grant was axed in June 2022 there has<br />

been no central incentive scheme for buyers.<br />

In response the Government said the<br />

Plug-in Car Grant had been vital in building<br />

the early market for EVs, but now “would<br />

have less of an effect on demand than other<br />

existing price incentives, such as company<br />

car tax” and that it targets incentives “where<br />

they have the most impact and deliver the<br />

greatest value for money”.<br />

It also said that EV prices continue to fall<br />

and some external forecasts predict that<br />

some EVs could achieve price parity with ICE<br />

cars by the end of the 2020s.<br />

The Government also rejected peers’ calls<br />

to boost roll-out of the On-Street Residential<br />

Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), which<br />

supports local authorities to deliver EV<br />

charging infrastructure for residents without<br />

off-street parking; a ‘right to charge’ for<br />

tenants and leaseholds in multi-occupancy<br />

buildings; and mandatory ‘totem signs’ at the<br />

approach to motorways service stations with<br />

EV charging facilities.<br />

Baroness Parminter, chair of the inquiry,<br />

said: “It is disappointing that the Government<br />

is not incentivising the purchase of more EVs,<br />

equalising the VAT differential between public<br />

and domestic charging, or addressing our<br />

concerns about barriers to charging in<br />

multi-occupancy buildings.<br />

“If implemented, these recommendations<br />

would help people to adopt EVs and ensure a<br />

smoother journey towards net zero. Peers will<br />

keep urging the Government to do more, as<br />

otherwise the EV revolution is a non-starter.”<br />

Denis Watling, MD at ChargeGuru UK, said:<br />

“Reducing the 20% VAT rate is a vital step in<br />

democratising the charging experience. Not<br />

everyone has access to home charging at the<br />

5% rate, and it’s these individuals that<br />

desperately need the support of the<br />

Government to make the switch.<br />

About the only area where the<br />

Government and peers were in agreement<br />

was when the committee called for work to<br />

be done on regulating a ‘battery health<br />

standard.’ The Government said it has worked<br />

“with industry and other governments to<br />

develop a Global Technical Regulation on EV<br />

batteries (GTR 22) that would set minimum<br />

durability and lifespan standards. It would<br />

also make reliable and comparable battery<br />

health information accessible to owners.”<br />

“Since January, the Zero Emission Vehicle<br />

Mandate regulations have been in force,<br />

which obligate manufacturers to provide<br />

minimum warranties for EV batteries, in line<br />

with the GTR 22 durability standards.”<br />

However, it moved back into rejection<br />

mode when the Lords’ report said more<br />

needed to be done to incentivise the<br />

purchase of second hand EVs, as happens in<br />

the Netherlands. Rather, “industry<br />

intelligence suggests that some EVs on the<br />

used market are now similar in price to their<br />

petrol and diesel equivalents.”<br />

Damien Dally, Fiat UK managing director,<br />

was scathing in his criticism. “Fiat has said the<br />

Government is sleepwalking into an electric<br />

vehicle crisis. With confirmation that no<br />

electric car grant is going to be reintroduced,<br />

we would say the Government is now well and<br />

truly on the cusp of that crisis.<br />

“The EV market for private buyers is in real<br />

jeopardy; only 18.2% new electric cars were<br />

registered privately so far this year. While we<br />

welcome the incentive in place for electric<br />

van buyers, the biggest barrier to entry for a<br />

retail electric car buyer remains price.<br />

“Fiat is playing its part in that with the<br />

continuation of its £3,000 E-Grant. The<br />

Government must now do the same.”<br />

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News<br />

NASP: The National Associations<br />

Strategic Partnership<br />

The latest meeting between officials from the<br />

DVSA and representatives of NASP, the<br />

National Associations Strategic Partnership,<br />

took place last month, with the current<br />

position on L-test waiting times still the main<br />

subject of conversation. Below are the<br />

minuted highlights from the meeting, which<br />

offers a good overview of the discussions and<br />

the current picture.<br />

n DVSA is nearing end of its six months<br />

recovery period. Some warrant holders will be<br />

returning to normal duties after end of March<br />

(as reported to the MSA Conference; see last<br />

issue of <strong>Newslink</strong>)<br />

n National average waiting times for<br />

L-tests were down, to 16.1 weeks through<br />

February. The north of Great Britain was<br />

recovering more quickly than the south. In<br />

Scotland, north-east England down to<br />

Lincolnshire the average waiting time was 12.5<br />

weeks. In north-west England, including<br />

Manchester, Wales, and down to<br />

Gloucestershire, waiting times were 15 weeks.<br />

In Nottingham, M1, Oxford, Cambridge and a<br />

belt running from Norfolk to Penzance, the<br />

position was worse, around 19 weeks, and<br />

there was continuing high demand in M1<br />

corridor area into SE England. In London and<br />

south-east England it was 21-22 weeks.<br />

n The DVSA is actively seeking volunteers<br />

from among its examiners to move from<br />

driving test centres with lower L-test waiting<br />

times to ones in high wait areas.<br />

n Forward bookings have fallen to 507,293,<br />

with a sustained dropping off for bookings<br />

since October. These have been continually<br />

falling each month. Panic buying of tests is not<br />

fully over but customer behaviour is starting<br />

to change.<br />

At the time of writing there were 127,000<br />

available tests in system to book, though<br />

these were not evenly distributed across the<br />

country.<br />

n The DVSA is conducting around 44,000<br />

tests a week. In July 2023 it was 33,000.<br />

It was forecast that there would be two<br />

million tests held this year – comfortably a<br />

record high.<br />

Recruitment<br />

The DVSA was still looking to recruit more<br />

examiners. It had 170 available posts -<br />

proportionally in line with recovery.<br />

“The DVSA is conducting around<br />

44,000 tests a week. In July<br />

2023 it was 33,000. It was<br />

forecast that there would be two<br />

million tests held this year –<br />

comfortably a record high.”<br />

Newcomers will be posted where they are<br />

most needed. Response has been positive.<br />

ADI Registrar<br />

The volume of new applications to become<br />

ADIs is not reducing. Over 100% more<br />

applications than previously - now 41,000 on<br />

the Register with 4,000 trainee licence<br />

holders. The DVSA is still receiving around 700<br />

applications per month for trainee licences<br />

- previously 250 per month. This has been<br />

challenging, with no let-up for 18 months.<br />

In February <strong>2024</strong> there were 1,675 new ADI<br />

qualifications and 722 trainee licences.<br />

ADI Examiner Update<br />

n There were 5,727 Part 2s from<br />

September 2023 - February <strong>2024</strong> - again, a<br />

record number. Previously were 500 a month.<br />

Currently delivering to capacity at three times<br />

the normal.<br />

During the same period there were 4,637<br />

Part 3s.<br />

n However, the DVSA conducted only 863<br />

Standard Checks. Each one was with an ADI<br />

who had registered poor scores on the TIP<br />

evaluation of pupils’ driving test record, had<br />

qualified recently or had failed a Standards<br />

Check.<br />

n A six-week course was starting on 8<br />

April for six new examiners. There will be nine<br />

examiners within three months giving an<br />

extra 150 tests per week.<br />

n Resources will be focused on Part 2s and<br />

3s and then Standards Checks, focusing on<br />

areas with highest needs<br />

n NASP asked if people are booking early<br />

because of lack of Part 2 and 3 tests. This is<br />

happening and means they will cancel tests,<br />

which will have detrimental effect on whether<br />

they get more than one trainee licence and<br />

take slots away from those who are ready.<br />

NASP suggested it’s happening because<br />

people are scared their two years will run out<br />

and asked if there are messages for trainees.<br />

DVSA said making sure they are prepared is<br />

the best message.<br />

n NASP said if a trainee is on “Book to Hold”<br />

they can take Part 3 if theory is running out,<br />

but they can’t have more than one test<br />

booked at a time.<br />

DVSA stated, the window is still 12 weeks<br />

and priority will be given to those with Part 1’s<br />

expiring, as well as those who came on the list<br />

first. Some test centres have different needs.<br />

If the demand for Part 2s and 3s is lower there<br />

will be more Standard Checks.<br />

Ready2Pass? and communications<br />

n NASP asked for an update in relation to<br />

Ready2Pass regarding trainees. DVSA stated<br />

work had been started on this, however is<br />

currently paused. Supporting messages and<br />

PDI guidance is now being issued on a weekly<br />

basis.<br />

n NASP queried ADI qualification test<br />

results emails update. It was explained that<br />

these will be reviewed once warrant card<br />

holders return from testing.<br />

Policy update<br />

n DVSA driver policy team is currently<br />

focusing on driver policy priorities and has<br />

started designing a long-term recovery<br />

roadmap<br />

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VR sets help to gauge drivers’ ability to<br />

swap focus when in self-driving cars<br />

Researchers at the University of Glasgow are<br />

using augmented reality headsets to see<br />

whether drivers in future autonomous<br />

vehicles will be able to switch back to<br />

controlling their vehicle after a period where<br />

they weren’t in charge and were performing<br />

tasks other from driving.<br />

As self-driving cars become more likely on<br />

Britain’s roads in the future, car designers<br />

face a challenge in how to balance the driver’s<br />

desire to relax during their trip or engage in<br />

other tasks, such as reading or watching TV,<br />

while remaining aware of road hazards and<br />

being ready to retake control of the vehicle if<br />

circumstances demand.<br />

The university asked participants to wear<br />

VR head sets to simulate the driving<br />

experience for their research, and found that<br />

if they placed attention-grabbing graphics<br />

over real-world views through the car<br />

windscreens, drivers proved they could use<br />

entertainment apps while still maintaining<br />

awareness of the road – and swap back to<br />

taking control if needed.<br />

However, the design needs to be carefully<br />

managed to avoid overwhelming users with<br />

information at critical moments.<br />

The findings will be used to inform the<br />

development of self-driving cars as they<br />

move towards fully autonomous control.<br />

Thomas Goodge, of the university’s School<br />

of Computing Science, said: “One of the main<br />

attractions of autonomous vehicles is that<br />

drivers will eventually be able to take their<br />

focus off the road and read or play games.<br />

“But they will still have to take control in<br />

emergencies, as it will likely be years before<br />

cars are capable of driving themselves<br />

entirely without human intervention.<br />

“In the meantime, the people sitting behind<br />

the wheel are somewhere between drivers<br />

and passengers – not actively involved in<br />

steering but still required to supervise their<br />

vehicle on occasion.<br />

“However, humans don’t deal very well<br />

with sustained supervisory tasks. They get<br />

bored, they get distracted, and when they do<br />

they lose their awareness of the road. That<br />

could be dangerous if they react too slowly to<br />

a sudden change on the road around them.<br />

“This project explored whether attentiongrabbing<br />

augmented reality systems could<br />

allow people to perform non-driving tasks<br />

but switch focus at key moments.”<br />

Can VR help improve safety in<br />

autonomous cars?<br />

(Photo not of trial reported on)<br />

The team put study participants in a<br />

driver’s seat in front of a steering wheel and<br />

computer monitors to simulate their view out<br />

of a car window.<br />

The screens displayed a series of 40 video<br />

clips of real road situations and asked them to<br />

complete tasks on either a tablet, similar to the<br />

large dashboard displays of current vehicles, or<br />

while using an augmented reality display<br />

overlaying tasks on top of the road scene.<br />

One task was a simple game where users<br />

tracked and ‘collected’ gems moving across<br />

the screen by gazing at them. The second<br />

task presented the participants with a more<br />

complicated number pad app on which they<br />

had to correctly copy a phone number.<br />

In both scenarios, the video stopped<br />

abruptly before a potentially hazardous<br />

situation like a pedestrian stepping into the<br />

road, to test situational awareness. The<br />

participants were asked to select from one of<br />

four predictions about what would happen<br />

next based on their understanding of the<br />

road conditions at the point the video cut off.<br />

Their ability to correctly guess the<br />

outcome of the hazard was measured against<br />

an initial control experiment where they<br />

made predictions without performing a task.<br />

In both the heads-down portion of the task<br />

using the tablet and the heads-up section<br />

using the AR headset, participants were able<br />

to maintain some awareness of the<br />

conditions on the road.<br />

However, their ability to reliably predict<br />

what would happen next was significantly<br />

reduced in both set-ups.<br />

In another section, the AR headset<br />

displayed special visual cues in participants’<br />

eyelines to draw their attention to developing<br />

road situations several seconds before the<br />

video stopped. Here, the participants showed<br />

increased awareness of the road conditions,<br />

with performance improving more in the<br />

gem-collecting game than in the more<br />

demanding keypad app.<br />

Study co-author Professor Frank Pollick,<br />

of the University’s School of Psychology &<br />

Neuroscience, said: “An important aspect of<br />

road safety is something called the ‘look but<br />

fail to see’ phenomenon, which happens<br />

when people fail to adequately process<br />

what’s right in front of their eyes.<br />

“This study aimed to replicate that in a<br />

simulated driving situation, where<br />

participants had all the relevant information<br />

on the screen but were being distracted to<br />

one degree or another, blurring their ability to<br />

judge the road conditions correctly.<br />

“The study shows that adding visual cues<br />

to draw drivers’ attention to situations does<br />

seem to improve their ability to quickly focus<br />

and understand situations.<br />

“However, the level of demand on their<br />

attention is important – they were more able<br />

to read the road correctly in the less<br />

cognitively-challenging task.”<br />

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News<br />

National Highways rejects BBC criticism<br />

of smart motorways’ safety systems<br />

National Highways has launched a spirited<br />

defence of its smart motorways network<br />

after the BBC used a Panorama programme<br />

to call their safety into question once more.<br />

Smart motorways have come under<br />

increasing attack in recent months, with road<br />

safety groups saying they leave the motoring<br />

public at risk if they break down without a<br />

safety refuge to pull into. Several coroners<br />

courts have blamed a number of fatal crashes<br />

on smart motorways and all-lane running.<br />

The latest criticism centres on the safety<br />

technology used on smart motorways, which<br />

is supposed to ensure that any motorists left<br />

stranded in a live lane are spotted and help<br />

gets to them quickly from Highways Agency<br />

officers.<br />

However, Panorama researchers found via<br />

a Freedom of Information request that<br />

between June 2022 and February <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

