New powers to protect learner drivers

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<h3>Driving instructors who pose a significant threat to public safety will face immediate suspension under new legislation that was put forward in Parliament this week.</h3> <p>Under the current legislation, it takes a minimum of 45 days to prevent an instructor from continuing to give paid driving instruction.</p> <p>However, from 13 July, the registrar of approved driving instructors will have the power to immediately suspend the registration or trainee licence of an instructor who presents a significant danger to the safety of the public.</p> <p><strong>Effective action to protect learners</strong></p> <p>Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Driving instructors play a vital role in helping to ensure Britain&rsquo;s roads remain among the safest in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;The vast majority of instructors meet the extremely high standards we require of them, but in the very rare cases where an instructor presents a significant danger to the public, it is right that we take prompt and effective action to protect learners and other road users.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>The registrar is likely to exercise the suspension power in cases where instructors have been convicted of a violent or sexual offence or are delivering tuition of a dangerously low standard, while the formal removal or revocation processes are being completed.</p> <p><strong>Right of appeal</strong></p> <p>Instructors retain the right of appeal against a decision to remove them from the register of approved driving instructors or to revoke their trainee licence.</p> <p>The instructor will be able to apply for compensation in respect of the period of suspension if they are not subsequently removed from the register.</p>