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Our Term and Conditions

1, Appointment card

  1. The appointment card will be issued either before, or on the first lesson, clients are advised to carry the card so that at the end of the lesson their next appointment(s) can be entered.

    2, Driving license

  1. Clients must personally ensure that they are the holders of a valid, signed current driving licence, which must be produced at the first lesson and will be regularly checked by the driving instructor.

  1. Clients must inform their driving instructor if they receive any endorsements on their licence during the time they are receiving tuition.

  1. Clients must inform their driving instructor of any disabilities they have which might affect their ability to drive.

    3, Clients well-being

  1. In the interest of comfort and safety, clients are advised to wear suitable footwear and comfortable clothing which does not restrict any movement, please ask your instructor for any advise you may require.

    4, Tuition fees

  1. Tuition fees are as stated in the fees section of these terms of business and may be payable in advance. All accounts must be cleared before proceeding on an official driving test.

    5, Postponement of a lesson by the Driving School.

  1. If by reason of a vehicle failure or other emergency a lesson has been postponed at short notice, an alternative appointment shall be made with mutual consent. Should such postponement be a driving test, the driving school shall be responsible to the pupil for the fee of the next test if it cannot be cancelled within the required time (see paragraph 7), regardless of the client’s continuation of lessons with the school. Clients should appreciate that it may not always be possible to notify cancellation if a breakdown occurs on the way to a lesson.

  1. Driving tests take priority over lessons therefore, a lesson already booked may sometimes have to be cancelled or postponed if the school receives short notice of a driving test.

  1. Except provided for in a) above, the school will where possible give notice of rearrangement or postponement of a lesson within the same time limit as the school imposes upon a pupil postponing or cancelling a lesson.

  1. If circumstances arise that a change of instructor becomes necessary, the pupil shall have the right to decline and also the right to discontinue lessons with the school.

    6, Postponement or cancellation of lesson by client

  1. At least one days notice of postponement or cancellation of a lesson is required. Please note that Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays are NOT counted as working days. Late cancellations will be charged for as specified in the fee section.

  1. Such notice to the school (in writing, by telephone or by fax) shall be deemed to have bee served on the day that the communication is received at the school’s premises, where it will be timed and recorded.

    7, Postponement or cancellation of a test

  1. The attention of the clients is drawn to the fact that a statutory period of notice is required under government regulations for the cancellation or postponement of a test.

  1. If possible the pupil will be advised in good time of the advisability of cancelling their test. The school cannot be responsible for the loss of the test fee if the pupil fails to immediately notify the booking office. The address and telephone number is given on the appointment document. (Card)

  1. The school cannot be held responsible for any postponement or cancellation of a driving test by the testing authority - at whatever notice.

  1. Clients should note that where lessons or tuition vehicle hire are cancelled at short notice, because of a cancellation by the testing authority, fees are still payable. It may be possible for clients to claim lost fees from the testing authority.

  1. School / Instructor guarantee

  1. The school guarantees that only legally authorised instructors will give tuition.

  1. Instructors official authorising documents will be displayed on the windscreen of the car and may be inspected freely at any time.

  2. Clients may be accompanied on their lesson by a supervising examiner, whose job is to ensure that the tuition given meets the required standard. This is a legal requirement and is in the public interest.

  1. If an authorised trainee instructor is used, a pupil may expect a senior supervising instructor present during some of the lessons.

  1. The Driving Test

    Your instructor will advise the appropriate time to make an application for a driving test. The advice will be based on the Clients progress to date. It does NOT imply that the necessary standard has been reached or that it will for certain be reached by the appointed test date. The school will not hesitate to advise, where necessary, the postponement of the test. This condition is intended to save the pupil expense, unnecessary failure and the consequent delay in waiting for another test and obtaining a full licence

  1. The school reserves the right to withhold the use of the school car for test or lesson, if in the opinion of the instructor the client is:

  • Not at driving test standard

  • Medically unfit (including eyesight)

  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol

  • Is not properly licensed to drive

  • Consistently fails to keep, or is late for appointments

  • Falls into arrears over payment

  • If for any other reason, the instructor considers the client will be unsafe to handle a motor vehicle

  1. Clients may be accompanied on their test by a supervising examiner, whose job is to ensure that official standards of testing are observed by examiners. This is a legal requirement and in the public interest.

  1. You are reminded that when you go to take your driving test you must take the required documents. Failure to comply with this regulation will mean the examiner will have to cancel your test, you will forfeit your test fee and have to apply for a new test date.

  1. In the event of the test appointment being sent to the client they are required to notify their instructor as soon as possible, of the date and the time of the test and show the document to their instructor on their next lesson. The school cannot accept any responsibility for booking an incorrect time or date of a test unless the appointment document is produced. If the appointment is send to the school, then an undertaking is given to show the client the document on their next lesson or notify then as soon as possible. The document will be handed to the client on request.