there were 397 incidents when smart<br />

motorways safety cameras and other<br />

systems lost power, impacting the ability of<br />

officers to spot stranded motorists and get<br />

them help.<br />

The programme also reiterated previous<br />

concerns over the dangers of breaking down<br />

on a smart motorway without a hard shoulder.<br />

According to the BBC, there are 193 miles<br />

of what’s called “all-lane-running” motorway<br />

- this means the hard shoulder has been<br />

permanently removed to provide an extra<br />

lane.<br />

If you do break down on the motorway<br />

where there is no hard shoulder or an<br />

emergency refuge that is reachable, you will<br />

be left stranded in fast-moving traffic.<br />

The safety system involves a network of<br />

cameras overseen by officers that are meant<br />

to automatically spot stranded motorists and<br />

direct National Highways officers to the<br />

scene as well as employ overhead gantry<br />

signs to warn following motorists that there<br />

is an obstruction in the lane.<br />

But the system failed on multiple<br />

occasions, the BBC said:<br />

n For five days in July 2023 there were no<br />

signs, signals, camera or radar at junction 18<br />

on the M6;<br />

n In September 2023, there were no signs,<br />

signals or CCTV for five days at junction 22 of<br />

the M62<br />

n In December 2023, there were no signs,<br />

signals, sensors or CCTV for three and a half<br />

days at junction 6 on the M5<br />

n In the six months leading up to February<br />

<strong>2024</strong>, there were 174 power outages - almost<br />

one a day.<br />

n The longest outage was at junction 14 on<br />

the M4, a stretch of smart motorway that<br />

does have a hard shoulder. The sensors and<br />

signals were out for 11 days.<br />

n National Highways’ own figures show<br />

that in 2022 there were also 2,331 faults on<br />

the radar system which is designed to spot<br />

stationary vehicles. The average length of<br />

the fault was more than five days. By its own<br />

figures National Highways admits that its<br />

radar detects 89% of stopped vehicles - but<br />

that means one in 10 are not spotted.<br />

But in a statement, National Highways said<br />

that Panorama’s claims were “absent of key<br />

information and relevant context”.<br />

It was particularly annoyed by a BBC<br />

assertion that “if you break down on a smart<br />

motorway without a hard shoulder, you’re<br />

three times more likely to be killed or<br />

seriously injured than on one with a hard<br />

shoulder”. National Highways said this claim<br />

was based on a very small dataset, adding<br />

that as ‘stopped collisions’ are a small<br />

proportion of all collisions across all roads,<br />

“these should always be considered within a<br />

broader context”.<br />

In insisted that it had “well-rehearsed<br />

contingency plans for both planned and<br />

unplanned outages” of its security systems,<br />

including lowering speed limits, increasing<br />

patrols by traffic officers, enhanced<br />

monitoring of CCTV, and using pre-positioned<br />

vehicle recovery to speed up attendance and<br />

clearance of stranded vehicles.<br />

In response to claims that it was leaving<br />

motorists vulnerable if they break down,<br />

National Highways said it was committed to<br />

adding a further 150 emergency areas “as<br />

quickly and efficiently as possible”.<br />

A spokesman said: “There is still work to do<br />

as every death is a tragedy and every serious<br />

injury a life changed. We accept that we need<br />

to help everyone feel confident when using<br />

smart motorways.<br />

“Smart motorways were introduced to<br />

provide extra capacity on some of our<br />

busiest and most congested sections of<br />

motorway, and the latest safety data shows<br />

that, overall, in terms of serious or fatal<br />

casualties, smart motorways are our safest<br />

roads.<br />

“We are taking action to close the gap<br />

between how drivers feel and what the<br />

safety statistics show by increasing the<br />

number of emergency areas, delivering<br />

education campaigns, and improving the<br />

resilience of our operational technology<br />

systems.”<br />

Edmund King, president of the AA, says the<br />

outages are dangerous, particularly on smart<br />

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motorways with no hard shoulder.<br />

“If you haven’t got that technology, it’s not<br />

even a basic motorway because you haven’t<br />

got the hard shoulder,” he says. “It means<br />

that you’re playing Russian roulette with<br />

people’s lives.”<br />

National Highways says reinstating the<br />

hard shoulder would increase congestion and<br />

that there are well-rehearsed contingency<br />

plans to deal with power outages.<br />

At least 79 people have been killed on<br />

smart motorways since they were introduced<br />

in 2010. In the past five years, seven coroners<br />

have called for them to be made safer.<br />

Last year the Government announced that<br />

it was halting the roll-out of new smart<br />

motorways because of cost and safety<br />

concerns. It also said it would add more<br />

emergency refuges, but only 13 have been<br />

completed so far.<br />

The agency’s operational control director<br />

Andrew Page-Dove says action was being<br />

taken to “close the gap between how drivers<br />

feel and what the safety statistics show”. As<br />

well as more emergency areas, this would<br />

include education campaigns, and improving<br />

the resilience of technology systems.<br />

“Safety is our highest priority and our<br />

motorways are statistically some of the<br />

safest in the world,” he says.<br />

Guidance needed on potholes<br />

The Government needs to issue guidance on<br />

how drivers should navigate potholes to<br />

avoid costly damage to their vehicles.<br />

So says Quotezone.co.uk in the wake of a<br />

survey commissioned by the car insurance<br />

comparison website which showed that 90%<br />

of drivers had issues with potholes in their<br />

area. Three-fifths of motorists say either<br />

they or their friends and family had suffered<br />

damage to their vehicles through striking a<br />

pothole.<br />

Quotezone.co.uk says many drivers are<br />

being forced to slow down or stop sharply to<br />

avoid potholes – while others are having to<br />

drive round or swerve to prevent<br />

unnecessary damage, creating a potential<br />

risk for other motorists either travelling<br />

behind or alongside.<br />

What makes it worse is that such actions<br />

could leave the driver liable to a penalty if<br />

their actions are construed as careless or<br />

inconsiderate driving, in the event of a crash.<br />

Therefore, Quotezone.co.uk is calling on<br />

the Government to issue guidance on the<br />

subject. Greg Wilson, its founder and CEO<br />

said: “Unfortunately, we are seeing more and<br />

more potholes across our roads, and they<br />

pose serious safety risks for all road users.<br />

“Driving over potholes can cause damaged<br />

suspension components, bent steering parts,<br />

damaged shock absorbers, tyre damage and<br />

even broken wheels.<br />

“However, if you have an accident while<br />

swerving round a pothole, it is likely you who<br />

will be held criminally liable. This means you<br />

could be charged with a number of<br />

wrongdoings, from driving without due care<br />

and attention to even harsher offences.<br />

“Perhaps it’s a case of temporary speed<br />

reductions in problematic areas or even<br />

diversions to reduce the risk of incidents and<br />

stop roads deteriorating further.<br />

“This problem isn’t going away in the<br />

foreseeable future, so we need manageable<br />

solutions and practical information to protect<br />

all road users from harm and safeguard their<br />

finances.”<br />

Campaign for lane hoggers and tailgaters<br />

Tom Harrington<br />

National Highways has launched a new<br />

campaign urging lane hoggers and tailgaters<br />

to carefully consider their driving habits.<br />

According to a survey by Ipsos UK on<br />

behalf of National Highways, nearly a third<br />

(32%) of drivers admit to lane hogging ‘at<br />

least occasionally’ while driving on England’s<br />

motorways and major A roads. Meanwhile,<br />

23% of the 2,500 respondents admitted to<br />

tailgating ‘at least occasionally’.<br />

Guy Opperman, roads minister, says both<br />

behaviours “are not only irritating but<br />

dangerous too.”<br />

To challenge this behaviour a new National<br />

Highways campaign aims to highlight that<br />

lane hogging is among the most likely<br />

behaviours to cause motorists and riders to<br />

feel frustrated, while tailgating makes them<br />

feel anxious, stressed, or unsafe.<br />

When thinking about their most recent<br />

journey, around a third (34%) of those<br />

responding to the survey noticed middle lane<br />

hogging, and many of them reported that it<br />

made them feel frustrated or angry. Almost<br />

seven in ten (67%) said tailgating is a serious<br />

problem on these types of roads.<br />

Guy Opperman said: “This campaign, as<br />

part of our Plan for Drivers, aims to tackle<br />

middle lane hogging and tailgating, which are<br />

not only irritating but dangerous too.”<br />

The campaign will feature on radio and<br />

television adverts, podcasts, roadside<br />

billboards, posters at motorway service<br />

stations, retail parks and petrol stations, and<br />

on social media.<br />

Sheena Hague, National Highways director<br />

of road safety, said: “Bad habits can make<br />

driving on our motorways a challenging<br />

experience, as those who lane hog or tailgate<br />

frustrate other drivers and make them feel<br />

unsafe. Both are dangerous and can cause<br />

accidents.<br />

“Lane hogging and tailgating both fall<br />

under the offence of careless driving, with<br />

police officers having the power to hand out<br />

on-the-spot fines of £100 and three penalty<br />

points.”<br />

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News<br />

The April issue of <strong>Newslink</strong> carried comprehensive coverage of the MSA GB Conference held in Telford from March<br />

22-23. Among the reports was one on Dr Julia Malkin MBE’s presentation on teaching learners who are autistic,<br />

have ADHD or are in other ways neurodivergent. However, the report contained a couple of references and<br />

phrases that Julia felt didn’t accurately represent the issue, so we are happy to republish it here with amendments<br />

suggested by her, to ensure that members and ADIs interested in this field have an accurate picture<br />

ADHD and the L-test:<br />

Understanding neurodiversity<br />

Dr Julia Malkin MBE is a long-time supporter<br />

of MSA GB events and a well-known face<br />

within the driving instruction community.<br />

She is best known for teaching, and helping<br />

others to teach, autistic learners, those with<br />

ADHD, and other neurodivergent differences.<br />

Julia used her slot at Conference to explain<br />

the different ways that ADHD can affect<br />

pupils. The support they need varies. Some<br />

people need to take things slowly and others<br />

could need all tasks to be broken down into<br />

more manageable chunks that can be more<br />

easily processed.<br />

There were some interesting takeaways<br />

from her presentation. It is believed that<br />

around three per cent of the UK population<br />

have one of the three types of ADHD, and 65<br />

per cent of people with this condition are<br />

undiagnosed.<br />

These are, as a group, a throwback to our<br />

ancestors’ most successful hunters: as Julia<br />

put it, “when there were hunter-gatherers<br />

thousands of years ago, those with ADHD<br />

traits were always on the go. They were<br />

scanning their environment for predators and<br />

prey, seeing changes around them faster, the<br />

tribe’s best hunters.”<br />

That agile ‘constantly on’ brain remains<br />

with us today. But our modern world, with its<br />

‘sit still, stay quiet’ behavioural norms, makes<br />

people with ADHD have constant struggles.<br />

While the condition can be challenging to<br />

manage, it does not prevent those with<br />

ADHD from learning to drive.<br />

Types of ADHD<br />

There are three types of ADHD. The first<br />

type is Impulsive ADHD, driven by activity<br />

and constantly being on the go. Commonly<br />

diagnosed in childhood and in boys, this<br />

condition manifests today in teens and adults<br />

as restlessness, fidgeting, problems with<br />

Dr Julia Malkin:<br />

“ADHD can<br />

affect pupils in<br />

different ways,<br />

and the<br />

support they<br />

need varies<br />

accordingly”<br />

focus and concentration. In extreme cases it<br />

can cause recklessness due to its impulsive<br />

traits. In the past, it was known as<br />

‘hyperactivity’ and results in children being<br />

always told they were naughty.<br />

“We were the naughty kids at school,” Julia<br />

said in the presentation. “We were those<br />

always being told off for not being able to sit<br />

still, stay still, and shut up. Many of us were<br />

told to stand in the corridor. I was sent to the<br />

Head! I was diagnosed hyperactive when I<br />

was six, and was drugged with Valium so<br />

deeply that it took three hours to walk four<br />

streets home from school.”<br />

Some people with the condition can<br />

interrupt, others have problems listening, and<br />

many can’t stand waiting, so situations<br />

involving queues of traffic can present<br />

problems.<br />

Some of them, as Julia puts it, “could<br />

impulsively touch all the controls, anything<br />

within reach; others will be watching through<br />

the windscreen, spotting changes in the<br />

environment, such as a boy with a ball; their<br />

mind is always on the go and this makes them<br />

lose concentration.”<br />

This is why it is exhausting having this type<br />

of ADHD.<br />

Another type of ADHD is Inattentive ADHD<br />

– commonly diagnosed in girls and in adults.<br />

People with this type can struggle to<br />

concentrate on a task. This constant need to<br />

focus our attention on a task or person drains<br />

their energy quickly, and the loss of energy<br />

can lead to them ‘zoning out’ to recharge – at<br />

school these were “the daydreamers, always<br />

looking out of the window, and losing<br />

attention on the task and the teacher.”<br />

This type is not so impulsive, but they can<br />

be distracted, especially when they have<br />

concentrated on sitting down or thinking for<br />

long periods. They can lose confidence when,<br />

after much effort and energy is spent on<br />

concentration, they eventually try to do a<br />

task and cannot do it correctly.<br />

The third type of ADHD is Combined ADHD<br />

– this type has traits of both of the two other<br />

types. Julia said that this was the type of<br />

ADHD she herself has. Combined ADHD often<br />

has the restlessness and daydreaming states<br />

of the two previous conditions, but also<br />

commonly there is anxiety, mood swings and<br />

depression.<br />

Tiredness and energy loss are common<br />

with this ADHD type, as are sleep issues and<br />

low self-esteem. Confidence is very easily<br />

lost. People with this type can be constantly<br />

in need of reassurance that they can succeed<br />

– many could easily lose hope of trying to<br />

learn, and often have problems finding good<br />

in the work they do.<br />

A key feature of ADHD is a condition called<br />

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria, or RSD. It is<br />

present in many ADHD people.<br />

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Bike simulator to boost<br />

