The DVSA have issued the following release to the media
The operation took place from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 October, at locations in East and West London, including Ilford, where one arrest was made for taking payment for driving instruction without being registered as a driving instructor.
During the three day operation, 74 vehicles were stopped, 1 arrest was made, 1 vehicle seized, and 1 summons issued to a registered instructor for failing to display, apparently this person had been spoken to in the past regarding a failure to display.
The head of the DVSA Fraud and Integrity team, Andy Rice, said:
“We urge all learners to ensure their instructor is qualified to teach by checking they display a valid DVSA certificate in their windscreen. Learners can also use the free ‘Find a driving instructor’ service on GOV.UK to see details of their nearest instructors who are approved and registered with the DVSA.
“All approved driving instructors undergo regular assessments of their ability to teach and are also CRB checked.
“Illegal driving instruction is rare but when it happens can potentially be very serious. We investigate all reported cases and work with the Police to bring offenders to justice.”
Spotting a fake Driving Instructor:
All licensed and approved driving instructors must display a DVSA ceriticate, which must be clearly displayed in the front windscreen of their car.
The licence will be pink or green. The pink license will be a triangle, which denotes that the instructor is a trainee. The green licence will be in the shape of an octagon, which means the instructor is fully qualified.
The inside of the license must show a photograph of the instructor and valid date. It should also have the instructor’s name and number on it.
Reporting a fake instructor:
DVSA fraud and integrity team
Telephone: 0191 201 8120