Thursday, 23 November 2017

Friday, 6 October 2017

University Students Booking Intensive Driving Courses

Students at Bath and Bristol universities are now enquiring about intensive driving courses starting in January.
Many are getting settled into their first year at university and planning their driving lessons to start after returning from the Christmas break.
Visit our new Twitter page @Intensivetrain1 and see our website at www.intensivedrivingcourses.biz

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Car Safety Re-calls, Driving Test Refused

Thousands of cars can be effected by manufacturer re-calls for safety checks. If you arrive in such a car for your driving test without the required check your test will not proceed.

Your intensive driving course in Bristol with us will not be delayed with this issue as we use Ford Fiesta cars less than 2 years old with full ford servicing and checks carried out.
Intensive Driver Training

Monday, 14 August 2017

Learner Drivers allowed on MOTORWAYS from 2018

Learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls from 2018.

Your Intensive Driving Course in Bristol / Bath with Intensive Driver Training can include this training from the commencement date in 2018

Friday, 7 April 2017

NEW CAR TAX RULES

As an information service Intensive Driving Courses Bristol are providing this update

NEW CAR TAX RULES - Will I be affected?


Under the new rules only electric and hydrogen cars will be exempt - and all other cars will pay a flat rate of £140.

The amount of carbon dioxide in a car’s exhaust gases is calculated using a standard European test and published in every brochure.

And the results show the average amount of carbon dioxide produced for every kilometre that a car drives.

Carbon dioxide is measured in grams, so the results are written as g/km CO2.

A car emitting 99g/km bought before April 1 will be free of road tax for life.

Those bought after the date will cost £120 in the first year, and £140 a year thereafter.

Cars emitting 131g/km will be taxed £200 instead of £130, those emitting 151g/km will be charged £500 instead of £180, and cars emitting 171g/km will be charged £800 instead of £295, while those emitting 191g/km will be charged £1,200 instead of £490.

The highest possible charge will continue to apply to those emitting over 255g/km, but that will rise from £1,100 to £2,000.

However, those buying high-polluting cars may even break even, with tax set higher in the first year and subsequently falling every year after that.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Intensive Driving Courses in Bristol and Bath


Driving Lessons in Bristol and Bath

Learning to drive in the UK is a high priority task for most young people and can be achieved in a variety of ways.

Historically, driving lessons have been booked by the hour with perhaps one or two sessions per week. Typically learning by this method might take around 50 or so hours of tuition with a professional driving instructor and often supplemented by going out with parents. Consequently this process would be spread over a number of months.

Many learners are now turning to an intensive driving course to enable them to complete this process and pass the driving test in a couple of weeks. Pass rates are often substantially higher

Intensive driving courses are conducted in the Bristol and Bath areas by Intensive Driver Training who offer a range of intensive driving course formats for all abilities and aptitudes.

Check the courses out at http://www.intensivedrivingcourses.biz to find  a format best suited to your needs.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Intensive Driving Course Bath

Many Bath University Students have enquired how to get a driving licence in a short period of time.
We recommend looking for an intensive driving course Bath or intensive driving lessons Bath as a good starting point.

Information can be found on driving course content and prices for all abilities and aptitudes.
Courses are available as a 5 day driving course, one week driving course, or spread over up to 3 weeks

Courses are provided by Intensive Driver Training who can be contacted on 07484 829024

Friday, 1 January 2016

Cost of Licence for your Intensive Driving Course



There are different fees if you want to renew, exchange or amend your driving licence - or get a replacement if yours has been lost, stolen or damaged.
There are different driving licence fees in Northern Ireland.

Get your first GB driving licence

Type of licence Apply online Apply by post
First provisional licence - car, motorcycle, moped £34 £43
First full GB licence in exchange for a full European Community/European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence N/A £43

Replace a lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed licence

This costs £20. You must replace your licence if it’s been lost, stolen, defaced or destroyed.

