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Tax Discs Now Scrapped, Here’s What You Need To Know

The 93 year reign of tax discs has now come to an end and motorists are now no longer required to show a tax disc on their windscreen. What does this mean and how does it affect you? We tell you all you need to know..

What’s Happened?

The Tax Disc has been abolished which means you now no longer need to show it on your windscreen, not only this when it comes to renewing your road tax you won’t receive a paper disc, it’ll all be stored electronically.

How Can I Renew My Tax?

Your road tax can be paid online via the DVLA website, if you do so we caution people to ONLY use the official DVLA website to do this via https://www.gov.uk/tax-disc Alternatively you can pay over the phone via 0300 123 4321 or via your local post office.

How Will It be Enforced? How will they know if I am taxed?

It’ll all be done now via Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Cameras. They will read the number plates, check with a central system to check your tax status and will chase up those with expired or no tax. As well as this the police will have access to this so they can check and confirm whether or not you are driving without tax.

What Do I Do When My Road Tax Expires?

If you haven’t already done so, you can remove your paper tax disc from your windscreen. You also won’t have to do anything if your paper tax disc doesn’t run out till the future. Once it does expire you will need to renew it using the new online system.

What Happens When I’m Selling or Buying A Car?

From now on, vehicle tax can not be transferred with a vehicle. Not only this, you must let the DVLA know that you no longer own the vehicle, until you do so you are still responsible for the taxation of the vehicle. If you still have full calendar months left on your vehicle’s tax from the DVLA

 

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Road Safety Organisation the TTC Group Seeks New Trainers Following Expansion

The TTC Group are on a nationwide recruitment drive following expansion into new markets and having clinched two more major contracts for one of the UK’s leading road safety organisations.

Currently the TTC Group educates 300 thousand drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians each year with the aim of cutting road deaths and injuries. Their training programs include Speed Awareness courses, managing workplace road safety for employers and road safety education for schools and colleges.

Having won two prestigious new contracts in Yorkshire and Wales, the TTC Group has expanded its successful drive to educate motorists as part of a national campaign for safer roads.

“We are looking for well motivated professional trainers who are either qualified approved driver trainers or who are experts in their own field of classroom based training with nationally recognised qualifications.. Previous experience is not required as full training will be provided. The ideal candidates will be forward thinking and interested in making a positive contribution towards creating safer roads.”

Full details of the recruitment opportunities will be available on the TTC website www.ttc-uk.com/vacancies  at the end of September 2014 but interested trainers are invited to register their interest in advance by sending an email containing their contact details and qualifications/experience to nicola.rees@ttc-uk.com using ‘Expression of Interest’ as the subject title.

Click here for further information on the TTC Group.

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Driving Test Success and Uni Kit Out

University season is just about to start and Driving Test Success are proud to announce their partnership with unikitout.com, a website dedicated to student needs and necessities.

Moving away from home for the first time can be exciting but a shock to the system all at the same time. Suddenly, you have to buy a duvet. How much does a duvet cost? Shall I just budget £5 for one? Kitchen utensils? I thought all I needed was a fork and knife, maybe a spoon if I wanted to get lavish!

These are the sort of questions thousands of new students will be asking themselves and fretting about in their first weeks at university. That’s where unikitout.com come in.

Uni Kit Out offer special packages specially for students which leave the second guessing out. Or rushing around from shop to shop trying to piece together and remember what you need.

For example Uni Kit Out have Combo Superior Bedroom Crockery pack which includes a duvet, pillow and all the crockery you need. The saving you make by buying them all together, plus with the super special offers the website has means that not only do you save time you also save a lot of money!

From bedroom to kitchen, cleaning to bathroom unitkitout.com has exactly what every student needs.

And if that isn’t enough you can get a further 10% off from us by entering our special promo code DTS14 at the checkout!

Check out what they have to offer by clicking here.

 

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5 Things ADI’s Need To Know About the Modernising Driver Training Consultation

The DVSA have just published the interim response to the Modernising Driver Training consultation. This document discusses the results from the participants surveyed as well as interim decisions made.

1. An overwhelming majority of consultation participants agreed that a vocational qualification should replace the current qualifying tests. A total of 69% agreed (19% strongly agreed, 34% agreed and 16% slightly agreed). Less than 4% of people said that they believed that the current system was perfectly adequate and did not need changing. However  there are no immediate plans for a vocational qualification to replace current qualifying tests. Instead the DVSA will be looking at this for the future, which neither confirms or shuts down this route.

2. 74% of consultation participants agreed that the existing ADI qualification route needed improving. Of the common written responses was the view that trainees should be allowed to teach real fee paying pupils in some firm.

3. Only Part 3 of the ADI Assessment will be updated, with the DVSA acknowledging that improvements to Part 2 would deliver some benefits but would be more cost effective to introduce the new test of continued instructional ability (The Standards Check).

