Terms and Conditions

Please read these terms and conditions carefully as they are the basis of your contract with me for driver training. By booking a driving lesson with me, you agree to these terms and conditions.

In these terms and conditions: “I” or “me” refers to Les Hopkinson ADI, Les Hopkinson Driver Training; and “You” refers to the pupil to receive driver training.

1. Your Licence and Eyesight

You must hold a current, valid UK driving licence (provisional or full) and produce it on or before your first lesson.

You must be fit to drive. Your eyesight will be checked on your first lesson. You must be able to read a car number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres with glasses or contact lenses if necessary.

You must inform me of any medical condition/medication that may affect your ability to drive or obtain/retain eligibility to drive.

You must inform me IMMEDIATELY if there is any change in your eligibility for a licence or if you are no longer fit to drive, whether due to a deterioration in your eyesight or otherwise.

2. Payments and Cancellation Policy

Lesson fees are payable in advance. Payment must be made via bank transfer to the bank details provided upon booking. If you are paying for individual lessons, this must be paid at least 48 hours before the lesson that is being paid for. If you are pre-paying a block of lessons, this must be done 7 days before the first lesson of the block you are paying for.

I will ensure that your lessons start and finish on time. I reserve the right to cancel, postpone or change lesson duration and start/finish times under certain circumstances (e.g. dangerous weather conditions). In the event of postponement fees paid in advance will be carried forward.

I will make every effort to arrive on time for your lesson. If I believe I may be late, I will (where possible) send you a text message to inform you. If I am late, I will either make the time up at the end of the lesson or, if that is not possible, the time will be added onto another lesson by mutual agreement.

If you are late, the lesson will not be extended and will still finish at the allotted time.

If you need to cancel or rearrange a lesson, you must give me at least 48 hours notice. If you do not give the requisite notice, you will be charged the full lesson fee and any other lessons booked may be subject to cancellation unless you contact me promptly to confirm the bookings.

If you do not show for your lesson I will attempt to contact you and I will wait 15 minutes before leaving. If this happens, you will be charged the full lesson fee and any other lessons booked may be subject to cancellation unless you contact me promptly to confirm the bookings.

I reserve the right to cancel a lesson at short notice if I believe you may be unfit due to the effects of alcohol, drugs (prescribed or otherwise) or any other condition that would cause your driving to be dangerous or illegal. In such circumstances you must pay the full lesson fee. I also reserve the right to refuse driving lessons to you if I deem your behaviour to be unreasonable.

You must be committed to learning to drive safely and willing to put in the effort in lessons and outside of lessons. If at any time, I believe you do not have the required commitment, I may terminate any further training without notice.

If you are consistently not showing up for your lessons or cancelling your lessons, I may terminate any further training without notice.

3. Training Location

All lessons will start and finish at the same location unless alternative arrangements are made in advance. I will determine a location for practical lessons which ensures both your safety and the public’s safety – this means that I may need to drive you to and from the lesson location; this journey time forms part of the lesson as paid for.

4. Training vehicle

The training vehicle provided is taxed, insured for the purposes of driving tuition, fully roadworthy and fitted with dual controls.

5. Motoring Convictions

You must inform me IMMEDIATELY of any motoring convictions you have. You are liable for any motoring convictions gained while driving on a lesson or test.

6. Driving Tests

a. Booking

I will discuss the driving test with you and we will come to a mutual agreement whether you are ready or not to attempt the driving test. To be deemed ready for a driving test, you must be able to drive safely, with regard for other road users, yourself and your passengers. This must be done independently of supervision from your instructor. You MUST also have completed 2 successful mock tests.

We will agree upon lessons necessary to ensure you get to a standard that will enable you to pass the DVSA test. If you miss any of these lessons, I reserve the right to reschedule the test or to withhold the use of the driving school car for the driving test. I will not do so without giving you prior notice.

