DSA: Dozens of driving instructors operating illegally

Learner drivers are being urged to make sure their instructor is operating legally after dozens have been convicted for not having the correct licence, The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has said.

Learner drivers are being urged to check the credentials of their instructor Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The warning from the DSA comes after more than 123 people have been arrested for offences relating to illegal driving instruction in the last four years.

Of those, 39 were convicted and 31 received police cautions, the DSA said.

Police have warned that getting into a car with an unlicensed instructor who has not undergone the obligatory criminal background check is as dangerous as getting into an unlicensed minicab.