Terms & Conditions
These are the current terms and conditions for Dhillon Driving School (we/our) – please check this page for updates or revisions to our terms and conditions.
1. DRIVING LESSONS:
A. You must hold a valid UK provisional driving licence and be prepared for your instructor to check your validation, convictions and medical records against the DVSA online system.
B. You must meet the minimum eye sight requirements which means you must be able to read a standard UK number plate at a minimum distance of 20 metres. If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses to meet this requirement then you must wear them whenever you drive.
C. You must not be under the influence of alcohol, if your instructor feels that you are or have taken alcohol and asks you to take a breathalyser test and you either refuse or you are over the legal required limit then the lesson(s) won’t proceed and the cost of lesson(s) will still be charged for. You must not be under the influence of illegal drugs, if found to be then lesson(s) won’t proceed and cost of lesson(s) will still be charged for. If you are on any prescribed medication that may affect your driving then you must inform your instructor so they can determine if the lesson(s) proceed.
2. LESSON CANCELLATION:
A. We require a 24 hour cancellation policy whereby if a lesson(s) has been booked and requires cancellation then at least 24 hour’s notice must be given, cancellations must be given by phone or text to your instructor. If you cancel within the 24 hour’s notice then you will be charged for the lesson(s) that were booked for.
B. Your instructor shall wait no longer than 10 minutes at the agreed destination of pick up point of lesson(s). If you do not show then your instructor will either phone / text to leave a message confirming that they are leaving the area and lesson(s) will still be charged for.
3. CONDUCT OF INSTRUCTOR / PUPIL:
A. Your instructor will carry out the DVSA code of conduct at all times, and provide you with a clean, tidy, smoke free zone and a fully insured car for the purpose of driving tuition.
B. Your instructor will endeavour to arrive on time however, due to unforeseen circumstances such as breakdowns, accidents, traffic hold ups, bad weather etc, then lesson(s) times may need to be changed or cancelled. If cancelled by your instructor, then no fee will be charged to you the pupil.
C. You should only book a practical test when your instructor advises you to do so, in the event that you book a practical test without your instructors consent then your instructor has the right to refuse to take you on test.
4. GIFT VOUCHERS / PAYMENTS:
A. Payment for lesson(s) should be made at the start of your lesson(s) to your instructor and if paying by cheque, make cheque out to the name of your instructor and allow 5 clear working days for cheque to clear.
B. Block bookings must be paid for in advance or at the start of your first lesson, otherwise lesson(s) revert back to individual lesson rate.
C. Block book payments that are not used will be returned to you the pupil at the individual lesson rate.
D. Semi / Intensive courses require a non-refundable £200.00 deposit
E. Payments for semi or intensive courses must be fully paid one week at the very latest prior to the course starting date. Failure to do so means that the course that you have booked will not proceed.
F. Gift vouchers must be presented to your instructor at the start of your first lesson and are valid for 6 months from date of purchase and lesson(s) for these gift vouchers must be used within 2 months ( subject to availability ). Non show of gift voucher will result in you the pupil paying for lesson(s) by cash.
G. Gift vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash and cannot be replaced if lost.
SEMI / INTENSIVE COURSES;
Our semi / intensive courses are available at the DVSA waiting times. These waiting times vary from test centres. When booking a semi / intensive course your instructor shall determine how many lesson(s) that you approximately require to reach test standard after your first assessment lesson. Should you require additional lessons(s) then these can be purchased at the standard lesson rate. You will not be allowed to sit a practical driving test until your instructor feels that you are capable of passing your test, ie, a 20 hour semi intensive course means that if after 20 hours you don’t reach test standard then test will not proceed and you may lose your test fee.
What do you need to bring to your first driving lesson?
The answer is not very much….
1. Provisional licence – the most important thing is to remember to bring your provisional licence (if you haven’t got one see our blog on how to apply for your Provisional Driving Licence). You instructor must see this before he/she is allowed to give you any lessons.
2. Glasses/contact lenses – if you need them, please remember to bring them. Your instructor will ask you to read a number plate from:-
• 20 metres for cars with the new-style number plates (2 letters followed by 2 Numbers KP34 CCA; or
• 20.5 metres for the old style number plates.
If you are unable to read the number plate unfortunately, your instructor wont be able to take you out unless you are able to collect your glasses before the lesson starts. If you were unable to read a number plate on the day of the test, the examiner wouldn’t be able to continue any further with the Driving Test.
3. Shoes – it may sound silly but please wear comfortable shoes (trainers or flat shoes are best)
Sample Provisional Driving Licence
1. When can you apply?
You can apply 3 months before your 17th birthday. However, you can only start taking lessons from your 17th birthday unless you are in receipt of the enhanced rate of the personal independence payment (PIP). If so, you can learn to drive from the age of 16.
You will also need your provisional licence before you can book your theory, hazard perception or practical driving test.
2. Where do you apply?
• If you have a UK passport, which is no more than 5 years old you can apply online here . All you need is your passport number. They will use the photo on your passport for the photo on your new licence. This is the quickest and easiest way to apply; or
• You can obtain a form known as the D1 at the post office from one of their car tax issuing branches . The post office has some helpful guidance on their site . You will need to send with your application to the DVLA (DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD) with a passport sized photograph and appropriate identification. If you don’t have a UK passport you can send in your original biometric residence permit, UK certificate of naturalisation, or EU or EAA national identity card. Full details can be found the governments website
3. Eyesight and health
Before applying you need to check that you are able to read a number plate from 20m away (with glasses/contact lenses if required).
You must also tell the DVLA if you have certain medical conditions.
4. How long does it take?
Online – about 1 week
Paper – between 2 and 3 weeks.
5. How much does it cost?
• Online £34
• Post £43
6. Where can I drive when I have my licence?
Provided you are with your driving instructor (or another driver who has held a full driving licence for over 3 years and over 21) you can drive on any road in the UK bar private roads and motorways.
7. What happens when you pass?
Once you pass your practical test your licence will be upgraded to a full licence for no further cost.