Driving Schools Directory

Following discussions between the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and representatives from the driver training industry it was agreed that both instructors’ and the public’s best interests would be served by a single register or directory of suitably qualified and inspected trainers and establishments.

The ORDIT register has therefore been compiled which contains a list of establishments, set out in post code order, that following inspection by DSA have satisfied the inspection criteria under the voluntary scheme of minimum training standards.

Those that are seeking approved driving instructor (ADI) training or retraining can approach any of these establishments in the confidence that they have reached the standard set down. Nonetheless, enquirers are advised to contact more than one establishment and compare what they have to offer in order to decide which one best suits their needs.

It should be noted however that DSA’s approval of an organisation and its inclusion in the ORDIT register is limited to the standard of training being provided. The Agency does not check an organisation’s financial standing and inclusion in the register should not be taken as a measure of its financial stability. Similarly, the Agency has no role in contractual disputes which are matters for the parties of that contract to resolve and DSA is therefore unlikely to intervene in such matters. 

The entry against each establishment contains a code, which indicates the level of training offered, which has satisfied the inspection requirements. Each entry lists the name, address and telephone number of the establishment, together with the name of the contact point (normally the person in control who may be the principal or manager) and the tested trainers, with the elements of training inspected shown in brackets. The code against each establishment entry under the heading “Training Offered” indicates:

The subjects covered which have received approval:

1 = ADI part 1 (the written exam)
2 = ADI part 2 (the driving ability test)
3 = ADI part 3 (the instructional ability test)
R = ADI retraining 

The types of course offered:
F = Full time course
P = Part time course
C = Classroom
D = Distance learning course
A = Residential accommodation service

If an establishment is offering courses not listed against their entry, it is likely that these have not been approved.

If you have complaints about the standard of training you have received from any of the establishments on the register that you cannot settle with the establishment itself, you may write to the DSA ORDIT Team, C/O the Driving Standards Agency, Stanley House, 56 Talbot Street, Nottingham NG1 5GU.

The DSA cannot accept responsibility for the training provided. 

Source www.dsa.gov.uk