More checks coming for Driving Instructors…
The Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) will affect all driving instructors who teach anyone under the age of 17.
The changes in legislation were prompted by the murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells by caretaker Ian Huntley in 2002.
Under new legislation from July 2010, the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have powers to bar unsuitable people from undertaking paid or volunteer work with children (up to age 18) and vulnerable adults.
ISA registration uses data collected by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to decide if a person is unsuitable. Any person who has to apply for an enhanced CRB for work purposes will automatically have to gain ISA registration which means that all driving instructors will have to comply with the scheme. It also means that to comply with the ‘fit and proper person’ requirement for Driving Standards Agency (DSA) registration, anyone starting the qualification process to become a driving instructor from July 2010 will have to have an enhanced CRB check and gain ISA registration, even before they intend to teach either on a trainee licence or a full licence.
Existing driving instructors will have until 2015 to register.
Registration costs £64 and is for life.