young rider training<br />

The report in April’s issue<br />

“That agile ‘constantly on’<br />

brain remains with us<br />

today. But our modern<br />

world, with its ‘sit still, stay<br />

quiet’ behavioural norms,<br />

makes people with ADHD<br />

have constant struggles...”<br />

RSD works in this way – a pupil could<br />

worry about starting a task, or hesitate for a<br />

long time before starting one. Here, many<br />

people think they are lazy, or not committed<br />

to the task, but they cannot see inside the<br />

ADHD head. This problem is due to fear.<br />

When presented with a new task in a driving<br />

lesson, the person is often thinking – ‘If I try<br />

this, and can’t do it, or something goes<br />

wrong, my driving instructor will reject me<br />

because I can’t learn or can’t drive.’<br />

The fear is not of the driving task, but of<br />

rejection by their driving instructor if they<br />

can’t succeed. They may have had problems<br />

at school, rejection by their peers, or have<br />

been to a previous driving instructor who had<br />

problems understanding the ADHD head.<br />

This fear of being rejected is very strong –<br />

with them, a car hooting could mean the<br />

driver has rejected them, and of course on<br />

the driving test, if they do not pass it is, to<br />

them, proof that the driving examiner has<br />

rejected them. This is what causes fear and<br />

nerves on their driving tests.<br />

If an ADHD pupil learns that there’s no<br />

actual rejection by anyone if the test is not<br />

passed, and there’s always another attempt<br />

to try, that will give them more confidence in<br />

themselves to succeed.<br />

Devon & Cornwall Police are taking a<br />

high-tech approach in a bid to help<br />

inexperienced motorbike riders.<br />

They have purchased a new state-ofthe-art<br />

motorcycle simulator, funded by<br />

the DfT and Vision Zero South West, which<br />

uses a real motorbike – a Honda CB500X<br />

– and custom software to test the rider’s<br />

hazard awareness skills.<br />

The rider uses authentic controls<br />

including brakes, clutch, throttle, and<br />

indicators as integrated video screens<br />

replicate real-life road conditions for them<br />

to ride in.<br />

The set-up is made even more believable<br />

by realistic vibration, surround sound and<br />

working wing mirrors.<br />

The simulator is part of the Project APEX<br />

scheme which aims to reduce the number<br />

of motorcycle casualties and collisions<br />

across the country.<br />

It is being piloted to the effectiveness of<br />

simulated hazard awareness training and<br />

its impact on the reduction of serious and<br />

fatal collisions. Ian Harvey, police<br />

motorcycle casualty reduction officer, said:<br />

“Motorcyclists are one of the highest risk<br />

road users in Devon and Cornwall, and<br />

we’re hoping the simulator will help us to<br />

provide vital skills to inexperienced riders<br />

in a safe environment.<br />

“Every death and serious injury on our<br />

roads has a devastating impact. We’ll be<br />

using the simulator at every available<br />

opportunity to engage with riders about<br />

how they can hone their skills and help us<br />

to reduce the number of deaths or serious<br />

injuries on UK roads.”<br />

The simulator will be touring across<br />

Devon and Cornwall over the next few<br />

months, calling in at colleges as well as<br />

exhibitions and county shows so as many<br />

young people as possible can have a go.<br />

It will also be on display at the Royal<br />

Cornwall Show, Torbay Air Show and<br />

Plymouth Armed Forces Day as well as<br />

national events including Formula 1 and<br />

British Superbikes.<br />

Natalie Warr, partnership manager of<br />

Vision Zero South West, said: “Our<br />

collective aim is to reduce the number of<br />

people killed and seriously injured on<br />

Devon and Cornwall’s roads – and we are<br />

committed to supporting innovative and<br />

creative projects such as this.<br />

“We know additional training is an<br />

effective way of improving road user skills<br />

and awareness, which is why the<br />

partnership was so keen to back this<br />

exciting project.”<br />

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Comment<br />

Failure to bring in GDL is ‘major<br />

flaw in British policymaking’<br />

In this opinion piece, Dr Ian<br />

Greenwood explains why<br />

introducing graduated driving<br />

licences will save lives and<br />

improve roads safety<br />

We rightly value our freedoms in Britain, but<br />

at what point does the freedom for us all to<br />

be safe on our roads trump the freedom of<br />

motorists to drive?<br />

This debate rightly demands an important<br />

space in our political discourse, and in the<br />

media. But there does appear to be a clear<br />

winner when the Plan for Drivers from the<br />

Government, and the Labour Party, has a<br />

“laser-like focus” on the cost of driving,<br />

rather than improved road safety.<br />

This issue occupies a large part of<br />

Westminster’s policy priorities, though not<br />

Parliamentary debate. But it is clearly not as<br />

simple as a ‘one or the other’ debate.<br />

To illustrate, let us consider the well-known<br />

area of road crashes involving young drivers<br />

and the heightened risk of death or serious<br />

injury for young drivers (28%), their<br />

passengers (22%) and other road users (50%),<br />

and Graduated Driving Licensing, which<br />

includes proportionate changes to the young<br />

driver’s licence to support them through the<br />

transition from being a learner, by initially<br />

limiting their driving in the riskiest situations.<br />

The Department for Transport told me in a<br />

recent letter that the ‘latest’ statistics show<br />

the number of fatalities involving 17-24 year<br />

olds has dropped, “with a 77% total decrease<br />

since 1990.” This is, of course, good news. But<br />

starting an argument on road deaths with<br />

data from 1990 seemed to me to be a<br />

misleading way to assert that the current mix<br />

of policies was working.<br />

Even though we have seen a reduction in<br />

crash injuries over this period, there were still<br />

4,935 deaths or serious injuries from young<br />

driver crashes in 2022. It is also accurate to<br />

say that there was a 15% increase in the<br />

number of deaths of young drivers between<br />

2019 and 2022. Examples of the three groups<br />

of people killed from young driver crashes<br />

have attracted more attention from the<br />

media recently: first a young driver death –<br />

Hugo Morris, Jevon Hirst, Wilf Fitchett and Harvey Owen were all aged between 16 and 18 when<br />

they were killed in a car crash in Gwynedd last November.<br />

and his passenger – whilst speeding; second<br />

the death of pregnant Frankie Jules-Hough<br />

while simply waiting for vehicle recovery; and<br />

the death of four young men in a crash in<br />

north Wales.<br />

Because there is a disproportionate risk to<br />

young drivers, and the consequences of<br />

injury and crashes, there is a clear policy<br />

problem in need of attention from<br />

Parliamentarians. It must go beyond the<br />

Government’s current argument that the<br />

number is falling, and so the current approach<br />

is sufficient. Graduated driver licensing has<br />

been rejected by the Department for<br />

Transport even though it admits “every death<br />

or serious injury on our roads is a tragedy”.<br />

We have known for decades that young<br />

drivers are more likely to crash due to their<br />

age, inexperience, when carrying similaraged<br />

passengers, and are susceptible to peer<br />

influence and risk taking, and this is<br />

particularly true of young male drivers. But<br />

politicians across the House of Commons do<br />

not seem to want to take policy action where<br />

solutions could be seen as restrictive or as<br />

‘picking on’ young or novice drivers, as was<br />

said in a Transport Committee inquiry.<br />

So, while wondering why the Government<br />

was reluctant to take action, I penned a letter<br />

to the Guardian which was signed by 23<br />

leading experts from transport safety,<br />

psychology, law, health and public health (not<br />

all names were published purely due to space).<br />

The main thrust of the letter, after arguing<br />

there was a problem in need of fixing, was<br />

that there is a clear solution which has<br />

reduced death or serious injuries between<br />

20% and 40% in countries, such as Australia,<br />

Canada and New Zealand, where it has been<br />

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“MPs have failed to act on<br />

introducing proven evidencebased<br />

licensing changes to<br />

support young drivers which<br />

people in Britain generally<br />

support...”<br />

AA launches manifesto for<br />

motorists as election dawns<br />

introduced. A Graduated Driving Licensing<br />

system could require a minimum learning<br />

period, and include a night-time curfew from<br />

carrying peer-aged passengers for young<br />

drivers. This would enable them to gain<br />

experience and skills, and has shown to have<br />

minimal impact on the young drivers’ access<br />

to education, employment and social activities.<br />

While this intervention is supported by<br />

decades of research and evidence from public<br />

health and transport safety, alternatives<br />

such as education, testing and campaigns<br />

remain the main focus from Government. This<br />

optimism bias in favour of solutions with<br />

limited efficacy to reduce death or serious<br />

injury, against a Graduated Driving Licensing,<br />

backed up with decades of clear evidence on<br />

the reduction of death and serious injury, has<br />

been a major flaw in British policymaking<br />

over decades.<br />

The consequences for families and their<br />

communities are devastating. These road<br />

crashes cost the economy £132 million each<br />

year, add pressure on the NHS and<br />

emergency services, and inflate insurance<br />

premiums, but there is not the political will to<br />

tackle deaths and serious injuries from young<br />

driver crashes.<br />

I suggest that this depth of research and<br />

efficacy would not be dismissed if applied to,<br />

for example, teenage cancer treatments, but<br />

it is when applied to teenage road deaths.<br />

Despite talking about supporting young<br />

drivers for decades, MPs have failed to act on<br />

introducing proven evidence-based licensing<br />

changes to support young drivers which<br />

people in Britain generally support, and do<br />

not recognise that GDL would be an<br />

important element of reducing the cost of<br />

driving for young drivers.<br />

This is even more important in an election<br />

year, where there is a need to focus on<br />

Graduated Driving Licensing which would not<br />

only save the lives of young drivers and their<br />

passengers, but also people killed whilst<br />

simply travelling on Britain’s roads and<br />

impacted by young driver crashes.<br />

This effective public health intervention<br />

would prioritise safety for all of us travelling<br />

on Britain’s roads, and hardly dent the<br />

freedom of young drivers.<br />

Reproduced courtesy of Road Safety GB<br />

“Our message to all parties is<br />

motoring matters.”<br />

The AA has launched a motoring manifesto,<br />

‘Creating Confidence for Drivers’, ahead of<br />

the upcoming local and mayoral elections<br />

– and a pending General Election.<br />

The AA says research shows that many<br />

of those drivers are “confused and<br />

concerned across a range of issues” –<br />

unsure about how and when to make the<br />

shift to electric vehicles (EVs) and worried<br />

about the state of roads and infrastructure,<br />

as well as the affordability and safety of<br />

driving overall.<br />

The manifesto highlights five critical<br />

areas of action to address those concerns:<br />

n Supporting drivers: keeping motoring<br />

costs low through fuel duty freeze, better<br />

fuel price transparency and reducing<br />

Insurance Premium Tax.<br />

n Sustainable future: providing the right<br />

incentives, infrastructure, and information<br />

to support the switch to zero emission<br />

vehicles. For example, helping those<br />

without on-street parking by cutting VAT<br />

for on-street EV charging.<br />

n Smoother journeys: addressing the<br />

pothole ‘crisis’ with ring-fenced funds and<br />

use of technology for more permanent<br />

repairs. Scrapping the failed experiment of<br />

‘smart’ motorways.<br />

n Safer roads: reducing road deaths<br />

through setting clear targets, increased<br />

roads policing and addressing new driver<br />

deaths through graduated licences such as<br />

restricting passengers for six months after<br />

passing their test.<br />

n Strengthening the industry: providing<br />

support to the sector to enable greater<br />

investment in innovation and skills.<br />

Maintain push for regulations to allow<br />

access to vehicle data to improve the<br />

safety, convenience, running costs and<br />

environment via connected car services.<br />

The AA says as a nation, we rely on the<br />

roads to connect communities, grow the<br />

economy, and keep families functioning.<br />

It adds that drivers make a significant<br />

contribution to the public purse, as well as<br />

play a major part in the transition to net<br />

zero – so it is vital their voice is heard by all<br />

political parties.<br />

Jakob Pfaudler, AA CEO, said: “I hope this<br />

manifesto proves informative and helps to<br />

shape a better road ahead for all drivers as<br />

we enter a critical juncture for the nation.<br />

“There are 50 million people with a<br />

driving licence in Great Britain and around<br />

40 million licensed vehicles. Driving forms a<br />

vital part of the majority of people’s daily<br />

lives. Driving matters to them and their<br />

views should matter to us as we head to<br />

the polls later this year. Implementing our<br />

motoring manifesto will help to create<br />

confidence for drivers now and for the<br />

future.”<br />

Edmund King, AA president, added: “The<br />

AA’s manifesto is backed by polling of our<br />

members. “We know that permanently<br />

fixing potholes is the number one issue, but<br />

we also know that drivers want action on<br />

scrapping ‘smart’ motorways, improving<br />

the safety of new drivers and being given<br />

more incentives and reassurance before<br />

switching to zero emission vehicles.<br />

“Our message to all parties is motoring<br />

matters.”<br />

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News<br />

A left-hand drive version of<br />

Ford’s BlueCruise system<br />

Hands-off driving assistance<br />

systems steam ahead<br />

Are the authorities always putting safety first when they agree<br />

new levels of automated driving systems on our roads?<br />

Professor Oliver Carsten, a leading authority in this field,<br />

suggests that claims they are may not be strictly accurate...<br />

By far the most significant differentiation in<br />

the levels of driving automation is between<br />

high-level assisted driving, where the driver<br />

is assisted in longitudinal and lateral vehicle<br />

control, and the lowest level of automated<br />

driving, where the driver can hand over full<br />

control of the driving task to the vehicle, but<br />

has to be ready to comply with a request to<br />

resume manual control when instructed to do<br />

so by the vehicle.<br />

In assisted driving, the human driver is<br />

required to maintain attention to the road<br />

traffic scene; in automated driving the human<br />

user is allowed to divert attention until<br />

instructed no longer to do so.<br />

The most obvious and simple way to<br />

indicate that distinction to users is to require<br />

hands on the wheel in assisted driving and<br />

permit hands off the wheel in automated<br />

driving, where it is not needed.<br />

Until recently in the UK and Europe, no<br />

driving assistance system was approved that<br />

broke that distinction by permitting a driving<br />

assistance system that does not monitor<br />

drivers’ hands on the wheel and consequently<br />

allowed hands-off driving, while still leaving<br />

the driver responsible for safety.<br />

However, two recent events have broken<br />

that crucial differentiation. They indicate that<br />

relevant authorities both in the UK and in the<br />

EC do not always give priority to safety<br />

considerations when deciding which types of<br />

driver assistance should be permitted for<br />

sale in new vehicles.<br />

The first such event was in April 2023,<br />

when the UK Vehicle Certification Agency<br />

(VCA) gave approval for the first hands-off<br />

driving assistance system to be permitted for<br />

use on UK roads.<br />

That system is Ford’s BlueCruise system<br />

which is an option on the Mustang Mach-E. It<br />

allows drivers to take their hands off the<br />

steering wheel, but they are supposed to<br />

maintain their attention to the road and traffic<br />

scene and are also required to intervene in<br />

vehicle control (eg, brake or intervene in<br />

steering control) when they determine that<br />

the assistance system cannot handle the<br />

situation. Ford calls this ‘hands-off, eyes-on’<br />

driving. Continued driver attention is<br />

supposedly maintained by means of a<br />

camera-based driver monitoring system<br />

which detects when the driver makes long<br />

glances away from the forward roadway or<br />

the mirrors.<br />

This approval was heralded with the<br />

headline ‘First driverless car approved for<br />

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British motorways’ in The Times on April 13<br />

