Choosing a Driving School

Choosing professional driving instruction is one way to help ready yourself safely for the road.

A driver training course or high-school driver education program approved by the provincial government can teach you the skills and attitudes you need to be a safe and responsible driver. You may also be eligible to take your road test sooner and to save money on insurance premiums.

To help you choose the best driving school and course for you, use the following checklist of features:

  • Course information package
  • Audio visual equipment
  • Classroom facilities
  • In-vehicle topics covered
  • Risk perception and management
  • Driving in adverse conditions
  • Instructor qualifications and experience
  • Student progress and evaluation reports
  • Minimum 25 classroom and 10 behind-
    the-wheel instruction hours
  • Certification fee
  • Tuition receipts
  • Testimonials
  • Personalized program
  • Low student/teacher ratio
  • Basic man oeuvres
  • Strategic driving
  • Freeway driving
  • Night driving
  • Regular instructor upgrading
  • Certificate of completion
  • Training materials
  • Use of vehicle for road test
  • Registered educational institution
  • Number of years in business
  • Consumer protection insurance

Road safety for children on skateboards, scooters and wheeled toys

Any wheeled device on the road is regarded the same as pedestrians under the road rules. This includes skateboards, rollerblades, children’s scooters, pedal cars or tricycles – any wheeled toys.

As well as general pedestrian rules, there are also additional rules that parents should know and ensure that their child not only knows, but understands. Most of the suggestions we outline for walking and road safety as well as bicycle road safety also apply to wheeled toys.

Road safety for children on skateboards, scooters and wheeled toys

Below are some tips for children using a range of wheeled toys and devices near roads.

  • Wheeled devices or toys cannotbe used:
    • on a road with a speed limit of more than 60 km/h
    • on a road with a dividing line or median strip or
    • on a one-way road with more than one marked lane
  • They must keep to the left on footpaths and shared paths and give way to pedestrians.
  • Unless a sign prohibits it, a person on roller blades, roller skates or a similar wheeled device can ride on a bicycle path or separated footpath designed for the use of bicycles, but must give way to any bicyclist.
  • It is an offence (and extremely dangerous) to hold on to a moving vehicle
  • Correct fitting helmets must be worn

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New driving Instructors

Overview of requirements

To become a driving instructor you must have completed all of the following requirements:

  1. Documents and checks
  2. Tests
  3. Letter of eligibility
  4. Instructor training course
  5. Regulator Final Assessment

Requirements in detail

Documents and checks

  • Driving instructor application (form 239).
  • Pass a medical check (form 239).
  • Pass Police and criminal checks; (forms 1183 & 1184 office use only).
  • Two specimen signatures.
  • Four passport size photographs.

Theory test

  • Pass an extended driver knowledge test on road rules (90 questions).

Practical test

  • Pass a Driving Test with a 95 per cent pass. The driving test must be passed before you will be issued with a letter of eligibility. If the driving test is passed in an automatic vehicle the Driving Instructor licence will have a condition that allows the instructor to only teach in automatic vehicles.
  • A Motorcycle Operator Skill Test (MOST) with a 100 per cent pass.

Letter of eligibility

After all the above documents, checks, theory test and practical test have been completed Roads and Maritime Services will issue you a letter of eligibility. You cannot enrol in an instructor-training course unless you hold a current letter of eligibility.

Instructor-training course

The instructor training standards are nationally agreed and are included in the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).

Car driving instructors must pass the Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Car Driving Instruction) TLI41210.

Heavy vehicle driving instructors must pass the Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction) TLI41310. HVDI courses equivalent to the Certificate IV in Driving Instruction NSW 91000 will continue to be accepted until 31 December 2009.

Motorcycle riding instructors must pass Roads and Maritime Services Pre-learner rider-training course as a student prior to commencing the instructor training with an approved course provider.

Generally most new driving instructors will take at least six months to complete the required qualifications.

Travel times and roadworks and alerts

VicTraffic
VicTraffic is Victoria’s premium traffic website that uses an interactive map to display the exact location of the following:

  • Emergency road closures and traffic alerts
  • Major roadworks
  • Events impacting roads
  • Congestion information for Melbourne and some regional areas
  • Freeway travel times
  • Live traffic images.

Tow truck allocations
The VicTraffic website is available on desktop computers and is fully scalable for viewing on tablets and mobile phones.  It can also be downloaded as an iPhone and Android application.

Never before have Victorian’s has such easy access to traffic information.  Now before you leave home you can check VicTraffic to find out what incidents and delays are affecting the network, as well as what roadworks and events are planned in the future.

Features include:

  • Fully accessible on smartphones and web-enabled mobile phones
  • Updated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • User-friendly Google Maps interface
  • Option to limit view to a certain region or municipality
  • Accurate point-to-point closure and incident information.

