I am a self employed driving instructor, trading as “Driving Lessons with Martin (Nottingham)”.  In my business role, as a professional driving instructor, I require some personal information about the people who take driving lessons with me or enquire about lessons.

This policy details my approach to the collection, generation and holding of personal data.  For the purpose of this policy, “you” refers to anyone who contacts me about driving lessons, learners who have lessons with me and qualified drivers taking post-test lessons (e.g. Pass Plus or refresher sessions) with me.

How do I collect information about you?

If you browse my website, I will see what pages have been visited (although this is only identified by your IP address). My website uses the https protocol. Please also see the Cookie Policy for my website.

Whenever you contact me (via the website contact form, by email, phone call or any messaging service e.g. Text or WhatsApp), I will store your messages and contact details on my phone/PC. If you contact me using an enquiry form, the information you submit will be stored in my emails and, if the enquiry form is from a link to the Total Drive App, your information will also be stored in that App.

When you make an enquiry about lessons, I will ask you for information about the health of you and your household. If this leads to arranging lessons, I will request some more information from you (from your Driving Licence, as well as your contact details, if not already known) before lessons can commence.

Prior to starting lessons, as part of the registration process, I will seek additional consent from you to:-

  1. issue reports to parents (where a parent is involved in paying for your lessons)
  2. use your contact details (to register you with third parties e.g. for online theory training and/or to record details of your lessons and progress an App)
  3. use your driving licence details (to reserve/book a driving test)

Some additional information about you is generated by me.

What information do I collect, generate and hold about you?

The data I collect from you (that identifies you) and hold is:-

  1. Information from your Driving Licence
  2. Address in Nottingham (if different from Driving Licence)
  3. Contact details (email and phone number), including emergency contact details
  4. Information about your health and your occupation
  5. Messages from you (e.g. Text, WhatsApp or email)
  6. Emails containing your consent to use specific data

The data I generate about you (that identifies you) and hold is:-

  1. Record of your lessons (dates and times)
  2. Record of your payments (dates and amounts)
  3. Record of your learning (using a 1-5 scoring system) and narrative summaries, following reflections on your lessons
  4. Reference number (generated by myself) that links all data about you
  5. Driving Test results (capturing only your first name, date of test and test result)
  6. Any video footage from an in-car dashcam, while you were driving. To note, the dashcam primarily captures images of other road users, identified by the vehicle registration number, and the general public (on pavements or crossing roads) but the rear facing cam attachment may capture images of the occupants of the car. To also note that the audio option on the dashcam is usually switched on (recording our voices) but is switched off during driving tests. If you prefer to have the audio switched off you can request that at the beginning of any lesson.
  7. Website Traffic from (identifying pages visited by IP Addresses) or Google Search Console (identifying common searches for my website, using Google.)

Why do I need this information?

The information I collect from you is only used in my role as a self employed driving instructor and either enables me to fulfil my contract with you, to support you, meet my legal obligations (e.g. providing evidence that I satisfied myself that anyone driving my car has a valid driving licence) and allows me to perform a health risk assessment (prior to lessons starting).

The information I generate about you is used to fulfil my contract with you (e.g. monitoring your progress in driving lessons), to satisfy a legal requirement to be able to identify the driver of my car at any given time and for training or safety purposes. I also have a legal obligation to maintain accurate records of payments received.

Some information I generate is used for statistical purposes.

The contact phone number you provide to me will be stored on my phone and used to allow me to make contact with you in respect of driving lessons. I may also contact you, after you have passed your test, to see how you are getting on with your driving or to make arrangements for further sessions (if you have indicated an interest in any post test lessons). If you have provided a testimonial for my website, I will also retain your contact details (in case I am required to verify the source of the testimonial).

What do I do with it?

Data collected by me is used to enable me to:-

  1. Review the health risk (to both of us) of providing lessons
  2. Verify your online Driving Licence (if applicable)
  3. Keep a record of your lessons dates/times (partly to plan my diary and partly to be able to confirm the details of the driver using my car at any given time)
  4. Contact you during the course of your lessons, in respect of your lessons, or to check on your driving progress after you have passed your test
  5. Provide me with an emergency contact (usually a parent or member of your household) … only used in emergency health situations (e.g. if you were to become very ill during a lesson)
  6. Maintain an accurate record of payments made and the progress you have made throughout the course of your lessons
  7. Book a driving test on your behalf (consent will be sought from you when you register for lessons with me).
  8. Validate my accounts and have evidence for my annual self assessment (tax) return (to satisfy HRMC)
  9. Provide evidence of any liability in the event of an incident (dashcam video footage)
  10. Provide training opportunities (through the dashcam video and audio footage)
  11. Analyse results of driving tests, purely for my own statistical purposes and review of my approach to test preparation (identifying you only by your first name and date of test)
  12. Analyse the performance of my website and understand how website visitors access/use my website
  13. Pass on your email address and phone number to a third party to arrange access to any apps or online tools used (consent will be sought from you during the process of you registering for lessons with me).

