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Driving Tests: Standards

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of (a) delegated examiners and (b) driving examiners have been safety checked by Driving Standards Agency quality assurance teams in the last 12 months. (232998)

During the last 12 months, the Driving Standards Agency’s (DSA’s) Quality Assurance Teams (QATs) have quality assured 46.7 per cent. of DSA’s examiners.

The Agency’s QATs have also been used to assure the standards of delegated examiners (who primarily conduct bus and lorry driving tests). Delegated examiners are non-DSA personnel who are permitted, by the Secretary of State, to conduct driving tests. They are used by many police forces, fire and rescue authorities and some bus companies to conduct tests for their employees.

New arrangements were introduced for delegated examiners from 10 September 2008, including revised quality assurance procedures. Since then, DSA have quality assured 3.4 per cent. of them.