Our trainers travel across the UK helping instructors prepare for their standards check, whether it is their first or their twentieth. At Central we are very proud of our success rate, helping instructors to deliver excellent driver training on one of their most important days and beyond. Our commitment to the driver training industry sees us providing free standards check workshops as part of our contribution to the community. These courses have been found to be invaluable, and many attendees have attributed this to their successful pass.
Previously called the check test, the standards check was revised in 2014, where the grading system changed from 1 to 6, and became A, B or fail. The procedure being the same of three consecutive tests below standard resulting in a fail sees removal of the green badge.
The badge represents livelihood and a career for instructors, to preserve this and to be sure of teaching within a modern, acceptable standard, many ADI’s seek training. Our experience of over thirty years of training has helped many instructors gain a higher grade, or score than previously.
Over recent months we have been called on to help several instructors who have failed the standards check, with advice and training they have turned this result around and gone on to achieve an A grade.
To book training, or to have an informal chat fill in the online enquiry form, or call us on 01933 384504
Give the gift of a driving lesson and make someone’s day
A special occasion, Christmas or a birthday or just as a surprise.
Learning to drive is a valuable life skill, recognised by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
You can purchase any denomination of voucher, with a personal message included.
Purchasing a voucher allows you to pre-book a first lesson. Christmas is one of our busiest times of year, we are currently booking slots for auto and manual during this time.
Major credit and debit cards accepted. Voucher delivery service available.
Learn to drive from Bedford to Corby and all the villages in between.
Join the thousands of drivers who passed with us since the 1980’s
Male and female instructors
Your lessons – your choice
Train to be a driving instructor with Central Driver Training
We have over 30 years experience of training driving instructors.
We offer part one training, for your theory and hazard perception test face to face or with study materials
Part two training for your individual needs, not just a number of estimated hours
Part three training for the new style part three test being introduced in the Autumn of 2017
Along with training aids, books and support via email, phone and face to face.
You can choose manual or automatic for your training, tests and after you pass.
If you would like to arrange an informal chat please fill in the online enquiry form, call in on a Saturday morning* between 9 and 12 or call us on 01933 384504 no obligation, we are here to answer your questions
We are a family owned school with male and female trainers.
ORDIT registered, which is the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers
A course exclusive of test fees but including full training and sponsorship of a trainee licence if required
£2500.00 competitively priced yet quality guaranteed
We have franchise vacancies available, offering full business support, flexible hours, competitive franchise fees, a Renault Clio fully liveried, free training including standards check training, full office support and diary management.
*Saturday opening hours vary please see our Facebook page for details
Do you find one lesson a week isn’t enough? Struggling to fit in with available hours? Would like to fast track your driving licence over one, two or three weeks?
Then an intensive, semi-intensive or combination course would suit you.
It’s ideal for someone who is working and would like to book time off to devote to acquiring a licence. Our instructors are fully qualified and experienced. Intensive courses are available for someone who has never driven or someone who has recently failed a test and everything inbetween.
Male and female instructors available
We have been running our popular one week courses for 30 years, we offer manual and automatic fast pass courses, sometimes called crash courses, although we try to avoid the word crash as that’s not the idea.
Our intensive course tab at the top of the page gives much more information, if you are interested in dates that are available or would like to book please fill in the enquiry form or call 01933 384504
From 1st May 2017 you will be able to pay by card in the shop for gift vouchers, intensive courses, first lesson booking,block bookings. With no fee.
This makes it easier to secure your space and allows you to pre-pay for a block to take advantage of our offers. Gift vouchers can still be collected on a Saturday morning between 9 and 12, or other times by arrangement. We will also deliver pre paid vouchers to addresses within the Rushden area.
Card payments have become more popular for driving lessons over the last few years, so to make learning to drive more accessible to those who do not have direct access to cash all the time, we introduced this service.
Instructors can still be paid direct with phone banking or cash, as card bookings for one or two hour lessons would incur a fee.
We still accept BACS and cash payments, we no longer accept cheques, for intensive courses, gift vouchers and block bookings
We take our environmental responsibility very seriously and are aware of our carbon footprint.
