Success Stories

Meet Peter
LDC Driving Instructor Peter

I trained independently with The Instructor College (Red Driving School) to qualify as an ADI. Although I had enough help to get through Part 1 and Part 2, I felt the help I got there was inadequate for my Part 3 and I failed it twice. Over 2 years had elapsed since starting my course with Red. I felt I needed more experience and further help so I turned to LDC. I qualified and recently was awarded a Grade 5 in my first ADI check test, which I was very proud of. I owe LDC a big thank you for all their help, support and belief in me. Thank You LDC.

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Meet Tim
LDC Driving Instructor Tim

The best thing I ever did was choose to become a driving instructor and to choose LDC for my training.

Once I had decided to become a driving instructor I looked at a few different schools for training including BSM, Let's Drive (now The Instructor College Direct / Red Driving School) and others and what stood out about LDC was the emphasis on the quality of training for both instructors and learners, particularly the LD System. The franchise package seemed fairer than most on offer too. Once I started the training I found the quality of training and backup exceeded expectations at all stages and was motivating.

I have been with the LDC franchise now for about 14 months and find that it works well for me. I have found all the staff I have had to deal with very friendly and helpful making me feel part of the 'family' this has been the case in all departments.

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Meet John
LDC Driving Instructor John

I contacted The Instructor College (Red Driving School) and paid £4,500 to complete their residential course. I proceeded to pass my part 1 and part 2. The standard of training for my part 3 was in my opinion very poor from the college. I was not given a clear understanding of the test and I found each trainer had different opinions on how to carry out the PST's. Confusing I must say! After failing my first and second attempts I called the college for further training, however, I was very disappointed with the availability of further tuition. I felt unsupported and confused which resulted in me coming to the conclusion that the College did not deliver on the crucial final stage to becoming an ADI. Nearly 18 months had elapsed since starting my course with Red.

Fortunately there was light at the end of the tunnel! I was recommended to contact Pat Firth at LDC who became my saviour. Pat gave me the correct understanding of the part 3 examination in no uncertain terms. I passed my part 3. After discussions with Pat I was very impressed with the support given to pupils with LDC. The training literature provided to compliment the practical lessons from LDC was in my opinion exceptional. I am pleased and proud to say that I joined LDC.

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Emergency Control Certificates for Disabled Instructors

The Road Traffic (Driving Instruction by Disabled Persons) Act 1993 came into effect on 9 September, 1996 making provision to enable persons with a physical disability to be authorised to become driving instructors. It is only open to drivers whose driving licence is restricted to automatics because of a disability. In order to apply to become an Instructor, applicants must first obtain a certificate which verifies their ability to take control of the tuition vehicle when necessary.

The Training and Development Centre at Cardington are responsible for the assessments leading to the issue of the Emergency Control Certificates (ECC) previously carried out by The Mobility Advice and Vehicle (MAVIS).

The assessment consists of seven exercises each of which is designed to test the Potential Instructors ability to take control of the vehicle as and when relevant in the interest of safety. The test will be carried out in an adapted car which has been transferred from MAVIS into the Cardington fleet.

To apply for an Emergency Control assessment application form. The candidate will contact:

Instructor Services & Registration Team (ADI)

The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham NG1 6LP

The completed application form should be sent to:

Emergency Control Certificate Assessor
The Training & Development Centre
Paul Waller Ave
Off Harrowden Lane
MK 44 3ST
Tel 01234 744000

Fax 01234 74401

On receipt of application a member of the Cardington team will contact the candidate to arrange the earliest convenient date and time. This will be confirmed in writing.

Cardington will carry out the assessment, issue the result and debrief. A successful candidate will be issued with an Emergency Control Certificate (ECC) which is a pre-condition to qualify in the restricted category of Approved Driving Instructors.

A copy of the ECC should then be submitted to Instructor Services & Registration Team (ADI) in Nottingham with the application for registration.