To charge for driving instruction you need to display one of these two badges in the windscreen:-
The Green Badge on the left means your Instructor is fully qualified and known as an ADI or (Government) Approved Driving Instructor.
They have passed a theory test and hazard perception test, a driving test, (both of which are marked to a much higher standard than the learner tests) and then finally a test of instructional ability.
The Pink Badge on the right means your instructor has passed the theory test and the driving test but has not yet passed the instructional ability test, so is not a fully qualified instructor and is only allowed to work for (usually) a maximum of 6 months.
It is issued to give someone experience with actual learners while still allowing them to pay for the costs of their training. The pass rate for the instructional exam is around 35% and there are only three attempts allowed at the test.
It’s not unusual for pupils to come to us because their Instructor can no longer continue to teach them having failed the test three times If having the same instructor throughout is important to you, make sure they have a green badge.
Also, many companies will provide you with an Instructor with a ‘Pink Badge’ and still charge you full price.
Is there anything wrong with a pink badge Instructor? Many go on to pass the final test and become fully qualified.
XT Driver Training offers training to Potential Driving Instructors, and occasionally it may be of benefit to them to use a real learner. We will always discuss this with you beforehand and will never charge learners for sessions conducted with a Trainee Instructor. There will always be a fully qualified instructor in the car as well.
If your Instructor is charging you for lessons and is not displaying either of those two badges in the windscreen, they are acting illegally and may not be qualified at all. Additionally, this means that any insurance on the vehicle is also likely to be invalid.
You should contact the DVSA for further advice in those circumstances.
A press release from the AA Driving school from a few years ago.