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Changes at the top of the DSA
New Chief Executive announced ahead of merger with VOSA
DSA chief executive Rosemary Thew will step down as head of The Driving Standards Agency, (DSA), at the end of June. The new post-holder will be the head of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, (VOSA), Alastair Peoples. The move is the first step in the new government initiative to merge the DSA and VOSA into a single agency, expected to be completed in 2014.
The decision to merge the two agencies, one responsible for vehicle standards, the other for driver standards, follows the 'Motoring Services Strategy' which ran from December 2012 to March 2013, this concluded that reducing the number of government agencies in this way would save money, although exactly how much has not been revealed.
Alastair Peoples has been chief executive of VOSA since 2009, previously holding Operations Director posts in the UK and Northern Ireland for the agency. Formerly a driving examiner in Northern Ireland he worked his way up to Operations Director where he was responsible for all vehicle and driving tests in Northern Ireland. He has been with VOSA since 2004, joining as Operations Director.
Rosemary Thew leaves The DSA after almost 13 years as chief executive. A career civil servant, joining after completing A-levels, it is understood she has now left the service. She formerly held posts in Jobcentre Plus and the Employment Service.
Comment: Rosemary Thew leaves the DSA after presiding over a number of years of change. This has not always gone smoothly for her by any means. Given millions of pounds to build 65 new Multi-Purpose Test Centres, (MPTC), by October 2008, she not only missed this target (the actual figure was nearer 40), but used up all the money and so was unable to build the rest of them! The writing was on the wall even earlier than this date, as interim targets were missed on the way to this fiasco. The DSA, under Rosemary's leadership, aimed to have 20 of these centres operational by March 2007, they had just 12, (60% of target).
So what do you do if you are supposed to be introducing a new motorcycle test that needs these centres to be up and running but you have spent all the money? Well, what Rosemary did was to 'defer' (that means postpone) the introduction of the new test, (after 7 years of planning), with just 18 days to go, throwing the industry into chaos. Then a decision was made to make the test a two-part (or modular) one, allowing many existing test centres to be used and thus getting round the shortfall of new MPTCs.
The legacy of this is vast areas of the UK still without a Module 1 test centre, training schools having to travel hours with novice students in order for them to take a test.
So goodbye Rosemary, and hello Alastair, you inherit some intrinsic problems that need urgent attention. The only good news is that the bar has been set pretty low, so surely you can only do better than your predecessor?
To see the articles we wrote about this back when it was happening in 2007 and 2008 click here.
Ducati Rider Training Launched
Dexterity MCT Ltd in
partnership with Ducati UK Ltd and Laguna Motorcycles Ltd
Dexterity are proud to have been chosen as one
of the training schools to be involved in the new
Ducati Rider Training
Scheme which gives customers the chance to train (and take their tests
on) on a Monster 696 provided by
Motorcycles for just a small premium (£50) over the normal
The scheme is expected to generate a lot of interest, and hopefully giving the opportunity to ride such an amazing machine will encourage even more people to train for, and take, their full bike test rather than stopping with just a CBT.
For more details of how to learn on a Ducati visit: http://www.dexteritytraining.co.uk/Ducati_Rider_Training.htm
We held a Ladies Day
onSunday 16th May 2010
10am – 4pm
Official opening of
The Ladies Day and our new Car Training business by the Mayor of Ashford,
Councillor Allen Wells.
We had an inspiring talk from adventure motorcyclist Lois Pryce ‘Lois on the Loose’
There were Try-Out Rides for a £1, on mopeds and motorcycles under professional instruction on a pre-road training area.
We had live music from Victoria Radcliffe - a singer based in Hawkhurst with accompaniment on acoustic guitar from one of our instructors, Dave Richards. They played some classic covers by artists such as Tracy Chapman, The Beatles, Alanis Morrisette and Jimi Hendrix.
Barbecue by The Wheel Inn, Westwell.
