I am so pleased Rukaiya that you passed your driving test today at Watnall. It really has been a pleasure to teach you and to see you blossom as a driver over the months. Well done again and good luck with your exams in June!
Well done Isobel on passing your test at Chilwell Test Centre today. Passing at your first attempt, with hardly any minor faults, demonstrates how good your driving has become after a relatively short period of learning to drive (a complete beginner only a few months ago). Congratulations Isobel and I look forward to delivering your Pass Plus course, once you’ve got your own car.
Thank you so much Martin for helping to pass my driving test on my first attempt! I really enjoyed my lessons, in large part thanks to your patient and kind teaching. I can’t wait to get a car and get booked in to take pass plus with you.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PUPILS LEARNING TO DRIVE WITH MARTIN
This is just a brief note to advise all my current learners (as well as any potential new pupils) that I am in the process of reviewing my current AA Driving School Franchise.
Every AA driving instructor is self employed and operates under a franchisee agreement with AA Driving School, who currently offer four different franchise options. I am considering a different franchise agreement with AA Driving School from the one I have now. The main difference that you would notice from this franchise change would be that, although the driving school car would still be provided through my AA Driving School franchise contract, the car would no longer be branded as AA Driving School. In fact, until the annual replacement of the car, you would continue to drive the same car as you are driving now (it would just no longer have AA stickers on it but would either have magnetic signs or a detachable roof top L box fitted instead, with my own name and business contact details on it). This change would enable me to continue to offer discounted prices on my standard rates (AA Driving School currently charge £28 per hour to pupils they allocate to me) and also avoid the need to increase prices for new pupils over the next 12 months.
The proposed change would also allow me the opportunity to install a dashcam in the car. Aside of the safety benefits of having a fitted dashcam, it can also be used for training purposes – both recording parts of your lessons and filming some demonstrations (of me driving) that could appear on my website for access by my learners only e.g. a video of me driving around Bramcote Island from various directions may be useful for many learners taking a test at Chilwell.
If I go ahead with the change, my pupils would no longer be bound by AA Driving School Terms and Conditions (e.g. currently, by doing so, you automatically opt in to your personal data being used for marketing purposes across the AA Group and sign up to their cancellation policy) but, instead, simply agree to my own terms of business (where your data is not used by me for any marketing purposes and I have a more sensible, pragmatic approach to cancellations), which would be reviewed and amended to reflect the change. However, if any of my current pupils wish to continue learning in an AA Driving School branded car, they would be given the opportunity to transfer to another AA Franchised Driving Instructor.
I should stress that this decision has not been finalised (and is unlikely to happen before 25th June) but I wanted to share it with you now, in case you had any questions (which you can discuss with me when you see me in your next lesson).