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The Driving Instructor and Trainers Collective

The DITC is the premium driver training industry information network.

A UK collective bringing ADIs and PDIs together with the wider driver training industry.

Finding your way in this sector of business can be a real challenge. That challenge starts when trying to find training to qualify, continues when you start teaching, and can prevent you from reaching your peak. Our aim is to unite ADIs, PDIs, products, services and support.

We are not an association, in fact one of our core values is to encourage instructors to join an association for national support. We are something new, exciting, challenging and supportive.

A signposting point for industry tools and services, a meeting point for those looking for more, and a market place to fill your toolbox.

Here for everyday, not just the bad days!

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A guide to Private Practice

Anyone who missed Harry Deblings Webinar with Leigh Brookes can view the recording:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/cnVscUy-am-0g098tfdddZYVv-9cDQOgeb4mL6Y1-0Pwus0zTAHz4tgwF75RwcZs.DKqXyoTImoJJf1RL

Passcode: E+$FAM5d

DVSA Tribunals - Fit and Proper and other reasons

DVSA Tribunals are available for review. It is important to note that amongst them are ADIs appealing their removals for:

  • Posting videos of tests
  • Posting photos
  • Not attending or blatantly avoiding Standards Checks (This includes not having updated their contact address on DVSA Gateway - Changing your Driving Licence address isn't enough)

Fit and Proper is a very broad category and has never been well defined. It is therefore at the discretion of the Registrar and her team to decide. Having supported a number of people through the appeals process we have seen the stress they face. Please make efforts to stay on the right side of the regulations.

Please be aware that these notes include both upheld and overruled, plus those of any individuals that may have been involved

Full details can be found at:
https://transportappeals.decisions.tribunals.gov.uk

We have won! Community of the Year 2020

At this difficult time that sees many of our members and colleagues facing an uncertain start to 2021 we are excited to bring you a little positive news.

Together we have been awarded the GoRoadie Community of the Year award 2020. Recognising the support and dedication provided by the DITC during a challenging time. Uniting ADIs and PDIs in a vision that, we believe, will be able to vastly improve our futures. This is our award as without your support and positivity we would not have been able to achieve so much in such a short period of time. We are far from our goal of being the communication and information hub for the driver training sector, but we are working tirelessly behind the seasons to directly help each and every ADI through 2021 and the years to come.

To find out more about the GoRoadie awards and why we have been chosen, as well as the other Winner and Commended individuals, Visit the GoRoadie Awards

We look forward to reclaiming our industry in 2021 and building a better future together.

Stay Safe - Chris and Ian

Opinions? NASP “grill” the DVSA on their decision

NASP Webinar with DVSA following the announcement that tests will recommence.

Do you think NASP (DVSAs chosen spokespersons fir the industry) spoke up for the ADI community?

Source: NASP Webinar
(Driving Instructors Association/The Approved Driving Instructors National Joint Council - ADINJC)

Post-lockdown Q&A with DVSA

DVSA and NASP have recorded a Q&A to answer the most commonly asked questions around driver and rider training and testing in the new three-tiered system.

“We grill them on why communications came out so late for the return to training and testing, was it really sensible to open up slots on 2nd December (leaving people little time to take advantage of them), what will happen with ADI assessments, will Examiners be vaccinated and why aren't theory test certs being extended?”

View the webinar here

Loveday Ryder - New Chief Executive DVSA

It has been announced that Gareth Llewelyn’s replacement as Chief Executive of the DVSA is Loveday Ryder, 51. She will be starting her new role on 1 January 2021 but who is she and where has she come from?

According to the gov.uk, Loveday Ryder has spent nearly 3 years as the CEO of BPDTS, the governments not for profit which was set up to provide specialist digital technology services to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Prior to this she served for 12 years in several senior roles in the Ministry for Justice focused on organisation design, change management and programme delivery.

Loveday Ryder says “I want to help build on the successes already achieved through DVSA’s 5-year strategy. DVSA will continue to change, improve and modernise services for customers, embrace smarter ways of working and make the most of new technology while making sure road safety remains at the heart of everything we do. I’m looking forward to supporting DVSA colleagues in the vital work they do to help achieve the vision we all share.”

