Men v Women Drivers - The Enigma Continues!

Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD (April 2015)

“The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background is that deep down inside, we all believe that we are above average drivers.” (Dave Barry. Dave Barry Turns Fifty. Goodreads “Quotes about Driving”.)

Bad Drivers? No, Just Bad Stereotypes

Data show that negative stereotypes about ‘Bad Drivers’ are simply untrue. So, where did these stereotypes come from and why are they still going strong? A recent study published in Psychological Science may help explain how these types of stereotypes got started and spread. A team of psychological scientists led by a Doug Martin of the Person Perception Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland examined what happens as social information is passed down a chain comprising multiple “generations” of individuals. As people share information, the researchers hypothesized, they tend to break it down into categories that are simpler and thus easier to understand. Cultural stereotypes may then arise as the unintended but inevitable consequence of these shortcuts for sharing social information.

Road Safety Ireland - March 2015

March newsletter from Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD: Speed Cameras Review The Oireachtas Transport Committee is set to review the use of GoSafe cameras after a number of speeding cases were recently dismissed. Committee member Patrick O’Donovan said the current system isn’t working. “It is clear that the system is not working at the moment. There are questions about issuing of notices, as well as the location of vans and I believe that this and other issues need to be discussed in detail,” the Fine Gael TD said. In recent times, court cases involving Gosafe vans in Cavan, Monaghan, Clare and Limerick were dismissed. O’Donovan has asked for a full review of the Gosafe system. “I propose that the review should include the Departments of Justice, Transport, the Garda Siochana, the operator of the GoSafe vans together with legal practitioners who will be invited to come before the Committee.” He added “I have asked that this would commence as soon as possible so as to make sure that confidence is restored in the system.”

Tailor your learning to prepare for the car theory test

DVSA and The Stationery Office (TSO) have launched a new online learning resource to help learners pass their car theory test first time: The ‘DVSA Learning Zone’ is a learning material that provides instant access to all the latest DVSA car theory test revision questions and answers. If you’re studying for your car theory test, you can use this service to revise and take practice tests on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. You can also choose the amount of time you need to study. The rates are: 1 week: £7.00 1 month: £10.00 3 months: £15.00 1 year: £25.00 To find out more, visit the DVSA Learning Zone website

New location for theory testing in Canterbury

From Elizabeth Smith | Driving Theory Test Service Manager: In case any of your members use the theory test centre in Canterbury, I wanted to advise you that the location of this centre will be changing in May. The last day of testing at the current site at St James House is Tuesday 12th May. There will be no testing in Canterbury between Wednesday 13th May and Monday 18th May to allow the fit out of the new site. Testing will then start at the new site on Monday 18th May. The address of the new theory test site is as follows: Invicta House Lower Bridge Street Canterbury CT1 2LG Candidates will be informed of the new address in their email confirmation of their test booking. The new site is on the main arterial through-road and directly opposite the Castle ruins. Access to the new test centre at Canterbury is by way of two flights of stairs and there is no lift. We are advising candidates with restricted mobility to telephone 0300 200 1188 for advice on the available alternative arrangements.

Paper driving licences: abolition of the counterpart

Do you or any of your customers have old-style paper driving licences? Have you wondered what will happen to these paper licences once the paper counterpart to the photocard is abolished on 8 June 2015. Read our latest post to find out more. Read all the latest articles and features on the Inside DVLA blog.

Planned maintenance this weekend for some DVSA online services

This weekend some of DVSA's online services for driver and rider trainers won't be available because of planned maintenance. You won't be able to use the following services from 9:00am Saturday (28 March) until mid afternoon on Sunday (29 March):
  • book and manage your practical driving test
  • DVSA practical test business service
  • ADI online services (eg. renew or update your registration)
  • record Driver CPC training you provide
  • check your Driver CPC periodic training hours
  • upload delegated examiner records
We're sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

Online theory tests

The onlilne theory test booking service won't be affected. You and your trainees will still be able to book and manage your theory tests as usual.

New location for theory testing in Cheltenham

The last day of testing at the current site at Pate Court on St Margaret’s Road is Thursday 16h April. There will be no testing in Cheltenham between Friday 17th April and Friday 24th April to allow the fit out of the new site. Testing will then start at the new site on Saturday 25th April. The address of the new theory test site is as follows: The Coliseum 18-20 Albion Street Cheltenham GL52 2LP Candidates will be informed of the new address in their email confirmation of their test booking.

Second abolition of the counterpart webchat

Mountain ViewDVLA will be hosting a webchat for stakeholders, commercial customers and suppliers on 26 March 2015 at 10.30am.

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