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6 July 2016

Below are two items of interest that may interest members and fellow ADIs:-

1.  MiDrive - a company which offers ADIs the opportunity to concentrate on doing what they do best, and that is 'teaching', has offered to come along to any of our NWFDIA local associations meetings and explain how their system works.

It is a high tech company with the directors being experts in their field; they have also recruited Mr Alastair Peoples, former CEO of the newly formed DVSA - previously CEO of VOSA before the merger between DSA and VOSA. Someone who has spent his life in the business and knows the ropes. 

It is an opportunity for members to learn how MiDrive operates. Is there something for you to use in your business? 

Please contact Lottir Leibling at miDrive to arrange an interesting meeting or for more information   

Lottie Liebling

2.  Seminar: Toolbox for ADIs: Coaching & NLP Tools for Client Centred Learning

Iain Moore, BSc., an ADI in the Manchester area and Ezi Otti Ojimiwe BSc, Master NLP Practioner and Certified Coach, will be running an interactive one-day seminar for ADIs on the 13 September 2016 in the Manchester area.  The cost is £49 with a 10% reduction for 5 applicants booking together. Click on the link below for more information and the booking form:-

If you wish, you can Google 'Toolbox for ADIs'.

Kindest regards and hope you are all keeping well,
Terry for NWFDIA Team

15 June 2016

Hi Everyone,


Problems with the site over the past few weeks but we seem to be 'cooking with gas' at the moment and things on the mend.


A belated 'Happy 90th Birthday to Her Majesty', didn't she looked adorable? What a treasure! 


Regarding the motoring consultation document below; at our last meeting in Rochdale at the end of May, a small group of us put our heads together to give our views on some of the points mentioned in the document.  These will be forwarded in a few days on completion of the minutes. Please let us have your views , and always remember, we are only the custodians of the association and doing our bit to keep it moving along, but it is your views and ideas which are really important. Send them along and we will forward to DVSA, etc. 


miDrive has been in contact with a view to promoting their product and would be interested in attending our local North West Federation association meetings. I will forward more details over the next few days. 


Hope you are all enjoying the summer, I'm making the best of it with walks in Arnside, Baldertones, Grassington (Yorkshire Dales) and Wycollar Country Park. Wonderful scenery and keeps you fit. 


Keep in contact.



(Click or paste the link below for the latest GOV.UK Consultations on motoring services strategy) 

Government Motoring Consultations on Motoring Services Strategy

Click or paste the link below to see how this could affect ADIs and Driver Training and Tests:

Motoring Services Strategy Consultation Responses

Why Choose NWFDIA?  No fees, plenty of help and cooperation.

There are many ADI associations to help driving instructors make the best of their career, ours is a large regional organization which covers the whole of the North West of England. 


We incorporate many local ADI associations, and also, individual members. We do, however, recommend that ADIs benefit more when belonging to the local association which covers their regular test centre as this keeps them in touch with local developments.


DVSA is responsible for the ADI Register and for the conducting of practical driving tests; it provides lots of information through the usual social media channels which ADIs can sign up for and we recommend that you subscribe to them.


For more information regarding NWFDIA and to 'discover' your nearest local association, please go to the 'Local Associations' page on the left.


No association in your area: Please contact NWFDIA and we will be happy to help you set up a local association in your area.


For this or any other matter, please telephone 07710 371118 and leave your name, telephone number and a short message, we will contact you within 24 hours.


Wishing you every success in your business, we are here to help, but always remember,


S ccess cannot be spelt without 'U'.


6 May 2016

Notification of St Helens ADI Association Meeting (combined with MSA of GB North West)

Meeting of St Helens ADI Association - Thursday, 9 June 2016

There will be a St Helens ADI Association Meeting, combined with a regional meeting of MSA of GB North West on, Thursday 9th June at Gerrard Arms, Dentons Green Lane, Dentons Green, St Helens. WA10 6SD. 
The meeting will commence sharply at 7.30pm. 

There will be an update  on the latest developments in the industry. 

In attendance will be Amanda Cope from Vehicle Concepts.  

Looking for a new car? Chapel House Motors of St Helens will provide new cars for inspection and a sales team to answer any questions.

All Driver Trainers Welcome - Admission is Free

20 April 2016

1. Councils get new powers to tear down pointless road signs, see link below:-

18 April 2016

1. Pearson VUE will continue to manage the Theory Test for DVSA in 2017/18 and the forseeable future.  This decision was taken due to a large demand for tests being expected over the next few years.  With their added experience in this field, it was judged that Pearson VUE would be able to handle the situation more smoothly. Further news as it becomes available.


How examiners conduct the DVSA practical driving test  - DT1


Rochdale driving test centre moving to a new temporary site


From Tuesday 2 February 2016, driving tests will take place from a new temporary site on Moss Bridge Road.

The last day for testing at The Old Fire Station (current temporary site) will be Friday 29 January.

Venue details


Map of new site for Rochdale Test Centre

Globe House Business Centre
Moss Bridge Road
OL16 5EB

View map

If your pupil already has a test booked to take place at the current temporary site on or after 2 February, we’ll contact them to tell them to go to Globe House Business Centre.


 On site instructions

When arriving for tests at Globe House Business Centre:

  • park on the service road, not in the car park
  • report to the waiting area at the front of the building

Further information

Only those candidates attending for test can access the site. You and your pupils won’t be allowed to use the site for practice.

We'll be using this site whilst we continue to look for a long term solution. We'll let you know as soon as we have further updates.


Practical driving test trial: Registration for ADIs to close


DVSA will close registration for approved driving instructors (ADIs) to the practical driving test trial on 31 January 2016

From 1 February 2016, ADIs will no longer be able to register to take part in the practical driving test trial. The trial is now approaching the number of driving instructors required.

Please note that if you are an ADI that has registered for the trial, you can still recruit learner drivers.

DVSA began trialling changes to the practical driving test in April 2015 to look at ways of better assessing the learners' ability to drive safely on their own.

The trial is currently running at 32 driving test centres across the UK.

Read further details about the trialon GOV.UK.


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NWFDIA Members                 Test cancellations at short notice - Claim Form

Recently received a complaint that ADIs and clients unable to claim expenses when tests cancelled by DVSA at short notice. This is incorrect and the DVSA claim form is below:-

If you are unable to print this off, contact an officer or committee member of your local association for them to print you a copy.

Don't be out of pocket, help your client to fill in the form. If your client has taken time off work, plus travelling expenses if applicable, claim these as well.


Contact Us at NWFDIA (07710 371118)  Please leave a message if direct contact is not available.