    VicRoads is the official source of road information during emergencies. This includes communicating information about local roads impacted by flood or fire via the VicTraffic website.

Continue to VicTraffic

Driving instructor authority conditions

Conditions:

1.If one or more of the following condition codes are endorsed on the Authority, the holder must comply with the corresponding condition specified below:

a) Condition code G – the driving instructor authority holder must wear corrective lenses to meet the visual acuity standard (Snellen code) of at least 6/9 in the better eye and 6/18 in the other eye.

b) Condition code A – the driving instructor authority holder must only teach a person to drive pursuant to the Authority in a vehicle with automatic transmission.

c) Condition code MED – the driving instructor authority holder must undergo an annual medical review and provide a medical report to the TSC on each anniversary of the date the Authority was granted.

2. The driving instructor authority holder must advise the TSC within 28 days of being charged with or being found guilty of a criminal offence, or of being
made subject to reporting obligations under Part 3 of the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 (Vic) or an extended supervision order under Part 2 of the Serious Sex Offenders Monitoring Act 2005 (Vic).

3. The driving instructor authority holder must hold a current Working with Children Check issued by the Department of Justice to instruct students under the
age of 18 on a regular basis.

4. The driving instructor authority holder must return their Authority and identity photograph to the TSC within seven days if their drivers licence is uspended,cancelled, surrendered or expired.

5. When teaching a person to drive pursuant to the Authority, the driving instructor authority holder must produce his or her Authority and identity photograph for inspection if requested to do so by a member of the police or an authorised person.

6. The driving instructor authority holder must notify the TSC of any change in the information provided by the driving instructor authority holder to the TSC in his or her application.

7. The driving instructor authority holder must notify the TSC of any change in the information provided by the holder to the registered medical practitioner
for the purposes of the medical practitioner issuing a certificate provided to the TSC under Regulation 6(1)(b)

8. The driving instructor authority holder must keep all records specified by the TSC. The driving instructor authority holder must produce all records for inspection on request by an authorised person and must allow the authorised person to make copies of those records.

For the purposes of this condition, the TSC specifies that the driving instructor authority holder is required to keep, and produce on request, the following
records:

a) The driving instructor authority holder’s drivers licence.

b) The driving instructor authority holder’s Authority.

c) The driving instructor authority holder’s identity photograph.

d) The driving instructor authority holder’s current Working with Children Check.

e) For each person the driving instructor authority holder teaches to drive pursuant to the Authority:

– the name of the person
– the number and expiry date of the learner permit held by the person
– the date and time of every lesson

Requirements to Become a Driving Instructor

A Driving Instructor is a person approved by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to teach another person to drive a motor vehicle (of the approved class) in exchange for fee, reward, salary, wages or other remuneration or consideration. Approval is valid for five (5) years, unless sooner cancelled/suspended or revoked.

To become a Driving Instructor in the NT you need to have held the relevant class of licence for a period of three (3) consecutive years immediately prior to application. You will also need to:

  1. be certified as medically fit by a medical practitioner (in accordance with the Commercial Standards of the nationally agreed guidelines “Assessing Fitness to Drive”);
  2. pass a Police traffic and criminal history check, (the National Police Clearance and Complete Traffic History checks can be arranged through Safe NT or your local Police Station, clearly identifying that an employment check is required for the profession of a Driving Instructor);  and,
  3. you must complete the required training course delivered by an Approved course provider (listed below are local NT providers and a link to interstate Accredited providers).

Driving Instructors are to comply with the Code of Practice for Driving Instructors in the NT.

There are currently two training courses (qualifications) that will allow you to become a driving instructor in the NT and these are:

  • TLI41210 Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Car Driving Instruction)
  • TLI41310 Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction)

Only qualifications issued by an accredited course provider will be accepted for the issue of an NT Driving Instructor endorsement. Qualifications issued by non-accredited course providers will not be recognised as the course may not have been conducted to the standard required by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.

change your address with Motor Vehicle Registry

You can change your address with Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) online, by telephone or by visiting a motor registry.

Online

Customers who hold a NT driver licence or a NT vehicle registration can change their residential or mailing address online.

To update your address online you must provide your:

  • The transaction number located on the upper right hand side of your renewal notice or
  • Your customer ID and your licence number; or
  • Your customer ID and your registration number.

Telephone

If you want to change your address by telephone, call 1300 654 628.To update your address via telephone, you must provide your:

  • Licence or registration number
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Current address
  • New address

Motor Vehicle Registry

If you want to change your address in person, you must provide your:

  • Driver licence number or registration plate number(s)
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Current address
  • New address

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