What on earth?

An act oh genius here.
20-year-old arrested after man tries to take driving test for a friend
A “knife-carrying” man allegedly tried to take a driving test for a friend while on drugs.
Police said officers from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command arrested a suspect in Barnet on October 29. He was held at the Barnet Practical Driving Test Centre on suspicion of fraud by false representation, possession of a bladed article, having no insurance and driving over the prescribed limit

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Bad weather tests.

If they s happens to you, there’s no point in getting frustrated it’s all in the name of safety. The very thing the dvsa is trying to promote.

We understand that it’s frustrating for you and your pupil when we have to cancel driving tests because of bad weather; however, we only cancel if it’s absolutely essential.

Safety first
DVSA has a duty of care when conducting driving tests. When we consider whether or not to go ahead with testing, our main priority is to make sure that it’s safe to do so for the candidate, other road users along the route, and the examiner.

We also want to give all candidates an equal chance to be assessed fairly, to prove they are capable of continuing to learn without further supervision. Letting them take their test in adverse weather conditions may disadvantage them.

Keeping things moving
During the winter, driving examiners actively try to continue testing wherever possible. They’ll regularly go out and check the road conditions and will use those areas that are unaffected.

They’ll also regularly monitor local weather forecasts and use this information to make informed local decisions. This means that although early morning tests may be cancelled, there’s still a chance the afternoon appointments may go ahead.

Bad weather is snow joke!
As you know, snowy weather presents its own challenges, from being snowed in to facing ice or slush on the roads. During snowy spells, examiners have to consider issues such as visibility of road markings and general road conditions of the local area. Again, this comes back to our duty of care and making sure we give the candidate a fair assessment of their ability to drive.

They may also need to make some adjustments, for instance, offering to meet the candidate at a suitable location close to the test centre if the test centre car park is covered in snow.

Getting in touch, staying informed
There are many ways that you and your pupils can get in touch with DVSA and stay up to date about whether or not driving tests are going ahead.

This includes:

phoning the local test centre (at least 2 hours before the appointment)
sending a tweet to DVSA’s customer support Twitter account, @DVSA_HelpMe
sending a private message to DVSA’s customer support team on Facebook
If you’re familiar with and already using Twitter, you can search for updates about your local test centre by using their specific, individual hashtag. For example, #AnnieslandDTC is the hashtag for Glasgow Anniesland Driving Test Centre.

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Insurance risks on speed awareness

Incredibly the courses could cause more problems than they’re worth.

Speed awareness courses could ‘invalidate insurance’
New questions raised over police links to companies offering speed awareness courses, as it emerges motorists could be risking huge problems if they fail to tell insurers about courses
Police are failing to make clear how drivers could inadvertently leave themselves uninsured by taking part, campaigners have said.
Insurers have admitted they treat speed awareness courses the same as penalty points and it is now feared that failing to declare taking part in course could invalidate your policy.
The warning comes as The Telegraph exposes for the first time the full extent of the links between the national organisation for chief police officers and several companies which make huge profits from safety awareness courses. The courses, which cost between £80 and £150, allow drivers to avoid penalty points on their licences.
Campaigners said this lulls many motorists into a false sense of security that they do not have to declare the course to insurers, in the hope their premiums will not rocket for a speeding-related offence.
However, insurers usually operate a “catch all” clause in their policies about keeping them informed about factors which may affect your driving, and failing to declare a course could lead them to cancel cover in the event of an accident, experts said.
Tim Ryan, deputy chairman of the British Insurance Brokers’ Association, has confirmed insurers are “perfectly entitled” to hike the premiums of drivers who have attended a course. “Insurers rightly increase premiums for people attending speed-awareness courses,” he said earlier this year. “They have still broken the law on the road but are just taking their medicine differently. Source: The Telegraph

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