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Reminders to Instructors and Mentors
Before the Driving Lesson
  1. Please proceed to the reception or to the assigned Coordinator to scan for the NZ Covid Tracer and your Vaccine Pass.
  2. We request you to please get the NZ Pass Verifier to check your students if they are fully vaccinated (weekend lessons). Check their driver's licence to match their identification.
  3. Students are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their lesson. During this time, please ask the following questions:

  • Have you been unwell the last 2 days?
  • Have you new or worsening cough?
  • Anyone from your bubble has been unwell with the same symptoms?
  • Have you had a Covid test the past 3 months and what was the result? 
  • How about in your own bubble, did they have a Covid test, and what is the result?
       ** A medical kit, thermometer, gloves, and mask are available at the boot of the car 

After the Driving Lesson

1. We will have 15 minutes intervals before and after each driving lesson. During this time the instructors and students will be able to tidy up and clean the car controls (keys, steering wheel, gear, signal control, seatbelts, seat adjustment, etc).
2. The student assessment will be done online or you can text your assessments to  022 473 0284 and will copy and paste on the student general comments. You can view other instructor comments on the link we will provide you. 

Our Shared Responsibilities on Safety 

To ensure safe operation of the vehicle for the benefit of all involved in Puketāpapa Community Driving School (PCDS) programme, where the vehicle will be used to demonstrate safe, efficient driving skills and road safety habits at all times.

All Puketāpapa Community Driving School (PCDS) vehicle users are expected to follow a high standard and demonstrate safe driving habits as follows:

  • Comply with New Zealand road traffic laws and legislation and good road safety practices at all times. See updated Level 2 Health and Safety procedures at the end of this document.
  • All drivers must hold a current valid driver licence for the class of vehicle they are driving. 
  • No driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs/medication that could affect safe driving practice. 
  • Vehicle is locked properly after use, with all windows rolled up, and is parked in its proper parking space.
  • Mobile phone must not be used by learner driver at any point while driving. It can only be used by driver mentor driver for navigation (or emergency situation), if not driving.
  • No smoking inside the Puketapapa Community Driving School vehicle
  • Report any near misses, crashes or damage to the Coordinator as soon as possible (022 473 0284). 
  • Ensure the vehicle is left neat and tidy after use.
  • Vehicle key is returned to the assign location.

Maintenance /Servicing

  • Ensure the vehicle has current WoF, Registration. 
  •  Conduct a walk-around safety check of the vehicle before use. 
  • Report vehicle defects to the Project Coordinator before the next vehicle user. (Vehicle defect form must be in the car.)  
  • Fuel, water and radiator fluid are at the correct levels. 
  • First aid kit is stocked. 
  • Fire extinguisher is replaced when the needle hits the red zone.  
  • Complete a weekly vehicle safety audit. 

Traffic and Parking Infringement

  • Report infringements to the Project Coordinator at the earliest opportunity. 
  • Fines for driving offences including parking, speeding and use of mobile phones, are the responsibility of the learner driver and will not be paid or reimbursed by PCDS.

Serious Injury

All incidents and accidents must be reported to PCDS Mobile through 022 473 0284 within 24 hours including theft, vandalism or damages. Project Coordinator will need to notify WorkSafe in case of serious injury, illness or incident in the course of driving lessons.

Important things to remember: 

  • Call the police immediately if another vehicle is involved, even though no-one is hurt. 
  • Take note of name and details of the other vehicle owner and registration number of the vehicle involved in accident/incident; name and address of any witnesses on incident/accident site; the name of the insurer of the other vehicle. 
  • NZ Police advice, “After a non-injury crash you should swap names and addresses with other motorists involved. If the crash involved another person's property, such as a fence, you should report it to the owner of the property within 48 hours of the crash. If the owner cannot be located, report to police within 60 hours of the crash. All crashes resulting in injury (such as broken bones or a night in hospital) should be reported to local police as soon as is practicable and no later than 24 hours from the time of the crash.” 
  • Take photos if possible.  Make a sketch of the accident scene and any other relevant details.


The following will not be covered by the insurance company:

  • Any driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Current driver licence is not valid. 
  • Carrying unauthorised goods. 
  • Use of vehicle for personal use, not involving Puketapapa Community Driving School programme.


     ● Please inform any present MAT office staff if refuel is required. 

Level 3 Step 2 Health and Safety Protocols for Driving Sessions

Driving sessions for healthy learner drivers with healthy instructors and mentors will be delivered with the following protocols and extra precautions in place:

  1. All learners, driver instructors, mentors, interpreters and support persons must check in through the official NZ COVID Tracer QR code or sign in through the registration sheet at the office entrance. 
  2. Learners will not be booked for sessions if unwell. The coordinator will follow up on the health situation after one week from last communication to check the possibility of resuming sessions the following week. 
  3. Learners, instructors, mentors and support persons/interpreters must inform the coordinator as soon as possible if they are unwell and need to postpone a session. 
  4. If the instructor/mentor thinks that the learner looks unwell, a thermometer is available at the carboot for checking temperature before getting into the car. 
  5. All learners, instructors, mentors and support persons/interpreters must wash their hands before and after getting into the car. 
  6. For the first lesson for the day, the learner, instructor/mentor must sanitize the car key and direct contact points: car seats, steering wheel, gear stick, indicators, door handles, window and mirror buttons, fuel caps and bonnet catches before and after each lesson. The next users will then sanitize after each lesson.    
  7. A window will be kept open for ventilation during driving lessons. 
  8. Wearing a face mask is required. 
  9. Ensure proper disposal of wipes, tissues and other cleaning materials at the end of each session. While in the car, use paper to wrap wipes and tissues then disposes of everything through a covered bin in the carpark near the back gate.  
  10. When refuelling, use disposable gloves available at the car boot. If a learner, instructor, mentor, interpreter or support person shows symptoms during training i.e. fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, notify the Ministry of Health through 0800 358 5453 and arrange for a test as soon as possible, and self-isolate for 14 days.         
 *Advisory on suspension of driving sessions will be updated based on Ministry of Health updates. 
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