All of our cars have eco driving mode, with a stop start facility to save fuel and have less emission impact.
Regular servicing and updating of our fleet of vehicles means we can keep new technology on the road.
How Green is your team?
Our team Green approach, with a driving school owned by the Green Family, means we are constantly looking at ways to help save fuel, and waste.
We plan to add an electric vehicle to our fleet of vehicles as soon as the Renault Zoe is ready to cover the miles needed for a day of driving lessons
We will update this regularly
We use petrol and diesel cars, with a cleaner fuel policy
Central Driver Training, 29 years of driver training. One of our directors was part of the original team. Prior to being called Central this family owned driving school was trading for three years from 1984.
Over the years the business has seen many changes, licences became two part and now one part again. The driving test has changed dramatically in that time, with 1996 seeing a written theory test, this evolved into computer based test in 2000, in 2002 the hazard perception element was added, this changed again in 2015 with the clips being computer generated.
Reverse exercises had parking manoeuvres included, and this element of the test is again under review.
Our priority is a friendly, professional service, our instructors have additional qualifications above the standard ADI licence to teach and two of our directors have a diploma in driving instruction. We work with local businesses offering fleet driver training as well as training for a bigger corporate market, with the emphasis on eco driving and fuel economy.
Blue light, emergency services training, taxi training and instructor training.
Advanced driving qualifications, Cardington Special test, RoSPA, IAM, DIAmond advanced and special test training.
Learner drivers, pass plus registered, refresher lessons, confidence boosting lessons, theory training
We work with other local companies to bring the best service to your door.
A DRIVING instructor and an examiner have been convicted of accepting bribes to pass students.
Salima Rashid, 49, of St George’s Avenue, Grays, took money from pupils she taught, of up to £1,000 a time, from January 1, 2007, until last June saying she would get them passed at the Barking Test Centre.
The grandmother of eight would then split the cash between two different examiners at the centre, including 38-year-old Nick Madigan, of Kitkatts Road, Canvey.
During a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Rashid denied she had ever taken bungs from students or had any knowledge about the scam, blaming the examiners and her “corrupt” pupils.
But jurors found her guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery and Rashid was sentenced to two years imprisonment.
One former student, Nadia Ali, said she had handed over a envelope, stuffed with £1,000 cash, to her instructor on the day of her test.
She went on to pass, despite having a near miss with an oncoming car during her exam.
Madigan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and is due to be sentenced next month.
One learner, Gurpal Bhogal, had told the court during the trial he had been failed by Madigan in January 2008, but just minutes later was offered a pass by the examiner in return for a sum of cash.
Judge Simon Wilkinson said Rashid had committed an offence which was “serious on many levels”.
Judge Wilkinson added: “As an officially approved driving instructor, the public expected you to maintain the highest standards in relation to that position. Instead you betrayed them.”
Another examiner, Kulwinder Mann, 47, from Chadwell Heath, had passed students after taking backhanders without even taking them out onto the road.
Mann was judged unfit to plea as he suffers from mental health problems, but was found guilty of doing an act relating to conspiracy to commit bribery, obtaining a pecuniary advantage and money laundering. He will be sentenced on April 8.
A LEARNER driver used a dodgy manoeuvre to try to pass her fifth test by offering the examiner a bribe – then attacked him when he refused to take the cash.
Former teacher Jin Su, 35, gave the official a red envelope containing between £400 and £500 in folded twenties, saying: “This will be good for you – and for me.”
Su, who has a young son, handed over the money before she began but Driving Standards Agency examiner Keith Ashcroft refused to take it and put the brakes on her test.
Furious Sue then attacked him in the street, Manchester crown court heard yesterday.
She grabbed his wrists and tried to push him back into the car, shouting: “I want the test to continue!” When arrested, she told police that giving money in a red envelope is a Far Eastern custom to bring good luck, but later admitted it had been a bribe.
Su, from Swinton, pleaded guilty to offering a bribe and common assault.