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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eventually I had to make a choice to try to carry on with my life as best as I could.
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.
Simon Hayes owns RMT Training School, an Approved Training Body (ATB). He’s written this blog to tell us about his experiences delivering DVSA’s Enhanced Rider Scheme.
Despite the DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) being well received by the motorcycle training industry, many training schools still do not have qualified instructors.
I think this is a shame, as delivering ERS training comes with benefits, as my ATB has found.
Have you thought about offering ERS too?
How we’ve found ERS
We’ve been offering ERS since it was first introduced. Our trainers enjoy the prospect of teaching at a higher level, as it gives variety in their work schedule. They could be teaching CBT one day and advanced training (ERS) the next.
In January 2019, DVSA told you about the launch of the research project Driver 2020. The project is being run by The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and the Department for Transport.
In this blog post, I’d like to tell you more about the aim of the research and how you can help.
The aim of Driver 2020
Driver 2020 has been designed to improve learner and novice driver safety, by improving their skills, knowledge and attitudes.
The work you do to teach learners the skills they need to drive safely is vital. But it remains the case that newly qualified drivers are more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal accident than anyone else.