2023. But this headline is an illustration of<br />

one of the major problems with the decision.<br />

This is not a driverless car: the human driver<br />

retains responsibility for safety at all times,<br />

whether the system is enabled or not. The<br />

Ford BlueCruise system is a driving<br />

assistance system; it is not an automated<br />

driving system which, when enabled, would<br />

take over responsibility for the safety of the<br />

driving task.<br />

The approval was greeted with enthusiasm<br />

by Transport Minister Jesse Norman who<br />

declared: “I am delighted that this country is<br />

once more at the forefront of innovation. The<br />

latest advanced driver assistance systems<br />

make driving smoother and easier, but they<br />

can also help make roads safer by reducing<br />

scope for driver error.”<br />

What was the legal basis for this approval?<br />

Normally the UK follows technical rules<br />

established by UNECE WP.29, the World<br />

Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle<br />

Regulations. However, there are currently no<br />

international regulations for hands-off<br />

driving assistance systems. Instead, the<br />

procedure adopted via Article 39 of the GB<br />

type approval regulations, inherited from the<br />

European Community’s Article 39, which<br />

allows a manufacturer to apply directly to<br />

VCA for approval of a novel system that is<br />

incompatible with existing regulations. The<br />

GB and the EC Article 39 procedures require<br />

that the manufacturer “describes the safety<br />

and environmental implications of the new<br />

technology or new concept and the measures<br />

taken in order to ensure at least an equivalent<br />

level of safety and environmental protection<br />

to that provided by the requirements in<br />

respect of which an exemption is sought.”<br />

So, all that is needed is paperwork to<br />

describe the safety measures adopted in the<br />

vehicle system. No track or on-road tests of<br />

the system’s capabilities and behaviour are<br />

needed.<br />

Beyond muddying the distinction from<br />

automated driving, there are a number of<br />

additional serious concerns:<br />

n Hands-off driving is entirely reliant for<br />

safe operation on the detection of driver<br />

inattention by the driver monitoring system<br />

(DMS). That means that the DMS must be<br />

100% reliable with no misses in detection of<br />

inattention, an impossible target.<br />

n How do we know that eyes on the road<br />

means that drivers are paying attention and<br />

processing the information? In fact, we don’t.<br />

Missy Cummings, a well-respected human<br />

factors and safety expert at George Mason<br />

University has summed this up nicely. She<br />

states that “hands-free equals mind-free.”<br />

See more on Missy<br />

Cummings’ work HERE<br />

n By removing direct interaction with<br />

controlling the vehicle, drivers with such<br />

assistance are placed in supervisory control,<br />

required to watch closely for inappropriate<br />

actions of the system or for situations that<br />

the system is unable to handle. The driver is<br />

supposed to realise when an intervention is<br />

needed. How reliable will be that<br />

determination?<br />

There is a very large body of human factors<br />

literature on supervisory control; one major<br />

point from that literature is that it can be<br />

more onerous than direct control.<br />

n Finally, there is a fundamental ethical<br />

problem here: if the system makes an error,<br />

the human is still responsible because that<br />

human should have noticed and intervened.<br />

The second event that suggests a change<br />

in view was more recent. Ford’s BlueCruise<br />

system can only drive within a lane on a<br />

mapped motorway, but a yet more flexible<br />

system was approved behind closed doors by<br />

the European Commission’s Technical<br />

Committee on Motor Vehicles (TCMV) under<br />

the EU Article 39 procedure.<br />

The TCMV is managed by the industry<br />

directorate of the European Commission (DG<br />

GROW) and its membership consists of<br />

representatives of the EU Member States. A<br />

BMW system called ‘Extended Lane Change<br />

Assistant’ was approved. With this system,<br />

the vehicle can change lanes automatically<br />

without a driver confirmation. Or rather, a<br />

driver’s glance to the side mirror is deemed to<br />

be confirmation that the vehicle can make<br />

the manoeuvre in the next few seconds.<br />

Here we are on dangerous territory: the<br />

driver has pretty much lost authority over<br />

the vehicle’s manoeuvring into an adjacent<br />

lane and the vehicle is performing the action<br />

automatically. But the driver still remains<br />

responsible for the safety of the vehicle’s<br />

actions.<br />

So questions need to be asked: What was<br />

the need for approvals before these systems<br />

had been regulated at international level?<br />

Why was a fast-track process employed?<br />

And why were legitimate safety concerns<br />

ignored?<br />

Professor Oliver Carsten is a Professor of<br />

Transport Safety, Institute of Transport<br />

Studies, University of Leeds<br />

Click here for more on<br />

Professor Carsten’s<br />

research in this area<br />

DfT to look into<br />

drivers’ headlight<br />

glare claims<br />

The DfT has said it will conduct a<br />

thorough investigation into claims drivers<br />

are increasingly being dazzled by<br />

headlight glare from oncoming vehicles.<br />

A petition calling for a ‘review into the<br />

brightness of car headlights’ has<br />

garnered over 11,000 signatures,<br />

prompting the investigation.<br />

The DfT said: “We know that lots of<br />

people raise concerns about headlight<br />

glare – but also that the police collision<br />

statistics don’t show any underlying road<br />

safety issue.”<br />

“We intend to gain evidence by<br />

commissioning independent research to<br />

identify the root causes of driver glare<br />

and identify any further appropriate<br />

mitigations.”<br />

Calls for the government to take action<br />

on headlight glare have been growing. A<br />

survey by the RAC found that 89% of<br />

drivers think at least some car headlights<br />

are too bright, and 85% think the problem<br />

is getting worse. 74% said they are<br />

regularly dazzled while driving at night<br />

and 64% thought that headlights”are so<br />

bright they risk causing accidents.”<br />

The RAC says the growing popularity<br />

of LED headlights could be to blame, as<br />

LEDs produce a more intense, focused<br />

white-blue light that the human eye can<br />

struggle to deal with, and which tends to<br />

dazzle the eye for some time. Old-style<br />

halogen bulbs shed a yellowy light that is<br />

easier to cope with, as is the less intense<br />

white-blue light emitted by xenon bulbs.<br />

The RAC also found that a significant<br />

number of drivers thought the growing<br />

popularity of SUVs is contributing to the<br />

problem. Such cars sit higher off the road,<br />

potentially putting their headlights at<br />

eye-level with drivers of lower cars.<br />

The RAC’s road safety spokesperson,<br />

Rod Dennis, said he was glad the<br />

“Government has listened to drivers’<br />

concerns. The topic has undoubtedly<br />

struck a chord with motorists up and<br />

down the country.”<br />

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L-tests and the power<br />

of positive thinking<br />

Mark Hewison considers<br />

whether a positive attitude can<br />

be the difference between a<br />

pupil passing and failing a test<br />

At the end of the day, when all is said and<br />

done, I can’t abide clichés. Indeed, I avoid<br />

them like the plague.<br />

But there is one cliché that seems to pop<br />

up more than most: is the glass half-full or<br />

half-empty?’<br />

Positive thinkers would always take the<br />

optimistic view and say the glass is half-full.<br />

This signifies potential for fulfilment, and a<br />

promise of bigger and better things to come.<br />

More negative viewers of the situation would<br />

class the glass as ‘half-empty’.<br />

Some people are naturally positive<br />

thinkers. They seem to have discovered the<br />

secrets of optimism, enthusiasm and<br />

flexibility. Another sign is that they bounce<br />

back no matter what’s thrown at them. While<br />

facing challenges confidently, persevering in<br />

difficult circumstances and working through<br />

problems, they also help and encourage<br />

others.<br />

In fact, overall, they have a natural sunny<br />

attitude to life – and don’t you just hate<br />

them? Especially when it’s first thing in the<br />

morning.<br />

But there is a middle ground – an<br />

optimistic outlook tempered with a realistic<br />

and down-to-earth approach. Does this<br />

sound like you? If not, would you like it to?<br />

In my opinion it can be achieved by having<br />

‘measured’ optimism, and a strong sense of<br />

purpose. For people who are naturally<br />

positive, it is this sense of purpose that gives<br />

order and meaning to their lives. They live<br />

with the intention of moving purposefully<br />

towards the desired outcomes and<br />

objectives, rather than drifting aimlessly,<br />

carried along by the currents and eddies of<br />

circumstance. They shape events rather than<br />

letting events shape them.<br />

Positive people are willing to learn new<br />

skills and experiment. They are also prepared<br />

to listen to others’ ideas and have an open<br />

and enquiring mind. When you do have strong<br />

clear overviews of your direction, you can<br />

relate your actions to an end purpose rather<br />

than just carrying out a series of tasks. This<br />

makes it easier to:<br />

n Recognise and use opportunities.<br />

n Evaluate consequences and commitments.<br />

n Be proactive and take the initiative.<br />

Having a sense of purpose is one of the<br />

major keys to developing a positive outlook<br />

on life. To foster this, you need to know who<br />

you are, where you want to go, and why want<br />

to go there.<br />

Optimism is the ability to seek the positive<br />

side of things rather than the negative. As a<br />

teaching example as far as driving instructors<br />

are concerned, you might say – “Your speed<br />

and observation on approach were good.<br />

However, your road positioning was incorrect<br />

on approaching the junction; it’s relatively<br />

easy to correct and we’ll work on it together.”<br />

Note the use of positive feedback first.<br />

Optimists anticipate success and look for<br />

evidence of it. Pessimists on the other hand<br />

anticipate failure and look for evidence of<br />

that. For example, your pupil asks you what is<br />

likely to cause them to fail their test. In all<br />

innocence you might reply “Junctions,<br />

probably.” The big day dawns, they fail on<br />

junctions, and your pupil says, “There you<br />

go!” For them it has become a self-fulfilling<br />

prophecy.<br />

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“Pessimists anticipate failure and<br />

look for evidence of that. For<br />

example, your pupil asks you<br />

what is likely to cause them to fail<br />

their test. In all innocence you<br />

might reply ‘Junctions, probably.’<br />

The big day dawns, they fail on<br />

junctions, and your pupil says,<br />

“There you go!” For them it has<br />

become a self-fulfilling prophecy”<br />

A more positive approach would be to say,<br />

“I can’t really see any reason you’d fail, but I<br />

can tell you three good reasons why I think<br />

you’ll be successful…”<br />

Seeing the positive aspects of difficult or<br />

disappointing circumstances gives optimists<br />

the courage and ability to carry on and try<br />

again. They learn from mistakes and apply<br />

the knowledge to subsequent events in the<br />

future, rather than avoiding similar situations<br />

or fatalistically repeating the same error.<br />

Success not setbacks<br />

Optimists look at their lives in terms of<br />

success rather than setbacks. They focus on<br />

what they have achieved, however little,<br />

rather than dwelling on what might have<br />

been and where they have failed. They also<br />

have a much broader definition of success<br />

than pessimists, taking any signs of progress<br />

as evidence of achievement. In particular,<br />

optimists believe that success is:<br />

Permanent – once a success, always a<br />

success,<br />

Generalised – success in one thing means<br />

success is possible in all things.<br />

You can increase your positive thinking by<br />

deliberately adopting the optimists’ way of<br />

thinking about things. Doing this consciously<br />

and persistently, you can gradually change<br />

your thinking habits, and achieve a more<br />

optimistic and positive frame of mind. Focus<br />

on your successes and acknowledging them<br />

and enjoying them. Minimise your failures by<br />

putting them into perspective, and realising<br />

they can be overcome.<br />

Negative thought<br />

n I was lucky.<br />

n It was a co-incidence.<br />

n I only managed one bit.<br />

Positive thought<br />

n I planned well and was prepared.<br />

n I saw the opportunity and seized it.<br />

n I’ll be able to do the rest now.<br />

Positive thinkers pay little attention to<br />

negative occurrences and, rather than going<br />

over them again and again, they let them fade<br />

from their memories quickly and naturally.<br />

Positive thinkers give much more of their<br />

time to what is positive, rather than to what<br />

is negative.<br />

Overall, it’s beneficial to both you and your<br />

pupils to remain in a positive frame of mind<br />

during lessons. You will find that it helps to<br />

create an environment for learning to take<br />

place and will help to develop a safe and<br />

considerate attitude for life.<br />

So, at the risk of over-egging the<br />

omelette, I’ll conclude by saying that every<br />

cloud has a silver lining, and don’t waste time<br />

waiting for your ship to come in; dive in and<br />

swim out to it. Bon voyage!<br />

Mark Hewison is a grade A driving instructor<br />

and the current Chairman of Aberdeen and<br />

District Driving Schools Association.<br />

New policy to<br />

keep driving at<br />

work safer<br />

A new survey by Driving for Better<br />

Business has revealed that a quarter of UK<br />

firms whose employees drive for work,<br />

have no driving policy for their employees,<br />

and more than a quarter have not reviewed<br />

their policy in the past three years.<br />

Driving for work is statistically the most<br />

dangerous activity employees undertake.<br />

Up to a third of all road traffic incidents<br />

involve someone who is driving for work at<br />

the time - accounting for some 500<br />

fatalities and almost 40,000 injuries a year.<br />

All reputable employers must have a<br />

driving for work policy that will stand up to<br />

scrutiny in the event of a crash. The law<br />

requires all those who drive on the public<br />

highway to be adequately and<br />

appropriately insured. This means that any<br />

person driving, even occasionally in<br />

connection with their employer’s work,<br />

must be covered for ‘business use’.<br />

To fill gaps in a company’s policy, Driving<br />

for Better Business has launched its new<br />

Driving for Work Policy Builder. It uses a<br />

template to create a legally compliant<br />

document that can be adapted to their<br />

own needs and shared with all employees.<br />

Driving for Better Business – an<br />

award-winning programme run by National<br />

Highways– said that the policy is good not<br />

only for road safety but for business, too.<br />

A spokesperson said: “The law says all<br />

companies must have policies and<br />

procedures to minimise risk – and that<br />

includes driving. In the event of a serious<br />

incident, a company must be able to<br />

produce documentary proof that the<br />

organisation has taken reasonable steps to<br />

protect drivers and other road users.<br />

“But having one makes good business<br />

sense. Poorly managed drivers will cost<br />

companies more: higher insurance,<br />

increased servicing and maintenance<br />

costs, more speeding tickets and greater<br />

fuel use.<br />

It is also the right thing to do so that<br />

staff and other road users get home to<br />

their families safe and well at the end of<br />

each day.<br />

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Businesses need to place<br />

driving standards at top of their<br />

health and safety agenda<br />

Tom Harrington looks at work-related transport crashes, with the starting<br />

point that … “Employees who drive more than 25,000 miles a year have at least<br />

a one in 8,000 chance of dying behind the wheel of their company vehicle.”<br />

Truck crashes are historically more likely to<br />

happen outside of urban areas. They are also<br />

more likely to involve a car or smaller vehicle,<br />

and on many occasions the crash was caused<br />

by the driver of the truck trying to avoid<br />

collision with another vehicle following their<br />

dangerous or careless manoeuvre.<br />

As the number of trucks on our roads has<br />

increased, so has the number of truck<br />

accidents – in fact, truck accidents resulting<br />

in deaths and serious injuries are the only<br />

category of road user showing a growth in<br />

number over the past ten years.<br />

Road safety should be a priority for all<br />

European nations . Although it is a shared<br />

responsibility between public authorities,<br />

enterprises and the public, enterprises and<br />

employees in the transport sector should<br />

take a leading role. Successful businesses<br />

incorporate health and road safety into their<br />

quality policy.<br />

Across Europe, some 800 lorry drivers are<br />

killed each year in road traffic accidents,<br />

making this a dangerous occupation. This<br />

figure increases substantially if the deaths of<br />

drivers of vehicles less than 3.5 tonnes are<br />

included.<br />

All employees, including in road haulage,<br />

have a right to safe and healthy work.<br />

Businesses fare better when safety is a<br />

priority: adopting a road safety policy<br />

generally reduces operating costs. HGV<br />

crashes are damaging to the image and public<br />

acceptance of road haulage. For all these<br />

reasons, a firm commitment from road<br />

transport enterprises is needed to reduce the<br />

risks to their drivers.<br />

Overall, in GB, up to a third of all road traffic<br />

accidents are thought to be work-related. UK<br />

figures exclude commuting accidents.<br />

It’s not just in Europe where there is<br />

concern on work-related collisions. The total<br />

cost of work-related road incidents in<br />

Australia was in the vicinity of $1.5 billion and<br />

account for up to 23% of work-related<br />

fatalities in Australia, as well as 13% of the<br />

national road toll.<br />

Good occupational safety includes<br />

assessing risks and implementing preventive<br />

measures, giving priority to removing risks at<br />

source. These principles should be applied to<br />

road safety.<br />

Several steps can be taken. First, it would<br />

be prudent to set up a register to enter any<br />

incidents. These can be analysed as part of<br />

the risk assessment to help determine the<br />

best action to take.<br />

A preventive plan should be set up, to<br />

include:<br />

• A designated company safety officer.<br />

• Staff consultation and an internal<br />

communication system, providing a channel<br />

for staff to put forward comments, ideas, and<br />

suggestions.<br />

• Specific training for staff, especially<br />

drivers.<br />

• Arrangements to ensure account are<br />

taken of the road safety performance of<br />

individual personnel.<br />

• Proper maintenance of lorries and<br />

equipment.<br />

• Alignment with road traffic legislation and<br />

highway codes including requirements<br />

relating to tachographs and driving times.<br />

• Specific road transport directives and<br />

regulations include measures to regulate<br />

driving times, recording equipment, vehicle<br />

inspection and driving licences.<br />

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and any additional emergency contacts<br />

