Weekly Blog

Hastings Driving Lessons asks are you a young driver with High Insurance rates?

If you are a young driver have you thought of having an ‘in car camera’ to monitor your driving. Many insurers actively encourage this and will offer 15% possibly more in discount..

It helps prove you are innocent if the other driver is in the wrong and is not expensive to buy. It is also helpful if you have a bump with an old geezer like me – who do you think they will believe, you or me if there is no camera?…. Worth thinking about !!!  click here for more.

Texting when driving – Fines to increase

The fines for texting whilst driving are to increase from £60 to £90… a rise of 50%. after the government announced a crackdown on dangerous drivng.

The minister Mr McLoughlin said “We want to send out a clear message to dangerous drivers: if you continue to show complete disregard forthe safety of others then we will catch you – and we will punish you.”

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Driving licence expirey dates.

Learn to drive safely with us
Learn to drive safely with us

Lennie says to check your licence expiry date.

Has your driving licence expired, do you check it for the expiry date.At Hastings Driving Lessons we realise this has become a serious issue as UK drivers are accustomed to their licence lasting till they are 70. With the introduction of the new Photo card licence in around 2000 many have not remembered to update it.
Check the expiry date in section 4b on the front of the card. If the date has passed, your licence has expired!
If your licence has expired you may have problems using it for I/D, car hire and may not please a police officer if stopped for a check. So take a look today and if necessary get it sorted.


Has your photocard licence expired? Taken from the latest issue of Despatch the DSA online magazine for driver trainers and erducaters.

Renew your photocard driving licence every 10 years or face a fine of up to £1,000.

4.1Checking your licence

Check the expiry date in section 4b on the front of the card. If the date has passed, your licence has expired!

4.2How to renew

Whether you’re renewing your licence or replacing one that’s been lost or stolen, the process is the same. There are 3 ways to apply:

  • online: providing you’ve had a new digital passport issued in the last 5 years – renew your driving licence
  • in person at selected Post Offices®: there’s a handling fee of £4.50 on top of the standard £20 fee
  • by post: completing form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’, available in selected Post Office® branches or by ordering online

Licence renewal is important because you’ll have the latest security features against fraud. You could experience delays in getting insurance or car hire if your licence has expired.

Renewal will also ensure the police and other enforcement agencies have the most accurate information to help them correctly identify whether a driving licence is being used fraudulently. This in turn, helps prevent driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and possibly dangerous drivers taking to our roads.

Find out more on GOV.UK
For the latest news read the DSA ezine Despatch aimed at those in the driver training and road safety industry

Enjoy and stay safe.

Japanese cars re-called

Hastings Driving Lessons Skoda Lesson car modelled by a very happy Robert.
Hastings Driving Lessons Skoda Lesson car modelled by a very happy Robert.



At Hastings driving Lessons we do not use Japanese cars. We use a Skoda Fabia 1.6TDi lesson car, which the pupils love and find so easy to get used to & drive. Hastings Driving Lessons have found them to be ultra reliable and economical with superb ecological considerations (good for the little birdies as exhaust emissions are low).We are on our third model.

 Do you have a japanese car that has been recalled because of a problem with the passenger air bag. check this out  just click on pic.

Has your car beteen subject to a recall
Has your car beteen subject to a recall

Exchange licence laws – News


 Law on driving licence exchange tightened to improve road safety
An inconsistency in the law meant that previously some non EU drivers were able to exchange their licence without proving that the necessary standards to drive in this country had been met.The change in law means requests to exchange driving licences from outside the EU will only be accepted if the licence holder can prove they passed a driving test in a country where the testing standards are comparable with those in Britain.Stephen Hammond said:“The UK’s roads are amongst the safest in the world, thanks in part to the rigorous standards demanded by our driving test. By closing this loophole we will not only make Britain’s roads even safer, but will help tackle fraud and level the playing field for British drivers who spend time and money learning to drive at the standard required in the UK.“It is obvious to everyone that drivers who have not been through a rigorous driving test will not be as safe as those who have. This change in the law will mean we can be sure that any foreign drivers exchanging their licence here have already passed a test of a similar standard to ours.”http://hastingsdrivinglessons.net/?p=1069&preview=true

All driving licences issued by an EU state allow that driver to drive in any part of the EU and there is no need for them to exchange their licences. This does not apply to drivers outside Europe but arrangements are in place with 15 countries that allow drivers to exchange their licences for a Great Britain one.

They do not need to take any additional driving tests as DVLA recognise that the licence they hold proves that they have already met the appropriate standards to drive in this country.

Inconsistency in the law     But because of an inconsistency in the law, some foreign drivers were able to exchange a licence with another overseas country with which DVLA have an exchange agreement, and then subsequently swap it for a Great Britain one.This meant that DVLA could not be sure that the driver had met the appropriate standards to drive in this country before exchanging their licence.

The law will now make clear that the licence to be exchanged will only be issued on the basis that the driver has met the appropriate standards to drive in this country.

The change in law came into force on 11 January 2013.…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

I have heard lately that the DSA along with the DVLA, VOSA and one other are possibly being put out to tender.In other words being privatised. Now as I understand it the driver testing system in Canada, big mountains, bears and north of America is managed by an arm of SERCO those lovely people who run many of our prisons, occasionally in the press for losing a prisoner or two in the past and collect our household waste.Now I have heard mutterings that SERCO may be allegedly,rumoured in the running for the job of taking over the DsA. Is this true do you think or just another load of rubbish.

Hastings Driving Lessons – Local services we use.

Hastings Driving Lessons  – Phone 07798 553932

use and recommend the following local services in Bexhill & Hastings.

Car servicing: Wheelers Garage. Reginald Rd.                                   Great garage good honest prices with no surprises.Have serviced & cared for Hastings Driving Lessons cars for quite a few years now with no problems,great for me and my pupils.

MoT testing station: Just MOTs , Bexhill. Good guys with no axe to grind so you get a completely honest MoT. Have MOTd our cars @Hastings Driving Lessons when needed call 01424 218080.

Computer help and advice:  www.jrrbennett.co.uk  good advice and for a fair rate. James helped set up Hastings Driving Lessons website and is there, just a call away if I need help, a great service.

Printers: I have 2 in Bexhill to recommend so send me an email to clutchdowndon@hotmail.com for details.

Stationery Supplies: SBS supplies. Town hall Square Bexhill.

Tyres: SE Tyres, Bexhill Rd. Nice to find a tyre shop you can trust.

Signage: CEE Jay Signs, Beeching Close Bexhill.  Very helpful and good advice.

Jewellers: Andrews, Sackville Rd. Bexhill. He can even make you up a special piece of jewellery to your own specifications.

Hairdressers: MJM, Western Rd Bexhill, they keep me trimmed.

Vets: www.1066vet.co.uk  Battle road St Leonards. Not a rip off.

Plumbers/central heating:Zone ec Ltd: Andy & Les. Call-01424 442979. For good,clean service and a fair price.