How to report a driving instructor
During your driving lessons, it is important that you feel safe in the car as you need all of your concentration on what is going on around you to make sound judgement and if your mind is pre-occupied with other things, then you will not be able to react quickly to dangers.
However there are times when disgraceful driving instructors will try to hit on you. In most cases it is a male driving instructor trying to flirt with a female learner. Women instructors tend to be more professional towards their job and cases where women instructors have tried flirting with a male student are really rare.
You should know that it is against the Code of Practice for an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) to misbehave with his/her pupil. Driving instructors are supposed to teach you how to drive and not harass you in any way. So if you feel your teacher is behaving in a non-appropriate way with you or not giving you any respect or consideration, then you need to make a complaint against that driving instructor straight away. Don't wait!
All approved driving instructors have a pink or green badge which should be clearly visible on the car's windshield when they are teaching. The badge is a proof of their license as a driving instructor and without it they cannot demand payment for the driving lessons. If they try to act clever and increase the fees for the driving lessons every now and then without any valid justification, you can report them for that too.
How to file a complaint against your driving instructor
First thing you need to do is warn the driving instructor that you are not happy with what is happening or complain to the driving school for which he/she works for. If the outcome is not satisfactory, then you can approach the Driving Standards Agency Registrar of Approved Driving Instructors and use either the full name of the instructor or their ADI number to make a complaint. Be clear and concise when you are speaking to the representative of the DSA and tell them exactly why you are willing to file a complaint as this will enable them to start an investigation against the instructor. The latter may be suspended or have their license taken away if found guilty and you may even get a compensation as well depending upon the circumstances.
Remember if your driving instructor is abusing their power as a tutor in any other way not mentioned here (racist comments, discrimination, talking on the phone while teaching you, repeatedly on being on time, taking passengers during driving lessons, calling your for a personal chat which has nothing to do with driving and without your approval etc) and taking advantage of you, do not hesitate to report them. The sooner you do that, the better!
Taking it further and reporting to DSA
Below is the contact info (address & telephone number) which you need to make a complaint about a driving instructor:
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
56 Talbot Street
Tel: 0115 901 2500
A formal written letter is required to report the dodgy driving instructor and you will need to give as much information as possible.