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A learner driver has filed a complaint after a driving instructor told her that she was “drop-dead gorgeous”, asked if she was single, and said “Who’s your daddy?” 15 times. The 28-year-old woman getting lessons in his car has filed a formal complaint to the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

Her complaint is among the 128 complaints that have been made by learner drivers about the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) last year.

The number was nearly seven times as many as the RSA received in 2021, according to records released under freedom of information laws, reported Irish Mirror.

Another ADI who was in his 60s told a 22-year-old student that “girls on their period never do well in their driving test” because it affects their co-ordination and they “get flustered”.

Last August, a complainant claimed an ADI had told her to imagine she had two children in the back seat and, if she didn’t drive carefully, she would cause an accident and kill them.

In her complaint, she also mentioned the instructor made racist comments about her country of origin and her current address.

The instructor said: “The place you live in is very rough but I assume it isn’t as rough as the country you are from.”

Another learner driver reported that his ADI had been physically beating him, striking him on the thigh and the back of his head.

He told the RSA that he had been “too scared” to react and had completed around 30 lessons with this instructor.

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After completing a lesson and returning to a carpark, one complainant was aggrieved that the ADI got out of the vehicle and told his mother that the student had driven “worse than s****.”

A female driver reported her instructor to the RSA for putting his hand on her knee to give her a “massage”.

In her complaint, she alleged that he also made comments about her body and “told her about his sexual experience”.

In September, the RSA received a complaint about an ADI’s use of “vulgar language” and “excessive displays of force”, saying things like “For f*** sake,” and “Are you slow or something?”

The same instructor was also alleged to take 30-minute breaks to smoke cigarettes during lessons, and was described as being hungover during one lesson, explaining to the driver that he had been up late drinking at his son’s birthday party.

The Approved Driving Instructors Union is in the process of disbanding and becoming the Professional Driving Instructors Association.

A representative was therefore not in a position to comment, as “neither organisation really exists at this moment.”

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