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Sex Offenders Register

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether provisions exist to prevent people on the Sex Offenders Register from being allowed on to the Register of Approved Driving Instructors. (79112)

We currently do not check the Sex Offenders Register for Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) applications. Later this year, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) will introduce enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks for all applicants and those already on the register.

In the meantime, one of the conditions for registration is that the applicant is a ‘fit and proper’ person to have his name entered in the ADI register. As part of that assessment each applicant is required to declare any unspent convictions. The ADI registrar, in considering whether the applicant is ‘fit and proper’ takes account of character references and any declared convictions. Extracts of relevant court proceedings are considered where appropriate.

Should the registrar become aware of anything, including convictions, that would call into doubt a registered ADI’s fitness then he can initiate proceedings to remove them from the register.