The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have merged to form the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
To be an approved training body (ATB) you must meet certain rules.
‘Fit and proper’
You must be a ‘fit and proper’ person to run the ATB.
When deciding if you’re a ‘fit and proper’ person, DVSA will look at if you have:
- had any convictions in the last 4 years
- any motoring convictions
- been disqualified from driving
- any penalty points on your licence
- any court proceedings pending against you
As an ATB you must provide compulsory basic training (CBT). Any CBT and direct access scheme (DAS) courses you provide must meet the legal requirements.
The CBT syllabus and guidance notes gives full details on what must be provided.
An instructor is only allowed to supervise up to 2 trainees during on-road tuition.
Your instructors must be in radio contact with all trainees
at all times during on-road tuition.
You must have the use of a suitable site or sites for training in the off-road parts of the CBT course.
These sites must be authorised by DVSA before they’re used.
You must make sure that all your instructors have a valid instructor certificate for the type of training they give. This must show the name of your ATB.
DVSA-assessed instructors are allowed to train other people that you want
to appoint as instructors - this is known as ‘down-training’.
You should have at least 1 DVSA-assessed instructor for every 10 instructors that have been down-trained.
You should send all required information about the courses you provide to DVSA including:
- reporting any incidents
- dates when you’re providing CBT courses
- the CBT certificates of completion you issue
The ATB manual gives more details about what you have to send.