DVSA calls on ADI help over illegal instructors

Friday, September 11, 2015


The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has called on ADIs to continue helping it find illegal driving instructors. 

The head of DVSA’s fraud and integrity team Andy Rice said ADIs were in “the perfect position” to know what to look for and how to spot an illegal driving instructor. 

Writing on the DVSA’s Despatch blog, Rice said that between 2006 and March this year, the agency received 3,260 reports of illegal driving instruction. In that same period, there were 136 arrests, 39 convictions and 36 police cautions.

He added that it was sometimes difficult to get a prosecution so it was important to get as much information as possible and, if making a report, it would be helpful if an ADI could provide the following:

  • type and colour of car

  • registration number

  • description of the individual giving instruction

  • date and time seen

  • street name where seen (if known)

Rice said: “These people pose a danger to the pupils they teach and to road safety as a whole. They haven’t proven their ability to teach and haven’t had the necessary criminal record checks. They also threaten the livelihoods of genuine instructors.”



If you suspect someone is charging for lessons when not qualified and registered you can contact the DVSA on 0115 936 6051 or integrity.team@dsa.gsi.gov.uk


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