Work-related fatigue crashes<br />

Driver fatigue is a particular problem for<br />

truck drivers. A 1998 American study found<br />

that about 20% of all fatal crashes and<br />

fatalities and 10% of all injuries involving a<br />

long-haul truck occurred between midnight<br />

and 6 am, the peak period for driver fatigue.<br />

These crashes tended to be more severe than<br />

crashes during other parts of the day.<br />

Truck driver fatigue was a particular<br />

problem in single-vehicle fatal crashes, but in<br />

crashes involving other vehicles, fatigue was<br />

coded more often for the other driver than<br />

for the truck driver.<br />

In another study, 593 truck drivers were<br />

interviewed at rest areas on New York’s<br />

interstate highways 29. Nearly two-thirds<br />

reported episodes of drowsy driving within<br />

the previous month, and almost 5% said that<br />

they drove when drowsy on most, if not all,<br />

days. Nearly half had fallen asleep at the<br />

wheel at some point in their driving career,<br />

and about one-quarter reported doing so at<br />

least once during the previous year.<br />

Truck driver fatigue may be a contributing<br />

factor in as many as 30% to 40% of all heavy<br />

truck accidents.<br />

Driving more than eight hours increased<br />

the risk of crash involvement by a factor of<br />

two; drivers with log book violations, young<br />

drivers, and interstate drivers also had<br />

increased crash risks.<br />

However, despite the considerable impact<br />

of work-related driving crashes,<br />

comparatively little national or international<br />

research has endeavoured to identify the<br />

extent of, and underlying factors associated<br />

with, engagement in aberrant driving<br />

behaviours. As a result, there is a clear and<br />

growing need for industry, government, and<br />

the community to allocate resources to<br />

further knowledge and expertise in this area.<br />

Managing your drivers<br />

It is an employer’s duty to protect the<br />

health and safety of their staff as well as<br />

visitors and general members of the public.<br />

Under the Health & Safety at Work<br />

Regulations 1992, an employer must carry<br />

out risk assessments across all areas of<br />

health and safety and to then ensure<br />

measures are put in place to minimise risks<br />

identified. The employer must also advise<br />

employees of the risks identified.<br />

It is estimated that up to 95 per cent of<br />

crashes can be attributed to driver error to<br />

some degree. It is therefore vital that<br />

employees who drive understand the<br />

importance of safety and simple steps they<br />

are expected to take to protect themselves<br />

and others.<br />

Employers must understand how to<br />

monitor, assess, and communicate safety<br />

priorities to drivers. Effective, regular<br />

communication with drivers is essential to<br />

get across that safety is paramount. A<br />

handbook should be issued to all drivers<br />

when they start, to explain the importance of<br />

driving safely and what is expected when<br />

they are at the wheel on company time. This<br />

should include:<br />

n The organisation’s road risk policy<br />

n Advice on driving safely covering at least<br />

key topics on driver risks<br />

n What to in the event of a collision<br />

n Contact details for the relevant manager<br />

Driver assessment and training<br />

Even though a new employee may have a<br />

full licence for the category of vehicle he or<br />

she is to drive, their driving standards should<br />

be assessed on recruitment. This should<br />

include:<br />

n A test of their knowledge such as the<br />

Highway Code<br />

n Assessment of their attitudes to safe<br />

driving, either through a standard interview<br />

or through psychometric tests<br />

n Checking their driving licence is clean:<br />

n Checking for health conditions that<br />

could affect their driving, such as sleep<br />

apnoea or visual impairment.<br />

Practical skills assessments can also be<br />

included at this stage, or during a<br />

probationary period of employment.<br />

Assessments should be repeated for all<br />

drivers on a regular basis, to keep drivers’<br />

knowledge and skills up- to- and identify any<br />

who need further training.<br />

Drivers should also be re-assessed if they<br />

have been involved in a crash; are reassigned<br />

to duties involving a different type of vehicle<br />

or are returning from a career break or<br />

lengthy sick leave.<br />

Drivers who fail assessments should be<br />

taken off driving duties immediately and<br />

either referred to relevant services, ie, to an<br />

optician for an eyesight assessment and new<br />

glasses if needed or given targeted training<br />

to bring them up to the required standard.<br />

Monitoring drivers and analysing crash<br />

statistics will identify which drivers need<br />

additional training and how this should be<br />

targeted.<br />

Training should focus on defensive driving<br />

techniques and safe attitudes, such as Safe<br />

and Fuel-Efficient Driving (SAFED) training<br />

course. Skill-based training is not advised as<br />

there is evidence that this type of training<br />

increased crash risk by encouraging<br />

overconfidence.<br />

Organisations who do not have internal<br />

expertise on safe driver training should<br />

consider using external driver training<br />

companies to run assessments and training<br />

to ensure training is of a high standard.<br />

New drivers must be made aware of<br />

expectations on them to drive safely. This<br />

should be written into their employment<br />

contract and disciplinary policy. Drivers must<br />

notify their line managers immediately of any<br />

driving convictions and the organisation<br />

should also carry out regular checks on all<br />

drivers’ licences.<br />

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Continued from page 25<br />

Training needs to be adapted to the rapidly<br />

changing working conditions and there is an<br />

urgent need for continuous training.<br />

There are other issues to consider,<br />

however. First, the transport workforce is<br />

ageing at a faster pace than in other sectors,<br />

and it is difficult to attract younger workers to<br />

the sector. This provides challenges for<br />

maintaining standards.<br />

Conditions have also not adapted to a<br />

slowly increasing female workforce, which<br />

takes place especially in short-distance<br />

transport activities, such as school transport.<br />

‘Just-in-time’ management, and its impact<br />

on road safety<br />

One of the key concerns is that some<br />

drivers feel forced to compromise road safety<br />

standards to get their jobs completed. The<br />

road transport sector is a highly competitive<br />

one. To maintain their market share,<br />

companies must work efficiently, provide<br />

higher quality services, and offer additional<br />

services than their rivals.<br />

‘Just-in-time’ management demands that<br />

goods must be delivered at the point in the<br />

production process when the customer<br />

needs them.<br />

But such time pressure impacts negatively<br />

on driver safety. When driving for work,<br />

“The danger of driver<br />

aggression is evident through<br />

its relationship with increased<br />

incident/crash involvement, a<br />

danger not only for the driver<br />

but for surrounding motorists”<br />

some drivers feel as though they need to<br />

commit traffic offences such as speeding or<br />

close following to meet task demands such<br />

as making scheduled deliveries or make<br />

appointments on time. Such pressure<br />

increases stress levels and leads to adverse<br />

behaviours and events.<br />

For example, unreasonable job quotas<br />

combined with slow traffic conditions may<br />

increase stress, which in turn may increase<br />

the potential for aggressive and erratic<br />

driving.<br />

In addition, driver stress has been related<br />

to aggressive driving, poor concentration<br />

levels, and accidents. After-effects of<br />

negative moods, thoughts, or attitudes to<br />

work and family environments have been<br />

also found to aggravate driving stress.<br />

“Some drivers feel forced to<br />

compromise road safety<br />

standards to get their jobs<br />

completed. The road transport<br />

sector is a highly competitive<br />

one ... just-in-time<br />

management demands that<br />

goods must be delivered when<br />

the customer needs them. ..”<br />

The danger of driver aggression is evident<br />

through its relationship with increased<br />

incident/crash involvement, a danger not<br />

only for the driver but for surrounding<br />

motorists as well.<br />

Other factors<br />

Driving at night, under bad weather<br />

conditions or in heavy traffic increases the<br />

risk. According to the scientific study into<br />

European Truck Accident Causation (ETAC)<br />

(IRU, 2007), the main cause of accidents on<br />

the road is linked to human error (85.2 per<br />

cent). Other factors such as weather,<br />

infrastructure conditions or technical failures<br />

of vehicles played a minor role. 25 per cent of<br />

the accidents were caused by trucks. 624<br />

accidents were analysed.<br />

Young workers are particularly affected by<br />

fatal accidents involving loss of control: 13 per<br />

cent of workers who died because of this<br />

type of accident were under 25 years old (for<br />

comparison, in 2005 workers aged 18-24<br />

accounted for only 8 per cent of all fatal<br />

accidents at work).<br />

Fleet management<br />

Principally, fleet management is how a<br />

business or organisation keeps their vehicle<br />

fleet running healthily, both presently and<br />

prospectively. All facets of fleet management<br />

house the shared aim of controlling the entire<br />

life cycle of an organisation’s fleet of<br />

vehicles. This not only implies the upkeep of<br />

each individual vehicle’s physical condition,<br />

but also means measuring and maximising<br />

the performance of these vehicles when they<br />

are on the road – including safety.<br />

Fleet management can increase the<br />

overall operational efficiency of a vehicle<br />

fleet. But it must effectively handle issues<br />

that are posed inside the fleet itself, in<br />

addition to those that come from the outside<br />

– including safety and crash statistics.<br />

Fleet management done right lessens the<br />

strain on managers and drivers. Its<br />

advantages can be summed up as follows: (1)<br />

Total cost reduction;<br />

(2) Driver safety;<br />

(3) Productivity and<br />

(4) Driver retention.<br />

Finally, fleet management is not just about<br />

saving money. After all, fleets generally rely<br />

on their provision of deliveries. If these<br />

deliveries are faster, more reliable, and<br />

eco-friendlier, then customers will<br />

appreciate a fleet’s values and maintain their<br />

relationship with its manager.<br />

In this way, a fleet manager which exhibits<br />

high standards of service possesses<br />

benefits that stretch beyond the fleet itself.<br />

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The importance of active participation in<br />

continuing professional development<br />

Neil Wightman continues his<br />

look at the importance of CPD<br />

for professional ADIs<br />

In today’s rapidly evolving world, professionals<br />

in every field face the challenge of staying<br />

relevant and maintaining their competitive<br />

edge.<br />

One way to address this challenge is<br />

through active participation in Continuing<br />

Professional Development (CPD) activities.<br />

CPD refers to the ongoing process of learning,<br />

acquiring new skills, and enhancing<br />

knowledge to ensure professional growth. By<br />

actively engaging in CPD, professionals<br />

demonstrate a strong commitment to<br />

maintaining and enhancing their expertise.<br />

This commitment not only benefits<br />

professionals but also inspires confidence<br />

among the public, who perceive CPD as a<br />

mark of dedication and excellence.<br />

Commitment to lifelong learning:<br />

Active participation in CPD activities<br />

reflects a commitment to lifelong learning.<br />

Professionals recognise that learning is a<br />

continuous process and that they must stay<br />

current with the latest advancements in their<br />

field. By investing time and effort in CPD,<br />

professionals embrace a culture of ongoing<br />

learning, which fosters personal and<br />

professional growth.<br />

CPD activities provide professionals with<br />

opportunities to expand their knowledge<br />

base and acquire new insights. By actively<br />

participating in these activities, professionals<br />

demonstrate their dedication to staying<br />

informed about the latest trends, research,<br />

and best practices. This commitment to<br />

knowledge enhancement enables<br />

professionals to provide up-to-date and<br />

high-quality services to their clients or<br />

stakeholders.<br />

Developing practical skills and competencies<br />

CPD activities often focus on developing<br />

practical skills and competencies that are<br />

essential for professional success. Through<br />

active participation, professionals<br />

demonstrate their willingness to invest in skill<br />

development and improve their performance.<br />

By acquiring new skills, professionals can<br />

tackle challenges more effectively and<br />

deliver better outcomes.<br />

The business landscape is constantly<br />

evolving, driven by technological<br />

advancements and changing market<br />

dynamics. Active participation in CPD enables<br />

professionals to stay ahead or in line of these<br />

“Active participation<br />

in CPD activities<br />

reflects a commitment<br />

to lifelong learning”<br />

“CPD activities go beyond<br />

mandatory requirements,<br />

displaying a sense of<br />

professionalism ... by actively<br />

participating in CPD, you<br />

acknowledge your responsibility<br />

to maintain their competence...”<br />

changes. CPD activities introduce<br />

professionals to emerging trends,<br />

technologies, and best practices, fostering<br />

adaptability and innovation. By actively<br />

engaging in CPD, professionals demonstrate<br />

their commitment to adapting to new<br />

circumstances and embracing innovation,<br />

which ultimately benefits their clients with<br />

the ability to answer questions asked.<br />

Professionalism and accountability<br />

CPD activities go beyond mandatory<br />

requirements, displaying a sense of<br />

professionalism and accountability. By<br />

actively participating in CPD, professionals<br />

acknowledge their responsibility to maintain<br />

and enhance their competence. This<br />

commitment instils confidence among the<br />

public who expect that or perceive<br />

professionals to be engaging in CPD as<br />

dedicated individuals who strive for<br />

excellence. It reinforces the trust between<br />

professionals and the stakeholders they<br />

serve.<br />

If you were asked to demonstrate your<br />

CPD to a pupil’s parent or guardian, what<br />

would you show them?<br />

Conclusion<br />

Active participation in CPD activities is a<br />

powerful way for professionals to<br />

demonstrate their commitment to ongoing<br />

learning, knowledge enhancement, skill<br />

development, adaptability, and<br />

professionalism.<br />

By investing in CPD, professionals not only<br />

stay competitive in their fields but also<br />

inspire confidence among the public. CPD<br />

becomes a symbol of dedication, excellence,<br />

and a commitment to providing the best<br />

possible services.<br />

In my opinion, as the world continues to<br />

evolve, active participation in CPD is essential<br />

for professionals to thrive and make a<br />

positive impact in their respective industries.<br />

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Members’ section<br />

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

with special MSA GB deal<br />

The cost-of-living crisis is putting many<br />

ADIs under considerable financial pressure,<br />

and nowhere is it felt more than through<br />

the rising cost of fuel.<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 />


