Moving from a franchise

I came across a driving instructor last week by chance while I was queuing in a well known restaurant chain. Anyway, cutting to the chase the driving instructor was working for two different driving schools. When I asked why, his reply was to make ends meet. He was in the throws of setting up his very own driving school called Progress Driving School which is located in Cannock.

The other driving school where he was working as a franchisee was also operating in the Cannock area. I asked him why he wanted to leave his existing franchise? His reply was all too common which I’ve heard before and that was because his dream was to get his very own driving school. I asked him why? He replied, because I wanted to prove to myself that I could make it in business and have my very own business. This would make me feel proud he said.

I completely understood what he said and what he meant. I was in exactly the same position with the same dreams and ambitions at one stage in my own life. Anyway, he went on to say that he just couldn’t quit at his current franchise as he would have very few clients. So, the best way he thought of doing this was to juggle both of the driving schools together up until his own driving school became top heavy with enquiries and clients.

I get this and I admired his business sense as there is lots of risk by just quitting one job and expecting the phone to ring for his new business. I liked his strategy and his way of thinking. It made absolute sense. I suppose that there are many driving instructors that have used this type of model and I imagine that there are many a driving school out there that are now successful but have only managed to get there by using the same sort of business model and thought process.

The funny thing about this whole situation was that during our conversation, both of his mobile phones went off at exactly the same time. He said, oh, that’s bloody typical. I had to laugh as the chances of my encounter and witnessing this was one in a million.

Anyway, I wished him the best of luck with his new venture.

Instructors Hereford

Hi, my name is Dev from Hereford Driving School in Hereford. I am one of the local driving instructors in Hereford. I recently attended on of the quarterly meetings held by the ADIJNC who are the representatives for driving instructors. I was interested to hear what they had to say about the delays to the ADI Part 3 exam. This is what Lynne Barry had to say on this subject.

ADI Part 3 more delays: DVSA have warned that there may be further delays to the implementation of the new Part 3. The original target date was October 2nd, but challenges achieving the required legal sign off of the change within that timescale meant the launch was delayed. Now DVSA has cautioned that due to a new approach to legislative process, whereby secondary legislation will in future be subject to the same process as primary legislation (and will therefore have to pass through more layers of scrutiny than those needed previously for legislative change of this nature), the implementation of the new Part 3 test may be further delayed and possibly to late November.
The agency is currently seeking clarity as to whether the Part 3 change falls under a new government directive which requires a ministerial triage process for all secondary legislation from October. With the possibility of the Part 3 changes being caught in this new process NASP is concerned that even a newly estimated November implementation could be challenging for the agency to achieve. DVSA are currently contacting all PDIs with Part 3 tests booked between 30 October and 10 November to advise them that the test they take between these dates will not have changed to the new one. They are also contacting all trainers on ORDIT. ADINJC AGM: Save the date: Members of our current groups and associations are welcome to attend our AGM on December 2nd at the Village Hotel, Walsall in the West Midlands. As well as the AGM there will be guest speakers and an association meeting. All we ask is that we know you are attending in advance by contacting Sue Duncan our secretary at secretary@adinjc.org.uk please do also pass on any apologies to her. It’s a busy time of year with another NASP and DVSA joint meeting in late November.
I want to thank all our members for their support with the work we do on your behalf to inform you, help with advice and to represent your many varied views.
Best wishes to you all.

So, this was the most up to date news from Lynne. I hope it helps you.