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Iwould like to respond to Tony Hall, secretary of the AVDTP (CM 27 March-2 April), in which he refers to what he believes to be inaccuracies in a report published in Despatch.
Mr Hall was a member of a DM:industry working group which was formed to develop the voluntary register of IAN driving instructors. He served on it for some considerable time and actively took part in meetings. It is strange therefore that he says the register "appears to have been devised in an undemocratic way".. While he was a member of the working group Mr Hall did voice concerns about certain issues and these were discussed and resolved. He remained on the working group until February 1997 when he indicated that he would not attend any more meetings and withdrew the support of AVDTP. This was immediately before the final meeting of the group.
Mr Hall refers to an article that appeared in a recent edition of Despatch and he says: "It clearly stated that the voluntary register was supported by the Association of Vocational Driver Training Providers..."
The exact wording was: "The new voluntary register scheme has been developed by DSA in close co-operation with..." and then listed all the participants, including AVDTP, Mr Hall, as the AVDTP representative, did work in close co-operation with the group in the development of the register and did support it in principle.
When grandfather rights were being discussed, he made it clear that AVDTP could not support this exemption. "chis was discu&sed and his views were noted.
Mr Hall casts doubts on the accuracy of the figures in Despatch. To date 1,125 Initial Registration Forms have been requested by LGIT trainers; 109 RTITB-registered instructors have joined the register under deferred entry (grandfather rights) and there are a number of entry examination tests already hooked.
Brian J Broadbent, Registmr, Register of LG1.1 Driving Instructors.