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<br />

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

member-discounts/<br />

What are the latest UK fuel prices?<br />

The prices right are the latest available unleaded petrol and diesel averages<br />

across supermarket, motorway and independent forecourts in the UK, according<br />

to data compiled by the RAC. Prices correct at the end of April. Continuing<br />

instability in the Middle East, affecting both fuel output and transport through the<br />

Red Sea, risks causing further price rises.<br />



DIESEL<br />

UK average 150p 158p<br />

Motorway 170p 179p<br />

Supermarkets 147p 155p<br />


AlcoSense: Every ADI should have one handy<br />

MSA GB has teamed up with leading supplier of personal<br />

breathalyser kits AlcoSense to bring our members a<br />

very special offer.<br />

The AlcoSense kits give an instant and accurate<br />

snapshot of whether you – or your pupil – has alcohol in<br />

your/their system, and are particularly useful ‘the<br />

morning after.’<br />

Peter Harvey, MSA GB national vice chairman,<br />

commented: “These are a quality product. They arrive<br />

well packaged, with the required batteries, five<br />

mouthpieces and full instructions. They are very easy to<br />

use, with a simple menu, and can be adjusted to suit the<br />

country you are in depending on the legal limit there.<br />

Once set up, the breathalyser gives a very clear reading<br />

in traffic light colours, making it easy to follow.<br />

“Green, as you would expect, tells you you are okay to<br />

drive. Amber advises you that alcohol is present but you<br />

are below the limit you entered at set up – though it is so<br />

important to check what the limit is in the country you<br />

use it. Red is pretty self-explanatory – Don’t drive.<br />

“The set is very compact, about the same size as a<br />

mobile phone but a little deeper. It is ideal for eliminating<br />

any concerns you may have the morning after – or for<br />

your pupils.”<br />

The Excel model costs around £100 and can be viewed:<br />

https://alcosense.co.uk/alcosense.html.<br />

But we’ve negotiated a special discount on the entire<br />

AlcoSense range (except single-use disposables) of 10<br />

per cent for members IF BOUGHT THROUGH THE MSA<br />

GB WEBSITE – from the entry-level Lite 2 (£44.99) to<br />

the top-of-the-range Ultra (£249.00), with other<br />

options available. Go to<br />

https://msagb.com/members/member-discounts/<br />

to secure your member discount.<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 />

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 />

In every issue of <strong>Newslink</strong> will be publishing a list of local ADI<br />

groups and associations. We will only publish those groups who let<br />

us know they are happy to be included in our list, so if you would<br />

like to see your details here, please contact Peter Harvey at<br />

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), <strong>May</strong>,<br />

August and November.<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 />

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 />

Why join a local association?<br />

Local news, local input – a local voice...<br />

If you want to see your local ADI group listed in this directory,<br />

contact Peter Harvey on peter.harveymbe@msagb.com<br />

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Towards your CPD<br />

Taking the risk out<br />

of every lesson<br />

Steve Garrod finds that the risk management part of the<br />

Standards Check continues to trip too many ADIs up.<br />

Risk management is an essential part of the<br />

Standards Check, but following a number of<br />

conversations with ADIs who sadly only seek<br />

training after a failed Standards Check, it<br />

seems that it is still a widely misunderstood<br />

part of driver training.<br />

Subsequent conversations with a former<br />

colleague of mine in the DVSA have<br />

confirmed that many ADIs arrive for their<br />

Standards Check poorly prepared with no<br />

real understanding of risk management or<br />

client-centred learning. When asked about<br />

CPD, those who are unsuccessful admit to<br />

not actively undertaking any; instead, they<br />

become confused with their teaching<br />

methods. Many realise the need to ask<br />

questions, but they are rarely structured in a<br />

way that helps their learner.<br />

Asking ‘What would you like to do this<br />

week?’ may seem like client-centred<br />

learning, but in reality, many learners don’t<br />

know the difference between what they want<br />

to do and what they need to do. We can look<br />

at this in more detail next month, but the<br />

focus of this month’s article is risk<br />

management, because if the lesson does not<br />

meet the needs of the learner it becomes<br />

difficult to manage the risk, due to lack of<br />

knowledge or skill required during the lesson.<br />

Managing risk is not simply explaining that<br />

you have dual controls and you will use them<br />

if necessary to prevent a crash or keep asking<br />

the question, “What’s the risk here?” When I<br />

sit out and observe lessons I find many<br />

trainers miss naturally occurring<br />

opportunities to cover risk management, for<br />

example, when introducing the DVSA official<br />

at the beginning of the lesson.<br />

Many talk about the additional weight in<br />

the back, but given so many of our learners<br />

are still teenagers, there could be a natural<br />

link to the risks involved with carrying<br />

passengers and the potential distractions<br />

such as additional noise, not wearing<br />

seatbelts, etc.<br />

Risk management should happen naturally<br />

and form part of each lesson. During the<br />

lesson you could ask your pupil which part of<br />

the MSM routing they feel confident to take<br />

responsibility and which part they would like<br />

support. This is sharing the responsibility for<br />

risk and client-centred learning. You could<br />

ask them how best you could support them<br />

(talk-through, prompting or allowing more<br />

independence). This means you are more<br />

likely to match your teaching style to their<br />

preferred learning style. You do need to be<br />

careful, however, that their preferred learning<br />

style is suitable for their ability.<br />

Spotting potential hazards<br />

If you are waiting at a set of red traffic<br />

lights at a crossroads, you could make use of<br />

the time by discussing the potential hazards<br />

you could reasonably expect to see at the<br />

junction, such as pedestrians crossing the<br />

road or the activity in the new road, such as a<br />

large vehicle causing an obstruction and how<br />

to prioritise those hazards.<br />

While stationary, you could discuss how to<br />

make a plan to help reduce the risk of making<br />

a situation worse, in other words, adapting<br />

their driving to manage the potential risks. If<br />

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pupils are bombarded with questions on the<br />

