Key points of discussion
Use of dashcams
DVSA have previously promised to publish advice on this subject, with input from the
Information Commissioners Office, but this has still to materialise. In the meantime, to offer
some practical advice for ADIs, NASP will publish some best practice guidelines on the NASP
website shortly. This will also include clarification about the terms and conditions of
instructor insurance policies with regard to dashcam usage.
Practical Test Implementation
The official research report on the practical test trial has now been published. This will
shortly be published on the NASP website, alongside FAQs which have already been
published by NASP on the implementation of the new Category B test. It was noted that
ADIs had been sent a handbook on the changes and NASP will continue to publish any
updates and advice on the NASP website working towards the launch date on 4th December
2017. The new Part 2 test will also be implemented on the same day.
Implementation of the new Part 3 assessment
NASP discussed the issue of the delay in implementing the new assessment and will be
writing to DVSA to express their concern and disappointment, as well as to ascertain next
steps, including expected new date of implementation (concern over the readiness to
launch had already been communicated to DVSA by NASP much earlier in the change
process). NASP will urge the regulator to ensure that individuals affected by the decision to
not to go live in October (i.e. those trainers and trainees with tests booked) will be kept
updated on developments, and a new implementation date communicated to the industry
ASAP. The meeting also expressed its hope that, when ready to launch, the new test will as
originally suggested by DVSA be available at a wider range of DTCs (as the agency indicated
recently would be the case).
Developments to Find Your Nearest
The meeting reviewed the changes to the DVSA instructor search facility, particularly the
drive to publish instructor grades on a voluntary basis to assist consumers in making a more
informed choice when picking an ADI. Clarification is being sought from DVSA as to their
future intentions in terms of possible publication of instructor performance data. This will
be raised at the next meeting with DVSA in November. NASP will also discuss with DVSA at
this meeting further ways DVSA could positively and proactively promote professional driver
trainers to the public.
The meeting looked at possible initiatives to incentivise better preparation for theory tests
and tackle failure to attend issues (with a large number of pupils having several attempts at
the test due to insufficient preparation and equally a significant number also failing to turn
up for tests booked). To be discussed with DVSA at next meeting.
With waiting times increasing again in some areas of the UK, NASP to discuss with DVSA
their DTC wider resourcing strategy and plans to tackle bottle necks.
Learners on Motorways
NASP guidance has been published on this topic with implementation of deregulation
expected in 2018 (no date has been stated as yet, ministerial approval has been given but
full government clearance is still necessary). A project with Highways England is in stream,
which (with input from NASP) will deliver learning resources to both trainers and pupils
about training on the high-speed road network.
Training and Qualification of ADIs
NASP discussed the ongoing challenge of delivering a quality ADI training process and
developing the performance of both training bodies and trainees. It was agreed that whilst
the implementation of a new Part 3 assessment would be a step forward, the quality
assurance and qualification process itself still required wider review and development. This
will be a particular focus of discussions with DVSA when meeting with NASP later in the
This meeting was attended by NASP members from the main three national ADI associations – ADINJC, DIA and MSAGB.