Driving teachers in Hendon left 'humiliated' by persistent attacks

They claim they have had eggs pelted at them and are forced to deal with abusive taunts

They claim they have had eggs pelted at them and are forced to deal with abusive taunts

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Driving instructors claim their jobs have been made "impossible" by people hurling abuse at them and throwing eggs at their cars.

Teachers at the Driving Test Centre, in the Beaufort Park estate, off Aerodrome Road, Hendon, say the persistent attacks leave them humiliated and frustrated during lessons.

In one incident, they found what they believed to be human faeces left on a bench next to the test centre in Aviation Drive.

Ramesh Versani, who owns Monk School of Driving, said: "It makes us feel very undervalued and embarrassed.

"We are trying to teach people to be safe drivers but they are making it impossible for us. It has become a nightmare."

The instructors often bring their learners to the area to learn how to bay park in the spaces provided to them, but are banned from using them by those who live in the area.

As a result, St Georges London, which owns the block, has installed CCTV footage in the area to monitor the situation.

However, Diana Redmond-Mulrain, who owns Diane School of Driving, said: "It's so frustrating because we feel as though we are talking to a brick wall.

"I once had someone shouting at my car to move and when I asked them to stop doing that, he made me promise I wouldn't come back here. It can be quite frightening.

"I had the right to be using those bays at that time. They make it as uncomfortable as possible for us. It's off-putting and unsettling."

The bays belong to the Driving Standards Agency between the hours of 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday, and from 7am to 5.30pm on Saturdays. The centre was built four years ago but the instructors say the problems began sometime in the last year.

Deen Dureshi, who owns Deen School of Motoring, said: "They say we are a nuisance, but we are the ones who feel threatened.

"People have had eggs thrown at them and had their cars physically punched and kicked. It's not fair to make us live this way."

St George's London has also employed security guards to regularly patrol the area.

Retractable bollards will also be installed in early September to ensure the bays are only used by driving instructors during the specified hours.

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7:41pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Neville Longbottom says...

Why don't they go somewhere else then. A bay park is a bay park.

They aren't the only instructors there, it must get tiresome having learner after learner all day.

I know you have to learn somewhere but instructors all like to congregate in one area, they need to spread out a bit and find greener pastures.
Why don't they go somewhere else then. A bay park is a bay park. They aren't the only instructors there, it must get tiresome having learner after learner all day. I know you have to learn somewhere but instructors all like to congregate in one area, they need to spread out a bit and find greener pastures. Neville Longbottom
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7:18am Tue 19 Aug 14

gingis says...

Well said Neville,

Oakhill Park car park in East Barnet is another location.
I have seen learner driver vehicles queuing to get in there when its busy and often reversing into and damaging parked cars when attempting to reverse park in the narrow bays.

As you say, why don't they just spread out a bit?
Well said Neville, Oakhill Park car park in East Barnet is another location. I have seen learner driver vehicles queuing to get in there when its busy and often reversing into and damaging parked cars when attempting to reverse park in the narrow bays. As you say, why don't they just spread out a bit? gingis
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10:08am Tue 19 Aug 14

Mr. Datchery says...

Neville Longbottom wrote:
Why don't they go somewhere else then. A bay park is a bay park.

They aren't the only instructors there, it must get tiresome having learner after learner all day.

I know you have to learn somewhere but instructors all like to congregate in one area, they need to spread out a bit and find greener pastures.
Why don't you read the article
"The bays belong to the Driving Standards Agency between the hours of 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday, and from 7am to 5.30pm on Saturdays."
and what's it to you any way
[quote][p][bold]Neville Longbottom[/bold] wrote: Why don't they go somewhere else then. A bay park is a bay park. They aren't the only instructors there, it must get tiresome having learner after learner all day. I know you have to learn somewhere but instructors all like to congregate in one area, they need to spread out a bit and find greener pastures.[/p][/quote]Why don't you read the article "The bays belong to the Driving Standards Agency between the hours of 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday, and from 7am to 5.30pm on Saturdays." and what's it to you any way Mr. Datchery
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11:24pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Neville Longbottom says...

I did read it. Did you not read wot I rote.

The DSA might own it but people live there.
I did read it. Did you not read wot I rote. The DSA might own it but people live there. Neville Longbottom
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8:05am Sun 24 Aug 14

Mr. Datchery says...

Neville Longbottom wrote:
I did read it. Did you not read wot I rote.

The DSA might own it but people live there.
Well in that case if you own a parking space people who live near you can park on it.
[quote][p][bold]Neville Longbottom[/bold] wrote: I did read it. Did you not read wot I rote. The DSA might own it but people live there.[/p][/quote]Well in that case if you own a parking space people who live near you can park on it. Mr. Datchery
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3:34pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Neville Longbottom says...

Well yes, yes they can.

But what does that have to do with this.
The driving instructors work for themselves, not the DSA.

If you are not on test, you don't need to be in the test center.

If you want to learn to park, go to a secluded or out of the way car park.

They could go to Copthall, hardly any do, hundreds of spaces, nearby, few residents = PROfIT.
The near empty BX car parks/Broadwalk/Tesc
o/Aldi/Lidl/sainsbur
ys/Asda. (probably not allowed/Don't be so obvious)

Worst comes to worse, go to the Mill Hill Test center.

No residents, just other businesses, near deserted after six or on weekends.
Well yes, yes they can. But what does that have to do with this. The driving instructors work for themselves, not the DSA. If you are not on test, you don't need to be in the test center. If you want to learn to park, go to a secluded or out of the way car park. They could go to Copthall, hardly any do, hundreds of spaces, nearby, few residents = PROfIT. The near empty BX car parks/Broadwalk/Tesc o/Aldi/Lidl/sainsbur ys/Asda. (probably not allowed/Don't be so obvious) Worst comes to worse, go to the Mill Hill Test center. No residents, just other businesses, near deserted after six or on weekends. Neville Longbottom
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