The Driving Instructor and Trainers Collective - DITC would like to welcome Loveday Ryder to the position and look forward to seeing what she will bring with her from her work at BTDTS Ltd.

We’re all in tiers! But what does that mean?

The DITC phone hasn’t stopped today and being based on the London/Kent border we have seen a switch, with Kent becoming Tier 3 and London Tier 2. This is causing added confusion and concern, with most looking longingly toward NASP and the DVSA for guidance.

While we are still waiting to see if DVSA moves to training commencing on the 2nd, we know that we are faced with a 4-Tier system (with Tier 4 being the lockdown level that we are exiting). Having had first-hand experience of Tier 2 & Tier 3 pre-lockdown 2 we are going to review the situation based on what was allowed and assume this stands until we are told otherwise.

The previous situation (between lockdowns 1 and 2) in Tier 2 AND Tier 3 was that training and testing were taking place. You were able to cross borders between Tier 2 & Tier 3 for training, and all other Hands, Face, Space guidance should have been implemented in line with your COVID risk assessments (Tools are still available on the ADINJC website for anyone that needs them).

The interesting question will be test centres like that at Herne Bay, Kent, which sits in between the hot spots of Swale and Thanet. Will DVSA and examiners be willing to continue operating, and if not does that just displace candidates to surrounding centres?

We, like the rest of the industry, continue to wait for word from NASP and DVSA. Sadly the likes of the hairdressing industry received a prompt response over 2nd/3rd confusion and can plan their return to work on Wednesday (2nd) while we still await clarification.

SEPTEMBER NEWS

Welcome to the first ‘Rear View’ update from The Driving Instructor and Trainers Collective

This is your shortcut to the headline news brought to you by theditc.co.uk. As ADIs we know that despite being interested and wanting to read that article in the latest magazine, time is precious and the test centre waiting room table isn’t currently in reach! We won’t delay you further…

DVSA

Tests opened for booking:

1st September

7th September

Now every Monday after that.
Test booking open for 18 weeks on 14th September.
The guidance from the DVSA can be found here

Local Restrictions

At the time of writing there were local restrictions in:
Bolton, Caerphilly, Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire
Unfortunately there does not appear to be a public list of which centres are facing restriction. We have asked NASP and DVSA if this is being addressed

HSE guidance

The ADI NJC have raised the issue of instructors having access to toilet facilities and waiting rooms with the HSE. ADIs are classed as ‘Visiting Workers’. The DVSA response was “DVSA’s priority is to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Following engagement with driving instructors we made toilet and handwashing facilities available for any candidate, instructor or accompanying driver if requested.
DVSA is currently in discussion with HSE about the use of waiting rooms for driving instructors.”

The HSE response in full to the ADINJC can be found here

Instructor Challenges
Test bookings - With limited numbers registered for the Online Booking System there is no option but for you or your pupil to sit in the queue. The changes on 14th September will hopefully ease this.

Tests
We are hearing of tests refused due to inadequate mask use and ‘dirty’ (not visibly cleaned) vehicles. Please make extra efforts not so your pupils are not disappointed and you are not out of pocket.

Instructors are still facing challenges in adverse weather conditions. If you wish to raise this or other issues we recommend contacting your chosen national association and/or N.A.S.P. to raise it or we are happy to raise it for you (help@theditc.co.uk)

Scotland
Test booking - 7th September
Tests from - 14th September
On-hold test from lockdown will have an early invitation.
Scotland will only be booking 6 weeks ahead.

Podcasts
Here are some Podcasts you may not have discovered for those gaps between lessons:

DIPOD - The Driving Instructors Podcast - Episode 174 and Episode 147

Streets Ahead - Podcast

Conferences/Expo
For obvious reasons this years physical meet ups are cancelled. If you have any for us to add to the list please get in touch.

ADINJC & Intellignet Instructor Expo 25th April 2021

COVID Resources

ADINJC Toolbox - If you haven’t explored this yet, it is well worth a look! Free to all via the website.
The DIA members can access the DIA Toolbox via the Academy

TOTUM PRO

The DITC ADI and PDI members qualify for the TOTUM student card (Formerly NUS Extra).
Visit the DITC hub with a picture of your Pink or Green Badge, or Part 1 Certificate if Pre-badge & click the TOTUM link on the menu.

