For those of you who don’t follow football this is Rudy Austin – the Captain of the first team for Leeds United. He passed his driving test first time with Bill Plant instructor Sean Kitching at Knaresborough test centre. Many congratulations to Rudy and Sean!
Today we received another delivery of the brand new Audi A3′s!
All of the part-worn tyres bought in an investigation by Bristol trading standards officers failed to meet relevant regulations and were therefore sold illegally.
During the investigation the officers purchased 10 part worn tyres from retailers across the city and all of them failed to meet the required regulations relating to tyre condition. Some of the tyres were found to contain serious safety breaches.
The trading standards investigator for Bristol city council – Dean gray said: ‘People can buy second-hand tyres without any problems but we have seen some horrific cases, including a tyre sold as new, but which was in fact 16 years old and blew up on the motorway the day after. For the safety of consumers, it is essential that the vendor follows legislation and checks for damage and illegal repairs and properly marks the tyre as part-worn. A few simple checks could save someone’s life.’
Amongst the requirements needed for compliance with the regulations are that the tyres must have undergone a thorough inspection, have been pressure tested, have at least 2mm of tread depth and be permanently marked as part-worn tyres.
A recent survey from the breakdown group ‘SURVIVE has shown that more than one in four drivers has stopped on the hard shoulder in a non-emergency situation.
The survey of more than 20,000 people found that the most common non-emergency excuse for stopping were illness and toilet breaks.
Since the year 2000 an average of 836 people a year have been killed on hard shoulders or lay-bys.
The chairman of SURVIVE Allan Mowatt, said “The hard shoulder can be a highly dangerous place with vehicles thundering past just feet away, but some people don’t fully appreciate the risks involved in stopping on the hard shoulder. By law, the hard shoulder is for genuine emergencies only”.
Information taken from Rospa’s care on the road magazine.
The consultation from the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) on “Modernising Driver Training” closed on the 8th August 2013. The three main aims of the proposal were:
1. Replace the 3 tests in which instructors undertake with vocational training.
2. Improve the current tests
3. Replace the trainee licence with a requirement for PDIs (Potential Driving instructors) to be accompanied by ADIs (Approved Driving Instructors) when delivering paid instruction.
This however will not affect Bill Plant Ltd as our Driving School only uses ADI’s unlike some of the Uk’s Driving Schools who use PDI’s.
Information taken from Rospa’s Care on the road magazine August 2013