I hold data on a number of Excel files. My weekly diary is written using Microsoft Word. Any saved dashcam videos are in Quick Time Movie file format. All of these files are on my business PC at home.  I use an app that captures dates of your lessons as well as dates and amounts of payments made and also helps me to record and monitor the progress you have made, in your driving lessons against a driving lesson learning syllabus. Learner pupils are provided with access to the app to view/input.

What do I NOT do with it?

I do not use your data for marketing purposes or provide it to any other party (apart from where you have given consent), with the exception of where it is requested by a law enforcement body (Police or DVSA) or AA Driving School Accident Management or insurance company (for insurance purposes, as requested, in the event of an incident resulting in any damage to my car, if you were the driver).

Any sensitive information you share with me verbally, about your personal life or your health, will not be recorded and will not be shared with others by me.

How secure is your information?

Electronic data is held on a password protected PC. From September 2021, all Excel and Word files are also password protected. My PC is protected from malicious attacks using F-Secure Safe (antivirus/malware) software. Files are backed up and stored on a second PC at my home address (also protected by password access and anti-virus/malware software). Transfers of data between the two PCs are made using a USB memory stick, which is held securely within my home address and serves as an additional back up.

Any paper based files containing details of former pupils (prior to the 2022, when details were recorded on paper rather than on an app) are held in folders at my home address.

Dashcam footage is captured on an SD card within the dashcam. Any dashcam footage not saved is overwritten at the end of each 4 hour period.

How long do I keep your information?

If you phone/message me/make an enquiry but do not arrange lessons with me, your messages/contact details/data will be held for up to 60 days (from the date of your last contact) and then deleted.

Any information provided to me that informs a health risk assessment is retained for the duration of your lessons up to a maximum of 30 days after your lessons have stopped permanently.

Once you have started lessons with me, all other information is held until you have permanently stopped lessons with me (e.g. passed your test or moved away from Nottingham) and retained for up to 30 days after lessons have permanently stopped (except for the following data):-

  1. Record of Lessons/Payments (6 full accounting years)
  2. Log of Website Traffic (Most recent 500 pages visited – Approx 6 weeks)
  3. Dashcam Footage (Footage from lessons is held on an SD card on a recording loop. This means that footage is overwritten after approx 8 hours of recording, with the exception of where I have chosen to save footage to capture an incident or to share with you (for training purposes) and retained until it is no longer needed for those purposes.
  4. Contact Details  – Your email address and/or phone number are/is retained after lessons have stopped as I may make contact with you at a later date (e.g. to request a review/testimonial or check-in with you to see how you are getting along with your driving) or to allow me to recognise you if you contact me.  These details are usually retained for a maximum of one year (after lessons have stopped or our last contact) but I will delete your contact details earlier if you make a request.
  5. Emergency Contact Details – Deleted after lessons have stopped permanently

Please note that if you stop lessons temporarily and agree a date of resumption, I will retain all your records as if you were an active pupil. However, if you stop lessons with me temporarily but do not indicate when you plan to resume or do not make contact with me for 30 days (after your last lesson), I will assume that you have stopped lessons permanently.

Can I see what information you hold about me?

Upon written request (by email to, I will supply you with details of all the information I hold about you (within 28 days of your request) or confirm that I have deleted information I have held about you (where information has passed its retention period and has already been deleted/erased/destroyed). Information is provided free of charge. However, in the event of repetitive requests (three times or more), I will charge an administration fee of £25 (to cover my time and printing costs).

To note, while actively taking lessons, you have access to all the records regarding lesson dates, payments and progress via the app used.  Once inactive, you will need to contact me to regain access your data.

Version: 24.0


Version History (Last Twelve Months)

23.1 – January 2023 – Reference to consent sought extended to include using driving licence details, to reserve/book a test, and use of contact details to register for online theory training.

24.0 – December 2023 – Annual Review (Policy highlights that dashcam footage is deleted by being overwritten every 4 hours (dashcam recording is on a loop with no more than 4 hours of footage stored).