Headed by Landlord and top chef, Stuart George, one of our former
successful DAS students.
As part sponsors of their
Fire Bike Team Dexterity had a great time at Kent Fire & Rescue Service's
Location: Kent Fire & Rescue Service Training Centre, Loose Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9QB.
We hope to see you there again in 2011!
Get On Campaign Films at Dexterity
The national 'Get On' campaign, funded by the motorcycle industry has chosen Dexterity Motorcycle Training to host it's website video.
Filming took place on a sunny, but chilly, March day, with the Get On organisers and the professional crew from Joose TV spending all day at our Ashford site filming the new two minute video. Using two Dexterity instructors, an ex-Dexterity student and a couple of actors the video will be used to give potential applicants for a 'Get On Free Ride' and idea of what to expect.
We had great fun shooting this, it was a fascinating insight into how these things are put together. Although it took all day, even the 'long' version of the video for use in the training industry is just a little under five-and-a-half minutes! The crew were great fun and we all had a good laugh, in-between the serious job of filming of course.
Our thanks to Nick and Mike of Get On for choosing us and to Dave & Andy our instructors and Michelle for their time and newly discovered acting skills!
And this is the finished video!
original article 25/03/10
Rider's Digest Sponsorship
Sian Phelan, 20, from Ashford, Kent, did not expect much when she penned a few hundred words in a competition in the motorcycle magazine 'Rider's Digest'. When she had found out she had won it was almost too good to be true. The prize was some top riding kit from Oxford Productsand motorcycle training course from an approved training body. That's when we were asked if we would consider sponsoring her through her training, and we were delighted to be able to help.
Having been on the back of her brother's bike, but
never having ridden herself before, Sian was only too happy to agree with our
recommendation of at least one 'Taster
Session' before booking her CBT. She admits to having enjoyed it more and
more as the training went on.
We are proud to be a Sponsor of africa-bike-adventure and Spencer Conway in his solo circumnavigation of Africa!
When Spencer Conway decided to use his considerable off-road riding experience to raise money for Save The Children he had a number of obstacles to overcome. These included sorting the bike, the kit and the mental strength to tackle the daunting Sahara, Tenere, Nubian and Namib deserts for a start.
Then he realised that he would need a UK motorcycle licence (the journey begins in Biddenden, Kent, and overland through Europe, (see http://www.africa-bike-adventure.com/route.htm for details). That's when he approached Dexterity Motorcycle Training for assistance.
We were only too pleased to help, especially for such a worthy cause. As Spencer puts it, 'ALL children deserve proper healthcare, food, education and protection.'
We are pleased to report that, like so many of our students, Spencer passed his motorcycle test first time, and can now concentrate on his other preparations for the trip.
Go for it Spencer, we wish you good, safe and enjoyable travels!
Previous Sponsorship by Dexterity Motorcycle Training
2007 & 2008
Lee Street Gets that Winning Feeling!
Grasstrack racer Lee, sponsored by Dexterity Motorcycle Training, had a great 2007 season!
Lee Street won all of his 2007 races except one, however the one he failed to finish was in the crucial final championship heats and so he finished an overall 9th. But you can be sure this has fired him up and he'll be back in 2008 to compete again! Dexterity Motorcycle Training are proud to continue their association with Lee and will be continuing to sponsor him in his 2008 season.
If you've never watched Grasstrack Racing be sure to try to get to at least one of the events in 2008. It's fast, furious and right in front of you! The riders and the paddock are accessible so you can meet them afterwards, or just wander through the paddock and see what goes on behind the scenes.
Find out more about Grasstrack racing here.
Full results here.
(And we were so impressed we sponsored him again in 2008!)
Quote from www.sidecarspeedway.com - '250cc Solos went to the man of the class this season (2006), Lee Street. Winning all his races and the final as he liked. Surely on this form he will be hard to stop from winning this year's British Championship.'
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