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Improvements to theory test

• DSA introduces case studies into the theory test

• Candidates to be tested on understanding as well as knowledge

• Case studies are widely used in education to put learning into context

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) will start to introduce case studies into the driving theory test from the end of this month, it has announced today. From 28 September 2009, one case study will be included in the exam for car drivers, moped and motorcycle riders.

As part of the multiple choice section of the test, the case study will assess candidates’ understanding of driving theory, whilst the multiple choice questions will continue to assess their knowledge of the subject.

The introductory theory test case study will take the form of a scenario, or short story, on which five questions will be based. Candidates will answer the questions in the same way as they do now, using either the touch screen or mouse.

DSA’s Director of Driver Education and Learning, Jill Lewis, said: “Case studies are widely used in education to put learning into context and test comprehension of a subject, so many candidates will have encountered this type of question before.

“Initially we are introducing one case study based on existing questions in the theory test question bank, to get candidates used to the concept. It will also allow us to monitor any impact on the theory test. Over time, we plan to introduce more case studies into the theory test to assess candidates’ understanding of what they have learned.”

Changes to the theory test are part of Learning to Drive, a long-term programme of major reforms that will progressively strengthen the way that people learn to drive and are tested. This approach received general support from the almost 7,000 people who responded to the consultation.

Preview of the 'Are you ready?' video for the theory test:


Driving Instructor jailed for leading fraud conspiracy

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has delivered a stark warning to any Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) who engages in fraudulent practices by misusing their status of responsibility.

ADI Peter Cyril Groombridge, 72, of South West London was today sentenced at Inner London Crown Court to 10 months imprisonment for encouraging four illegal instructors to provide driving tuition to candidates through his company ‘Professional Driving School.’

It is illegal to receive money or money's worth in exchange for driving tuition unless you are a qualified, registered ADI.

Early suspicions were raised when a DSA test centre staff member expressed concerns that illegal instructors were presenting candidates for test.

Bogus instructors, Edward Asare Afriyie, 58, of Peckham, George Ferreira Cabral, 35, of South West London, Ali Mazhar Mirza, 74, of South East London and Astley Hasten Davis, 73 of South East London received a combined fine of £2,580 for their illegal activity.

The DSA’s driving instructor Registrar, Charles Morton said: “The DSA message is clear: if you are not an ADI qualified to teach learner drivers, but continue teaching for money or moneys worth, you can expect to face ever increasing penalties.

“Illegal instructors are a danger to the public. They have not been assessed by us to ensure they are able to provide driving instruction to required standards.

“It is very simple to check that a driving instructor is qualified. Ensure they display an in-date pink or green badge in their windscreen during lessons and that the photo on the badge matches the person providing the instruction. The pink badge indicates that they have trainee status and are entitled to give paid instruction whilst acquiring practical experience. The green badge indicates their name is in The Register of Approved Driving Instructors, they are fully qualified to give paid instruction and are subject to regular checks by DSA to ensure their continued competence and suitability to give instruction”.

The head of the DSA Fraud and Integrity Team, Andy Rice added: “We investigate all reported cases of suspected illegal instruction and work closely with the police and criminal justice agencies to identify offenders and prosecute”.

If you have any doubts about whether your driving instructor is teaching you legally, call DSA on: 029 2058 1140

For further information, please contact Miranda Rose at DSA’s Press Office on 0115 936 6138, miranda.rose@dsa.gsi.gov.uk
website www.dsa.gov.uk


New Direction for Theory Test Preparation

The Driving Standards Agency have launched a brand new interactive DVD ready for learner drivers this Christmas. The ‘DSA Driving Theory DVD Game’ allows learner drivers to become a contestant in a game show hosted by Fifth Gear’s motoring presenter Vicki-Butler Henderson and features a studio audience and specially designed set. Vicki was thrilled to be involved: “Some people prefer to learn interactively, rather than from books. I hope the competitive element together with the popular interactive DVD game format, will help learners to get on the road safely” said Vicki. This innovative and unique product ensures learners have fun whilst prepping for their theory test – and it can involve the entire family this Christmas!

Bill Pope, DSA’s Head of Learning Materials is delighted with the finished product: "This innovative DVD Game format is a fun way for learners to revise for their theory test. New drivers can join Vicki Butler-Henderson as they pit their wits against friends and family to prove who has the best driving theory knowledge! This interactive DVD Game is designed to help learners pass first time and contains all the theory test questions for 2007/08."

The DSA Driving Theory DVD Game is the perfect Christmas gift for learner drivers whose new year resolution is to pass their driving test. Read more about the new DSA Driving Theory DVD Game (PDF).

‘DSA Driving Theory DVD Game’, ISBN 9780115528477, was launched Thursday 15 November and is published by The Stationery Office Ltd (TSO) and is priced at £19.99. Visit www.tsoshop.co.uk/dsa, call 0870 600 5522 or head to all good High Street and online bookstores and selected software retailers to purchase.

December 2007


It is now against the law for drivers to use a hand-held mobile phone, or similar device, while driving. It applies to all motor vehicles, including motorcycles, but does not apply to bicycles.

The law
It's an offence to "cause or permit" a driver to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving, or to use a hand-held mobile phone while supervising a driver who only has a provisional licence. A person is "driving" if the vehicle is stationary but the engine is running.

The penalty


Road designers in Kensington are trying to reduce street furniture in order to make the roads safer. On Kensington High Street where, as part of an environmental traffic management scheme, the borough has removed pedestrian guardrails and other obstacles.

The same has been applied to a town in Somerset (I think) where all the road markings have been removed.

the idea being that the less markings will make drivers unsure and slow down