Terms and Conditions

1. General

I will behave in a professional manner. My training car will be well maintained, as it is reasonably practicable to do so, clean and tidy (weather permitting). My car is fitted with dual-controls and is fully insured for driving tuition purposes. I will not pick up/drop off other pupils during a lesson, it is strictly a 1 to 1 basis. I will not use your lesson time for any other form of business, personal or otherwise without your expressed permission.

2. Qualifications

I am legally authorized to give driving tuition in the UK by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

3. Driving Licence and eyesight

You must hold a current, valid driving licence (provisional or full), which must be produced on or in advance of your first driving lesson. You must also check that you can read a number plate at a distance of 20.5 metres, (i.e. 67 feet – about 5 car lengths) with prescribed visual aids (i.e. contact lenses or glasses) if normally worn. Please note if you need contact lenses or glasses to achieve this you must make sure you wear them on each, and every driving lesson.

4. Safety

Safety is a shared responsibility as identified below:

In the interests of comfort and safety you are advised to wear suitable footwear and clothing which does not restrict movement or which is inappropriate, distracting or could lead to embarrassing situations.

It is important you act responsibly at all times and give your undivided attention to the driving task at hand. Should anything be distracting you during your lesson it is important that you make me aware of this fact even if it is something I am doing. Similarly, if you are feeling uncomfortable or uneasy about any driving task please let me know. I will be grateful for your feedback and I will think no less of you for doing this.

In an emergency situation, it is important you follow my instructions and allow me to take control of the steering wheel if necessary, to avoid an incident. I may also need to make use of the dual controls (i.e. brake and or clutch pedals) and thus override your use of them. As soon as it is safe to do so I will advise you of why my actions were necessary and help you to calm down if required. Any subsequent discussion will focus on what can be learnt rather than who was to blame.

I will do my best to deliver any instructions or take any actions (even in an emergency) in a calm and measured manner so as not to alarm you or make you feel uncomfortable or disheartened in any way. I will not shout at you or make any sarcastic or derogatory remarks.
You must take note of any medication you are taking which may affect your ability to drive safely and advise me accordingly before taking any lesson booked. Similarly, you should inform me of anything you feel might impact on your ability to undertake the proposed lesson safely.

If it becomes apparent you are unable to concentrate due to illness, tiredness, or your emotional state of mind I reserve the right to terminate the lesson early or require your agreement to choose an alternative learning activity which can still be undertaken safely.

5. Driving under the influence

To ensure the safety of you and other road users I reserve the right to cancel any lesson if you are or if I suspect you are under the influence of drugs, legal highs and/or alcohol (prescribed or otherwise). If this occurs the full training fee for the period in question will be lost or charged.

6. Lesson cancellation.

I reserve the right to charge for missed or late cancellation of lessons, unless 48hours prior notice is given.

If a pupil asks to re-schedule a lesson, every effort will be made to accommodate such requests subject to availability. Persistent cancellation of, or missed lessons may lead to any further lessons being cancelled.

It is the responsibility of the pupil to re-book any lessons that have been cancelled. I will not automatically book them in for the following week.

It is not always possible to keep a particular day/time slot open indefinitely for periods longer than 2 weeks, without prior arrangement as these may have to become available to someone else.

I reserve the right to postpone lessons if I consider the weather or road conditions to be unsuitable or dangerous. Unfortunately, I cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred as a result of me having to postpone any lessons, for whatever reason.

7. Punctuality

It is in your own interest to be punctual for your lesson appointments.

I would normally wait for you for a maximum of 10 minutes before the lesson would be abandoned and the lesson fee forfeited or become due for payment. A reciprocal waiting time may become necessary if I am delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, but I would normally try and inform you of any delay. I generally will make up any lost lesson time at the end of the normal lesson, or as soon as possible.

8. The Theory Test

This is generally booked by the pupil.

9. Driving Test

This is usually booked by the pupil. I must be informed prior to accepting the booking, to make sure I am available for that date and time. There are only certain days I am available to do driving tests.

Driving tests always take priority over other lessons. Therefore, a pupils normal date and time for a lesson may have to be moved if possible or cancelled for that week.

I reserve the right to withhold the use of the training vehicle for the test, if in my opinion you are not ready for the test or your driving and or behavior is potentially dangerous.