‘Find your nearest’ publicly launched
DSA has formally launched the ‘Find your nearest driving instructors’ service on Directgov.
The online search facility allows people to search by postcode to find approved driving instructors (ADIs) in their area. Learner drivers can get the details for their nearest instructors with just a few clicks of the mouse, along with the assurance that those listed have passed the DSA qualifying tests, have been Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked and are on the ADI register.
The service has been available on Directgov since last year, but has now been publicly launched and is being actively promoted to the public through press releases, social media and other communications channels.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:
“This new service will make life easier for learner drivers and parents looking for qualified instructors in their area. I hope that this will allow people to make more informed choices about who they want to teach them to drive.”
The directory only lists fully qualified instructors, and allows learners to see if an instructor has signed up to the voluntary code of practice and if they are committed to continuing their professional development (CPD).
If you’re an ADI and you’ve signed up to the service, learners will be able to see:
your contact number
your email address
if you are committed to CPD and abiding by the voluntary ADI code of practice
how far you are from the learner’s postcode
Go to direct.gov.uk/finddrivinginstructor
. For a video explaining how to use the service, see http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Video/DG_WP198544
If you want your details to be listed on ‘Find your nearest’, you’ll need to check your preferences on the ‘Manage your Approved Driving Instructor registration’ page on Business Link. You need to enter ‘yes’ in the section asking if you would like us to publish your main telephone number and email address on our website. For a step by step guide, see our online guide: ‘How to use online instructor services’.
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