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Driving Tests: Vetting

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were removed from the approved driving instructors register following a criminal conviction for a sexual offence in each of the last two years. (219454)

[holding answer 17 July 2008]: In February 2007, the Home Office added the profession of ‘driving instructor’ to its Notifiable Occupation Scheme. This means that the Registrar of Approved Driving Instructors should be notified by the police when an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) is convicted of an offence and therefore has an early opportunity to take appropriate action.

Since March 2007, Potential Driving Instructors (PDIs) have been required to undergo criminal records checks when applying to start the qualifying process. At the same time, the Driving Standards Agency began checking criminal records of existing ADIs.

From October 2007 ADIs applying to re-register or renew their registration have had to undergo criminal records checks. (This system was in full operation by April 2008).

Eight ADIs have been removed from the register since March 2007 as a result of a criminal records check revealing a conviction for a sexual offence.

Information on ADIs removed from the register as a result of a conviction for a sexual offence where identification of the offence was not the result of a criminal records check could be provided only at disproportionate cost.