You can find all the links and information you need to know about the changes that have been made in being selected for a Standards Check, below.
1. Summary The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is making 2 changes to the way that approved driving instructor (ADI) standards checks work.
ADI standards checks assess your ability to teach pupils.
The changes affect:
2. When you have to take an ADI standards checkUntil now, you’ve had to take at least one standards check during each 4-year period that you’re registered as an ADI. The date you took your last standards check has been used to decide when you have to take your next one.
DVSA has introduced a new method to decide when you have to take your standards check. It now uses data from the driving tests your pupils have taken.
2.1 Indicators DVSA looks atDVSA will look at data for the last 12 months for the pupils you brought for a car driving test where your ADI badge (certificate) was in the windscreen. The data will include every driving test centre you’ve used.
DVSA records your ADI number from your badge at the start of the driving test, so that test is linked to you.
DVSA will look at the:
2.2 When the indicators will trigger a standards checkEach of the 4 indicators has a trigger point.
IndicatorTriggerAverage number of driving faults per test5 or greater
Average number of serious faults per test0.5 or greater
Percentage of driving tests where the driving examiner had to take physical action10% or higher
Driving test pass rate55% or lowerIf you reach the trigger point for 3 or more of the indicators, DVSA will write to you and ask you to book a standards check.
Example 1: standards check is not triggered
You took your pupils for 30 tests throughout the last 12 months.
Across all 30 tests, your pupils made a combined total of 130 driving faults. This is an average of 4.83 per test (130 ÷ 30).
Across all 30 tests, your pupils made a combined total of 14 serious driving faults. This is an average of 0.47 per test (14 ÷ 30).
Across all 30 tests, driving examiners had to take physical action in 5 tests. This is 16.67% of tests (5 ÷ 30, multiplied by 100).
In total, 18 of the 30 tests were passes and 12 were fails. This is a pass rate of 60% (18 ÷ 30, multiplied by 100).
You will not need to take a standards check because only 1 of the 4 triggers (driving examiners taking physical action) has been met.
Example 2: standards check is triggered
You took your pupils for 20 tests throughout the last 12 months.
Across all 20 tests, your pupils made a combined total of 120 driving faults. This is an average of 6 per test (120 ÷ 20).
Across all 20 tests, your pupils made a combined total of 12 serious driving faults. This is an average of 0.6 per test (12 ÷ 20).
Across all 20 tests, driving examiners had to take physical action in 4 tests. This is 20% of tests (4 ÷ 20, multiplied by 100).
In total, 8 of the 20 tests were passes and 12 were fails. This is a pass rate of 40% (8 ÷ 20, multiplied by 100).
You will need to take a standards check because all 4 of the triggers have been met.
2.3 If you bring fewer than 5 pupils for driving tests or you do not teach learnersThe indicators will only be used if you bring 5 or more pupils for driving tests in a 12-month period.
If you bring fewer than 5 pupils, or you do not teach learners, you will still have to take one standards check once during each 4-year period you’re registered as an ADI.
DVSA will contact you to tell you when you have to book yours.
2.4 If you want to request an ADI standards check Email DVSA if you want to request a standards check. You need to include:
3. Support before you take your ADI standards checkA DVSA ADI examiner will call you to arrange a date and time for a 30-minute phone call. This appointment is voluntary, and will take place about 8 weeks before your standards check.
When the examiner has confirmed the appointment details with you, they will email you a copy of your ‘ADI driver test analysis report’ in PDF format. This gives information about the different indicators.
Download ‘Example of an ADI driver test analysis report’ (PDF, 231KB)
3.1 If you refuse the offer of phone appointmentYou will not be sent your ADI driver test analysis report if you refuse the appointment.
You will still need to take your standards check, but DVSA will not contact you again to offer support.
3.2 During the phone appointmentDuring the 30-minute call, the examiner will talk to you about:
The examiner will email a summary of the discussion to you. This will include links to guidance or information you should read before your standards check.
3.3 Getting a copy of your ADI driver test analysis report if you’ve not been asked to book a standards checkIf you have not been asked to book a standards check, you can still request a copy of your report.
It can take several weeks to get your report. This is because DVSA prioritises sending reports to ADIs who have been asked to book a standards check.
Email DVSA to request your report. You need to include your:
4. Why the changes are being madeDVSA is making the changes to support you in providing the best level of training. High-quality instruction leads to high-quality learner drivers who’ll be better prepared to drive safely and pass their test first time.
Using this information will help DVSA to identify ADIs who appear to be bringing pupils for driving tests who may not be properly prepared to take the driving test.
DVSA knows that some of your pupils may take longer to learn to drive, and this might be reflected in the number of pupils that you bring for driving tests.
Here is the link to the above information