Accelerate School of Motoring Pupil Contract

This contract and its terms and conditions are between Accelerate School of Motoring and the pupil.

It is the pupil’s responsibility to make the bill payer aware of the terms and conditions of the document. If the pupil is under 18 years of age the parent/guardian ideally act on behalf of the pupil. The information has been seen and agreed by the person who pays for the lessons.

I have read the cancellation clause thoroughly, and I accept that this document is legally binding in law for recovery of owed funds.

Mission Statement

‘To meet the pupil’s expectations, teach them to drive safely and competently as quickly as possible and as cost-effectively as possible’.

Legal Requirement

To legally take driving lessons on the public highway, a pupil must be over 17 years of age and hold a valid full/provisional driving licence with the correct address, photograph and signature. In the event of misplacing a licence, it should be disclosed immediately to the driving school.

The pupil is covered by fully comprehensive insurance.

In the event of the pupil having a licence disqualified by the D.V.L.A. or police, it should be disclosed immediately to the driving school. Failing to inform the driving school of a disqualified/void licence renders the pupil uninsured in the tuition vehicle, so then in the case of an accident, the pupil if driving would be liable for any repair damages, personal injury or loss of earnings.

It is a legal requirement that you can read a standard number plate in good daylight at 23 metres (67 feet). It is your legal responsibility to ensure this is the case, so we recommend you take an eyesight test when you start learning to drive.

Glasses or contact lenses should be worn if declared as a ’01’ code on the back of the driving licence.

All health issues must be declared before driving, including health changes especially due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

It is illegal to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Be aware that some prescribed medications state that the user cannot operate machinery; this would apply to drive a car and render the insurance invalid.

The driving instructor has the right to terminate the lesson if a pupil is unfit to drive rendering the pupil liable to pay the full lesson fee of £58. Failing a COVID 19 temperature test would be at the discretion of the driving school based on individual circumstances.

Finances

Pupils should view lessons as a course with an end exam, not a week by week ‘see how we go’ situation.

Provisions should be put in place, to weekly fund the course until its completion without missing lessons unless unavoidable due to holiday or sickness. Please be aware it is likely that the pupil will also attend a normal lesson on the week before taking the test so allowances should be made regarding finances.

Lesson times Monday to Friday are in two-hour increments, timed as follows: 8am to 10am / 10am to midday / midday to 2pm / 2pm to 4pm / 4pm to 6pm / 6pm to 8pm.

Start timings may be adjusted on occasions, due to other students practical driving test booking inserted into a normal day, but the lessons affected would be altered to accommodate this change with plenty of notice to you.

Prices *as of 1st April 2020

Payments are payable by bank transfer at the start of the lesson each week.

A two-hour lesson slot is £58 

The practical test day is a 2.5 hour lesson slot and the cost is £70 

These prices will be lower if the pupil supplies a tuition vehicle for lessons or use on test, and alternative methods of payments are at the discretion of the instructor.

This price, ensures a two-hour lesson slot of ‘one on one’ structured professional tuition in a fully dual controlled Manual (geared) tuition vehicle.

Definition of two-hour lesson slot: Includes being dropped off no longer than 15 minutes before the end of a lesson to allow for travel time to the next lesson.

The pickup/drop off point can be flexible as long as it is within a reasonable travelling distance to the corresponding lesson slots either side of the booking. With adequate notice, the driving school is pleased to accommodate this.

People learn at different levels and timescales. Learning to drive can become quite costly for some pupils, so if it is clear to the instructor and pupil that learning to drive it is becoming difficult, the driving school will not carry on with lessons in an aimless attempt to pass a test.

Help and advice will be offered, such as an alternative learning approach, or suggesting continuing lessons in an automatic car. Basically we pride our mission statement,

Lesson planning

A computerised diary is used to ensure pupils get a regular lesson slot each week.

Please inform the instructor if you would like to be considered for any cancellation / extra lesson slots that may become free.

Mutually we endeavour to arrange lesson slots at the same time and day each week if practically possible. The pupil’s social calendar should be considered before prebooking to a lesson slot.

This ensures consistency for positive structured development and makes it easier for the pupil to arrange other personal commitments at alternative times, so as not to disturb the tuition process.

Dealing with multiple people has its difficulties; so obviously, the slots agreed are subject to day/time changes. On occasions, pupils may be asked by the instructor to change a booking to an alternative mutually agreeable time, in the attempt to resolve a booking issue with another pupil. We ask for assistance with this if possible, you never know you may require this yourself at some time in the course.

Practical tests are usually planned weeks in advance allowing for the long waiting lists. However, on the course, it is not unreasonable to expect that another pupil’s practical test may at some point overlap your lesson slot. This would mean a lesson time change, however, it is rare at short notice.

Holidays or sickness, and unexpected situations like car breakdowns also need to be sympathetically considered by both parties.