To Qualify
To qualify you need to be studying or teaching for 3 hours per week.

IMPORTANT - The TOTUM offer ‘3 years for price of 2' ends at the end of September! So sign up now!

The card not only gets you access to the TOTUM deals, but also student rates at any service or place that you use restaurants, gyms, shops, etc.

About Us

The Collective’s goal is to unite instructors. We are focussed on networking and connectivity between PDIs, ADIs, Businesses, Services and those looking to join the industry. We are only as strong as our membership but have already developed benefits and value for our members. If you would like to subscribe to our membership (Just £6 a month) visit theditc.co.uk

Test Booking and Booking Systems

The DITC have clarified the following with the DVSA:

  • There is no access to the Public Booking System or Online Booking System(OBS) between release dates (currently 26th and 1st).

  • There will not be 'cancellation' or 'short notice slots'.

  • No-shows are being automatically refunded as candidates are not able to inform the DVSA due to demand on the phones, and examiners are generally not able to access the phones, or are out testing.

  • Those who were unsuccessful this week will need to try again when the system reopens. They will NOT return to their previous position in the queue (I know some were hoping their places were held)

  • The OBS is closed to prevent the minority taking the slots from the majority as it is not possible to 'hide' or prevent booking of the slots if open.

  • OBS users will be able to switch/rename test slots, but only on the days that booking is open.

  • Only 1700 ADIs use the OBS, and new users cannot register at this time.

  • A knock-on affect is that Motorcycle and Vocational tests are also unable to access the OBS, so they are trying to resolve this.

  • It is worth noting that we are still in a 'coping' not 'recovering' phase - The only solution to the situation is by increasing capacity. The DVSA are very aware of this and are implementing strategies and in talks on how to improve this capacity.
    (This in our words, not DVSAs, but true to our understanding of what we have been told.)

Legal Support for DITC members and their clients

The DITC are excited to introduce Patterson Law, our specialist road traffic lawyers.

Patterson Law are the largest specialist Road Traffic Defence Law Firm in England and Wales. They will be working with us to provide accurate legal perspective on some commonly faced issues and misconceptions.

DITC members and their clients who encounter traffic related legal issues are able to contact them (Quoting the reference in the DITC Members hub) and receive a free consultation. If legal action is needed they work on a fixed fee basis (no hourly billable rates) so you will know the costs in advance, AND Driving Instructor and Trainers Collective Members (and their pupils) will receive 10% discount on these services.

Huge Savings for ADI/PDIs with TheDITC

The DITC members are now able to be recognised as Professional Learners

This means they can qualify for the TOTUM PRO (The UKs #1 Student Card)
Average savings £500+ a year.

Examples: 10% off Co-op, brands like Amazon, Apple, Boots, and discounts at many restaurants.

Requirements
DITC Membership
Valid ADI/PDI badge or valid Part 1 Certificate
Deliver 3hr of lessons or learning (including reflection) per week

Costs
The Driving Instructor and Trainers Collective membership - £6 p/m
TOTUM Card - from £14.99 + £1.50 postage
3yrs for price of 2yrs until end September 2020

Video information - Find out more about The DITC

If you have any questions we would love to answer them.
help@theditc.co.uk
Call : 020 39617175

Chris Bensted Offers a Guide to Picking Your Price Point

With instructors nationwide reassessing their prices and viability, as well as trying to recover from Lockdown and increased COVID costs Chris Bensted ADI draws on his previous live in retail to help you look at what, why, and how you are charging your clients.

Getting a Better Price

You are welcome to contact Chris to discuss this further.

DITC COVID, PPE Guidance, and ALERT Infographic

Many ADIs have benefitted from the guidance and information we have shared during lockdown. If you missed it, or need to refer back to it, you can find it below.

The DITC’s T&C Template - Designed to help you set the standards for your business.

The DITC's Instructor Guidance - Designed to help you to assess the risks and plan for them accordingly.

The DITC’s ALERT Guidance - designed for you to print and laminate for use in the car. To explain the measures you are taking to keep your pupils safe. Giving them the confidence and security that you are doing what you can in difficult times.

If you have questions we are happy to discuss.

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