The following terms and conditions represent the basis upon which training is offered by Mark’s Motoring School. The provision of training is subject to the acceptance of these terms and conditions.
1. Driving licenses and fitness to drive
You must hold a current, valid driving license, provisional and produce it on each training session if requested by instructor. You must be fit to drive with regard to legal and medical requirements.
2. Payments and Cancellation
Tuition fees are normally payable in advance. Payment can be made by cash or cheque. Any cheques offered for payment that are subsequently refused by the bank will be subject to an administration charge of €12.00.
If either you or your instructor needs to cancel or re-arrange a lesson at least 12 hours notice will be required for single lessons of up to two hours duration. Failure to give notice could result in the student being charged for the lesson. In the case of the instructor(cancellation by us) we will reschedule the lesson or in special cases reimburse the lesson price.
Your instructor will do everything possible to ensure that your lessons start and finish on time, but reserves the right to cancel, postpone or change lesson lengths and start/finish times under certain circumstances (e.g., dangerous weather conditions). In the event of postponement fees paid in advance will be carried forward.
The instructor reserves the right to cancel a lesson at short notice if it is suspected that the pupil may be unfit due to the effects of alcohol, drugs (prescribed or otherwise) or any other condition that would cause his/her driving to be dangerous or illegal. In such circumstances the lesson fee will be payable.
3. Bookings and Lesson duration
Your instructor will endeavour to maintain regular lesson slots at the same time each week to ensure continuity of learning, however, this cannot be guaranteed.
The minimum lesson period is one hour(2 hrs in Tuam & Loughrea). If, for any reason, the instructor is late for the lesson he/she will make a concerted effort to inform the pupil of the estimated time of arrival. If the delay is greater than 15 minutes this time will be credited to the pupil and when possible the lesson will be extended by the time due – if this is not possible the extra time will be carried forward to the next suitable lesson.
4. Training Location
All sessions will start and finish at the same location unless alternative arrangements are made in advance. The instructor will determine a location for practical lessons which ensures both the pupil’s and public safety – this means that the instructor may need to drive the pupil to and from the lesson location; this journey time forms part of the lesson as paid for.
5. Training vehicles
Training vehicles provided by the school are taxed, insured for the purposes of driving tuition, fully roadworthy and fitted with dual controls.
Pupils who require tuition in their own vehicle must supply evidence from their motor insurer that the car is covered for lessons when being supervised by a professional instructor in return for payment; the car must also be taxed, insured and hold a current NCT certificate where appropriate.
6. Driving tests and bookings
Your instructor reserves the right to refuse use of a driving school vehicle for test if he/she considers that provision of a vehicle could cause a risk to public safety.
Where a school car is used for test, the booking period will based upon the instructor’s normal diary schedule.
While your instructor will make every effort to ensure that the vehicle supplied for test will be fully road worthy and comply with all legal requirements at the start of the test, he/she cannot be held responsible for vehicle failure that occurs during the test and is not liable for consequential loss.
Your instructor cannot be held responsible for test appointments cancelled by the RSA due to bad weather, sickness, staff shortages or other reasons. Such cancellations are beyond the control of your instructor and therefore the lesson fee and ‘use of car’ fee for the booked period will be charged. Your instructor will advise about claiming compensation from the RSA.
7. Code of conduct
Your instructor agrees to abide by the conditions of the Professional Code of Conduct. Although there has never been any issues, if there is a development of unruly behaviour on students part we reserve the right to end the lesson immediately and fee will not be refunded.
8. Your rights
These conditions do not affect any protection a student has under consumer legislation.
We reserve the right to change or alter any of the terms and conditions without notice, but will endeavour to inform pupils of any changes as soon as possible.
9. Voucher terms and conditions
Pupils taking driving lessons must have a valid EU licence or Irish learner permit at the time of taking driving lessons. Lessons are non-transferable and can only be used by the pupil booked on the driving lesson. All driving lesson(s) purchased must be taken within 12 months from date of purchase. Otherwise, after 12 months there will be no refund on any remaining unused driving lessons.