The driving school will determine if it is safe to drive in adverse weather conditions. Consideration of the pupil’s ability will be taken into account. If a lesson is cancelled due to inclement weather it will be mutually rebooked at an alternative time.

The driving school will not place the pupil in situations detrimental to their wellbeing. A strict COVID 19 wellbeing policy is in place until further notice. * Please, see attached information later in this document.

Parents/guardians are welcome at any time to discuss the status of the learning process and are invited to sit in on a lesson if requested. *following government advice this would apply post-COVID 19.

It must be clarified; extra passengers are not covered in driving instructor’s insurance policy in the case of an accident.

Theory and hazard awareness test

Regardless of a pupil’s ability, a practical driving test ‘cannot’ be booked without first passing a Theory and hazard awareness test.

It is strongly advised that a theory test is completed as soon as possible, so if you are waiting for your course to start I would suggest you start working to pass this test immediately. The waiting list is usually three/four weeks until a theory test date, leaving ample time for preparation. *COVID 19 has possibly made these times longer.

Be advised, at certain times of the year the practical test date waiting lists can be long, so if the theory test is completed earlier in the course, practical waiting lists do not become a major problem to overcome.

By completing the theory test later in the course, pupils often find they are close to test standard but are waiting for a practical driving test some weeks/months away. This becomes a very costly mistake to make. Even if this was logistically viable, it is unreasonable for the driving school to be expected to temporarily remove a pupil from the diary until a test date arrives. Time away and lack of consistency to practice means the quality of driving achieved will have deteriorated and the pupil may no longer be to the required test standard.

When a pupil is test ready, remember our mission statement, we would always strive to find a short notice cancellation test at an earlier date if one becomes available. Trouble is, they are rarely available.

Practical Driving Test

The practical test day is a 2.5-hour lesson slot comprising of an hour pre-lesson, hire of the tuition vehicle for purposes of the test, and return journey home.

The pupil must be in good health and not forget to bring their photocard driving licence.

Practical driving tests are booked by the pupil personally, under the guidance of the Driving School following a pre-test assessment, usually in the form of a mock driving test.

Post-COVID 19 the driving instructor can sit in on your practical driving test, if you require this please ask.

Driving test cancellations

Pupils should assume a booked practical test may be put back to a later date by the driving instructor, if lessons are cancelled without good reason leading up to that test. The driving school reserves the right to refuse to supply the tuition vehicle for a test if the candidate has not kept regular lesson prior to the test date. Disruption to practice would mean the pupil would not still be at the required standard, and we have a duty of care to driving examiners that we only take students that are of the required level to participate in that test.

The driving school is not responsible for cancellations made by the D.V.S.A in regards to driving test bookings. The practical driving test booking is contracted between the pupil and the D.V.S.A.

Accelerate School of motoring’s responsibility is to provide the pupil with a legally insured car for test purposes. Driving Schools have specific driving test insurance allowing pupils to use the car on a test without the owner present. The pupil under the same insurance cannot drive home even if the result is favourable.

If the driving test is cancelled before or on arrival due to examiner sickness, inclement weather conditions or any other reason, the planned lesson/test slot will be used as a regular lesson.

Continued training

A motorway lesson is advised to be carried out shortly after passing the practical driving test.

Pass plus extra can also be arranged, this includes motorway training, and other advanced sessions after passing the practical driving test. Completion of this short course can considerably save money on car insurance costs, has a positive aspect on a C.V. in a job application, help decision making in an accident fault claim, not to mention other benefits to a new driver. Pupils rarely refuse to attend the course due to the benefits it offers. *Ask the instructor about this

Lesson Cancellations

Pupils should understand that even though the instructor is being sociable and friendly in the car, it is still a business relationship. It is the instructor’s livelihood and predicted earnings that are being affected when lessons are cancelled.

Would you struggle to meet your financial commitments if your salary was drastically reduced without warning?

‘Therefore, cancelled lessons are frowned upon and should only happen if unavoidable with as much notice as possible’

‘As a pupil exits the vehicle after a lesson they are contractually promising to attend the mutually agreed lesson slot booked for the following week, therefore legally committing to a payment being made whether it is attended or not ‘regardless’ of the reason.’

It is advisable to put your future bookings into a Mobile phone calendar/reminder and if in doubt when your lesson is, contact the instructor for a reminder.

Provisions should be made to finance the next lesson, and personal commitments considered before you commit yourself to the payment and time. If in doubt the pupil must speak to the instructor before reserving the lesson slot at the end of the lesson. Do not book a future lesson if there may be a problem.

The driving school promises to do everything it can to avoid a cancellation payment being made. If cancelling becomes unavoidable even at short notice, every effort will be made to offer the booked lesson slot to an alternative pupil. However ‘a pupil should not assume a lesson slot can be easily filled, it is more likely to ‘NOT’ be the case and the Two-hour lesson fee of £58 will be charged’

Accelerate School of Motoring does ‘NOT’ have a 24hr/48hr cancellation notice period; the previous statement is the cancellation policy and as such contractually binding and enforceable in law.

