Driving instructor arrested halfway through class on drug driving charges

Thames Valley Police arrest driving instructor – WESSEX NEWS AGENCY

A driving instructor was arrested during a lesson on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

Thames Valley Police officers stopped the vehicle in Slough, Berkshire, on December 29 while a 17-year-old schoolboy was driving it after being told the instructor was “under the influence of marijuana”.

Police said the instructor was arrested and “shockingly tested positive for marijuana.”

A statement posted online by Thames Valley Police said: “A driving instructor has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.”

It adds: “Due to his profession, all necessary authorities will be notified as we have a duty of care to protect those involved.”

Instructors typically face at least a four-year driving ban if convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The arrest follows a similar incident in Surrey in 2015, when local police arrested a student driver who tested positive for drugs and his instructor who was four times over the legal limit.

In 2018, an instructor was arrested after failing a cocaine road test while out with a student.

Instructors go through a rigorous training process to ensure they are qualified to teach driving and all formally registered “Approved Driving Instructors” must be “fit and fit”.

Government guidelines for approved driving instructors state that background checks will be conducted on criminal records, adding: “You are … unlikely to be classified as ‘fit and proper’ if you have been found guilty of … driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” .

Driving license test

In June, a BBC investigation revealed that a murky market for driving tests had developed, with some learners paying more than £200 to avoid months of waiting.

It found that candidates were buying exam places en masse, which were secured by individuals or companies and resold at greatly inflated prices.

Some students said they paid as much as £235 to book a practice test – more than three times the standard fee.

The speculation on driving tests comes amid the chronic backlog following the Covid pandemic, with people having to wait up to six months to take the test.

Registering as a driving school on the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) website gives you access to a number of booking sites, a BBC investigation has found.

However, this feature can be abused as there is minimal verification that the registrant is actually running a driving school.

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