New rules in the planning by the DVSA to tackle the issue

 

New rules have been proposed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in a bid to tackle the issue relating to inappropriate relationships between driving instructors and pupils.

The plan would see any driving instructor found guilty of striking up an inappropriate relationship with a young learner driver being banned from teaching.

According to the DVSA, between April 2016 and March 2017 there were 109 investigations into instructor misconduct, however this figure represents just a tiny fraction of the 39,000 licensed driving instructors in the UK.

Jacqui Turland, DVSA’s approved driving instructor registrar, has said that she will treat any instructor having a sexual relationship with a 17 year-old student, whether it be consensual or not, as exploitative.

Under the new rules, any driving instructor found to have had or who is having an inappropriate relationship with a young student faces being taken off the approved driving instructor (ADI) register, which means they will be stopped from being able to give driving lessons.

New rules in the planning by DVSA to tackle the issue

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Along with excluding instructors from having sexual relations with young students, the DVSA will also investigate any instructor accused by a student of “inappropriate sexual behaviour” – which includes sending indecent messages or images to students, using sexualised language, making inappropriate contact or making any kind of unnecessary physical contact with a pupil.

Head of counter-fraud and investigations for the DVSA, Andy Rice said: “We take the safety of learner drivers extremely seriously and will thoroughly investigate any complaints about the conduct of instructors and will involve the police where necessary.”

Mr Rice added that any driving instructor who fails to meet the ‘fit and proper’ criteria will be taken off the ADI register.

 

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