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 48 hours 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.
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
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.
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.
You will normally book your driving test at the current DVSA test cost after discussing a mutually appropriate date.
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.
a. The Tuition Vehicle
The tuition vehicle will be cleaned before and after every lesson. Every touch point will be cleaned using hot soapy water if I am able to return home before your lesson. If I cannot return home, the touch points will be cleaned with anti-viral spray.
If during the lesson, I find it critically safer to take control of the car, we will need to pull over at the nearest and safest opportunity to clean the vehicle touch points and sanitise our hands.
If during the lesson, I need to complete a demonstration drive, I will need to clean the vehicle touch points before you get back in the car
Before you attend your driving lesson, I will contact you to confirm that you or anyone in your household have not experienced symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), even if you had a driving lesson the previous day(s). If you confirm that you have symptoms, your driving lesson will not go ahead. There will be no late cancellation charge for this.
If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, you must get a test. You MUST also inform me if we have been in contact in the last 14 days.
I will confirm if I have symptoms or not. If I have symptoms, your driving lesson will not go ahead. You will be charged a full lesson for a late cancellation.
c. P.P.E (Personal Protective Equipment)
The use of gloves is not compulsory, however if it makes you feel more comfortable during your lesson, then the use of gloves is permitted.
The use of face covering in spaces where social distancing is not possible is recommended but not compulsory. It is your choice whether you wear face coverings during your lesson. Surgical grade face masks are not recommended and these should be reserved for use by The NHS.
Face visors are not permitted to be worn during driving lessons.
d. The Driving Lesson
Please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before you arrive for your driving lesson. Before your driving lesson starts, we will meet outside the car at a 2 metre distance.
After we enter the vehicle, we will sanitise our hands using a sanitiser with an alcohol content of no less than 70%.
After your driving lesson, it is advised to wash your hands for 20 seconds.
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.