Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few of the more common questions that get regularly asked.

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You can get picked up up from home, work, college or university and any convenient location, so long as I know well in advance of the lessons.
I will try to be flexible and try and accommodate any requests to change pick up locations.
Common sense dictates that I’m not a ‘taxi’ service, and I hope that this approach to lessons is not abused.

You will get the full allocated time, and in reality lessons sometimes run over by a few minutes.
Added time is scheduled to complete the lesson debrief, plan your next lesson and complete the pupil records.
If the lesson is started late due to traffic or any other reason then if the full allocated time time can’t be given any time owed will be carried forward to the next lesson.
If the lesson has to be cut short for any reason, then the lesson time can be also added to the next lesson to make up any shortfall.

All tuition is on a one to one basis.

If you are struggling with any aspect of the Theory Test then help and advice will always be given.

Your instructor usually books either of the tests, however pupils can book them themselves if they wish.
The Driving Test should only be booked when the pupil is ready to sit the test.
It is best to take advice from your instructor as to when is the best time to book the Driving Test.
If you decide to book your own Driving Test you will need the following information; Driving Licence, Theory Test Certificate and your Driving Instructors ADI number.
If you have chosen to book a Driving Course, the cost of the Driving Test is included, and it’s preferable for your instructor to book the test.

Yes, of course.
The vast majority of people are usually nervous about learing to drive and it’s natural to be apprehensive about trying something for the first time.
A lot of pupils have commented how relaxed they are learning to drive with Bin-The-L-Plates, compared to previous instructors, and many have left feedback to reflect this.
Hopefully learning to drive will be fun and stress free, and you’ll enjoy your driving lessons.

If your driving permit was issued outside the EEA you will need to check with the DVLA to determine if your permit is valid in the UK.
If you need to take the UK Driving Test, usually within he first 12 months of residence in the UK, I can help you prepare for the Theory Test as well as reaching the required standard needed to take the Driving Test.
I have taught a number of pupils from all over the world who have had to upgrade to a UK Driving Licence.

Although it may be harder to schedule if you don’t plan your lessons well in advance, we’ll do all we can to find lesson slots.
I need to plan my diary, so I would need to know your work schedule or shift pattern and plan lessons weeks in advance.
The benefit of having on online lesson diary means lessons can be booked directly into my diary by yourself online.
You might consider doing one of the intensive driving courses fitting it around a planned holiday if work shifts make it hard to plan lessons.

Unlike some large driving schools you will only have lessons from the boss…myself.
This ensures the continuity of your training and use of the same tuition vehicle, unless I upgrade.

You get the same high quality of tuition during the week as well as the traditional busy slots at weekends or the week day after work.
To charge extra for these would be unfair, so I don’t.

This is a popular question, and one of the hardest to give an accurate answer to.
Each pupil will learn at a different rate, and to give a definitive answer could be misleading.
The DVSA advises that the average time taken is 45 hours of paid tuition from a driving instructor, with some private practice, to reach Driving Test standard.
Not everyone has the opportunity to get private practice, so the shortfall might need to be made up with lessons.

If you need to cancel a planned lesson then I need to be informed as soon as possible, so that I can offer the slot to another pupil who might want an extra lesson.
I can be contacted by phone, text or email, but the easiest way to cancel or alter a lesson is by using the Online Diary.
I realise that pupils may need to cancel a driving lesson for a variety of reasons, such as work commitments or illness, and often these are beyond their control.
It is common practice within the industry to charge a late cancellation fee if the lesson slot cannot be rescheduled. However, I believe an automatic cancellation can be unfair, and I wouldn’t normally charge for cancelling a lesson.
I do reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee if I believe the privilege was being abused, or I turn up as arranged only for the pupil not to able to have the lesson.

No, absolute not.
I do not smoke and have never allowed a pupil to smoke in the car, so it is a ‘smoke free zone’.
Legislation makes it a legal requirement that driving instructors are a no smoking vehicle.
I also ask that all pupil refrain from smoking immediately before starting a driving lesson as the smell of smoke can linger on clothes and be transmitted into the car, making it uncomfortable for the next pupil.