2pass Newsletter - December 2011 issue 135
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Welcome to the latest 2pass Newsletter
In this months Issue:-
1) Christmas Gift Ideas
So if you're struggling to find that Christmas Gift this year for the Learner Driver.
Or perhaps you are a Learner and would like to ask for that useful Gift this Christmas!
Take a look at our ideas for this Christmas, from books, software and things to calm your test nerves.
2) December Free Prize Draw
For the next few months we will be giving you the change to win a free copy of the latest Software from our partners Focus Multimedia.
PASS FIRST TIME WITH OUR BEST SELLING, AWARD WINNING SOFTWARE
Covering Official Theory Questions, Hazard Perception Test, Practical Driving Lessons, Learn the Road Signs and 'L'plates
3) Bad weather and driving tests
Some driving tests may be affected by winter weather over the next few months.
Watch the DSA video below for more information.
4) Driving tests return to Barry
Driving tests will be returning to Barry as part of a trial bringing practical car tests closer to candidates.
DSA will then decide whether the trials can be rolled out on a permanent basis and extended to other areas without a local test centre where there is a significant demand, as well as suitable test routes and venues.
More information at Department for Transport
5 ) Driving Tip of the Month
Independent driving in the driving test The driving test (for cars, lorries, buses and motorcycles) has changing since 4th October 2010 and was introduced into the Northern Ireland Driving Test on 27th June 2011.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) introduced a new section covering 'independent driving'. This will last for about 10 minutes during which the candidate will have to drive without step-by-step instructions from the examiner.
The Video below shows you why there is now an Independent part of the Driving Test and what to expect during the test.
Practice makes perfect, so get plenty of practice from a Approved Driving Instructor.More Video Lessons available from our Video Page Index
6) Luxury cars in Japan motorway pile-up
A luxury sports car outing in Japan has ended in what may be one of the most expensive car crashes in history.
7) Devon driving test examiner 'bullied over pass rate'
A Devon driving test examiner has told a tribunal her bosses put pressure on her to increase her pass rate.
Nicola Bentley-Lovell, from Sticklepath on Dartmoor, is claiming constructive unfair dismissal against the Driving Standards Agency.
In her statement, she said she had worked as a driving examiner for seven years until October 2010.
But she said she quit after she "sustained a large amount of bullying and harassment for my pass rate".
Mrs Bentley-Lovell claimed in six years, she underwent 165 check tests - where a supervisor sits behind the examiner in the car during a driving test. She said the normal rate for check tests was six to eight times a year.
Full Story BBC website
8) Don't Drink and Drive and be a Designated driver
Designated drivers will be rewarded in more than 8,000 pubs and student union bars across the country as part of the THINK! Christmas drink drive campaign,
The Designated Driver campaign forms part of Coca-Cola Great Britainís pledge to promote the positive role that soft drinks can play as credible alternatives to alcohol.
9) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Thank you for all your support throughout the year.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and let's hope for that new car is on the drive on Christmas day!
Enjoy your Holiday and have a Safe, Blessed, Prosperous & Happy New Year...
From all the 2pass team!
10) ADI News
National driver and rider training standard
A new framework setting out the key competences expected of driving instructors and motorcycle trainers has been published by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).
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