Can I teach someone to drive if I have been disqualified before?
To supervise a learner, you need to satisfy the 2 conditions below:
- You need to be over 21 years old
- You need to have held a valid driving licence for at least 3 years
So you do not have a problem with the age restriction. For the second condition, we can break it into 2 parts. The first one is about having a valid licence which you do because your driving ban has been lifted as it has already expired 2 years back. The second one is about having held a licence for at least 3 years and you've had yours since 2007, which is 6 years now. Even though you've been disqualified for an amount of time during which you had your license, you still had your licence since you passed the test and therefore you meet all the criteria to be able to supervise a learner.
The only exception would be if you've had to resit your driving test as part of the ban which the court imposed on you and under those circumstances, the length for holding a licence would be counted as from when you passed the extended practical test.
So to cut it short, yes you can teach your sister-in-law how to drive.
| 26 Apr 2013 12:39
Can you teach someone to drive if you have penalty points?
You may have points on your licence but as long as you're not disqualified from driving, you're allowed to supervise a learner. So check whether you've not reached 12 points already through the totting up procedure and if you're a new driver, it's 6 points instead. If you're been convicted by a court, they may have suspended your licence as well, therefore confirm you've got a valid license and you'll be all good to teach the learner.
Note : You must be over 21 and have held the licence for at least 3 years.
| 25 Apr 2013 17:43
our policy document- i am down as registered keeper- but husband is- i had accident help
What's worrying you is the fact you're not the registered keeper but your husband is, right? But on your insurance documents, you've put yourself as the keeper of the vehicle. If that's the case, then the insurance company can try to make things harder with your claim because of incorrect information supplied but I doubt they are allowed to reject your claim and invalidate your insurance just for that reason.
| 12 Apr 2013 20:24
Where to get insurance for wheelchair adapted vehicle for non-disabled drivers?
The mainstream insurers will increase the premiums significantly for such modifications, so you will have to contact specialist companies such as:
Have you already contacted the 2 above? As far as I know, the motability scheme allows you to name a driver on your insurance, so the disabled driver does not need to have a licence himself. Is your son not registered for this scheme?
| 12 Apr 2013 17:54
I had an accident in my van but unknowingly I was not the registered keeper at the time, is my insurance valid?
So if I understand correctly, when you got insurance for the van, you listed yourself as the registered keeper but now you found out that was not the case, right?
If the Road Traffic Accident (RTA) was your fault, then you might land in trouble with the insurance company as they will try to reject your claim by saying you supplied the wrong information for your policy.
How about asking your boss to make you the registered keeper straight away. Within 2 weeks, the changes will be updated by DVLA and hopefully, when the insurer by the time the insurer makes the check, you would already be listed as the keeper of the van. Otherwise open up to them and say your boss forgot to make the changes and that was not intentional. You can show them proof the vehicle is owned by the company you work for and send them a letter written by your boss explaining the problem.
| 08 Apr 2013 10:50
Import car from UK to Mauritius
You can get a concession as a returning resident and the excise duty will be 15%. However when I enquired about this in May 2010 when I visited Mauritius, customs told me that you cannot import a car which is more than 3 years old. So I doubt they will accept your toyoya since it's 7 years old. Note that the vehicle will be valued once it gets to Mauritius and 15% excise duty will be levied on it and 15% VAT will be applicable on the total as well.
Avinash | 08 Apr 2013 09:18
Red light at roundabout
I'm not sure about Scotland because some laws are different but in England, there are many places where that's in operation. They have the traffic lights camera at busy junctions which flashes when a driver goes through a red light. This is used as evidence to issue you a fixed penalty notice and you may incur points on your licence as well for that offence.
| 08 Apr 2013 07:58
I drove into a colleague's car at work with a forklift am i liable for any damage?
If your job involves operating a forklift and while doing your job this happened, then it's the employer who would be liable, not you.
Now a "Park at your own risk" sign does not necessarily immune someone from their responsibility. However in your case, the sign is there to draw attention that the area may be unsafe and by parking there you're assuming that risk. So in that line of thinking, I think your employer's liability can be disputed.
Note that I'm not a lawyer by any means and what I said above is just my opinion based on the facts you provided.
| 26 Mar 2013 11:41
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| 18 Aug 2012 14:11
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| 18 Mar 2012 09:14
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| 09 Mar 2012 08:45
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| 24 Feb 2012 13:21
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| 17 Feb 2012 15:04