I will normally book your driving test using the drivin instructor business booking system at the current DVSA test cost after discussing a mutually appropriate date. The cost of the driving test will need to be paid directly to me via the normal method of payment following the booking of the test.

b. Your Licence

It is your responsibility to bring your photo card driving licence and theory test certificate with you on the day of your driving test. If you lose or mislay your licence, any test booked (theory or practical) must be cancelled/rescheduled. It is your responsibility to inform me as soon as possible of any lost/mislaid licence. Please see below “Cancellation of a Test” for important information.

c. Using the School Car

Safety is paramount and my decision on your test readiness is final. I reserve the right to refuse use of the school car for test if I consider that your driving standard could cause a risk to public safety or the car. I accept no liability for any loss arising from my refusal to provide the school car in such circumstances.

Where the school car is used for test, the booking period will based upon my normal diary schedule. Depending on the time of the test, this will require a minimum two hour booking and possibly longer.

While I will make every effort to ensure the vehicle supplied for test will be fully roadworthy and comply with all legal requirements at the start of the test, I cannot be held responsible for vehicle failure that occurs during the

test and I am not liable for any loss arising out of or in connection with any such failure.

I will make every effort to make the school car you are learning in available for your test. In the event of an accident or mechanical breakdown of the school car, I will endeavour to supply an alternative vehicle, which may be a different make/model; however, this is outside my reasonable control and I cannot be held liable for failure to provide an identical specification vehicle. If I am unable to supply an alternative vehicle, my liability is limited to paying for a new test date only.

d. Cancellation of a Test

IMPORTANT: If you need to cancel or re-schedule your test (e.g. because you lose or mislay your licence), the DVSA requires at least 3 clear working days notice (Monday to Saturday excluding public holidays in England) or you will forfeit the test fee (DVSA rules). If the test is to be re-scheduled, you must tell me your availability for such re-scheduled test at the same time; however, I cannot guarantee the availability of alternative test dates and I may have to cancel the test and re-schedule at a later date.

I cannot be held responsible for any loss of test fees arising from failure by you to give sufficient notice in accordance with this Clause 6.d.

I cannot be held responsible for test appointments cancelled by the DVSA due to bad weather, sickness, staff shortages or other reasons beyond my control. Such cancellations are beyond my reasonable control and the lesson fee and ‘use of car’ fee for the booked period will be charged. However, in such circumstances you may be able to claim limited compensation from the DVSA (I can help you with this).

7. The use of a Mobile Phone

It is illegal to use or even hold a mobile device while in control of a motor vehicle. The vehicle must be suitably parked with the keys removed from the ignition. The current penalty for breaking this law is 6 penalty point and a £200 fine. When attending driving lessons, please ensure that if you have brought a mobile phone along with you, it is either switched off or switched to silent to ensure you are not distracted whilst driving

8. Your Rights

These conditions do not affect any rights you may have under consumer protection laws.

9. Coronavirus

a. The Tuition Vehicle

The tuition vehicle will be cleaned regularly to limit the spread of Covid-19. Each touch point will be cleaned using antibacterial spray.

b. Health

It is recommended that you take regular Covid-19 rapid lateral flow test and take a lateral flow test before your driving lesson. If you test positive for Covid-19 on a lateral flow test, you must not attend your driving lesson and get a PCR test. If you test positive, please contact me as soon as possible. If you test positive for Covid-19 you MUST inform me. There is not requirement to isolate if you are a close contact if you have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

If you miss a driving lesson because of a positive Covid-19 test, you will be charged as per late cancellation charges if you give less than 48 hours notice.

c. Face Coverings

Face coverings are no longer mandatory in England, however they are still required to be worn during driving lessons to limit the spread of Covid-19. You MUST also wear a face covering during your driving test as required by The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency).

d. The Driving Lesson

Please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before you arrive for your driving lesson. It is also recommended that you wash or sanitize your hands following your driving lessons.

e. Covid Testing

As part of the fight against Covid-19, I will be tested using a lateral flow test at home at least twice a week. If the test comes back positive, I will inform you at the earliest opportunity and lessons will be cancelled. I will get a PCR test and inform you of the result. If the results are negative, I will return to work straight away.It is recommended that you apply to the government to take twice weekly lateral flow Covid testing. This can be done at https://test-for- coronavirus.service.gov.uk/order-lateral-flow-kits/condition . This can be done even thought you don’t have symptoms.