This is a Legal definition is of administrative statute law but not defined in law.
A sponsor is an experienced driver who accompanies a learner driver in their practice driving sessions. Sponsors are often family members or close friends of learner drivers.
Before you take a learner driver out, it is essential that both you and the learner meet all of the legal requirements, including licensing and insurance rules.
It is illegal to receive any payment for accompanying a learner driver, unless you are an Approved Driving Instructor and hold the ADI certificate. All learner drivers need to complete the 12 essential driver training course with a driving school like easyDrive.
When you are sponsor a learner driver, you have the same legal responsibilities as if you were driving. For example, the drink drive laws and the ban on using mobile phone apply to anyone who is supervising a learner - you are deemed to be in control of the vehicle.
The Learner Driver must:
Do a pre-drive check, with your learner, before practice drives, so that they know how to keep the car in a safe and legal condition, and get them into the habit of doing regular checks and how to use car lights correctly. The learner will be asked to demonstrate this knowledge as part of their driving test.
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