Emergency Control Certificates for Disabled Instructors
The Road Traffic (Driving Instruction by Disabled Persons) Act 1993 came into effect on 9 September, 1996 making provision to enable persons with a physical disability to be authorised to become driving instructors. It is only open to drivers whose driving licence is restricted to automatics because of a disability. In order to apply to become an Instructor, applicants must first obtain a certificate which verifies their ability to take control of the tuition vehicle when necessary.

The Training and Development Centre at Cardington are responsible for the assessments leading to the issue of the Emergency Control Certificates (ECC) previously carried out by The Mobility Advice and Vehicle (MAVIS).

The assessment consists of seven exercises each of which is designed to test the Potential Instructors ability to take control of the vehicle as and when relevant in the interest of safety. The test will be carried out in an adapted car which has been transferred from MAVIS into the Cardington fleet.

To apply for an Emergency Control assessment application form. The candidate will contact:

Instructor Services & Registration Team (ADI)

The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham NG1 6LP

The completed application form should be sent to:

Emergency Control Certificate Assessor
The Training & Development Centre
Paul Waller Ave
Off Harrowden Lane
Cardington
Bedfordshire
MK 44 3ST
Tel 01234 744000
Fax 01234 74401

On receipt of application a member of the Cardington team will contact the candidate to arrange the earliest convenient date and time. This will be confirmed in writing.

Cardington will carry out the assessment, issue the result and debrief. A successful candidate will be issued with an Emergency Control Certificate (ECC) which is a pre-condition to qualify in the restricted category of Approved Driving Instructors.

A copy of the ECC should then be submitted to Instructor Services & Registration Team (ADI) in Nottingham with the application for registration.

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