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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DBS News

The latest news from the Disclosure and Barring Service 22 October 2014:

Our journey to becoming a Centre of Excellence

It is a very exciting time here at DBS as we begin to get a real flavour for how our new digital systems will help us become more efficient and effective.

Most of you will know that we are changing the way we do things to make our services simpler to use and more accessible for everyone.

We are developing new digital systems to make our customer journey easier and our turnaround times quicker. This is driven by our three year Strategic Plan and desire to become Government's Centre of Excellence for suitability information.

We want to ensure that the new system will give better access to those who refer barring cases to us and those who make disclosure applications. It is designed to enhance the work we do to protect the public.

This is quite a big project, not least because of the incredible number of applications we deal with, and the very high standards we demand.

DVSA practical test business service: improvements made

From the DVSA 15 October 2014:
You recently told us what changes you would like to be made to the practical test business service.
We’ve listened and have made the following improvements:

Trainer booking tests

We’ve changed how the week beginning date works so you can now choose to search for tests; either from today’s date or from the opening week.

Working better with touchscreen technology

We’ve improved a number of the system’s areas such as the menu system to make the service easier for you to use on touchscreen devices.

Searching for bookings is now easier

We’ve removed some unwanted fields and moved others around to make it quicker and easier for you to find what you’re looking for.
Log onto the service

Road Safety Ireland – September 2014

Tom Harrington's excellent newsletter from Ireland has arrived:

Road Safety Ireland - September 2014

15 October 2014: Driving examiner strike - candidates urged to attend tests

Driving test candidates with practical tests on Wednesday 15 October should still come for their test despite the threat of strike action by examiners.

Some driving examiners who are members of the Public and Commercial Service union are planning to take strike action on Wednesday 15 October 2014.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is doing all it can to make sure that tests go ahead as planned and recommends all candidates come for their test as usual.

If your test is cancelled because of strike action, you won’t have to contact DVSA to rebook your appointment. DVSA will contact with you with a new test appointment within 5 to 10 working days.

Out-of-pocket expenses

You can claim out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled, but you must have turned up for your test in order to make this claim. If you don’t turn up, you’ll have to rebook your own test and you won’t be able to claim expenses.

Find out how to claim out-of-pocket expenses

Cancelling or changing your test

You can still book, change or cancel practical driving tests [ ] online on GOV.UK. You must give 3 clear working days’ notice to avoid losing your fee.

Theory tests

Theory tests aren’t affected by the strike action and will be taking place as planned.

Driving Test Candidates Warned on Vauxhall Car Recall

October 2014
Some vehicles are being recalled by Vauxhall and can't be used for driving tests until they've been checked and fixed if necessary.
Check this DVSA page to see if you are affected.

Latest DVSA official statistics published

They cover the period from 1 April to 30 June and provide the first information about the standards check (introduced on 7 April 2014).

Please note that the statistics are for the reporting period as a whole so they also include the old check test taken between 1 and 6 April.

The key points of the period between 7 April and 30 June are:

  • 2,520 standards checks carried out
  • pass rate was 81%
  • 24% of ADIs achieved Grade A, 57% achieved Grade B

Failure rate explained

The percentage of ADIs failing the standards check (19%) is slightly higher than for the check test (14%). However, this figure includes those who may have previously achieved an ‘educational’ grade.

Over half of the failures were automatic fails because the ADI scored less than 8 marks in the risk management section.

We would expect the failure rate to reduce as ADIs become more familiar with the Standards.

Read the report on GOV.UK.

Road Safety Ireland - Tom Harrington's Latest

Read the latest entertaining and informative newsletter from our colleague in Ireland:

Road Safety Ireland - Tom Harrington - August 2014

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