As we say goodbye to 2013 let’s take a look at the future for driving instructors (ADIs) in the year ahead.

Meet the DSVA

There’s lots of movement in the driving industry starting with the much anticipated merger between the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicles and Operator Services Agency (VOSA). From April 2014, the two agencies will merge to form the Driving and Vehicles Standards Agency (DSVA).

Alastair Peoples, who is the chief executive of both agencies, will remain the head of the new agency.

Standards check assessment

From 7 April 2014, we will see the introduction of the standards check for instructors and the end of foreign language driving tests for learners.

The standards check will be a new practical assessment which all driving instructors will have to take every 4 years. Find out more about the standards check

End of foreign language driving tests

You can currently take your car and motorcycle theory tests with a voiceover in 1 of 19 languages. But after consultations, from 7 April 2014, this will change.

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, said: “We want to make sure that all drivers have the right skills to use our roads safely and responsibly. One area where we can help ensure this is by requiring all test candidates to take the test in English or Welsh, the national languages.

“This will help to ensure that all new drivers will be able to understand traffic updates or emergency information when they pass their test. It will also help us to reduce the risk of fraud by stopping interpreters from indicating the correct answers to theory test questions.”

Learners with dyslexia or other reading difficulties will still be able to take their theory test with an English or Welsh language voiceover.

Fuel prices

We were told in the Autumn Statement that the 2p fuel rise planned for 2014 is to be scrapped. But, what will 2014 look like for the fuel pumps?

Paperless car tax from October 2014

Millions of motorists will be able to spread the cost of their road tax with the option to pay via direct debit when the paperless road tax comes into effect in October.

Children in Need roof top box challenge

Louise Walsh launched the idea of a Children in Need challenge for driving instructors on a Facebook group in November. Since then, hundreds of driving instructors have signed up to show their support. Expect to see this charitable bunch of ADIs in the news in 2014.

MOT prices frozen until 2015

Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, announced some methods to cut soaring motoring costs earlier this winter. Next year, motorists will see MOT test costs freeze until 2015.

Whiplash assessment

Fraudsters get away with thousands of pounds each year through insurance companies and from 2014 there will be a panel of medical assessors who will process each claimant.

Green paper on young driver safety

We were all eagerly awaiting the consultation pre-Christmas but then it was put on ice until the New Year.

The green paper was designed to tackle the issue of the number of road accidents resulting in death or serious injury that involved young people under the age of 24.

Coming up next…

Get your calendars at the ready as we list the top events coming up in the ADI calendar.