GSI Driving School

Driving School in Woking - www.gsidrive.co.uk GSI Driving School is a small, friendly, family run Driving School in Woking, offering quality driving lessons in Woking and surrounding areas.

Operating as usual

06/04/2021

Just a reminder to everyone that we are back on for lessons as of the 12th April!
Slots are filling up fast, so book now!

27/02/2021

12th April we are back!! Go go go for lessons!

DVSA issues critical worker training update 25/01/2021

DVSA issues critical worker training update

Critical/key worker update for driver training and tests

DVSA issues critical worker training update DVSA has responded to questions regarding the training of key/critical workers during lockdown.  DVSA said: “The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is working with its theory test contract provider, Pearson VUE, to respond to requests for theory tests from organisations such as ambulance ...

Sorry learners, driving tests are NOT going to be scrapped to get through massive Covid backlog - and here's why 20/01/2021

Sorry learners, driving tests are NOT going to be scrapped to get through massive Covid backlog - and here's why

Thoughts on this?

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/19021616.dvsa-40-000-strong-petition-bypass-driving-test/

Sorry learners, driving tests are NOT going to be scrapped to get through massive Covid backlog - and here's why Driving tests have been significantly disrupted once again during the latest lockdown, with lessons and all theory and practical tests suspended.

07/01/2021

Unfortunately due to tier 5 we are postponing lessons for now.
However we are still open for enquiries and advance bookings!

17/12/2020

Tier 3 everyone, but lessons and tests still going ahead!

06/12/2020

Wishing All our current and Past Students a Very Happy Christmas 🎄🎉 From The Team at GSI

01/12/2020

Lessons back on as of tomorrow! Book in now to get started before Christmas!

28/11/2020

GSI can now provide Auto Lessons 👍

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22/08/2020

We're getting busy!
GSI are taking bookings for driving lessons now! To reserve a spot call us now!

05/07/2020

Driving lessons are now officially back on!
Book your lessons in now as spaces are running out fast!

25/06/2020

Let's do this people!! It's been a long time waiting, but time to get driving again!

21/06/2020

Please remember that even though we don't have any new information on when we can teach again, new students and enquiries are still welcome!

15/06/2020

DoDrive® Driving School on Twitter

“When asking a driving instructor what's happening and when can I start driving lessons again? Driving instructor be like... 😂 https://t.co/sFdCR22HFl”

petition.parliament.uk 10/06/2020

Petition: Driving instructor guidance for lessons/tests during the coronavirus pandemic.

Please share!!

petition.parliament.uk Driving instructors and their pupils need complete clarity on how and when we can resume driving lessons due to the inability to ever adhere to 2m social distancing rule. We are mostly self employed and need to know precisely when and how we can teach again. Our industry has never had a mention.

09/06/2020

Fingers crossed!

07/06/2020

The Driving Instructor and Trainers Collective - The DITC

Source: DIA

DIA calls DVSA out on poor communication during COVID crisis

Frustrated (as many of our members, and the industry as a whole, are) by the inconsistency and lack of communications and guidance from the regulator during this time I have written to DVSA this morning to express our disappointment and disillusionment. This has been followed up by a letter from NASP (sent this afternoon) to Baroness Vere, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for roads and motoring.

Much as we have attempted to keep members updated and appraised on testing and training matters during this crisis, we are highly dependent on the DVSA for information and guidance to inform our own communications. Despite the best intentions of the External Affairs and Policy teams (who we have weekly videoconferences with) the agency has been beset with issues, such as delays in having key communications approved for publication, inconsistencies between what some frontline staff are telling ADIs on the ground and what key stakeholders like ourselves are told - and the fact Twitter sometimes to have more up to date information than anywhere else!

Friday's announcement on Theory Test postponements was one example of the frustrations faced. In our stakeholder meeting on Thursday afternoon we were reassured communications and guidance on the resumption of both practical and theory test delivery was imminent. We were not appraised in that meeting of the announcement about Theory Tests which was sent to all trainers on Friday (indeed our 'advance' notice of that announcement came just as it was distributed to the wider training population) - hence our Friday evening member update, which preceded the DVSA Direct message, made no mention of this development.

In my reply to my email this morning our concerns over communications have been acknowledged and have been escalated to senior management. However, joining with our colleagues in NASP, we have ourselves escalated the issue to the Minister and await a response. You can read the NASP letter here.

I want to take this time to reassure members that we are hear and we echo your frustrations, and we are taking those responsible to task. I will keep you posted on this issue at least. In the meantime please accept my personal apologies that we have not been able to provide you better and more timely communications on these matters, I hope you can see that these have not been issues of our own making.

Best wishes

Carly

Carly Brookfield
Chief Executive

07/06/2020

We're still awaiting an update from the DVSA regarding resuming driving lessons.
However we are still open for enquiries and can take pre - bookings in preparation for when things resume.
Please follow us for the latest advice.

theaadi.co.uk 31/05/2020

Where have the DVSA gone?

theaadi.co.uk "ADIs4ADIs" *"Independent ADI & PDI home*". An entirely independent body run by members for its members is what we are all about with no strings attached.

30/05/2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE.

Update regarding resuming driving lessons.

Due to social distancing restrictions, driving lessons across the country have ground to a halt, as it is impossible ever to social distance in a car.

Driving schools and instructors have been following advice and guidance, not only from the government, but from governing/regulating bodies.
These include organisations such as the DVSA, DIA and NASP who are all working in partnership with eachother to provide a solution on how to resume driving lessons safely.
At this moment in time, the advice is that driving lessons are limited to key/essential workers.

