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Supervisors

Supervisors must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Hold a full EC/EEA licence for that type of vehicle (including manual or automatic) – full EC (or EEA) licence holders can supervise others providing the 3 year, over 21 years age, qualified driver conditions are met. This means that someone with a valid foreign EC licence from France could supervise a UK learner.
  • Have held that valid licence for a minimum of 3 years – periods of disqualification don't count. Therefore, if you've held your licence for 3 years but were disqualified for 6 months, you have actually only held your licence for 2½ years and cannot act as a supervisor.
  • Comply with the minimum eyesight requirements.
  • Check that the car is registered, taxed, insured, has a valid MoT and that it complies with the law in relation to vehicle condition e.g. tyres, lights etc.
  • Make sure the car displays L-plates (D-plates in Wales) if the learner is driving.
  • Ensure they are not over the drink/drug-drive limits or are unfit to drive through drugs.
  • Not speak (handheld) on their mobile or text, whilst supervising a learner.
  • Wear glasses/contact lenses if they need them when driving themselves.
  • Not receive any payment for supervising the learner unless they are an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI ).

Learners

Learner drivers must:

  • Have reached the minimum age – 17 for a cars.
  • Hold a valid provisional licence for the type of vehicle.
  • Comply with the minimum eyesight requirements.
  • Check that the car is registered, taxed, insured, has a valid MoT and that it complies with the law in relation to vehicle condition e.g. tyres, lights etc.
  • Make sure the car displays L-plates (D-plates in Wales) when they are driving.
  • Ensure they are not over the drink/drug-drive limits or are unfit to drive through drugs.
  • Not speak (handheld) on their mobile or text, whilst supervising a learner.
  • Wear glasses/contact lenses if required.

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