If you plan to take driving lessons under the guidance of a friend or relative who is not a qualified instructor, there are some laws you need to be aware of, Book Your Theory Test Today reveals.
Book Your Theory Test Today realises that the cost of getting a UK driving licence can be expensive. Thereâ€™s paying for driving lessons, paying for a provisional licence, paying for a theory test and then paying for the practical driving exam.
In a bid to cut costs, Book Your Theory Test Today understands that more and more learner motorists are turning to friends, relatives and even work colleagues to assist them with their driving lessons.
Whilst this is an ideal way to cut the cost of learning to drive, and a great way to gain experience in preparation for the theory test and practical driving exam, there are laws in place that need to be adhered to.
What is the law regarding supervising drivers?
Book Your Theory Test Today can reveal that current legislation states the supervising driver of any learner motorist must:
* Be at least 21 years old
* Possess a full driving licence (for the type of vehicle they are supervising in – manual or automatic), which must have been held for a minimum of three years
* Ensure the car is in a safe and legal condition (i.e. full MOT and taxed)
* Meet the minimum eyesight standards
* Ensure the car displays L Plates (or D Plates in Wales) if a learner is driving
Why must the supervising driver be 21?
In order to ensure that a supervising driver has significantly more driving experience than the learner motorist, British law requires that the supervisor is aged 21 years or over.
Why must a supervising driver have held a licence for more than 3 years?
Book Your Theory Test Today states: â€œThis law is in place to prevent motorists that have just passed the theory test and practical exam, and have no independent road experience, from supervising learner motorists. A scenario where two inexperienced drivers, one of which is attempting to supervise, are operating a vehicle represents a potential accident risk.â€
Other conditions for unqualified, supervising drivers
Although not operating the car directly, the supervising driver is deemed to be in control of the vehicle. Therefore, the supervising driver has the same legal responsibilities as if they were operating the vehicle. For instance, drink drive laws and the ban on using mobile phones, apply to supervising drivers.
As an unqualified supervising driver it is also against the law to receive payment for accompanying a learner driver. Book Your Theory Test Today states: â€œSupervising drivers can only accept payment if
they are an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and possess the ADI certificate that is issued by the Driving Standards Agency.â€
Book Your Theory Test Today offers an intermediary service assisting clients with booking a UK theory test, or practical test, at test centres across the nation. The service also supplies resources to help you prepare for your theory test â€“ Ready to take your theory test? Book your theory test online today…