DIDU AGM Sunday 18 May 2014

Our annual AGM will take place this year on Sunday 18th May. All members are welcome.
The meeting will commence at 10.30 am and conclude around 4.00pm. Arrangements for those wishing to travel on Saturday and stay overnight will be posted on the forum.

The location is at:

Beedles Lake Golf Club,170, Broome Lane, East Goscote, Leicester, LE7 3WQ


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During the AGM there will be a presentation about the "Standards Check" by Cameron Smith, DIDU education officer. Cameron attends the DSA's consultative committee meetings and is well placed to have all the latest information.
Watch this page and the forum for the latest information.

Download AGM application form
Download committee nomination form
For enquiries or bookings, email Alan Wood, DIDU secretary.

Membership Offer

Good news! You can now sample membership of the DIDU Association for three months - free of charge!

DIDU membership includes the following benefits:

  • Access to our forums
  • A monthly copy of our ePublication "Empower"
  • Representation with the DSA (during the trial period representation will be limited. Full details available upon request).

You will need a valid email address to take up this offer, and to be either a PDI or an ADI.

Apply now! Click here

Download DIDU's promotional leaflet here

Toyota Yaris vehicle recall: car practical test


Toyota has issued a recall notice affecting the Yaris model built between June 2005 and May 2010.

You can’t use a vehicle that has a possible safety fault on the practical driving test unless you have proof that the vehicle is safe.

The recall notice

There are 2 separate safety issues:

  • potential for the seat rail track to break if the seat is frequently adjusted forward and/or backward for:
    • driver’s seat - all vehicles
    • front passenger seat - 3-door vehicles only
  • potential for a crack to develop in the steering column mounting bracket if the steering wheel is frequently and forcefully turned to the full-lock position

For more information

Read this notice on GOV.UK for the latest list of vehicle recalls and for details on the type of proof you need to bring to test.

DVSA examiners may accept proof from the Toyota Online Recall Tool. You or your pupil would need to access this tool and complete the verification process on a suitable device to show the examiner, without delaying the testing schedule.

For tests taking place within next 3 days

If you’re affected by this and any of your pupils have a driving test booked within the next 3 working days (from Wednesday 16 April), they can cancel or re-arrange it free of charge.

They can do this by contacting DVSA practical test enquiries and booking support to re-arrange; telephone 0300 200 1122 (Monday to Friday, 8am to midday).

For tests taking place in more than 3 days' time

If any of your pupils have a driving test booked to take place in more than 3 days' time (from Wednesday 16 April), they'll still have to give the usual 3 clear working days notice to change or cancel without losing their fee.

They can do this by using one of the following links:

DVSA opening hours: Easter 2014


DVSA’s driving test centres and customer support will close at times over Easter but online services will be available as normal.

You can find more information on GOV.UK about when DVSA’s driving test centres and customer support are open, and the last dates to change or cancel driving tests.

Find out more

New drink driving awareness campaign from Sixt

Sixt rent a car have launched a brand new drink driving awareness campaign in order to give people a much clearer understanding of the dangers as well as detailing the limits, laws and effects that alcohol has on the body. Click on their logo to visit their website and view an animation which supports the campaign and outlines the danger of drinking and driving, emphasising the problem of not realising the effects alcohol has on the body.

Standards check: updated document published

From Mark Magee DVSA Registrar and Director:

The updated ‘ADI1 standard operating procedure’ has been published on GOV.UK.

This document has been updated to include the standards check guidance for examiners - ‘ADI standards check: standard operating procedure’.
This guidance was published separately until now. Its content hasn’t changed.
The new standards check starts from today (Monday 7 April 2014).

Duty to Refer Briefings


Dear customer

We are delighted to advise you that further dates have been made available for our duty to refer briefings. In addition we are now taking bookings for our South West regional event in Truro on the 01 May 2014.

The events are free and targeted at employers and managers who have responsibility for removing individuals from regulated activity posts where harm has, or may, occur, with special emphasis on the barring function of the DBS.

We'll provide detailed guidance on the duty to refer, submission of referrals and the information required to support a referral to the DBS.

You can read the duty to refer events news story for more details and to book a place at Truro.

Kind regards

DBS Safeguarding Relationship Management Team

End to Driving Tests in Foreign Languages

Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond has announced that from today (Monday 7 April), both theory and practical driving tests will only be available in English and Welsh.

These changes have been introduced to:

  • improve road safety
  • reduce driving test fraud
  • improve social cohesion

This move follows last year’s public consultation into foreign language support for driving tests; more than 70% of responses supported removing foreign language voiceovers and interpreters from tests.

Previously candidates could:

  • take their car and motorcycle theory tests with a voiceover in 1 of 19 foreign languages
  • use interpreters on theory tests and practical tests

More information

Read the response to the consultation

Read the announcement

Mark Magee | Registrar and Director
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

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