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Archive for the ‘DVSA’ Category

Cracking down on non-compliant motorcycle trainers

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A trainer riding behind a trainee rider on a country road

It’s been just over a year since we started doing more compliance checks on the motorcycling industry.

In this blog post, I wanted to share with you what we’ve found over the past year and give you tips to make sure your approved training body (ATB) stays on the right side of the rules.

You can read more about how the CBT enforcement team works and what we do, in our blog post from September 2018.

What are we looking for?

Compliance checks allow us to make sure training schools are following the correct policies and procedures and that the equipment they’re using is safe and legal. read more

Improving the driving test experience for candidates

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Examiner marking the test using a tablet

I’m Paul Bailey and I’m the lead user researcher working with DVSA to create an app that will allow examiners to digitally record driving tests and make life simpler for customers.

Understanding user needs

User research enables us to learn about users and create services that meet their needs.

Without it, it’s difficult to know what problems need to be solved, what to build or if the service you create will work well for the people who use it.

To understand the needs of people who use the driving test, the project team has travelled the length of the country visiting over 40 test centres, attending conferences and talking to everyone involved in the driving test experience. read more

How we’re giving driving instructors better tools to help their pupils

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The government’s road safety statement was published in July. It sets out 74 actions the government is taking to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.

We recently told you about how we’re going to be running a new campaign to encourage learner drivers to broaden their experience to support that action plan.

We’re also taking some of those specific 74 actions forward in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). These actions are all about giving you updated and improved tools to help your pupils learn to drive. read more

Developing an app to electronically record driving tests

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Girl using an ipad on a desk

Since we launched our 5 year strategy in 2017, we’ve been working to become a digitally-enabled organisation. We want to provide modern, efficient and sustainable technology to support a mobile workforce and build brilliant digital services for our staff and customers.

Part of this work is developing a way to capture driving test electronically, using a tablet in the car rather than using a paper marking form (called a DL25). This will improve the way our examiners work and provide driving test candidates with a modern service using up-to-date technology. read more

An instructor's view of the PaceNotes app

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person holiding phone showing pace notes app

Hi, I’m Chris Bensted from Better Driver Training. As both an ADI and co-owner of the multi-car driving school I have 2 main areas of focus, my pupils and my business. I have been using the app for a couple of months. It appealed to me as I could use it to help my pupils and I could use it to promote my business.. It is also easy to use and simple in design.

 How it’s helped my pupils

We know that experience is key to success, all the studies and statistics support this.

PaceNotes allows me to encourage and support my pupils with their private practice while helping me to keep track of what they’ve done. They can record their lessons and private practice in one app, as well as rating the drive and where they went. read more

Developing a smartphone app to help learner drivers

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pace notes learner driver assistant

I’m Andrew Brown-Allan, and I’m the Group Marketing Director at Trak Global Group, a UK company that uses telematics technology to help make the roads safer.

One of our co-founders, Kamran Mahmoudzadeh, tragically lost his 18 year old son Anoush in a road traffic accident over a decade ago, and this has been the ‘moral compass’ that has guided the work we’ve done to improve young driver road safety since our company began.

Over the last 2 years, we’ve been working closely with Highways England, DVSA and driving instructor associations to create a smartphone app for learner drivers, called PaceNotes. read more

DVSA enhanced rider scheme: one year on

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two motorcycle riding on road in the countryside

It’s been just over a year since we relaunched the DVSA enhanced rider scheme. The scheme is for riders who have passed their motorcycle test or people getting back on their bike after a break.  It gives them some extra training to brush up on their skills.

Where we are now

We’ve seen a hive of activity since last summer, with 561 motorcyclists taking part in the scheme. There are now over 200 qualified trainers throughout Great Britain, with more in the process of qualifying.

And last week, the Department for Transport reaffirmed its commitment to the scheme in its 2-year road safety statement. read more

How we’re planning to encourage learner drivers to broaden their experience

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Red learner driver car on road

The government’s road safety action plan was published earlier today (19 July 2019). It sets out 74 actions the government is taking to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.

The statement sets out that DVSA will support this by carrying out a new campaign, to encourage learner drivers to spend more time practising in different driving conditions.

I want to explain more about why we think this campaign is important, what we want to achieve, and how we want to work with you – the driver training industry – to do this. read more

Working with road safety campaigner Ria Brisland to improve motorcyclist safety

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This is a guest blog post from Ria Brisland. Ria has been campaigning since 2018, for better education for all road users on the vulnerabilities faced by motorcyclists.

This is her story.

On Friday 24 April 2015, I received a phone call that changed my life forever.

It was the day I learned my eldest son, Nick, had been killed in a motorcycle accident.

When something as tragic as this happens, the agony of it is suffocating.

Nothing makes sense anymore.

Carrying on

Eventually I had to make a choice to try to carry on with my life as best as I could. read more

Celebrating the first year of learner drivers on motorways

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Red learner driver car on road

Today marks one year since the rules changed to allow learner drivers to practice driving on motorways, with a driving instructor.

The changes were brought in to help give learner drivers the opportunity to get a broader driving experience before taking their driving test and improve their confidence driving on the motorway unsupervised.

Business as usual

By now, for many of you the prospect of taking a learner on the motorways may not seem that special anymore. In fact, it will probably be another key milestone to tick off for driving on high speed roads to prepare another learner for a lifetime of safe driving. read more