move they will have little time to concentrate.<br />

I’m sure we discuss the risk of using a mobile<br />

phone while driving- but it’s the same for<br />

them if they are being asked a series of<br />

questions when they really need to be<br />

concentrating on the task ahead.<br />

Discussing situations at the appropriate<br />

time allows pupils time to think and<br />

subsequently they are often encouraged to<br />

ask questions for themselves.<br />

In assessment terms this method is often<br />

known as a professional discussion. It leads<br />

to questions being asked by both parties (the<br />

learner and the instructor/assessor). It helps<br />

identify any misunderstandings and allows<br />

you, as the instructor, to help fill any gaps in<br />

your pupil’s knowledge and enables you both<br />

to make the most of the training session. It<br />

could mean that you change the training area to<br />

include a more suitable learning environment.<br />

As pupils gain more confidence these<br />

conversations can be replaced by questions,<br />

but questions should only be used when a<br />

pupil has time to think of an appropriate<br />

response and at the correct time. Just asking<br />

questions requiring a quick response only<br />

tests the power of recall, and not<br />

understanding. Questions requiring greater<br />

depth of thinking may need to be asked while<br />

stationary or when pupils are confident with<br />

driving in heavier traffic.<br />

Another example could be while waiting to<br />

emerge from a side road. If you can see<br />

parked vehicles in the new road to your left,<br />

you could use this as a risk management<br />

opportunity, for example, ‘Where will the<br />

traffic on the main road be positioned? And<br />

“Where will you have to be positioned once<br />

you emerge [on to main road]?” Chances are<br />

that you and oncoming traffic will be sharing<br />

the same space on the road. Using such<br />

examples can also help link the theory to the<br />

practical to reinforce the risks associated<br />

with parking so close to junctions. A<br />

challenging question here could be to ask<br />

who has priority. Learners will often give the<br />

standard reply, “Traffic on the main road’. This<br />

is true but from experience I have found that<br />

they generally assume it is traffic<br />

approaching from the right. Traffic<br />

approaching from the left which may be on<br />

your side of the road also has priority,<br />

because it is on the main road, therefore, to<br />

reduce the risk of causing an obstruction or<br />

something worse, it may be safer to wait in<br />

the side road, even if that means the<br />

occasional ‘beep’ from behind.<br />

This is similar to waiting to turn right at a<br />

controlled crossroads when you can see<br />

there is not enough room to wait in the<br />

“The same questions could be<br />

applied to road signs, for<br />

example school children ... if<br />

you can find some signs which<br />

you know you are likely to see<br />

during the lesson, then you are<br />

preparing your pupil for what<br />

will be seen while driving.”<br />

middle of the junction, so instead of<br />

proceeding you wait behind the stop line to<br />

avoid blocking the pedestrian areas, and wait<br />

for the traffic to clear and risk the wrath of<br />

the following drivers who, given the chance,<br />

would do exactly what you are trying to<br />

avoid, eg, block the junction.<br />

Making the correct decision not to proceed<br />

requires as much confidence as knowing<br />

when to proceed. Learners also need to<br />

understand how they can reduce the risk that<br />

they may pose to other road users while<br />

driving, manoeuvring or parking.<br />

These are examples of risk management.<br />

How you phrase the term depends on your<br />

pupil, after all, using the same phrase can<br />

become tiresome and if a pupil becomes<br />

bored they are in danger of switching off and<br />

losing concentration (also a risk!) How you<br />

phrase questions will determine the level of<br />

your pupil’s understanding of a subject, for<br />

example, asking a pupil to identify a hazard<br />

(or risk) means asking them what they have<br />

(or haven’t) seen, but asking them how they<br />

are going to deal with it means a higher level<br />

of thinking.<br />

Other questions relating to risk<br />

management could include:<br />

n What could be the danger/<br />

consequences of….?”<br />

n What could be the disadvantage of…?”<br />

n Where is the safest place to wait?<br />

n Why do you think it’s a 20mph speed<br />

limit?<br />

If you see other drivers causing an<br />

unnecessary obstruction, you could ask<br />

“How could that driver have made that<br />

situation easier?”<br />

Or “What would you have done?” You could<br />

then explain what they have witnessed is<br />

poor risk management.<br />

Teaching pupils to plan 10 or even 15<br />

seconds ahead encourages them to read the<br />

road well ahead and allows time to adapt to<br />

the road and traffic conditions. It allows time<br />

for options, adjustments to the driving plan<br />

and increases the chances of arriving at<br />

hazards in the correct position, at the correct<br />

speed and in the correct gear, and essentially<br />

with enough time to look. (Position Speed<br />

and Look).<br />

As my old driving instructor told me many<br />

years ago as he puffed away on his pipe,<br />

“Nobody’s ever crashed into fresh air!”<br />

A useful format for asking thought<br />

provoking questions comes from the Police<br />

publication, ‘Roadcraft’. On approach to a<br />

hazard is asks the questions:<br />

n What can be seen?<br />

n What can’t be seen?<br />

n What may reasonably be expected to<br />

happen?<br />

Imagine you are approaching a side road;<br />

what can be seen could be a car waiting to<br />

emerge. What can’t be seen could be a<br />

second car waiting to emerge behind the first<br />

one, but not in view. Often the danger comes<br />

from what can’t be seen, rather than what<br />

can be seen, such as a car closely following a<br />

van coming towards you in a ‘meeting’<br />

situation.<br />

If you have a few minutes to spare have a<br />

think about how you could apply this scenario<br />

to another hazardous stretch of road, such as<br />

a sharp bend or a where there are parked<br />

cars narrowing the road.<br />

The same questions could be applied to<br />

road signs, for example road narrows, school<br />

children or slippery surfaces. If you can find<br />

some signs which you know you are likely to<br />

see during the lesson, then you are preparing<br />

your pupil for what will be seen while driving.<br />

You could repeat these questions while<br />

driving to assess if your pupil is able to put<br />

the theory into practice. Knowing what a road<br />

sign means is one thing, but knowing how act<br />

upon seeing it is another.<br />

It is important to remember that risk<br />

management should not be made too<br />

technical. It is just the process we take once<br />

we have identified a hazard to reduce that<br />

risk.<br />

Try and include it in each lesson and you’ll<br />

have nothing to fear once your Standards<br />

Check arrives.<br />

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Area News<br />

Technology working to save us time,<br />

and the dawning of a new awning<br />

Arthur Mynott<br />

West Coast<br />

& Wales<br />

It’s that time of the year when we set off on<br />

our first caravan holiday for <strong>2024</strong>. We are<br />

starting off with a trip to the New Forest as<br />

we have never been there before.<br />

In preparation for this, a couple of months<br />

ago I took the caravan to Taunton Caravan<br />

Services for an annual check-over to make<br />

sure everything was in order. They check the<br />

gas, water and electrical systems, including<br />

the heater and waste systems also. The<br />

wheels, tyres, hitch and anti-sway<br />

mechanisms are also checked to make sure<br />

everything is in order.<br />

I wonder if every caravan owner follows a<br />

similar routine?<br />

One problem I had last year was with one<br />

of the locker doors, which was faulty. I tried<br />

repairing it myself but not very well. I had<br />

already asked them to repair it for me which<br />

they did but one other thing they always do is<br />

go over the caravan with a moisture meter to<br />

highlight any damp areas, and the area behind<br />

the locker door which is under the bed had a<br />

very high reading. Fortunately the repaired<br />

door will stop this happening again.<br />

It’s always useful to have a caravan<br />

serviced to highlight any problems and get<br />

them sorted before anything major happens.<br />

When we first started caravan holidays, we<br />

used to have a frame awning. It was<br />

constructed with metal poles and really<br />

needed two people to put it up. Because my<br />

wife has mobility issues I found it was getting<br />

more and more difficult to erect this awning.<br />

On one holiday I noticed a neighbouring<br />

caravan had what is called an ‘air awning’. On<br />

closer inspection it had air tubes (bladders)<br />

which are blown up with a pump and these<br />

hold the awning up.<br />

I bought one of these in readiness for our<br />

next holiday and it lasted us for the next few<br />

years. It was easier to put up than our<br />

The air awning proved a suitable<br />

replacement for a few years<br />

The evolution of awnings: left, the original,<br />

with tent poles<br />

previous awning but still required a degree of<br />

effort.<br />

Then, two years ago when we were in<br />

France, I saw a caravan with a canopy instead<br />

of an awning. I went and had a closer look and<br />

a chat with the occupants and this seemed<br />

the perfect thing for us to have. Needless to<br />

say, as soon as we returned home I went and<br />

purchased one and we have used it several<br />

times already and I love it.<br />

Once we have the caravan on the pitch it<br />

literally take about 10 minutes to roll out the<br />

canopy, pull out the integral legs and<br />

tensioner poles, and attach the two guy<br />

ropes ... and that’s job done! No threading an<br />

awning through the channel on the caravan,<br />

working out which pole goes where and<br />

tapping in endless tent pegs and guy ropes.<br />

Another benefit is that it is also just as<br />

quick to put away again.<br />

Last year we stayed at four different camp<br />

sites on our holiday in France, just imagine<br />

having to put an awning up and down four<br />

times!<br />

With our previous awnings, because we<br />

have to pack up in the morning, quite often<br />

the material would be damp and required<br />

wiping down or if it was wet, I normally had to<br />

put it up on the lawn at home and dry it out<br />

before packing it back up again. What a lot of<br />

work!<br />

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Ireland’s rural<br />

road deaths<br />

causing concern<br />

In last month’s <strong>Newslink</strong> I let you know about<br />

the West Coast & Wales Area Training Day in<br />

November. The speakers are now confirmed<br />

as<br />

n John Sheridan, DVSA Driver Training Policy<br />

Advisor<br />

n Daniel Cox, Avon and Somerset Police Road<br />

Safety Officer<br />

n Great Western Air Ambulance Charity<br />

n Mike Yeomans, MSA GB National Chairman<br />

n Peter Harvey MBE, MSA GB Vice Chairman<br />

The event is being held at the Mercure<br />

Bristol North, The Grange Hotel on Monday,<br />

11th November. Doors open at 9am for a 9.30<br />

start and will finish around 4pm.<br />

This is open to any ADI and PDI so please<br />

feel free to bring a colleague along.<br />

Finally, the roll-out canopy:<br />

Prove that technology can<br />

make our lives easier!<br />

West Coast & Wales training day<br />

The cost is £45 for MSA GB members if<br />

paid before 1st September, after this date the<br />

cost will be £50. Non members cost is also<br />

£50.<br />

The hotel has offered a 15% discount to any<br />

delegates wishing to stay at the hotel but<br />

must be booked by 6 weeks before the day.<br />

Just call the hotel on 01454 355012.<br />

To book for this event, please contact me<br />

on the details below.<br />

Contact:<br />

Arthur Mynott,<br />

MSA GB West Coast & Wales Chairman<br />

arthur.mynott@yahoo.com<br />

Tel 07989 852274.<br />

Tom Harrington<br />

A new report by the European Transport<br />

Safety Council shows that rural road<br />

deaths in Ireland are the third highest in<br />

the EU, with more than two-thirds of all<br />

road fatalities occurring outside built-up<br />

areas and motorways.<br />

67 per cent of all road deaths in the<br />

Republic between 2020 and 2022 were on<br />

rural roads, compared to the EU average of<br />

52 per cent over the same period. Only<br />

Finland and Sweden have a higher<br />

proportion of all road fatalities on rural<br />

roads.<br />

The ETSC report also revealed that<br />

average speeds on rural roads in Ireland<br />

have been increasing in recent years at a<br />

time when reductions in average speeds<br />

have been observed on similar roads in<br />

many other EU member states, including<br />

France and Austria.<br />

The report showed that around 10,000<br />

people were killed on rural roads, excluding<br />

motorways, in the EU in 2022.<br />

It also highlighted that just 22 per cent<br />

of motorists in Ireland were travelling<br />

within the speed limit on rural roads with a<br />

50km/h limit in 2022, with the compliance<br />

rate increasing to 75 per cent on rural<br />

roads with a 100km/h limit.<br />

The report comes against a background<br />

of growing concern in Ireland at a sharp<br />

increase in road deaths in recent years<br />

after an extended period where there had<br />

been a strong downward trend in fatal<br />

collisions.<br />

The lowest annual road fatality figure in<br />

recent decades was 135 in 2018 but the<br />

numbers have started increasing again to<br />

reach 188 last year.<br />

A total of 55 people has been killed on<br />

Irish roads so far this year – 13 more than<br />

in the corresponding period in 2023.<br />

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Area News<br />

A hi-tech way to fix the hole in the road<br />

Janet<br />

Stewart<br />

London & the<br />

South East<br />

I receive updates from time to time from<br />

Hertfordshire Highways. Recently, they were<br />

talking about their new robot for dealing with<br />

pot holes, cracks etc.<br />

Anyone who reads me regularly will know<br />

that I cannot resist a robot – in fact, I have a<br />

small one that walks across my desk and<br />

entertains me in idle moments.<br />

An autonomous robot has been developed<br />

by Robotiz3d along with academics at the<br />

University of Liverpool. Apparently, Herts<br />

will be the first county to trial it outside of the<br />

laboratory.<br />

It is called ‘ARRES PREVENT’. It identifies<br />

and characterises cracks and potholes using<br />

AI and then automatically fills them to<br />

prevent surface water getting in and avoiding<br />

a full scale pothole.<br />

In theory, this should save time and money<br />

and could revolutionise the way potholes and<br />

road maintenance generally are dealt with in<br />

the future.<br />

Phil Bibby, executive member for Highways<br />

at Hertfordshire County Council was thrilled<br />

to be at the coalface of this exciting new<br />

technology, working with world-class tech<br />

inventors and engineers. He said “We’ve long<br />

been leading the way in cracking the pothole<br />

issue and in recent times have been trialling<br />

new and improved ways to fill potholes. Using<br />

state-of-the-art technology to prevent<br />

potholes forming in the first place could be<br />

exactly what we need to ensure our road<br />

network remains one of the best in the<br />

country”.<br />

At the end of the article there was a web<br />

address for reporting potholes. I am a little<br />

rueful in reporting any, remembering what<br />

happened to John Major’s famous cones<br />

hotline in the 1990s.<br />

One thing I would challenge is the assertion<br />

that Hertfordshire’s roads are among the<br />

best in the country. If they are then I shudder<br />

to think what the rest must be like. The roads<br />

around me are utterly appalling and I cannot<br />

imagine that one little robot is going to have<br />

much impact on the problem.<br />

However, let’s wait and see.<br />

Claims from the Robotiz3d website are<br />

that the cost saving will be 90 per cent, it will<br />

be 70 per cent faster than traditional repair<br />

methods and that there will be three times<br />

less CO 2<br />

produced.<br />

This all sounds extraordinary and will be<br />

marvellous if it comes good. In 2021 the<br />

company received a SMART grant from<br />

Innovate UK, providing substantial funding for<br />

two years and enabling the company to work<br />

with Liverpool University. Lisa Layzell, CEO<br />

at Robotiz3d, said that they had been given<br />

the award in view of the “disruptive and<br />

relevant nature of our developments to solve<br />

a pressing and growing problem affecting<br />

many people in the UK.”<br />

I think it looks fiendish, but I hope it’s just<br />

fiendishly clever.<br />

Contact:<br />

Janet Stewart,<br />

MSA GB London & the South<br />

E: janetslittlecar@btinternet.com<br />

T: 07989 852274.<br />

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Taxi driver spots the signals and lets the<br />

HGV create his own Highway Code<br />

John Lomas<br />

MSA GB<br />

West Coast<br />

& Wales<br />

The map<br />

showing the<br />

route the<br />

HGV took<br />

Taxi v LGV<br />

Over the years I have done my share of<br />

criticising taxi drivers but the other week I<br />

was grateful for my driver managing to<br />

avoid a serious conflict with a rigid LGV at<br />

the roundabout pictured right.<br />

The slip road A has three lanes, the<br />

left-hand lane is to access B, the middle<br />

lane is to access C and the right-hand lane<br />

is to access E.<br />

We were approaching in the right-hand<br />

lane, on the way to the hospital. The lorry<br />

was using the middle lane and yet insisted<br />

on travelling around the roundabout,<br />

continually blowing its horn. My driver<br />

backed off and let him go ahead but he<br />

didn’t even exit at E, he went all the way<br />

round to reverse direction and use exit F.<br />

The moral is: “Don’t think you know<br />

another drivers’ intentions by their<br />

positions and/or signals”.<br />

MSA GB Conference, Telford<br />

It was good to catch up with old friends<br />

and colleagues, and even meet new people<br />

from our expanded area, which has taken<br />

in so many of the old regions.<br />

I felt that the speakers did a good job,<br />

and certainly heard mainly complementary<br />

remarks about the topics covered.<br />

How big is too big?<br />

I wonder what the examiners’ reaction<br />

was when he came out and found this pair<br />

waiting for him (see photo right)? One is a<br />

Mk 8 Jaguar being driven by a young lady<br />

who went on to have a successful singing<br />

career... indeed, I wonder if the size of her<br />

car led to her spoonerism nickname of<br />

Burly Chassis.<br />

(see photo B... for those who don’t<br />

recognise her, or get the nickname joke, it<br />

is a very young Shirley Bassey)<br />

It turned out, after I first found the photo,<br />

that it was a delayed success picture taken<br />

in 1958. That’s the year before I passed my<br />

test. If it is a test centre pic, the Morris<br />

Traveller has a roof sign on it as well. Oddly<br />

this person recorded the song ‘Born to Sing<br />

the Blues’ the year before in 1957.<br />

Kingstanding Test Centre<br />

Following on from the article in April’s issue<br />

about residents complaining about the<br />

actions of ADIs on the roads close to<br />

Kingstanding DTC, I went for a wander around<br />

the vicinity by Streetview.<br />

Admittedly the latest Streetview is dated<br />

2022 although the satellite view is later.<br />

There are very few school cars showing on<br />

any of the roads, though the amount of<br />

people pavement parking, even where I could<br />

see no yellow lines, is quite worrying with the<br />

upcoming threat to make pavement parking<br />

illegal throughout the country. I would<br />

assume a lot of them would be residents.<br />

I do think that when such reports come to<br />

us complaining about tuition cars’<br />

misbehaving, they should be backed up by<br />

photographic evidence.<br />

Mystery car<br />

Brian Thomson’s mystery car (<strong>Newslink</strong>,<br />

page 37 April) is a modern Electric version of<br />

the Citroen Ami . It is described as a<br />

quadricycle, though I haven’t as yet ID’d it as<br />

a Voiture Sans Permit in France (literally, car<br />

without permit, which means you can drive it<br />

without a driving licence, such as in the<br />

circumstances where you have lost your<br />

licence for drink driving). It is also marketed<br />

as the Fiat Topolino and Opel Rocks.<br />

The photo appeared to show the spare<br />

wheel protruding from the rear bumper<br />

making it a ‘shock absorber’, though I haven’t<br />

seen that feature on any other pictures, so<br />

maybe someone was in the process of<br />

changing a wheel or having the spare repaired.<br />

If you ever want to verify or ID a photo I<br />

would recommend Goggle Images. https://<br />

images.google.co.uk/ though no doubt<br />

there are other image searches available.<br />

Contact: John Lomas<br />

T: 0779 609 1767<br />

E: johnstardriving@hotmail.com<br />

bristoljackaroo@gmail.com<br />

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An ADI’s view.... times two<br />

Playing the ‘Long Game’<br />

Tim Clayton, an MSA GB<br />

member from the East Coast<br />

Area 2, has been an ADI for just<br />

over a decade. Perhaps now is<br />

a good time to step back and<br />

consider the job, and how it has<br />

changed during that period<br />

A long game? Is it a game we’re playing?<br />

Really? Not if your living – and your family’s<br />

– depends on it. So, is it “long,” then?<br />

How many of us stick around to complete<br />

more than a handful of years in this business?<br />

If not, why is that? (Why is that, if we do?!)<br />

I guess I’ve been in this game for what I can<br />

now call a long time. More than ten years.<br />

Others have done 20, 30: I’m not claiming any<br />

records. I just feel that now I’ve reached this<br />

milestone, it’s time once more to reflect.<br />

Should I still be here? Do I want to be?<br />

Where could I be in another 10?<br />

It took a few years to slay the phantom<br />

that beset my every teaching hour: the<br />

gnawing guilt of underperformance as I<br />

reflected on ‘what I did’ and ‘what I should<br />

have done’ (in other words what the training<br />

taught me to do). I could feel my mind<br />

knotting up as I did so, even as I knew that<br />

sticking to the formal way often seemed to<br />

run counter to building friendly trust with<br />

clients.<br />

No sudden bolt of light cured that. But<br />

thank God it did stop. As I’ve often joked with<br />

friends and customers alike, teaching is more<br />

like ‘structured socialising’, where learning<br />

the new skill of driving just happens while we<br />

relax and enjoy the scenery. This has become<br />

a lot easier, for me as tutor as well as for any<br />

client, since I’ve moved to teaching in an<br />

automatic.<br />

I know Standards Checks are a resourcelimited<br />

snapshot of how an ADI is doing, and<br />

so those lessons must read like an<br />

‘EastEnders’ omnibus episode: the 17 core<br />

competencies packed into 45 minutes for a<br />

stranger to observe (a bit like a learner’s<br />

test). But weeks of getting to know an<br />

individual means real lessons aren’t so<br />

intense – lots of learning isn’t verbalised but<br />

is understood, nonetheless. For the same<br />

reason, therapists aren’t judged on how they<br />

conduct a single session.<br />

“Let’s innovate with songs and<br />

poems, comedy and role-plays,<br />

memorable jingles and smells<br />

to help us retain the important<br />

bits and stay relaxed...”<br />

So, what else has changed? Fewer tyres,<br />

for a start! In my Ford Focus, I got through<br />

nine in the first two years (probably because<br />

of low-profile tyre-walls and sporty, low<br />

seats making for poor sight lines). So,<br />

overheads are lower. That’s echoed by going<br />

electric, appreciably reducing fuel costs but<br />

also maintenance, without greatly increasing<br />

monthly purchase instalments.<br />

There seem to be no more occasional<br />

disputes or misunderstandings with clients:<br />

perhaps because learners are older and – in<br />

my case – newly settled from overseas, so<br />

“feeling their way with authority.”<br />

Having longer lessons (1½ or 2 hr) helps<br />

too, so there are fewer dashes between<br />

customers / roadwork hold-ups, and less<br />

casework to record after.<br />

It’s been many a year since a student had a<br />

meltdown during the turn-in-the-road, when<br />

they became convinced that racist<br />

neighbours would think she was rifling<br />

through the roadside bins, or another got<br />

very offended because I’d mentioned the<br />

name of Peter Rachmann (a notorious 1960s<br />

racketeer in Notting Hill).<br />

But there has been one complaint to DVSA<br />

- the result of a customer cutting off<br />

communication and then misinterpreting my<br />

letter asking for payment – plus DVSA<br />

themselves “recommending” that I take<br />

down my online diary (in case it was held to<br />

be flouting GDPR).<br />

A careful email put each situation to bed,<br />

but not before the first individual had<br />

defamed me on social media. Such is life.<br />

To better protect my reputation, over those<br />

years I’ve twice tweaked my published<br />

business terms and continue to expand my<br />

original website with summaries I find are<br />

helpful to specific clients. But I make fewer<br />

videos, and they are very much shorter (1-2<br />

minutes) as I recognised attention spans<br />

reduce amid the modern world’s advertising<br />

clamour.<br />

I’ve also recently produced a VERY simple<br />

website, based on the long-held idea that<br />

“brains work in 3s”. I’m running it in parallel<br />

with the detailed, page-heavy one I’ve<br />

developed since 2013, pointing folk to the<br />

new one if I get a feeling they’d benefit<br />

starting there.<br />

I’ve finally wrestled my record-keeping into<br />

a very neat database that does my tax return<br />

and analyses some key ratios. It might even<br />

produce some graphs to show trends or<br />

proportions, but that’s nowadays more for<br />

interest than business-planning as I no longer<br />

have to support three children!<br />

No doubt that the complexity of my work<br />

has more than halved overall, 2010-<strong>2024</strong><br />

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(ages 45-59). However, my pass-rate is not<br />

