DVSA will shortly be making some key developments to their instructor search directory, Find Your Nearest, as part of their continuing strategy to improve the level of information available to consumers about driver trainers.
Planned improvements include a facility to allow ADIs to include a link to their website from their listing and to allow consumers to filter results by the indicators (Code of Practice, Grading, CPD, or any combination of these).
The changes will be implemented in the next week. ADIs can also now list their grade and DVSA is keen to see as many ADIs as possible do, so consumers can assess more qualitative information about individual trainers to aid their decision making.
The search facility is currently being accessed 10,000 times a week by users looking for a driver trainers. Only those trainers who sign up to the ADI Code of Practice can enjoy a listing on Find your Nearest.
Currently only around 15,000 trainers are listed on the facility.
DVSA Registrar Mark Magee commented: ''We will further promote the scheme to ADIs, and then consumers, over the next month or two on the basis of this and the latest changes. We are also planning to undertake further analysis and insight to better understand what information consumers want/need.''