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Approved driving instructor (United Kingdom)

  • Generic name of profession

    Driving instructor
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    Approved driving instructor
    United Kingdom
    Great Britain
  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :
    National legislation:
    The Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Motor Vehicles (Driving Instruction) Regulations 2005 (as amended)
    Useful link:


    Type of regulation :
    Reserves of activities


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    General system of recognition - primary application
    Qualification level:
    ATT - Attestation of competence , Art. 11 a
    Prior check of qualifications for a temporary and/or occasional provision of services:
  • Activities

    Description of activities:
    Persons wishing to give paid instruction in the driving of a motor car in Great Britain must have their name entered on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs). To qualify they must satisfy the Registrar that they are “fit and proper” persons and pass a three-part examination – a theory test, a test of driving ability and a test of instructional ability. Once qualified, registration lasts for 4 years. ADIs may apply to renew their registration at the end of the 4 year period, or to re-register up to 12 months after their registration expires, without having to sit the qualifying tests again. Beyond 12 months they will have to apply to sit the qualifying tests again.
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