UK motorists are being warned that they could land a learner in serious trouble just by making a simple mistake.
In the UK, the law dictates that you have to be 21 years old in order to teach someone to drive.
However, some car insurers require you to be at least 25 to be suitable to become a teacher.
Being ‘underage’ could land them with a number of punishments.
This includes a driving ban, an unlimited fine and up to eight penalty points on their provisional driving licence.
In addition to this, motorists are also required to be under 75 years old.
People who are interested in teaching someone to drive must have held their licence for three years or come from countries within the EU or EEA.
If a motorist fails to meet these criteria then the learner can be punished with a £1,000 fine and six points.
Another way the teacher can run into trouble is by using their mobile phone while instructing them.
This is because they are responsible for the car while it is on the road. The offence is punishable by a £200 fine and six penalty points.
In addition to this, these teachers are also not allowed to take payment for the lesson unless they are a qualified and approved instructor.
Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, said: “Research proves that a combination of professional lessons and extra practice builds experience and can give a new driver a firm foundation for a safe driving career.
“Driving is a life skill so approach it properly with a good plan and a clear idea of how your miles together fit in with the approved syllabus.”
Other road rules must be abided by if the lessons are to continue.
This includes meeting the minimum eyesight requirements, sitting in the front seat next to the learner, and by displaying official L plates on the front and rear of the car.
The learner must also be insured on the vehicle unless they are borrowing a car, where the owner’s policy must cover them too.
Cars that are used to teach motorists to drive in must also be road legal and in a safe condition.
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