The Road to Becoming a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor UK

On Qualifying Other Legalities

‘Fit and proper’ is a major factor in the role of being an ADI. The DVSA do not restrict what fits under this ‘fit and proper’ title, and it is largely at the discretion of the Registrar. This can include but are not limited to; financial, sexual, unprofessional or procedural issues.

The 3 key areas the DVSA look for in lessons are:

  • Goal setting
  • Did learning occur
  • Is the safety being managed/controlled

However, there are many roles an ADI needs to undertake or employ a strategy for. These include financial management, advertising, marketing, crisis management, GDPR, and others. Franchises or schools may provide some of these for you, others may be available from companies in or outside the industry.

You should also consider cover including but not limited to:

  • Trade membership
  • Public Indemnity insurance
  • Private liability insurance
  • Income protection and business interruption cover
  • Personal Pension

As a business you are required to operate in line with health and safety, financial and business regulations, including the ASA that governs advertising standards, and the GDPR rules governing the handling and storing of data.

A great ADI doesn’t necessarily make a great marketeer or accountant but they do need to make sure they have a solution in place to deal with these areas.

On Qualifying Other Legalities

Posted by Chris Bensted

April 10, 2021