Change the name, address or photo on your driving licence

The fee depends on what you’re changing and how you do it.
What you’re changing Change online Change by post
Address Free Free
Name Not available Free
Photo £14 £17

Renew a driving licence

Photocard licences are valid for 10 years unless otherwise stated. You’ll get a reminder to renew your photo before your current licence ends.
Reason for renewal Apply online Apply by post
Renewing an expired driving licence £14 £17
From age 70 Free Free
For medical reasons N/A Free
Bus or lorry drivers N/A Free
After disqualification N/A £65
If disqualified for some drink-driving offences where the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) needs to arrange medical enquiries N/A £90
After your licence has been revoked (under the New Drivers Act) N/A £50
You can also renew your expired licence at a Post Office, it costs £17.

Exchange a driving licence

Reason for exchange Apply online Apply by post
Add entitlement to full or provisional licence N/A Free
Paper licence to photocard with change of address Free Free
Paper licence to photocard with change of name N/A Free
Paper licence to photocard with no change of details £20 £20
Full Northern Ireland licence to a GB licence N/A Free
Full European Community, European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence, if a previous GB licence held N/A Free
Northern Ireland licence with a GB test pass N/A Free

Improving The Driving Test

Proposed changes will not as yet effect the test for your Intensive Driving Course in Bristol

Improving the driving test (Quotes from the DVSA Website)

Newly qualified drivers continue to give some cause for concern. Some tell us that they don’t feel that the driving test prepares them adequately for driving independently after they’ve passed.

In 2015 to 2016 trials and research will be undertaken to:

  • determine the need for any changes to the practical car driving test and to support any proposals for change with evidence
  • evaluate the benefits of any subsequent changes that DVSA may consider making
Any proposed changes will be subject to public consultation.

Driving Examiners - Ongoing Industrial Action

AS industrial action by examiners is ongoing, there could possibly be n effect on the test date for your Intensive Driving Course

Advice to driving test candidates

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is doing all it can to make sure that tests go ahead as planned.

Not all examiners are union members, and DVSA expects most driving test centres to operate as normal. You should turn up for your test as planned.

Changing your driving test date


You can change your test to another date if you want to.

You must give at least 3 clear working days’ notice to change your test date or you’ll have to pay again.

If your driving test is cancelled

DVSA will book a new test appointment for you automatically if there’s no examiner available for your test.

You’ll be rebooked for the earliest available date, and DVSA will send you the details of the new appointment.

Out-of-pocket expenses

You can claim out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled, but you must have turned up for your test to be able to do this. If you don’t turn up, you’ll have to rebook your own test and won’t be able to claim expenses.

Theory tests

Theory tests aren’t affected by the strike action and will be taking place as planned.

Vehicle examiner strike action

Some vehicle examiners who are members of the PCS union are planning to take strike action at the same time as driving examiners, as listed in the table above.

DVSA is doing everything it can to make sure that vehicle tests will go ahead as planned.

You should follow the usual process and contact your local DVSA network manager if your vehicle examiner doesn’t arrive at your authorised testing facility on the day.

Minimising disruption to customers

Paul Satoor, DVSA’s Interim Chief Executive, said:

We’re doing everything we can to minimise any disruption to customers and we apologise for any inconvenience.
Staff signed up to a new standard employment contract in April 2014 in exchange for a lump-sum payment and a 3-year pay deal. This was agreed with the trade unions, and applies to all staff in the Department for Transport and motoring agencies. The pay deal included transitional arrangements that came to an end on 1 November 2015.
It’s disappointing that the trade unions have now chosen to oppose the contract they agreed in 2014.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Highway Code Changes May Effect Your Intensive Driving Course

Before taking your intensive driving course you should be aware of changes just announced regarding fitness to drive.

