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Please find the useful information directly below, and the latest Roadworks news towards the very bottom of the page.

 
Recent press articles in various publications have reported the latest trend to hit the driving school market. At Roadworks we feel you should know the facts and then make your own mind up to what over the last year or so has affected learner drivers in most smaller/medium UK cities.
 
 
Many press articles report similar to the following; 
 
 
'....new driving schools offering ridiculous claims regarding how many lessons people need and charging unrealistic fee's (such as 7 for first 3 lessons then 15 thereafter) just to get new customers. These are simply impossible prices to be ongoing and sustainable, and are continuing to flood the market, taking most of the work from the established and experienced driving schools......'
 
 
That may look like healthy competition to most people, but the problem is some of these driving schools and/or instructors disappear as quickly as they appeared, leaving the pupil to find a new instructor, and then having to fix many driving faults due to poor and/or inexperienced training and often postpone a driving test they genuinely thought they were ready for.
 
 
The articles continued along the lines of;
 
 
 '......only to cease trading and disappear within a few months, leaving the pupil to find a new instructor, sometimes only days before a test they are unlikely to be properly prepared for....'
 
 
adding;
 
 
'.......leaving a trainee/newly-qualified instructor with a large debt, no job and a broken promise.......' 
 
The above is a unique construction of many ongoing articles from many publications.
 
The Innocent Problem
 
Promises of substantial earnings, a secure future and a guaranteed job (or potential business opportunity in plain English) are tempting more and more people to train to be a driving instructor. During the final part of their training at make or break time, these new schools/instructors cease to teach if they don't make the grade or find the promise of 32,000+ per year/700+ per week, (that's around an almost impossible 45 lessons @ 15) was rather generous to say the least, resulting in the pupil being sent another instructor by the school, who will sadly and probably be in the same situation soon, or the pupil will be looking for a completely new instructor altogether, a situation never expected by the learner. If they knew they would have 2-3 different instructors and maybe even 2-3 different cars, all with one driving school, a booking would never have been made. These are not the sort of situations that generate repeat business and recommendations, both a driving instructors bread and butter.
 
 
If you're looking for a good deal there is often more to consider that a cheap starting deal and cheap lessons. No one can be blamed for these things, many people can start a driving school, they can charge whatever they like and we all look for a good deal whenever we can. However, people call a driving school or instructor to learn to drive and pass the test, with that particular chosen driving school or instructor, but not to experience the above.
 
 
The above is factual, ongoing and causing many problems for many people. I hope this information is of use to anyone attempting to choose an instructor to learn to drive efficiently, in an almost flooded market.
 
 
The effect on the pupil, and the unfortunate mislead, but innocent trainee instructor are the only thing we at Roadworks are concerned about. Established driving schools like Roadworks and many other quality instructors/driving schools in Leicester and throughout the country continue to pick up the pieces.  
 
 
The DSA say without quoting directly due to copyright
 
 ........."we suggest that you ask relatives and friends to recommend an instructor they may know. also look in a localised business pages for instructors in your town or city. Try and choose an instructor that:

     carries a good reputation

     is punctual and reliable

     has a vehicle that suits your needs............"

 
That is fantastic advice is you're not sure who to choose.
 
 
If you're looking for a licensed trainee instructor, look for the pink triangle;

Trainee Driving Insructor Badge
Trainee Driving Insructor Badge
This Denotes a Trainee Driving Insructor

If you're looking for a fully qualified Driving Instructor, look for the green octagon.

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI Badge)
Approved Driving Instructor (ADI Badge)
This Denotes A Fully Qualified Instructor

 
 
We at Roadworks wish every new or qualifying instructor well, the very best of luck with their new career and hope you have the backup, resources and quality training you deserve to develop your skills to establish yourself, just as we did when training. After all you have paid for this. Hopefully you will have the chance to continue to successfully work within the driver training industry. As the DSA recommend, look for the 'ordit' badge.
 
 
 

Ordit Badge
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Qualified and inspected trainers and establishments.

If any of the above is incorrect please e-mail me with details and I will be more than happy to deal with the situation. We all work hard for our money and learner drivers want to learn to drive and pass the test, as do people who are qualifying to be an instructor. They should not be messed around, or have their money and time wasted, by people trying to make a quick short-term buck.
 
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E-mail Phil Oliver

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Previous Tuition Cars
 
Our Fantastic Renault Clio 1.5 Dynamique went into retirement in May 08

Dave Oliver's Renault Clio Dynamique 1.5D

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The fantastic servant that is the Vauxhall Corsa SXi, went into retirment May 06.

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A non black car! Crazy orange Fiat Punto, retired in May 2002.

Phil Oliver's Old Punto S

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Possibly my fave car to date Fiat Punto SX, went into retirement October 2000.

Phil Oliver's Old Fiat Punto SX

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Peugeot 106, retired in spring 1999

Peugeot 106

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Only joking!

Maybe Sue's First Car!

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