Any driving instructor, who provides paid driving tuition, must, by law, be licenced by the DVSA. This may be in the form of:
- a full licence (often called the Green Badge due to its colour) which shows that the instructor has passed all three tests which are designed to check the instructors knowledge of the rules of the road, their driving competency as well as their ability to teach and pass on their knowledge to the pupil; instructors who have this licence are referred to as Approved Driving Instructors (ADI's). The ADI Licence is valid for 4 years.
- a trainee licence (often called a Pink Badge due to its colour) which shows that the instructor has passed the first two tests and is training for the 3rd and final test that checks the instructors' ability to teach. Such instructors are known as Provisional Driving Instructors (PDI's) and are under supervision of a fully qualified ADI. The PDI licence is valid for 6 months. They must pass the final test within 6 months or lose their PDI licence.
Any Driving Instructor who does not possess either an ADI or PDI licence cannot provide paid instruction - however, they can still provide unpaid instruction for Private Practice so long as they meet the minimum legal requirements.
The DVSA continually checks the performance of ADI's and regularly, typically every 18 months, tests the ADI to ensure that teaching standards continue to be met.
It is a criminal offence for an instructor to provide paid instruction while not in possession of a valid ADI or PDI licence. Ask to see your instructors licence and if you have any doubts contact the DVSA on 0300 200 11 22
DriveAbility has been approved by the DVSA as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and has held an ADI licence for many years. As such, it has also had to undergo several checks that it is continuing to provide driving tuition to the required standard.