Hefty fine and driving ban risk for 'anyone teaching a learner driver'

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People assisting a friend or family member in learning to drive are being reminded of the rules surrounding this practice. Even if a learner is receiving professional lessons, it's typical for them to gain additional experience with a parent, sibling, or friend.

Data from gov.uk reveals that between January and March this year, 561,000 driving tests were conducted in the UK. Anyone over the age of 21 who has been driving for three years is legally permitted to supervise a learner driver.

However, Swansway Motor Group is cautioning those supervising learners that they could be inadvertently breaking the law while instructing, risking a £1,000 fine and even a potential driving ban. Government guidance clarifies that it is illegal to hold and use a phone, satnav, or tablet while driving a car or riding a motorcycle.

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This law also applies to anyone supervising a learner driver. Therefore, when parents, friends, or even driving instructors themselves answer a call, send a text, or check directions, they're risking a £200 fine and three points on their licence, which could escalate to £1,000 and a total driving ban, reports the Mirror.

A spokesperson for Swansway has commented: "Unless you're making a call to the emergency services, or the car is safely parked, it is illegal to use your phone while supervising a learner driver. Learners' lack of experience means they might not see things or react to hazards as quickly as experienced drivers would. As a supervisor not only are you instructing them, but you're a second pair of eyes for the learner, so you should always keep your eyes on the road. Failure to do so may have severe consequences."

Additionally, Swansway mentioned that supervisors should adhere to the law regarding satnavs by ensuring these devices are securely mounted for hands-free operation and do not obstruct their own or the learner's view of the road.

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