Professional, patient, polite â€“ all good characteristics you should look for in a driving instructor. What you donâ€™t want is one who sleeps on the job!
Book Theory Test Today says: â€œAs a learner driver, if youâ€™re ever going to pass your driving test you require an instructor who engages with you, teaches you and pushes you to be the best driver you can be. However, a driving instructor in Norwich decided that sleeping during a lesson would be a much better idea. Any guesses what happened to him?â€
If youâ€™re looking for a driving instructor, choose one that doesnâ€™t sleep on the job
Snapped asleep in the passenger seat with a learner driver at the wheel, a Norwich driving instructor has unsurprisingly been sacked.
He was photographed by 22-year-old, Laura Martin, who was a passenger in her fatherâ€™s van. Pulling up next to the learner vehicle near Carrow Road, Norwich City Football Clubâ€™s stadium, she was astounded to see the learnerâ€™s instructor catching 40 winks.
The instructor, who was self-employed, was in a 5Day car when caught napping. 5Day said: â€œThe instructorâ€™s actions were completely unacceptable and he was immediately dismissed.â€
Book Theory Test Today says: â€œIf youâ€™re looking for a driving instructor in Norwich, watch out for this guy. Chances are he could find employment with another driving school.â€
Miss Martin said: â€œThe guy was asleep for the entire time we were next to him: He only jolted up right once my dad revved his engine loudly. The poor learner he was teaching looked extremely flustered.â€
Miss Martin posted the picture on her Facebook page, attracting a string of comments. One person said: â€œNot very funny if the learner had caused an accident killing himself, his instructor or someone else.â€
Norfolk police confirmed that it had received a complaint from a member of the public regarding the incident.
Head of road policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, said: â€œThereâ€™s actually no specific offence that covers an individual supervising a learner driver being asleep as there is with them being drunk or using a mobile phone.â€
He added: â€œHowever, a supervisor or instructor can be seen as being in charge of that vehicle so should be in a position to intervene if necessary. Failure to adhere to this responsibility could potentially make the supervisor liable for an offence should a collision or other incident occur.â€
Book Theory Test Today says: â€œIf youâ€™re looking for a driving instructor, particularly a self-employed one, make sure you check their credentials. Have they previously been employed by other driving schools? If so, why did they leave? Thereâ€™s plenty of research you can do to make sure you donâ€™t end up with an instructor who neglects his duties.â€
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