All driving lessons could soon be recorded on camera after number of sexual harassment complaints by learners TRIPLES in three years
THE number of learner drivers reporting sexual harassment by their instructor has tripled in just three years.
And experts are now calling for in-car cameras to record lessons in a bid to prevent further incidents.
The DVSA received 246 allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour or harassment against driving instructors from April 2018 to March this year.
The shocking numbers have tripled in the past three years, rising from 75 in 2015-16.
Freedom of Information figures obtained by the Sunday Telegraph also revealed 42 instructors had action taken against them just last year, with 10 being removed from the register.
But a total of 23 instructors were given warnings and allowed to go back to work as there was insufficient evidence in the cases.
And there are more than 130 cases currently under investigation.
Conservative MP Richard Graham told The Guardian: “The authorities responsible for regulating driving instructors should consider the possibility of clearly positioned cameras being fitted in cars.
“It would provide proof if anything inappropriate occurred, as well as protect those instructors who have done nothing wrong from false accusations.”
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Carly Brookfield, chief executive of the Driving Instructors Association, said: “It’s important to point out that the overwhelming majority of trainers conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner.
“However, considering the latest stats, we cannot pretend as an industry that there are zero issues with instructor conduct.
“The rising number of complaints of this nature is a concern and it’s crucial we look at why we’re seeing this increase, and work on how we tackle these issues.”