Trainee instructor car insurance concern

Sunday, 11 July 2010

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Too many learner drivers are unknowingly taught by trainee driving instructors, which may raise concerns for their car insurance.

According to the AA, at least one school told trainees not to tell candidates that they were not fully-qualified and one was even told to "make things up" if asked about his pink badge.

Up to 75,000 learners in the last year could have been taught by a trainee, the AA believes, meaning they may be more at risk of an accident that would force them to make a car insurance claim.

AA president Edmund King has contacted road safety minister Mike Penning, urging him to take action so that learners and their parents know exactly what they are getting from their lessons.

"Incredibly, driving schools are not obliged to give you a transparent choice, so many charge as if it's a fully-qualified instructor but give you a trainee," he said.

"There's a canyon between what learners think they are paying for and what they get."

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