Rule change: drugs and medicine

Rule 96 of The Highway Code has been updated 2 March 2015.
New rule 96 wording
You MUST NOT drive under the influence of drugs or medicine. For medicines, check with your doctor or pharmacist and do not drive if you are advised that you may be impaired.
You MUST NOT drive if you have illegal drugs or certain medicines in your blood above specified limits. It is highly dangerous so never take illegal drugs if you intend to drive; the effects are unpredictable, but can be even more severe than alcohol and result in fatal or serious road crashes. Illegal drugs have been specified at very low levels so even small amounts of use could be above the specified limits. The limits for certain medicines have been specified at higher levels, above the levels generally found in the blood of patients who have taken normal therapeutic doses. If you are found to have a concentration of a drug above its specified limit in your blood because you have been prescribed or legitimately supplied a particularly high dose of medicine, then you can raise a statutory medical defence, provided your driving was not impaired by the medicine you are taking.
Laws RTA 1988 sect 4 & Law RTA 1988 sect 5A
Previous wording
Rule 96 used to say:
You MUST NOT drive under the influence of drugs or medicine. Check the instructions or ask your doctor or pharmacist. Using illegal drugs is highly dangerous. Never take them if you intend to drive; the effects are unpredictable, but can be even more severe than alcohol and may result in fatal or serious road crashes.
Law RTA 1988 sect 4
You can follow The Highway Code on Facebook and Twitter to get regular rule reminders.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Intensive Driving Success

 Daniella, From Midsomer Norton, just passed her practical driving test after completing one of our intensive driving courses

She now looks forward to driving her Ford KA

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Intensive Driving Course Success

      Congratulations Tom, from Bath,  First time pass on our 40 hour Intensive Driving Course, just a few weeks after his 17th Birthday.

 
Tom went off to arrange his car insurance for his car which he has patiently stored for several weeks.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Hazard Perception Makeover

Preparation for your intensive driving course in Bristol or Bath involves passing your theory test. See the latest info from DVSA on the new test format
 
 
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New computer-generated imagery (CGI) clips replaced old filmed clips in the hazard perception part of the theory test on 12 January 2015.


The test was made up of filmed video clips which showed everyday road scenes.
Those clips were still relevant, but the image quality wasn’t as clear or defined as modern technology allows.

Differences in the new clips

The new clips show the same situations as the previous clips, but they:
  • look clearer on the screen
  • include updated vehicles, roads and surroundings so they look modern
An old-style video clip (left) and an updated CGI clip (right)
An old-style video clip (left) and an updated CGI clip (right)

No change to how the test works

The way that the hazard perception part of the theory test works hasn’t changed. The pass mark has stayed the same.
The clips:
  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ - but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’
A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, like changing speed or direction.
Test type Number of clips Number of developing hazards Pass mark
Car and motorcycle 14 15 44 out of 75
Lorry, bus and coach 19 20 67 out of 100
Approved driving instructor part 1 14 15 57 out of 75
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Learning materials still relevant

Any products that you’ve been using to help you practise the hazard perception part of the test are still relevant.
You don’t need to have practised with CGI clips in order to take and pass the test.
Official DVSA learning materials
DVSA produces official learning materials to help you prepare, and products are also available from other providers.

Updated clips trialled before being introduced

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) trialled the updated clips to make sure that learner drivers could use them without problems.
The trial was successful. It found that candidates who watched the new introduction clip about how the test works were more likely to spot the developing hazards.
The research, which was carried out with the University of Nottingham’s Accident Research Unit, found that the updated clips are just as good as the traditional video-based test.

Developing clips in the future

By using CGI clips, DVSA can introduce clips in the future which show situations with vulnerable road users - like children, cyclists, and motorcyclists - without risk.

Intensive Pass Rates

A review of our pass rates for intensive driving courses in 2014 showed a pass rate of 83%http://www.intensivedrivingcourses.biz

Getting Your First Provisional Licence

We though we would clarify some info on getting a provisional licence as several parents have enquired recently about an intensive driving course and what need to be done.

When you can apply


You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old.

You can start driving when you’re:

  • 17 if you want to drive a car
  • 16 if you want to ride a moped or light quad bike

Your licence will say when you can start driving different vehicles.

To apply, go to GOV.UKhttps://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

Friday, 20 February 2015

Bristol Theory Test Centre

The theory test centre now has a new home in the centre of Bristol

Third Floor North Building, Crescent House, Temple Back,
Bristol,
BS1 6EZ

Before applying for your intensive driving course it is best to have first completed your theory test