Candidates who lose their theory test pass certificate number can now find it online.
The DSA has launched a service on the Directgov website that lets candidates use their name, driving licence number and date of birth to find a lost number.It takes around 2 minutes to use the new service, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Until now it had only been possible to do this by phone during office hours.
Hastings Driving Lessons is glad to see this service now being provided by the DsA at long last. Many pupils will often lose these details on the way home from the exam in their excitement or by putting them “somewhere safe” never to be seen again, and these numbers are needed so that you can book your practical test.
THE OFFICIAL HIGHWAY CODE
The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. It’s essential reading for everyone. Here’s a reminder about road junctions.
Rule 178Advanced stop lines. Some signal-controlled junctions have advanced stop lines to allow cycles to be positioned ahead of other traffic.Motorists, including motorcyclists, MUST stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and should avoid blocking the way or encroaching on the marked area at other times, e.g. if the junction ahead is blocked.If your vehicle has proceeded over the first white line at the time that the signal goes red, you MUST stop at the second white line, even if your vehicle is in the marked area.Allow cyclists time and space to move off when the green signal shows.Read all the rules about road junctions (170-183)
What’s new from the DSA.
Hastings Driving Lessons strongly recommends ALL drivers should sign up for this one above.
DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY
Government crack down on drug driving menace
The government announced plans today to crack down on those who drive while under the influence of drugs.
Legislation unveiled in the Queen’s Speech will create a specific drug driving offence. Currently police have to demonstrate that driving had been impaired by drugs in order to prosecute.Under the proposed legislation it will automatically be an offence to drive a motor vehicle if you have certain controlled drugs in your body in excess of specified limits. This will make it much easier for police to take action against drug drivers.Devices to screen for drugs in the body are expected to receive type approval from the Home Office by the end of the year.Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:“Drug drivers are a deadly menace – they must be stopped and that is exactly what I intend to do.“The new offence sends out a clear message that if you drive whilst under the influence of drugs you will not get away with it.“We have an enviable record on road safety in this country and I want to keep it that way. This measure will help to rid our roads of the irresponsible minority who risk the lives of innocent motorists and pedestrians.”An independent review of drink and drug driving law in 2010 recommended that a new specified limit offence should be developed. The exact drugs covered by the offence and the specified limits for each will be determined following advice from an expert panel and a public consultation.Earlier this year the Department for Transport announced the formation of the panel and today is confirming the membership. It includes experts in the field of alcohol and drug misuse and will also work with officials from the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Department of Health.The penalty for the new offence will be a maximum of 6 months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000, and an automatic driving ban of at least 12 months.
Taking your Hastings Driving Lessons instructor with you on Test.
Were you aware that from April 6th 2010 the DSA introduced legislation so that whoever accompanies you to the centre will be invited to sit in the back of the car/vehicle on your test? The examiner will ask you if you want your hastingsdrivinglessons instructor or accompanying driver(maybe mum,dad or a friend) if you would like them to come along with you.No children allowed.The examiners do not usually mind and are quite willing for the Instructor to come along for the ride but from 2010 it has been by invitation from your examiner.Your instructor does not have go with you so make sure you sort it out before you get there to save any embarrassment. If your instructor refuses maybe ask yourself why? Statistics show that around 20% of instructors now sit in the back for the test.It was hoped to have been higher than this but time will tell.
Hastings Driving Lessons are always willing to sit in the back of the car on our pupils tests.
It should not be a problem unless the examiner him/herself are being checked out by their boss then there will be four of you in the car….cosy if you are in a not so smart car. Make sure you get some practice with someone sitting in the back as the extra weight will greatly affect the way the car handles especially if it is a small light car with a little engine.(There could be up to five of you if you have an interpreter with you). Getting a bit like a fun day out isn’t it.
Interpreter on Test
From April 2010 your instructor can act as your interpreter also. Up to now this was not allowed and you would have had to provide your own who had to be recognised by the DSA but if you do need an interpreter at least you will no longer incur that cost. Unfortunately we do not provide this service at HastingsDrivingLessons, I feel pupils would prefer to provide their own.Come to think of it you will not be able to read this anyway…..hohum. There are changes being looked at whereby you will only be able to take your test in English or Welsh due to alleged cheating by some some dishonest interpreters.A case of where a few have ruined it for the majority again.
In 2010 we had the introduction of the Independent Drive , this is to test the candidate to see if they can drive “on their own”. You will be given a set of simple instructions to follow in advance for 2 or 3 roads / junctions then the examiner will just sit back and let you get on with it. Do not worry if you forget, just ask them to repeat and they will happily do so. Remember you will be nervous and if like me you will be guaranteed to forget, so no problem just ask as the examiners do not mind and fully understand you being nervous. This is a test of your driving skills not a memory test. If your instructor is doing the job properly you will be practising this anyway as your standard improves and can cope with it eg, find your way home, take me to the station/Sainsbury’s or Tesco’s or follow the signs to….if you are not doing this already you are not ready for your test anyway. So if you are not doing this before ask yourself why not, or better still ask your instructor? Your instructor should be getting you prepared as it is exactly what you will do once you pass anyway. When this came in they dropped one of the manoeuvres. You will still have to be able to do ALL 4 but will only be asked to do two, this is completely at the discretion of the examiner .The emergency stop stays the same, at random on one in three tests. So far the comments are encouraging. Candidates appear to be getting on very well with it, thanks to be being properly prepared by their instructors and examiners are enjoying the new role taken on by the candidates. It would appear, though it is early days yet, that there is an improvement in the pass rate, a small one but non the less an encouraging one. It will have to be checked over a longer period but when the figures are available we hope to see a resulting drop in the KSI rate-only time will tell.
KSI – killed and seriously injured.
Use of Mobile Phones when Driving.
The DSA have a new online test for us to try , have a gohere, see if you can get a high score. I am afraid I needed a couple of attempts to get it right, when the lady starts to talk and pedestrians were about I switched off to her voice like a good instructor, which was not the object of the exercise. I hope you have better luck. It really does bring the message home,imagine doing this in real life. Unfortunately some fools think they can.
Please, please never use a hand held phone when driving and never ever send text messages when at the wheel.Most people do not realise that you should not even check your texts on a hand held phone or take/make calls when stationary in traffic queues or at traffic lights. It is best to be parked up safely to use your phone.
If you ring my mobile whilst I am teaching it will go to voice-mail.Hastings Driving Lessons policy is for phones to be switched off during lessons. Just leave a message and I will call back asap.
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