Standards Check changes

Standards Check changes

DVSA have announced that the focus of their ADI Enforcement team moving forward will be towards those trainers who need it the most – these being potential instructors with driving and instructional ability qualification tests booked, and those instructors who last had a substandard assessment or have failed to attend their check. Trainers who fall into these categories will now be prioritised to book their standards check. Read the DVSA Direct announcement in full here.

Given the admittedly scant information contained in the message sent by DVSA last week, Driving Instructors Association asked DVSA to respond to questions posed by it’s members and below you will find a set of FAQs on the subject of the changes. 

Read the FAQ’s here.

These FAQs don’t necessarily answer all questions, or concerns, so if you don’t see your particular query or concern answered in the FAQs get in touch with DIA at

3 thoughts on “Standards Check changes”

  1. Christy Lamport

    I’m known to take on learners that don’t fit some ADI’s expectations because they like a high pass rate is unfair. Autism seems to play a major part now and justifying being called in seems unfair again. What about a major and no minor errors?
    If my average minors are 4 or less does this bare any resemblance to the true efforts of a good instructor?

  2. Jeffrey Pelham

    I’ve been a ADI (163993)for over 31 years and will be retiring at the end of the year. Correct me if I’m wrong but my understanding is that you do not have to leave your badge in the car for tests if this is so how will the new standards check work if ADIs don’t leave the badge in the window of their car ? Note I always have my badge on display in my car for driving lessons and tests which I think should have been made compulsory years ago
    Thanks Jeff

  3. Of the four triggers the DVSA is using, the one I feel which is inherently unfair to ADIs is the 55% pass rate.
    Most urban test centres have pass rates around 45%, whereas rural centres can have pass rates as high as 85%.
    This is not an even playing field and surely means that metropolitan ADIs are being held to a different standard.
    Measuring against the average for the area where an ADI operates must be a fairer way to judge.

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