4. There will not be any introductions of ‘Civil Sanctions’ for ADI’s, despite 71% of respondents being supportive of introducing civil sanctions. The complexity of the ADI industry (micro businesses and sole traders) would make the implementation of such civil sanctions difficult to implement.

5. An online booking system for the Standards Check will be introduced. The introduction of this will coincide with the restructuring of ADI fees, where there would be separate fees for ADI registration, the standards check and fit & proper check ahead of renewal.

The full document can be downloaded or accessed here.

Win £500 worth of driving lessons

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Collingwood  Insurance Services offer short-term insurance policies ranging from just 7 days to 24 weeks* or full annual polices  for when you want to learn in your own or someone else’s car (as specified on the policy)

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Leading Driving Instructor Groups Form New Partnership

Four of the major Driving Instructor groups have announced a new partnership, the National Association Strategic Partnership (NASP). The four founding members of this collaborative group are the Approved Driving Instructors National Jount Council (ADINJC), the Driving Instructors Association (DIA), Driving Instructors Scottish Council (DISC) and the Motor Schools Association (MSA).

The newly formed collaborative group will agree strategies for representing their members’ views, the DVSA and to Government Ministers. Chairing NASP for the first 6 months will be the MSA and this will be rotated to the other groups on a bi-yearly basis.

In the ADI News Magazine Lynne Barrie has stated that the National Association Strategic Partnership has been formed to work on behalf of driver trainers to look at ways of moving the profession forwards and challenge key issues facing the industry.

For further information on NASP you can contact your association or click here to view the Agreement Document as hosted on the MSA’s website.

Original source for story from the ADI News Magazine

Free Highway Code eBook from Driving Test Success

At Driving Test Success we are giving away a free Highway Code eBook for learner drivers as part of our Get Driving Get Hired campaign. To get your free Highway Code eBook all you have to do is go to www.drivingtestsuccess.com/getdriving to claim your free copy.

The Get Driving Get Hired campaign is to celebrate the launch of the latest editions of our products read for learners in 2014 and 2015.

 

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Theory Test fees to be cut by 25%

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency has announced that the cost of the driving theory test will be cut by 25%, savings of over £100 million for learner drivers over the next 9 years.

Currently the fee for a driving theory test is £31 and this will be reduced to just £25 in October 2014, saving £6. The drop in fees will continue another £2 in October bringing the cost down to £23.

Driving Test Success have welcomed these changes with Brand Manager Emma Bagnall stating:

“It is a really positive step to see reductions in theory test fees as this helps those with a lower income access the ability to become a fully qualified driver. In the long run we expect to see a dramatic increase in the numbers of people taking the first steps in learning to drive and we look forward to helping those people in preparing and passing their driving theory tests as we have done for the past 14 years.”

 

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Hazard Perception Tests Could Account for 11% Reduction in Accidents

This years’ Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) awards saw the Hazard Perception part of the Theory Test win the John Smart Road Safety award.

Since its introduction the Hazard Perception Test has been praised by many people for its effectiveness and focus on keeping Britain’s new drivers vigilant and safety aware.

The John Smart Road Safety Award has confirmed this belief within the driver training community that the Hazard Perception is a vital part of ensuring new drivers are trained in recognising and responding to hazards.

According to the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency research has shown that hazard perception training and testing could account for an 11 percent reduction in accidents, potentially saving hundreds of lives every year.

Driving Test Success shares the view that the Hazard Perception test is extremely effective in keeping Britain’s roads safer and would like to congratulate the DVSA for receiving the well deserved award.

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Paper Tax Disc No Longer Required From October 2014

From October 2014 you will no longer be required to display a paper tax disc on your vehicle windscreen. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency have confirmed that whilst the paper tax disc is no longer required you must still have up-to-date vehicle tax when driving or keeping a vehicle on the road.

From the 1st of October 2014 when you buy a vehicle the vehicle tax can not be transferred and you must get new vehicle tax before you can use the it.

To get your vehicle taxed you can use the New Keeper Supplement (V5C/2) part of the vehicle registration certificate (V5C) online or by telephoning the DVLA.

What happens if I sell a car with road tax paid on it?

If you sell your car or vehicle after the 1st of October 2014 you can notify the DVLA directly and automatically get a refund for the full calendar months left on the vehicle tax.

According to the DVLA website:

“You will no longer need to make a separate application for a refund of vehicle tax. DVLA will automatically issue a refund when a notification is received from the person named on DVLA vehicle register that the:

  • vehicle has been sold or transferred
  • vehicle has been scrapped at an Automated Treatment Facility
  • vehicle has been exported
  • vehicle has been stolen
  • vehicle has been removed from the road and the person on the vehicle register has made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)
  • person on the vehicle register has changed the tax class on the vehicle to an exempt duty tax class
  • person on the vehicle register has taken out new vehicle tax as part of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) scheme (Standard Rate Mobility Element)”