As much as driving can be nerve-wracking for a learner driver, there is a lot that can go wrong for a driving instructor. There are important licensing and insurance rules that the learner driver, the driving instructor and the instructor’s car needs to meet. This is not commonly known, but unless you are an Approved Driving Instructor and have an ADI certificate from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, it is illegal to take payment for accompanying a learner driver on the road.
What is expected of a learner driver driving on a provisional licence?
The following are the expectations of a learned driver when driving on a provisional licence, to avoid being liable for any claims:
- Driver must be at least 17 years of age
- Possess valid provisional driving licence
- Must be insured to drive the car
- The car must be in a safe and legally acceptable condition
- Driver must meet minimum eyesight standards. They must have a visual acuity of at least 6/12 and be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away
- Put L plates (or D signs in Wales) on the front and rear of the car.
What is expected of a driving instructor or supervisor?
The following are the expectations of a driving instructor or supervisor:
- Must always be accompanied by a driver older than 21 years of age who has a valid driving licence, which they have had for a minimum of three years.
- Must have a full driving licence for the car being driven (manual or automatic)
- The instructor must ensure that the car is always in a safe and legal condition so that no accidents are caused by the condition that the car is in. Damaged cars can cause very serious accidents and the owner of that car is in danger of being sued if this happens.
- Driving instructor must also meet minimum eyesight standards. They need to have a visual acuity of at least 6/12 and be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away.
- They need to ensure that L plates (or D signs in Wales) are always on the front and back of the car.
Claim compensation for injuries suffered on the road
If you have suffered injuries on the road due to someone else’s negligence, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline to start a claim. Evaluate your claim through the use of our 30-second online test or call our 24/7 Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice