Approved driving instructors: appeal a decision by the registrar

How to appeal to an independent tribunal if you disagree with a decision about your trainee licence or registration as a driving instructor.

What you can appeal against

You can appeal to the tribunal if the Registrar of Approved Driving Instructors:

  • refuses to give you a trainee licence
  • removes your trainee licence
  • refuses to enter or keep your name on the register
  • removes your name from the register

The tribunal also handles:

  • appeals against Transport for London decisions on bus service permits
  • disputes between postal service providers and carriers

Your case will be dealt with by a tribunal in the General Regulatory Chamber.

The tribunal is independent of the government, and will listen to both sides of the argument before reaching a decision.

Time limits for appealing

If you are a trainee driving instructor, you must appeal within 14 days of getting the decision from the registrar.

For any other decision you must appeal within 28 days.

How to appeal

Use the notice of appeal form, and guidance leaflet.

Clearly say why you want to appeal against the decision.

Include any supporting documents, like the registrar’s decision.

Send the form to or:

General Regulatory Chamber
HM Courts and Tribunals Service
5th Floor
Rolls Building
Fetter Lane

Telephone: 020 7947 7422

Tribunal staff can give you general guidance on how the process works, but they cannot give you legal advice.

What happens next

The tribunal will write to you about the next steps, and whether there will be a hearing to decide on your case.

Transport hearings are normally held in London, Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Find out more about General Regulatory Chamber hearings and decisions.

Legislation and rules

You can find rules on driving instructor appeals under the Road Traffic Act 1988, Transport Act 2000, and Motor Cars (Driving Instruction) Regulations 2005.

The rules on appealing against London service permit decisions are covered in sections 185 to 190 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

Postal service disputes are covered in the Postal Services Act 2000.

More detailed rules on how your case will be handled are contained in the General Regulatory Chamber procedure rules.

Previous decisions

Read decisions on previous transport appeals.