Driving Instructors

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th July 1988.

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Photo of Mr Michael Brown Mr Michael Brown , Brigg and Cleethorpes 12:00 am, 11th July 1988

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further measures are being taken to improve the quality of driving instructors.

Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Targeting and extension of check testing; widening the syllabus and introducing a banding system in the written examination; and limiting failures in the practical tests.

Photo of Mr Michael Brown Mr Michael Brown , Brigg and Cleethorpes

Does my hon. Friend agree that although those actions will go a long way towards increasing the quality and standard of driving instructors, it might also be a good idea to publish league tables showing how successful individual driving instructors and schools are?

Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

It is certainly true that for a market to work effectively one needs not only competition but information. The point my hon. Friend makes is being considered and discussed with the associations of driving instructors. There are problems, especially those of identifying a candidate with a particular instructor, but we shall report to the House when we have come to a conclusion on these matters.