This charge is required due to the way tuition insurance policies and business outgoing costs operate, much the same way we accept to contractually pay our mortgage when we are on holiday or pay our monthly mobile phone bill to avoid late payment charges or being cut off.

Every effort should be made by the pupil to move a pre-booked lesson slot to an alternative time if cancelling it becomes unavoidable for some reason, not simply decide to miss a week.

The driving school reserves the right to terminate this contract without notice and refrain from teaching a pupil if it becomes clear the pupil’s commitment to learning is not being taken seriously by randomly cancelling lesson slots without a good reason.

COVID 19 Disclaimer

The ‘COVID 19 wellbeing policy’ is based on a risk assessment carried out by Accelerate school of Motoring.

This disclaimer protects both parties. It may be difficult for Robert Fricker and the pupil to implement social distancing changes from government websites regarding the risks associated with being in close proximity in a car.

Both parties do not hold any responsibility to each other in regards to contracting COVID 19, or associated minor issues such as skin complaints caused by antiseptic use. Agreement by both parties is that every effort is mutually made to prevent this.

COVID 19 Wellbeing Policy

I have always prided myself in being upfront and honest whilst running my business. It is every individual’s responsibility to stop the COVID 19 virus being transmitted. Whilst taking a driving lesson, therefore, Accelerate has a wellbeing policy in place to ensure the safety of all parties.

Government guidelines state that if you are showing symptoms, or have been tested positive for COVID 19, all the people you have come in contact with need to self-isolate for 14 days. It also advises social distancing. This would of cause includes me, therefore affect’s all of my pupils, test centres etc. This would be catastrophic in my industry, affecting everyone’s booked lessons, tests etc. Being safe and healthy is paramount.

Your expectations at the start of a lesson

  • The car will be meticulously antiseptically cleaned for your lesson.
  • I will be wearing a face shield for your protection.
  • Before entering the car, I shall take your temperature with a contactless temperature gauge. You should be no higher than 37.5 degrees. Anything higher than that, and I will ‘NOT’ let you access the car. I undertake a test at the start of my working day, but you are welcome to ask me to take a test before a lesson.
  • Visually witnessed together, our hands must be coated in antiseptic before entering the car. I shall provide COVID 19 specific antiseptic spray for our hands. If you prefer, it is acceptable for you to provide and apply your brand of antiseptic to yourself.
  • Sensible social distancing will be observed throughout the lesson that is ‘reasonably practical in a confined space’ by both parties. Note: whilst the COVID 19 situation is here, only two people can be in the car. This would also mean I would not be able to accompany you on the actual driving test with the examiner.
  • Weather permitting, the windows will be open throughout the lesson, Air conditioning cannot be used. *Dress appropriately
  • All detailed briefings will take place outside the car *weather permitting
  • Payment: Whilst the pandemic rules are in place, I can accept cash payments but prefer not to use this method. Sensibly, bank transfer in the car at the beginning of the session is safer.

Please ensure your mobile telephone has your banking app set up to do this. I am giving you my private bank details *not a business account

Mr R.L. Fricker – Account number: 11417185 – Sort code: 40-17-60

Summary; before tuition takes place.

Mandatory

  1. Wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds just before you come to the car
  2. Wear a protective face mask/shield (provided by yourself)
  3. Antiseptic applied to hands at the car

Advisory

  1. Take a shower just before a lesson *if practically possible, plus I return home periodically to do the same.
  1. Wear fresh clean clothing that can be removed and washed after the lesson * I return home periodically to do the same

Clarity of COVID 19 cancellation policy;

The cancellation policy is clear, however in regards to possible COVID 19, health issues solely in relation to temperature testing I accept are different; please read the following for clarification.

Accelerate school of motoring will always do its best to rearrange things if you become unwell, or offer the space to someone else if I can – but you must appreciate that we cannot promise to achieve this.

To avoid an unnecessary payment when not attending a pre-booked lesson, you should be proactive health-wise in regards to COVID 19 in and out of the tuition vehicle; therefore it is your responsibility to inform me in good time to any changes regarding health issues before a booked lesson, such as repetitive coughs and rises in body temperature. Likewise, I will certainly inform you.

Please, be empathetic, and remember I am running a business. I need to generate an income like everyone else. I cannot have pupils cancelling with coughs etc and blaming it on COVID 19, so the temperature test fails by being above 37.5 degrees is my only exception to charging a payment from you.

We are living in difficult times and have to adapt our behaviour accordingly.

Every effort has been made to ensure our safety.

With that I am looking forward to our lessons, so let us accelerate to a first-time test pass!

Robert Fricker D.V.S.A Adi Number 196462 Grade A

Accelerate School of Motoring

07986 333750

Kind Regards
Rob Fricker

07986 333750