Unfortunately other than this advice, the information is vague to say the least and there is a lack of clarity from the DVSA this current time.
However we would hope that by the beginning of June we will have a better idea where we stand in terms of lessons resuming.

There is the assumption that driving lessons would come under "phase 3* of the government plan, however we do stress that this has not been confirmed by anyone and driving tests are currently set to resume from 22nd June.

That being said, when lessons do resume, GSI will ensure that measures are in place to make it as safe as possible to learn to drive.
This will involve alcohol rub (where available) and antiviral/bacterial wipes to clean all surfaces of the car between lessons and windows open if needed.

If students do choose to wear mask and gloves, this is of course absolutely fine, providing it doesn't interfere with communication between the instructor and learner or the ability to handle the car or restrict vision in any way.
Most importantly, if any student.has symptoms of coronavirus, the instructor must be informed immediately prior to any lesson.

As always, there is only the instructor and the learner in the car at any one time, which can be taken as a positive, as it does lower the risk unlike other industries such as hair salons where social distancing is a problem and there are multiple people together in close contact at one time.

Lastly please feel free to call us and enquire about lessons or book in for the future as we are still answering the phones!

From our own position we will be ready to go as soon as we get the go ahead and we thank everyone for their patience.

We hope to see you all soon!

GSI Driving School

12/05/2020

Absolutely fantastic result today as Dr Jamal Dirie passed his driving test under the DVSAs emergency test scheme for key workers.

Now he has his licence, we hope this will help him in his essential travel to and from work at the Royal Surrey Hospital

Wishing him all the best on the NHS front line and a huge thankyou for your continued fight against the coronavirus and keeping us all safe.

05/05/2020

Congratulations to Keanu who passed first time with us today.
Working as a carer at a care home, we are delighted that he was able to take his test to help him with his vital key worker role.

27/04/2020

Are you a key worker, nurse, doctor supermarket worker? (full list available on the government website).
Do you need a licence that is essential for your work? If so, GSI driving school can help you.

Due to the ongoing crisis, essential travel for key workers has been affected by lost car shares, reduced public transport, less taxis and many workers have had their lessons suspended and tests cancelled.
This can severely affect key workers ability to travel to work, aquire more shifts etc

Therefore under Government guidelines, essential/key workers are still eligible for driving lessons and can book emergency theory/driving tests.

If you are a key worker, we can help you at this difficult time and for more information please do not hesitate contact us

****Picture below shows an official DIA registration to teach key workers
Police forces regionally have been notified of the scheme and the register has been created in consultation with DVSA****

16/04/2020

Are you a key worker? Do you need to drive?
If so, GSI can help.
As I'm sure people are aware, driving lessons and tests are not being conducted during the coronavirus pandemic.

However there is an exemption for key workers who need a licence, therefore emergency tests can be requested via the DVSA website.
GSI are also here to provide any additional information if needed.

So if you are one of our amazing key workers who are helping us through these uncertain times, GSI driving school are here to help you get your licence when you most need it.

24/03/2020

***Important message for everyone learning with at GSI including future students and enquiries***

I'm sure everyone is aware of the situation and the government statement last night from Boris Johnson.
It doesn't come as a shock that the government have now locked down all but essential movement.

Unfortunately due to the social distancing required and the nature of driving lessons being in close proximity to eachother, we have had to make the unfortunate decision to temporarily suspended lessons for everyone's safety.

The government review will be taking place in 3 weeks time and so hopefully we may be in a better position to re-asses the situation and get back up and running asap, but of course things are subject to change.

We at GSI want to say thank you to all of you who have supported us throughout this, and we will do our best to do what ever we can to get everyone through their tests!!
All of our current students day/times slots for lessons will be here for you when we resume.

However we still welcome enquiries and questions and so do feel free to contact us with any questions

GSI Driving School

20/03/2020

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GSI driving school, a local family fun company for over 15 years, are still pleased to be providing driving lessons to students in and around the Woking area, even in these extremely uncertain times.

Therefore we are still open and taking bookings for new students.

We also just wanted to let all our students know(past and present) that we appreciate your continued support and without you, we wouldn't be around!

And as our all our instructors are self employed, we thank our amazing learners that continue to keep us going in this unprecedented situation.

All of our instructors are taking all precautions to keep our learners safe and well and will be offering lessons and helping to produce safe drivers

Thankyou again

GSI Driving school.

petition.parliament.uk 19/03/2020

Petition: Financial support for driving instructors due to the Coronavirus outbreak

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/306276/sponsors/new?token=c86ioFZ01HjfRmA--qp3

petition.parliament.uk UK driving instructors are self employed and we will need immediate financial support to be available to help our businesses survive and support our lives during the outbreak.

16/03/2020

***Coronavirus update***

GSI driving school are operating as normal and will continue to follow government and WHO advice to ensure we are taking all the necessary steps to keep our students safe.

Each of our instructors are self employed, so please do not hesitate to talk to your individual instructor if you have any concerns.

GSI driving school

23/12/2019

Stuck for a Christmas gift?
Treat someone to some expert driving tuition with one of our professional instructors!
Ask Andy for any Christmas deals available!

19/12/2019

Get your lessons booked in for the new year, slots are filling up fast!

08/10/2019

Thanks Hayden. Another happy customer 👍

14/08/2019

Due to school holidays and people being away, Andy has spaces next week for driving lessons.
Block booking discounts available. Book now as spaces will be snapped up!

13/05/2019

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24/03/2019

The new tuition vehicle has arrived.
Tag a friend who wants to learn in this!

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