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Trainee Driving Instructors Are Being Ripped Off By the Driving Standards Agency

Comment 3rd July 2010

The Road Safety Act of 2006 section 128A repealed section 129 and 130 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as Parliament decided that the system for Trainee Driving Instructors was unsatisfactory.  The Driving Standards Agency have never implemented the new act and continue to apply the section 129 and 130 to Trainee Driving Instructors.

If a Government Agency defies Parliament and does not implement an Act that has already been passed by our  democratic Parliament to repeal section 129 and 130 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 then I am afraid Mr Clegg you are wasting your time and being naive.

Why does this matter?

Every week Trainee Driving Instructors are loosing their jobs because the Driving Standards Agency applies section 129 (3) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and refuses to renew their 6 month licences.  The instructors families are affected by the instructor being made unemployed and it costs the country in social benefits.  There is also the cost of the  constant stream of appeals to the Transport Tribunal which routinely dismiss instructors appeal cases.

What is the point of the Road safety Act 2006 128A repealing section 129 and 130 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 4 years ago if a Government Agency can defy Parliament and the trainees Democratic Right.

This situation makes a nonsense out of the Your Freedom Initiative and you should be starting by doing what has already been decided by Parliament.

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