up. Should we expect it to be? Should I, in<br />

fact, work to raise it?<br />

While it’s efficient for each test-attempt to<br />

end in a Pass, most candidates just can’t feel<br />

the same in a mock test as they do when<br />

approaching (or during) the real, critical,<br />

costly, life-changing L-test itself.<br />

Others WILL need to experience the scope<br />

of biding their final minutes (in a waiting room),<br />

associations they make with the stranger<br />

(examiner), transference of previous traumas<br />

they’ve had with authority figures (examiner),<br />

different accents and phraseology (examiner),<br />

and range of personal emotions (themselves)<br />

… before they can settle secure into knowing<br />

what it’ll be like … just as if they were attending<br />

an important hospital visit, or engaging in<br />

warfare. I suppose convincing a pupil not to<br />

take their L-test because they’re not quite<br />

ready is similar to asking folk not to see their<br />

GP every time they have a cold. Both clog up<br />

the system, but it is ultimately each citizen’s<br />

choice in a democracy.<br />

Changes...<br />

What else has changed? The qualifying<br />

process, ADI parameters (‘triggers’), the<br />

legacies of an infectious pandemic, changing<br />

travel patterns, expectations around climate<br />

and consumption. Yet industry experts seem<br />

to still be offering largely the same fare: how<br />

to deliver client-centred learning / raise your<br />

Standards Check mark / trim your admin<br />

burden.<br />

Thank goodness we have fringe-show<br />

entrants now becoming mainstream, with a<br />

focus rightly on neurodiversity. Since cars<br />

are, in theory, now simpler to drive, shouldn’t<br />

ADIs put their efforts into appreciating the<br />

breadth of human psychology, as drivers’<br />

attitudes will govern behaviour much more<br />

than ‘mechie-techie’ knowledge about<br />

engineering?<br />

This is where, I think, we should be on the<br />

lookout to simplify teaching and learning.<br />

How hard, in fact, is it? Just get from A to B, on<br />

wheels, without hitting anything!<br />

Make it smooth by forward planning. Know<br />

a few rules, so lots of us moving at once<br />

aren’t confused. Let’s innovate with songs<br />

and poems, comedy and role-plays,<br />

memorable jingles and smells to help us<br />

retain the important bits and stay relaxed.<br />

After all, we use nursery rhymes and<br />

fairytales to teach ‘home truths’ about the<br />

world, to speed up young minds’ appreciation<br />

of the pitfalls ahead in society. So why not in<br />

the road? Wouldn’t that make a good legacy:<br />

an appetising new way to “make driving fun”<br />

and remain so …for ‘them’ and ‘us’.<br />

Fulfilling the dreams of<br />

the deaf community<br />

Kieran Cuthbert, MSA GB Scotland<br />

A little bit about myself. My name is<br />

Kieran Cuthbert, and I am an ADI who is<br />

deaf.<br />

I was born hearing and then became<br />

deaf through meningitis when I was one<br />

and a half years old, meaning I had to<br />

adapt to a hearing lifestyle growing up as I<br />

had a hearing family, hearing friends and<br />

went to mainstream schools.<br />

I learned a little bit of British Sign<br />

Language when I was around 9-10 years<br />

old, which was then developed further as I<br />

got older and became friends with deaf<br />

BSL users.<br />

One of the things I realised as I became<br />

older was that there was a problem for<br />

deaf BSL users who wanted to learn how<br />

to drive, as there were very fewer ADIs<br />

out there who could accommodate them.<br />

There just was not enough instructors out<br />

there that could teach using BSL.<br />

This thought really came home to me<br />

straight after Covid, as I was leaving<br />

college. The realisation sparked an interest<br />

in me to become a driving instructor and<br />

help fill this gap that was missing for deaf<br />

people.<br />

However, this in itself then became a<br />

challenge for me. The journey to becoming<br />

a driving instructor is not an easy one for<br />

anyone, let alone someone who struggles<br />

Kieran Cuthbert is the only<br />

deaf BSL ADI in Scotland<br />

to hear. So you could imagine what<br />

training was like for me, trying to hear and<br />

understand everything that I had to do<br />

proved to be a problem, and it took a few<br />

attempts to find a training structure that<br />

would work for me.<br />

Despite the challenges I passed Part 1,<br />

Part 2 and Part 3 at the first attempt,<br />

which I am still extremely proud of.<br />

Today it feels really good knowing that I<br />

can support any deaf student in a<br />

language that they know and are<br />

comfortable with, and I am extremely<br />

proud to say that I am the only deaf BSL<br />

instructor in Scotland.<br />

The only struggle I have now is that<br />

there’s a lot of demand for BSL lessons<br />

and I cannot cover them all, but I will try<br />

my best in order to do so.<br />

I feel good knowing that I can provide<br />

for a community and give them an entire<br />

new freedom that many do not get to<br />

experience and they will be able to say<br />

that they learned a lot from lessons in an<br />

environment that is suited to them.<br />

Kieran Cuthbert is a Member of the<br />

Aberdeen & District Driving Schools<br />

Association.<br />

More details of the group can be found on<br />

page 29<br />

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MSA GB’s Recommended<br />

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offers a specialist service for<br />

ADIs. It has been established<br />

over 20 years ago and covers the<br />

whole of the UK. The team takes pride in<br />

providing unlimited advice and support to ensure<br />

the completion of your tax return is hassle free,<br />

giving you peace of mind.<br />

MSA GB OFFER:: FBTC will prepare you for<br />

Making Tax Digital and will be providing HMRC<br />

compliant software to all clients very soon.<br />

Join now to receive three months free.<br />



As the UK’s largest road safety<br />

charity, IAM RoadSmart is<br />

proud to partner with the<br />

Motor Schools Association<br />

GB. Working together to promote and<br />

enhance motorists skills on our roads.<br />

MSA GB OFFER:: Get 10% off Advanced courses;<br />

visit www.iamroadsmart.com/course and<br />

use the code MSA10 at the checkout or call<br />

0300 303 1134 to book.<br />


Protect yourself and your pupils with a<br />

personal breathalyser. We’ve teamed up with<br />

AlcoSense, the award-winning range of<br />

personal breathalysers, to offer an exclusive<br />

discount to all MSA GB members. A personal<br />

breathalyser takes the guesswork out of<br />

whether there’s residual alcohol in your<br />

system (or that of your learner driver pupil)<br />

the morning after the night before.<br />

MSA GB OFFER:: 10% off any AlcoSense product<br />

(excluding single-use disposables) – from the<br />

entry-level Lite 2 (£44.99) to the top-ofthe-range<br />

Ultra (£249.00).<br />


Mandles’ handmade scented collections use<br />

quality ingredients to ensure superior scent<br />

throw from all its candles and<br />

diffusers. Check our our website<br />

for further details.<br />

MSA GB OFFER:: Special discount<br />

of 20% on all car air fresheners<br />

and refills.<br />


MSA GB and SumUp believe<br />

in supporting motor vehicle<br />

trainers of all shapes and sizes.<br />

Together we are on a mission to<br />

ease the operational workload of<br />

our members by providing them with the ability<br />

to take card payments on-the-go or in their<br />

respective training centres. SumUp readers<br />

are durable and user-friendly. Their paperless<br />

onboarding is quick and efficient. Moreover,<br />

their offer comes with no monthly subscription,<br />

no contractual agreement, no support fees,<br />

no hidden fees – just the one-off cost for the<br />

reader coupled with lowest on the market<br />

transaction fee.<br />


Driving shouldn’t just be a<br />

privilege for people without<br />

disabilities; it should be<br />

accessible for all and there’s never been an easier<br />

time to make this the case! MSA GB members<br />

can take advantage of BAS’s Driving Instructor<br />

Packages which include a range of adaptations at<br />

a discounted price, suitable for teaching disabled<br />

learner drivers.<br />

MSA GB OFFER:: Special Driving Instructor<br />

Packages for MSA GB members.<br />


Save up to 10p per litre of fuel with Fuel Card<br />

Services. Fuel Card Services offers a large<br />

choice of networks from leading brands, such<br />

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

decide which networks you wish to include on<br />

your business account.<br />

MSA GB OFFER:: An MSA GB fuel card will save<br />

you up to 10p per litre.<br />


The Motor Schools Association of Great<br />

Britain has agreed with HMCA to<br />

offer discounted rates for medical<br />

plans, dental plan, hospital cash<br />

plans, personal accident plan,<br />

travel plan, income protection<br />

and vehicle breakdown products.<br />

MSA GB OFFER:: HMCA only offer<br />

medical plans to membership groups<br />

and can offer up to a 40% discount off the<br />

underwriter’s standard rates. This is a<br />

comprehensive plan which provides generous<br />

cash benefits for surgery and other charges.<br />

To get the full story of the<br />

discounts available, see<br />

www.msagb.com<br />

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Join the Collingwood<br />

Instructor Programme and<br />

refer your pupils for learner<br />

insurance.<br />

MSA GB OFFER:: MSA GB OFFER:: £50 for<br />

your first referral and £20 for all additional<br />

referrals.<br />


Confident Drivers has the only<br />

website created especially for<br />

drivers offering eight different<br />

psychological techniques<br />

commonly used to reduce stress and nerves.<br />

MSA GB OFFER:: One month free on a monthly<br />

subscription plan using coupon code.<br />


Go Roadie provides students<br />

when they need them, with all<br />

the details you need before you<br />

accept. Control your own pricing,<br />

discounts and set your availability<br />

to suit you. Full diary? No cost!<br />

MSA GB OFFER:: Introductory offer of 50% off<br />

the first three students they accept.<br />


50% Discount on two<br />

packages for MSA GB<br />

members<br />

Quickbooks is offering an online<br />

50% discount for MSA GB members on two of<br />

their premium accounting packages.<br />

Essentials Package For small businesses<br />

working with suppliers. Manage VAT and<br />

Income Tax with up to three users.<br />

Plus For businesses managing projects,<br />

stock, VAT, and Income Tax. Up to five users.<br />

The packages are contract-free throughout<br />

with no cancellation fee. This exclusive<br />

member offer can only be secured by<br />

contacting our MSA GB representative at<br />

Quickbooks - Ollie Nobes, on: 07723 507 026<br />

or email: Ollie_Nobes@intuit.com quoting:<br />

**MSAGB**<br />

To get the full story of the<br />

discounts available, see<br />

www.msagb.com<br />

Membership offer<br />

Welcome, new ADIs<br />

We’ve a special introductory offer for you!<br />

Congratulations on passing your<br />

Part 3 and becoming an ADI.<br />

There’s an exciting career<br />

open to you from today,<br />

one that’s alive with<br />

possibilities as you build<br />

your skills, your client base<br />

and your income.<br />

But for all the excitement,<br />

it can also be challenging;<br />

who can you turn to if you’re<br />

struggling to get over key driver<br />

training issues to a pupil? Where can<br />

you go to soak up advice from more<br />

experienced ADIs? Who will help you if you<br />

are caught up in a dispute with the DVSA? If<br />

the worst happens, who can you turn to for<br />

help, advice and to fight your corner?<br />

The answer is the Motor Schools<br />

Association of Great Britain – MSA GB for<br />

short.<br />

We are the most senior association<br />

representing driving instructors in Great<br />

Britain. Establised in 1935 when the first<br />

driving test was introduced, MSA GB has<br />

been working tirelessly ever since on<br />

behalf of ordinary rank and file ADIs.<br />

We represent your interests and your<br />

views in the corridors of power, holding<br />

regular meetings with senior officials<br />

from the DVSA and the Department for<br />

Transport to make sure the ADIs’ voice is<br />

heard.<br />


Join MSA GB today!<br />

SPECIAL OFFER: Join for just £65 with your<br />

PI & PL insurance included immediately!<br />

No joining fee - saving you £25<br />

Call 01787 221020 quoting discount code<br />

<strong>Newslink</strong>, or join online at www.msagb.com<br />

We’d like you to<br />

join us<br />

We’re there to support you<br />

every step of the way.<br />

Our office-based staff are<br />

there, five days a week,<br />

from 9am-5pm, ready to<br />

answer your call and help<br />

you in any way.<br />

In addition our network of<br />

experienced office holders and<br />

regional officers can offer advice over<br />

the phone or by email.<br />

But membership of the MSA GB doesn’t<br />

just mean we’re there for you if you’re<br />

in trouble. We also offer a nationwide<br />

network of regular meetings, seminars and<br />

training events, an Annual Conference, and<br />

a chance to participate in MSA GB affairs<br />

through our democratic structure<br />

In addition, you’ll get a free link to our<br />

membership magazine <strong>Newslink</strong> every<br />

month, with all the latest news, views,<br />

comment and advice you’ll need to become<br />

a successful driving instructor.<br />

You’ll also automatically receive<br />

professional indemnity insurance worth up<br />

to £5m and £10m public liability insurance<br />

free of charge.<br />

This is essential legal protection covering<br />

you against legal claims ariving from your<br />

tuition.<br />

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