Learning to drive can be a stressful, traumatic experience, particularly if you've the spacial awareness and hand-eye co-ordination of a drunk and especially if you have the misfortune of being tutored by a bad instructor.
Fortunately for learner drivers (and the rest of us) new legislation was put forward in Parliament yesterday that gives the registrar of approved driving instructors the power to immediately suspend any trainee instructor whose work isn't up to scratch.
From July 13th, the registrar will be able to slap a ban on those who present a significant danger to the safety of the public.
Danger can be defined as 'tuition of a dangerously low standard'. This is a pretty wide brief, which could cover anything from putting students into road situations they're not ready to deal with to giving bad advice.
The new law also specifically states trainee teachers will have their registrations revoked if they have been convicted of a violent or sexual offence involving a student or other member of the public.
“Driving instructors play a vital role in helping to ensure Britain’s roads remain among the safest in the world," said road safety minister Mike Penning. “The vast majority of instructors meet the extremely high standards we require of them, but in the very rare cases where an instructor presents a significant danger to the public, it is right that we take prompt and effective action to protect learners and other road users.”
Instructors will be able to appeal against suspensions from the approved driving instructors register. Those who are successful in doing so will be able to apply for compensation for the period of suspension. Here's hoping those who aren't successful face lay-offs lengthy enough for them to consider a whole new career.