  1. Lesson in own car

  1. Lessons may be given in a clients own car if the instructor is willing to do so, on condition that it is clearly understood:

  • The car is fully insured for teaching for reward and this must be confirmed in writing by the vehicles underwriters.

  • The instructor is covered by such insurance to drive the car- to be confirmed as above.

  • The instructor can in no way be held liable for any damage or accident. While the instructor will make every effort to prevent the client having an accident, or damaging the car, it will be realised that their control is very limited. If the client wishes to have lessons in their own car then a second rear view mirror must be provided for the instructor. In view of the extra responsibility entailed, there will normally be no reduction in lesson charges.

  1. Data Protection

  1. We do keep your drivers licence number on our records. We will destroy these after you have completed your training on a written request.

  2. All training records are distroyed either after your training has been completed or if we have not seen you for a period of six months.

  3. You can have a copy of all details held by us concerning you after a written request

    12. Insurance

    a) School cars are fully insured for tuition and driving tests, the insures name is

    Enterprise Insurance

    (The Certificate of insurance is available for inspection)

    b) No liability of any kind can be accepted by the school/instructor for loss of, or damage to any property belonging to, or in the possession of the client

    13. Legal Liability

    a) Clients should be aware that their instructor’s primary objective is to promote road safety and in doing so he/she will have to issue instructions which clients must be prepared to carry out without undue argument

    b) The instructor will make every effort to train you to the highest standards but can in no way be held liable for errors you commit whilst driving and unaccompanied by your instructor either before or after a test pass.

    14. Complaints

    If you are unhappy with any aspect of your tuition you should notify the school/instructor without delay and not later than seven days from the date on which the cause of complaint arose. Every effort will be made by the school/instructor to satisfactorily deal with the complaint, these “Terms of Business” and the “Code of Practice for Approved driving Instructors” forming the basis for negotiations.

Learning to Drive

We realise learning to drive can seem quite complicated, with all the forms you need to fill out and other stuff you have to remember. Don't worry - we've created this page to give you information on everything you need to know about getting hold of your provisional licence, followed by the steps you then need to follow to apply for and ultimately pass your test. We've also included useful links to the sites you can click through to, when applying for both your licence and your test. We hope you'll find the info useful!

More Information: www.gov.uk/learnerdrivers www.gov.uk/learning2drive

Provisional License

Provisional licenceFirst things first, before you can even get into a car and start learning to drive, you have to get hold of a provisional driving licence. To apply for this, you must complete the application form D1 that's available from either the 'Driver or Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) form ordering service', or from your local Post Office. It takes about 4 weeks for your application to be processed and for your licence to be sent to you - so if you want to start learning as soon as you hit 17, make sure you apply early!

More Information: www.gov.uk/driving

The Highway Code

The Highway Code is essential reading for everybody learning to drive. It contains all of the rules and regulations that relate to driving in the UK. As a driver, it's your duty to know these rules - and remember if you don't abide by them, you'll be breaking the law and could end up being prosecuted. This could lead to you losing your licence, so it's worth getting to know what's what!

More Information: www.gov.uk/highwaycode

Theory Test

Theory test touch-screenThe theory test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice section and a Hazard Perception test. The multiple choice bit is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse, while the hazard perception test records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.
You'll need to pass both parts to successfully complete your theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other, you'll fail the whole test, and will have to take both parts again. You can book your Theory test through the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) website or we can arrange it for you.

More Information: www.gov.uk/theorytest

The Practical Test

Before you do any driving you'll be asked to perform an eyesight check and then be asked some vehicle safety questions. You'll then be tested on your general driving ability, including two reversing exercises.

The 'Driving' part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for evidence you've reached an overall safe standard of driving, as you carry out both general and specific manoeuvres. You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test, but 16 or more minor faults results in a fail. However, if you commit just one serious or dangerous fault, you'll fail the test automatically.

More Information: www.gov.uk/drivingtest

Eco-safe Driving

Eco-safe driving saves on fuel costs.Since 10 September 2008, sitting a driving test means you will also be assessed on your ability to drive demonstrating eco-safe driving techniques.
But don't worry as this assessment is not part of the existing criteria for the practical test and you will not fail your test because you don't demonstrate eco-safe driving techniques.
Your driving examiner will assess your control and planning, throughout the test and will give you feedback at the end.

More Information: www.gov.uk/ecosafedriving

Applying for the full driving licence

This is normally done automatically, after you've passed your practical driving test. The examiner will keep your provisional licence and they will inform the DVLA who in turn will issue your full driving licence to you by post within three weeks.