Driving licence counterpart abolition

The Driving licence counterpart to be abolition

From 8 June 2015, the photocard licence counterpart will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA

What this means to you

Photocard driving licence holders:

  • When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart, you should destroy yours but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.
  • You’ll still be able to use the counterpart driving licence to change your address with DVLA.You can also change your address online.
  • Paper driving licence holders (those issued before 1998)
  • These will remain valid, and should not be destroyed
  • From 8 June 2015 endorsements/penalty points will no longer be recorded on these driving licences.


Click here for Gov on driving licence counterpart

paper tax disc

From 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer need to be displayed on a vehicle.

If you have a tax disc with any months left to run after this date, then it can be removed from the vehicle and destroyed. This includes customers with a Northern Ireland address, however they will still need to display their MoT disc.

For more info please click the link below





Test run

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Mark Stephenson

Mark Stephenson

Mark Stephenson

Mark Stephenson passed his PDI Part 2 driving ability on the first attempt in Hornchurch Essex with Ockendon Driving School. Instructor Noel Christopher grade 6 as his trainer.

Hi Noel

Many thanks for getting me through my part 2 test last week,
massive relief to get it out of the way.
I now look forward to passing part 3 with your help of course..

Thanks again


Feedback before part 2 driving ability by Mark

Andrew Preston testimonial


Andrew Preston

Andrew Preston

I’d like to make some positive comments about my driving instructor Noel Christopher. Prior to Noel, I had two different instructors and the difference between them is immense.

First and foremost, Noel is  reliable, honest and professional in every aspect. This includes, timekeeping, behavior and attitude.

He has a great amount of knowledge and know-how, and taught me with patience and good technique in all the  aspects of driving which enabled me to get to pass standard.

He is a grade 6 instructor and you should not waste your time with anything less than that. As result, You can notice your progress week by week.

His characteristics of patience and understanding make you feel at ease as you learn, and his method of teaching feels correct and safe. They also match any reading material you have, as the techniques correspond to the professional level in any DSA books.

In addition,  sometimes people have obstacles they need to overcome before they can make progress.  If you do have any psychological  aspects that are holding you back, Noel has various recommended books. These can help you understand and overcome hindrances that stop your development. For example, with me, it was FEAR.

I have learnt that there’s no easy route to passing, but learning to drive safely and confidently is essential and  Noel helped me understand this.

As mentioned earlier there are other instructors that won’t do this and you’ll find you’ve spent a lot of money and made no progress. so really, the best way to give yourself the best chance is to take driving lessons with Noel and you’ll notice you’ll be on your way to passing.

Andrew Preston/ passed 02/05/2013

Natalie feedback

Feedback for driving instructor Noel Christopher of Grays

I was googling local driving schools in Grays, Essex when I same across Noel driving schools website.

I was drawn to this site because the lay out and the wording in the site seemed more personal. I called and spoke to Noel himself who booked me in for my refresher lesson the following week.
My lesson went really well. Noel arrived to collect me on time and explained at the start what area and techniques we could cover for the duration of the lesson. Not only did he explain why the techniques must be done but he gave real examples and situations in which I could apply them.

He was so patient and he made me feel so comfortable behind the wheel. I ended my lesson with more confidence than I had ever had. I am so looking forward to my next refresher lesson where we will be driving along country lanes and highways.

I would definitely recommend Noel driving school to friends and family.

Best wishes,

Gokhan Pazarcik testimonial

My overall experience was really great with Noel Driving School.



In very short time he taught me everything that I needed to pass the test.

Although I failed my first test but it was mostly I was nervous and the examiner wasn’t very friendly. After I failed, we have done couple or more lessons he taught  me how to correct my  mistakes. And today I passed my test.

Thank you very much for your patient Mr Noel. You have really been a great teacher.

“I am not afraid of roundabouts anymore!!!”

Gokhan Pazarcik

PDI Mark Stephenson

Hi Noel

Just a quick note of thanks following my assessment for my part 2 ADI exam.

I found the lesson to be extremely helpful I had not realised just how many bad habits Ive picked up over the years.

I would rate the lesson 10/10 as it was clear and precise, and you answered any queries I had about the test.

Im now looking forward to my next lesson and feeling confident you will get me through the test.

Many thanks
M Stephenson.

Grade 6 Instructor for PDI training  http://www.grade6adi.co.uk/

ADI check test to be replaced from April 2014

New standards check from 2014

The approved driving instructor (ADI) check test will be replaced with a new ‘standards check’ from April 2014.

  • DSA wants the examiner to assess whether your instruction helps a person to learn in an effective way
  • DSA proposes to no longer offer role play when the new standards check starts.

As the examiner will assess whether your instruction helps a person to learn in an effective way, you can best show this by giving a normal lesson to a real pupil.

Pupils you can bring:

You already have the flexibility to bring a range of pupils from a learner to a full licence holder seeking development. However, the pupil must not:
•    be an ADI
•    have passed the ADI part 2 test

DSA national standard driver rider training 2014

For more info please click here