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.

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The standards check assesses competence across 17 areas. Having reviewed the assessments undertaken over the period 7 April – 30 June, we have identified that the following areas contributed most frequently to test failure.

  1. Was the lesson plan adapted, when appropriate, to help the pupil work towards their learning goals?
  2. Did the trainer ensure that the pupil fully understood how the responsibility of risk would be shared?
  3. Was the teaching style suited to the pupil’s learning style and current ability?
  4. Was the pupil encouraged to analyse problems and take responsibility for their learning?
  5. Was the pupil given appropriate and timely feedback during the session?
  6. Was sufficient feedback given to help pupils understand any safety critical incidents?
  7. Was the pupil encouraged to reflect on their own performance?

To aid regulatory compliance, I intend to review the content of the examiner Standard Operating Procedure to see if we can be clearer on what is being assessed in the above areas. I also intend to incorporate this information into our standard presentation on the standards check.

Mark Magee | Registrar

Get updates about driving test disruptions from DVSA on Twitter

DVSA’s customer support team are providing a bad weather alert service on Twitter to cover driving test centres nationwide.

This service will provide news about test slots cancelled due bad weather such as snow, ice and fog.

How the service works

When driving test slots are cancelled, DVSA’s customer support team will send out a tweet to let you know.
Each tweet will include a hashtag of the test centre concerned – you'll find which hashtag to follow on the poster displayed on the test centre notice board.

How you and your pupils can receive updates

If you have a Twitter account, you can follow the DVSA customer support team’s account, @DVSA_HelpMe and search for tweets using your test centre hashtag.
If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still view these updates – go to and follow the tweets from there. You can also search for your test centre hashtag without having to sign in.

For more information

If you have any queries, please speak to your local driving examiners.

Improving the DVSA Practical Test Business Service

Earlier this week, we made some improvements to the service - this is in response to your recent feedback.

You should now notice the following changes:

  • if you only have one test centre set as a favourite, it should now automatically display for you, so you don't need to choose it each time - the full centre list is still available if you need it
  • if you only have one business interest with one test category (ie car), it should automatically search and display this for you
  • when you search for slots, you'll now see 'To' and 'From' instead of 'week beginning' and 'week ending'

If you haven't already done so, log on to see the changes.

Use the service

ADIs: National Standards and you

Tell us what you think about the national standards for driving and riding and the new ADI standards check.

This is the first of a series of short surveys which replaces the bi-annual customer satisfaction survey. It takes around 5 minutes to fill it in.

We'll use the information you give us to help us identify areas for improvement.

This survey will close on Sunday 25 January 2015.

Email if you have any problems filling in the survey.

Thank you for your time.

Start now

CGI makeover for theory test

The changes to the video clips in the hazard perception test go live on 12 January 2015:

The hazard perception part of the driving theory test will be updated with computer generated imagery (CGI) from next Monday (12 January).

DVSA announced in December that the hazard perception clips in the theory tests will be replaced with new computer generated imagery (CGI) clips.
Filmed video clips are currently used to test candidates’ reactions to developing hazards on the road. The scenarios in these clips are still relevant, but the image quality isn’t as clear or defined as modern digital technology allows.

No change to how the test works

The first new clips show the same situations as the filmed clips, but are clearer on the screen and include updated vehicles, roads and surroundings to reflect modern day driving.
The way the hazard perception part of the theory test works won't be changing. The pass mark will stay the same.
The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one 'developing hazard' - but one of the clips will feature two 'developing hazards'

Applying for Criminal Records Checks

We have taken the step of updating the information on as some criminal record disclosures (i.e. in major cities) seem to be taking much longer – a couple have taken more than 3 months. The link is below:

I understand that this is partly due to the police now being required to review the content more closely and consider what is relevant to the position for which the disclosure is obtained. ADIs are required to undergo enhanced disclosure, which also covers working with children.

We are in the process of amending the renewal reminder letter that ADIs are sent six months before expiry of their certificate, In the meantime, I’d be grateful if you could please bring the new advice to the attention of your members.

We have also made other changes. If an ADI clicks on the link about criminal record checks they are now taken to another page on which explains how to obtain the check. Instead of being told to call GB Group an ADI can now click on the link which will take them to the GB Group website where they can fill in an online form to request an online link or paper based form to apply for their criminal record check.

We are aiming to replicate the above for PDIs as soon as possible.

Mark Magee | Registrar

Road Safety Ireland – December 2014

Here's the December issue of Tom Harrington's excellent Irish newsletter:

Road Safety Ireland – December 2014

Road Safety Ireland – December 2014

Tom Harrington LL B

Drink/Drugs Driving Up

One in 10 motorists in some counties has been caught drink driving over the past decade. And the number of motorists driving after drinking or taking illegal drugs is highest in predominantly rural counties. Data from the Central Statistics Office has revealed that on average, one in 20 people holding a driving licence has been recorded as driving under the influence of alcohol between 2004 and this year. Another 4,000 have been detected with illegal drugs in their system. An average of 51.5 motorists per 1,000 of population have been caught drink driving- but the figures are far higher in some counties. The highest rate is in Co. Monaghan, at twice the national average and the lowest is in Co. Roscommon. Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said that a “small minority” of motorists posed a “catastrophic risk” and the polydrug use – using drugs and alcohol was on the rise.

Comment. Although it has been an offence to drive under the influence of drugs since the introduction of the Road Traffic Act 1961, detections of motorists with illegal narcotics in their system, including cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine, is a relatively recent phenomenon.

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